One key aspect of College life that has been missing from our Home Learning Program is the opportunity for our young men to participate in mass on Thursdays. We are blest at Marcellin to have so many priests keen and able to be part of our community; few schools are able to offer mass weekly and we are very grateful to our College Chaplains who work together to ensure that Marcellin is (usually) able to do so. Our weekly mass reminds us that the celebration of the Eucharist is the 'source and summit' of our faith, in that it calls us to remember, celebrate and live Jesus' example of love and service. As the light from outside floods our Chapel through the floor to ceiling windows, we remember that what we say in our prayers is what we are called to live in our actions.
Despite not being able to gather to celebrate the Eucharist this term, our young men have been supported to consider how they can live their lives in the example of Jesus through a fortnightly session in Pastoral dedicated to exploring social justice. On Day 9s, the periods usually given to Mass/Study have been focused on activities that have explored Catholic Social Teaching, solidarity, the difference between charity and justice, and how we can all, as Mother Teresa put it, `find our own Calcutta’ to make a difference in. Next week Pastorals will look at National Reconciliation Week, which begins on May 27. I'd like to thank Lachlan Scott, one of our Youth Ministers and an Old Collegian who firmly believes in the importance of, as St. Marcellin put it, “reaching out to the marginalised”, for all of his work in putting these activities together. I’d also like to thank all of the Pastoral Leaders who have taken up this opportunity to enliven our social justice education in this new way, so that we can further our mission to form “good Christians and good citizens”.