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by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie Lent is the season for personal conversion. Our Catholic tradition says that this may be aided by three practices that deepen our friendship with Jesus: Prayer, where we spend time abiding in the loving presence of God Fasting and abstinence, where we actively gain control over our earthly…

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by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie This week’s Gospel is surely one of the most well known in our Catholic Tradition. At the start of this Lenten Season we hear that Jesus heads out into the desert, only to be tempted by the devil (Matt 4:1-11). Fr Richard Leonard SJ suggests that “[this] Gospel…

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by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie Dear families and friends of St Patrick’s College, This is not the Crest article I had in mind at the start of the week. On Sunday we celebrated Mass with the Boarding Community and welcomed our new Chaplain, Fr Eladio Lizada. Fr Eladio offered us inspired words that…

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Mission Report

by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie May 2020 be a year filled with every grace and blessing for the families of St Patrick’s College, with a special prayer for our families joining us for the first time. Education is an adventure that is at the living heart of the Catholic tradition, for Jesus spent…

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by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie The rhythm and rituals of the liturgical season unfold the entire mystery of Christ over the course of the year. This Sunday the season of Advent begins. When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by…

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by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie VCE exams continue across a broad range of studies. At the end of next week, we shall celebrate our Annual Valedictory Dinner and our young men become old boys of the College. But for the moment, many students continue preparing for and completing exams. The criterion for framing…

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by Director of Mission, Mr Geoff Brodie November 1 is always All Saints Day in the liturgical calendar. On this day the Catholic community celebrates our identity as a “communion of saints”. Regarding this important solemnity, Pope Francis says that the “communion of saints” highlights the fact that there exists a communion of life between…

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Mission Report – October 17, 2019

My last offering to the Crest started with the following claim: “Spring looks like it may finally be here after a long and cold winter”. For that, I apologise. In the words of a 20th century philosopher, I should have known better. Two major events deserve acknowledgment. Firstly, the canonisation of John Henry Newman and…

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Mission Report – September 5, 2019

A nightclub opened next door to a church and immediately the relationship was tense. The churchgoers were unhappy with the noise on Saturday nights as they were gathering for a prayer group. They did not like the cars that were left by patrons on Sunday mornings when they tried to get a parking space near…

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Mission Report – August 22, 2019

At our recent whole College Mass College Chaplain Fr Vincent Long Pham offered the Catholic vision in an accessible and persuasive image. At our staff formation day, Fr Jorge de Chavez also made clear the decisive choice of the Christian life -“ are we with Jesus in faith and love? Our staff Mass was also…

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