The start of our Lenten Journey
On the morning of Wednesday, 6 March 2019, we gathered in the Multipurpose Centre to mark the start of our Lenten Journey. Each Lent we are encouraged to Give, Pray and Fast, and our ritual recognised the students who have volunteered to be Caritas Ambassadors, supporting the community to give of its substance, not just its surplus. Mr Taylor reminded us that the projects supported through Caritas are initiatives identified by communities in need, who are then supported through material needs and education to build a sustainable solution for their community into the future. I’d like to acknowledge the work of Ms Renee Fleeton and the Year 12 Student Executive for the very moving service as we each embark on our own individual Lenten journeys.
Opening College Mass
Our Opening College Mass was a tremendous celebration of our St Columba’s Community. Planned with imagination, creativity, and a sense of the sacred, we acknowledged the great traditions that have given rise to our expression as a faith community. Our Catholic heritage builds on the founding stories of the Gospels and our Mary Aikenhead Ministries and Sisters of Charity stories, give us inspiration for how we can respond creatively and intentionally to the Gospel challenges that continue to be relevant for our lives and our relationships today.
Our mass was scheduled on the back of a very difficult day for us as the Catholic Church, a day that tested the faith and resolve of many who questioned where they had placed their faith and trust. I believe Fr John Hannon, our Principal Celebrant, was honest and humble in openly acknowledging the egregious sins that have been committed, naming these issues before we began our celebration. He offered us hope for how we can reclaim our Church and our faith; after all, it is a living faith because of our words and actions, who we are to one another, and how we choose to be the living Gospel in our world today; all of us, not only the small percentage who have chosen a professed life. We acknowledge all of the priests and sisters, works, communities and agencies acting in the name of the Catholic Church who continue to be the face of compassion, hope and love to all those in need.
It is important that in the hype that surrounds what this means for Cardinal Pell, we do not forget the victims and survivors of abuse, and always pray that in the weeks, months and years that follow this decision, they are able to find some peace and healing from the atrocities that have been committed against them.
Moomba Birdman Rally
This community heads into the long weekend looking forward to the Moomba festivities and particularly the Birdman (perhaps Bird Woman) Rally in a special way. The learning of some of our STEM students will be on show as one of our talented and courageous teachers, Ms Narelle Fewster, pilots the craft on behalf of the students. We wish them well and know that whatever the outcome, the learning has been invaluable.
As the first all-girls’ College to enter the rally we take pride in our place as trailblazers for women, offering an example to all girls, and fulfilling one of our favourite Mary Aikenhead quotes, ”This has never been done before – that is no reason why it should not be done now!” I would like to acknowledge the work of Ms Melissa D’Amico for making this a reality for our students, Mr Frank Rowland, our STEM Lab Technician, who has supported the girls with design and construction, and Ms Narelle Fewster for accepting the challenge to pilot the craft. May I offer a reminder that as part of our participation we are fundraising for the Sisters of Charity Foundation, and it is not too late to make a contribution. Donations can be made by following this link: