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Faith Matters
by Carolyn Young - Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 9:49 AM

Celebrating the Feast of St. Marcellin Champagnat

We commemorate Marcellin Champagnat’s Feast Day every year to celebrate the significant contributions Champagnat made in making Jesus Christ known and loved, especially by the young. This year’s celebrations are, necessarily, very different, yet we still do celebrate the many gifts and opportunities that we have received because of the hard work, faith and example of Marcellin Champagnat. 

All Pastorals today are individually taking part in a Liturgy of gratitude and petition, followed by watching a short video of various young men from our community sharing what Champagnat Day and being Marist means to them. This will be followed by an online Kahoot quiz about Champagnat’s life and legacy which will no doubt spur some friendly rivalry amongst the boys! That fun will be followed by an activity designed to honour the legacy of Champagnat. Our young men will be reminded that Champagnat overcame various challenges, including hating school, struggling to learn to read and struggling to keep up with his studies, to establish a movement that over 200 years later supports close to 500,000 young people around the world through education – what an inspiration for all of us when we feel that something we need to do is too hard! Our boys will then be invited, in the spirit of 2020’s Marist theme, `One Wild and Precious Life’, to reflect on the positive contributions they can make to our communities. They will each choose one of the Marist characteristics to focus on for the remainder of this year. With this characteristic in mind, our young men will set a goal for themselves highlighting how they will make the most of their `one wild and precious life’ by living this characteristic throughout the remainder of 2020. 

To conclude our celebrations, Pastorals will pray the Sub Tuum, led by a film presentation of students and staff singing this traditional Marian hymn. This film presentation includes photos of College life, highlighting the wonderful family spirit, love of work, presence and simplicity that characterises our community. In this prayer, we ask Mary, Our Good Mother, to pray for us, that we may find the strength to achieve our goals and allow the Marist charism to inspire our work and our lives.

Thank you to the Ministry Team for their enthusiasm and work to prepare this celebration! Happy Feast Day to All!