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Pelican : June 2009
Family Twilight Retreat This Retreat was held on the evening of 26 March and was attended by approximately 100 people. The Retreat started by sharing a meal together, then a variety of activities followed, including ice-breakers, small groups, and reflections by students and parents on the importance of family life. The Middle School Youth Ministry Team did a great job of leading the talks, sharing experiences and suggesting fun ice-breakers. The evening culminated in a special liturgy for families conducted by the College Chaplain, Fr Ben Roberts. Several favourable comments were received from parents who attended, including: “A very special moment as a family, when we received a personal blessing.” “This was a refreshing, informative and helpful event. It was very good to have Youth Ministry involved.” Year 12 Retreat The Year 12 Retreat was held during week seven at Jindabyne, with more than 100 students attending. The three days focused on opportunities for spending time together, reflection and participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Some of the highlights included the seminars conducted on the topics of leadership, men’s spirituality and prayer. The prayer seminar was conducted at an outdoor chapel with magnificent views over Jindabyne. The students realised the importance of the Year 12 Retreat, as it was the final opportunity for them to spend significant time together. This was especially highlighted in the final affirmation session conducted on the Friday. Holy Week Easter Liturgies This year, the Senior Youth Ministry Team combined with students from St Clare’s College to conduct Holy Week Easter liturgies for students from both colleges. On the Wednesday, the teams conducted the liturgies for St Edmund’s, and on the Thursday they crossed the road to conduct the liturgies for St Clare’s. The liturgies consisted of the Youth Ministry Team completing talks, sharing personal experiences, drama, a multi-media reflection and the opportunity for a personal response, with students coming forward to touch the wooden cross. The Youth Ministry Team students were outstanding in their presentation and the concept of ‘peer-to-peer’ ministry proved to be extremely effective. Here’s what some students said: “It was great to have a mixture of St Edmund’s and St Clare’s students.” “It was loud and involved and wanted us to watch more of it?” “Being a part of the Youth Ministry Team was an enlightening experience which helped us gain more knowledge about youth ministry skills and the person of Jesus in our lives.” “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to use our leadership skills and share the faith with other students in the Colleges.” We hope this event will continue into the future. Youth Ministry Brothers’ Team Raises Money for Caritas The College’s main charity during Lent in term 1 was Caritas. Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency of international aid and development. The Latin word Caritas means love and compassion. These qualities are central to Caritas and qualities that we want to engender in the Edmund Rice community. Caritas Australia works hard to make sure that as much aid as possible actually reaches those who need it. Reflecting the principles of Catholic social teaching, Caritas Australia works with the local people of a particular country in all of its programs. The Youth Ministry Brothers’ Team worked hard during Lent to raise money for Caritas. They did this through regular tutor collections, BBQs and a variety of fun activities. A major focus for ‘Caritas Week’ was St Edmund’s College hosting the Combined Catholic Colleges Caritas Concert along with students from St Clare’s, Marist College and Merici College. The event was a great success, with over 500 tickets sold. The total amount raised for Caritas came to more than $7,500. Congratulations to James Fitzpatrick (College Captain) and Mr Galea who head up the Brothers’ Program and Team. Peter Woods Director of Mission Fr Ben Roberts celebrates Mass at the Year 12 Retreat at Jindabyne. Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Principal, Peter Fullagar, with Student Leaders and members of the Youth Ministry Team at the Opening Mass. 5