iServi News | 1 April 2021 | Term 1, Week 8
As our school term and Lenten season ends, our Student Ministry Team prepared a wonderful liturgy to bring our community into their Easter celebrations. Based on the Via Matris, an ancient Stations of the Cross through the lens of our Seven Sorrows of Mary, our students wrote their own reflections and prepared a tabloid to deepen our awareness of Mary’s suffering as through the life of Jesus.
Pope Francis reminds us that Mary is our loving consoler, who we can journey with and trust with our own struggles and sadness. Mary is our symbolic figure of compassion; the heartaches and sorrows of her life contain a message of strength and encouragement to all those who hurt.
Through the liturgy we are reminded to be like Mary, standing at the foot of the cross. Mary could have run away, but showed the utmost compassion to Jesus in his final moments through her presence. We are reminded that showing compassion can be difficult at times, but these small moments of kindness make a profound difference.
Through our Year of Hospitality, we are being challenged to be open to other people, to encounter our own family and friends and to be present with them in their joys and their hard times. Our Year of Hospitality also encourages us to be open to new and different people in our lives as we prepare ourselves for the wider world.
We invite College families to contact their local parish and join with their community in their Easter liturgies. Parish contact information is available here.
We wish everyone a safe and holy Easter season.
Mr Ryan Wiles
Director of Ministry