On Wednesday morning of this week we held our Ash Wednesday liturgy to acknowledge the start of the Lenten period. This liturgy was conducted in a different manner this year as Miss Ford had organised for each member of our community to receive a small wooden cross which had been singed as we were not allowed to distribute the ashes under our current COVID guidelines. I would like to thank Miss Ford and the student liturgy group for the beautiful liturgy they prepared and led us in.
During the liturgy I suggested to our community that if they were looking for something worthwhile to do for the coming season of Lent, rather than give up chocolate, they should look to engage with the Joey’s Way and be more compassionate or respectful or they could exercise more empathy toward their peers.
As we know, lent is often a time given over to “holy” words of repentance and promises of self-reform but the fact is that it doesn’t matter how many words you speak, as they will do no good unless you act on them. St Paul in his inspiring letter to the people of Philippi encouraged them to, “Show an agreeable attitude to everyone”. He suggested how they might be able to do this: “All that is true, all that is worthy of reverence, all that is holy and good, all that is lovely to look at and beautiful to hear, all that has virtue and all that deserves praise, let that be the content of your thinking.” Phil. 4: 5,8,9.
As we move through the forty days of Lent, as a community we pray that we might on occasion, surrender freely to the quiet within us, to rediscover the resources and strengths that are there. In doing this we might begin to see better and appreciate more, the value of our existence, to see ourselves with more compassion, more empathy and more gratitude and respect and to see others in a like manner.
A Lenten Prayer
Lord, I know how much you love me.
It’s hard for me to feel it sometimes
but I know your love is always with me.
Help me to use your love as a way
to persevere in my Lenten intentions.
I am weak, but I know with your help
I can use these small sacrifices in my
life to draw closer to you.
Learning in Community – Staff are learners, too.
St Joseph’s College emphasises a commitment in providing and supporting our staff to champion the Joey’s Way. To accomplish this goal, and to ensure that all students achieve rigorous standards, the College is building staff capacity by creating a culture of empowerment, accountability and self-directed research that leads to the development of a professional learning community.
As a collective we learn from and are inspired by each other. We invest in further advancing knowledge, skills, and capabilities of all staff, using internal expertise, research platforms and external providers. As such, it is my pleasure to acknowledge the commitment, perseverance, and success of two St Joseph’s College staff members, Mrs Karen Tobin (Program Leader- Senior Schooling) and Mr Bill Whiting (Curriculum Leader – Science). We congratulate them on achieving a Master of Education from Southern Cross University. Karen Tobin and Bill Whiting embody the values of the Joey’s Way—Aspire to Excellence—not just in their successful completion of the Masters degree but both staff also received an additional ‘recognition of excellence’ award and selection on the Dean’s list in 2020.
Congratulations Karen and Bill.