As the last opportunity to write before the short Easter break it is important to pause in our busy, distracted lives and note the significance of our Lenten journey over the past term as we move towards Easter and Jesus' ultimate act of sacrifice on the cross.
As Jesus’ life serves as a model for discipleship, reflecting on that life story from the scriptures bears witness in the coming days. Before Jesus began his public ministry he was drawn by the Spirit into the desert for forty days and nights to fast, to pray and to give himself over completely to God. Each year the Church invites us into the desert of the season of Lent to fast, to pray and to give alms (a symbol of our desire to give ourselves over completely to God). Do we dare to imitate the Lord Jesus by going into the desert this Lent?
The call to fast, to pray, and to give alms is an invitation to conversion—to embrace the grace of God that seeks to take root in us and transform us ever more deeply into his holy people.
One fallacy of our Lenten practice as Catholics is the idea that Lenten practices are simply meant to be temporary. I “give up” chocolate for Lent only to indulge evermore deeply in my life as a chocaholic once Easter dawns. Or I will spend more time with the Lord in prayer during Lent, only to return to my normal pattern of relationship with God once the forty days are over. While the specifics of a practice may not always continue after the Lenten season is over, the effects of conversion are meant to live in us. We are called to be made new by the Lord’s love manifested for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus, his Son.
So, this Lent, what is the conversion that the Lord desires for you?
Is it possible that God is inviting you to a radical practice—a new habit of life—that he desires will always be part and parcel of your life?
Maybe you do not attend Mass each and every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.
Is God inviting you to live in thanksgiving by celebrating and receiving the Eucharist each and every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation?
Maybe you play video games for hours on end each day.
Is God calling you to fast from gaming and to spend more quality time in studies—the “work” that he has entrusted to you at this point in your life?
Maybe you eat or drink more than is healthy for you or you seldom exercise.
Is God calling you to fast from food or drink or to exercise so as to take care of your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit?
Maybe you spend time in prayer with God, but it lacks something.
Is God calling you to explore new ways of praying with scripture? Or simply to sit in deep honesty with him in prayer?
Maybe you find yourself being critical and judgmental of others.
Is God calling you to fast from gossip and to speak with compassion instead of malice?
The Church invites us to enter into the desert each Lent in imitation of Jesus, who fasted for forty days and forty nights and who found in God’s word the strength to resist evil in all its forms and to live in total obedience to his Father’s will.
The call at the start of Lent was to “Reform our lives and be faithful to the Gospel.” As we near Easter what ‘new habit’ has God called you to ‘do’ in your life after Easter?
Enjoy the short break with family and friends. The 2018 Good Friday and Easter Mass schedules are available on the parish websites. I encourage all families to take their children to Easter services as a sign of our collective commitment as a practising faith community.
McCarthy Parents Association Annual General Meeting – March 20
The Annual General Meeting for the McCarthy Parents Association was held on Tuesday night. I congratulate the following members who were elected as office bearers for 2018.
President: Mrs Kim Pearson
Vice President: Mrs Jacqueline Fulwood
Vice President: Mrs Maree Betts
Treasurer: Ms Kylie Evans
Secretary: Mrs Carol Reed
Committee Members: Mrs Maria Creigh, Mrs Wendy Lee, Mr Grant Lee and Mrs Lesa Sellers
As a community McCarthy Catholic College we are indebted to the wisdom and hard work of these and current members. Please feel welcome to attend the Parents Association Meeting at 7:15pm in the staff room on the third Tuesday of each month in term time.
We welcome John Felias (Year 7) and his family to the McCarthy community.
Enrolments for Year 7 in 2019 close Monday April 9 2018
McCarthy Catholic College extends an invitation for students seeking enrolment into Year 7 in 2019. Year 7 applications will close on Monday 9 April. Fully completed application forms and the $100 application fee need to be lodged at the College on or before Monday 9 April.
Contact the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Jo O'Brien, on 6761 0802 or [email protected] for an application pack and/or more information.
Spirit of Catholic Education Awards 2018
The Spirit of Catholic Education Awards celebrate the outstanding achievement and contribution of Catholic education by staff, students and volunteers in the Diocese of Armidale. Show your appreciation by nominating someone you know for the 2018 Spirit of Catholic Education Awards. Nomination forms are available from the Catholic Schools Office website www.arm.catholic.edu.au, the College office or by contacting Christine Gall [email protected] Nominations close on Friday 13 April 2018.
$100 Active Kids Rebate
Every student from Kindergarten to Year 12 is eligible for a $100 voucher to be put towards sport registration and membership fees. The program is not means tested and will be available each year for four years. For further information log on to www.sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids