The way that our Pastorals have engaged in social justice activities this year – every second week during the period allocated for Mass / Study – has been one of the great evolutions of 2020. While we have missed our opportunities to share in the sacrament of the Eucharist, it has been wonderful to see our Pastoral Leaders guide their young men through activities that have explored Catholic Social Teaching, solidarity, the difference between charity and justice, and how we can all put the Christian faith tradition of service for the good of all into action. Today our Pastorals engaged in the final such session for 2020; the theme of which was `Leaving No One Behind’.
Today’s activity immersed our boys in the work of Australian Marist Solidarity, which you can learn more about here: https://www.australianmaristsolidarity.net.au/about-us/ Our boys in Years 8, 9 and 10, who weren’t on campus for Solidarity Week, were also asked to take their turn at practically demonstrating their support for the communities supported by Marists in Pailin, Cambodia, and the Exodus Community of West Heidelberg: all young men of these levels are asked to do what they can to support those in need by bringing in their donations for the Exodus Community of Heidelberg West over the course of the next week. Years 7 and 11 students have already been asked to do so, but if anyone forgot, they too can donate this week! These donations are to be made through RE classes or at Student Services. The donation allocations for each year level are as follows:
- Year 7-9 students: toothbrush, toothpaste, or soap.
- Year 10-11 students: non-perishable food items (e.g. canned food, pasta, etc.)
A quick check of our TryBooking donations page reflects that we are 28% of the way towards our goal of collecting the $14,000 to send to Pailin. Rather than collecting cash, we have set up an online donation link and ask all students to donate $10 each (or what they and their families can) in the attempt to raise as close as possible to the $14,000+ we usually donate to Pailin after Champagnat Day. Donations can be made through this link if you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet: https://www.trybooking.com/au/donate/marcellinsolidarity The process may be slightly different this year, but Marcellin College asks for your support to honour our commitment to Pailin and the Exodus Community who rely on our donations.
Any support that you can offer our Solidarity Week campaign will be greatly appreciated; your donations will go straight to people in need. Thank you in anticipation.