Mission Report – November 1, 2018

October 31, 2018

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 all who belong to Christ. This communion transcends all time and cultures.

–¦ In fact, the term -saint- refers to those who believe in the Lord Jesus and are incorporated to Him in the Church through Baptism,- the Pope said. -The Church, in its most profound truth, is a communion with God,- the Pope explained. -This relation between Jesus and the Father is the -matrix- of the bond between us Christians: if we are intimately inserted in this -matrix-, in this fiery furnace of love that is the Trinity, then we can become truly one heart and one soul, because the love of God purges our selfishness, our prejudices, our internal and external divisions.- (sourced from Zenit)

Led by our College Chaplain, Fr Anthony Nagothu and assisted by Fr Rupert Bowd, last week we celebrated our annual Thanksgiving Mass. The hope for our students is that they will live the life of saints and so transform the world with their witness to God’s love. We always pray that the College will grow in love and become a community of saints. The Gospel at our Mass ended with this call to responsibility:

When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.'(Lk 12:48)

May St Patrick’s College always grow in the unity of this beautiful and challenging vision.