This week we heard the sad news that Illaria Donebus, a Year 7 student at Mater Dei Catholic College, passed away on Saturday June 11. Please pray for Illaria, her parents Manuel and Karen, siblings Emilio and Sabrina, family, friends and the Mater Dei Primary and Secondary communities.
At the Staff Spirituality Day last Friday we looked at how Pope Francis’ messages of mercy and missionary discipleship impact on the work and daily life of the College. Staff had an opportunity for close reading of Misericordiae Vultus - The Face of Mercy, the Papal announcement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as well as supporting documents from Cardinal Walter Kasper and Sr Joan Chittister. The purpose was to ensure a shared understanding of the Pope’s message of mercy and the broader theology of mercy, the unique position of Pope Francis as a South American and Jesuit (and how these factors influence his thinking and Papacy), together with discussion of how a better understanding of mercy as a central biblical, Church and community theme can help us do a better job of making Christ present at Kildare Catholic College. This will be ongoing, including the first staff meeting of Term 2 where we will work on staff professional culture and how as a staff team we can be the best possible support for the students and families of the College.
The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more. It is time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters. Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope.
Pope Francis: Misericordiae Vultus - The Face of Mercy