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It’s quite co-incidental that St Anthony’s and St Aloysius Feast Days are only eight days apart - that may have been the reason when the two parishes were established over 100 years ago.
The lives of the two saints were very similar even though they lived centuries apart. St Anthony was born into a noble family in Lisbon around 1195, and St Aloysius was born in Italy in 1591 into an aristocratic family. They grew up in surroundings that defined the common folk of the time and where family status was obvious and preserved to the extreme by the wealthy.
At a young age in their respective lives they decided to enter into religious life - St Anthony entering the Rule of St Augustine and then moving to the Franciscan Order at the time of St Francis of Assisi; and St Aloysius entering the Jesuit Order in Rome. They lived their lives according to their Orders’ Charism; “Prayer, Fraternity, Mission and The Presence of God in all Creation”, and “To Love and To Serve”. They both carried out their Charism through the devotion to the communities they were involved with. St Anthony became known for his theological understanding and preaching of the Gospels and bringing this into the lives of the followers of Jesus, and St Aloysius for his charity work amongst the poor and sick.
Their lives serve as an example for us in today’s world where we are asked to serve, love, have the presence of God’s creation at the forefront of our lives, and to follow the mission that has been set for us. They both trusted God and followed the journey that was destined for them through the mission of their work.
At this point in time, where St Anthony’s School started the 2019 year with the amalgamation of two schools and with today’s announcements of the closure of St Aloysius Campus, let us embrace the task that is ahead of us all in the next six months. May our families become stronger and unite together to ensure that the children are all given the opportunity to celebrate what they are achieving through the goodness of God our Father.
I pray that both St Anthony and St Aloysius will look over our school community as we approach the remainder of the year, keep us safe and guide us in all that we do.
Prayer of St Francis
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life