A Word from the Principal – 14 June 2022

Dear Staff, Parents and Friends of the College,

We are privileged to possess at the heart of our College a treasure of infinite worth. It is from this treasure that radiates upon our students and staff the daily benevolent rays of God’s divine mercy and grace. It is thanks to this treasure that we receive daily the strength to continue our mission to form in each youth the true and perfect Catholic. Were it not for this treasure, we would have given up the struggle long ago, we would have perhaps never even dreamt of starting such a school. I am referring to the abiding presence of Jesus Christ in the tabernacle of our little College chapel.

Perhaps in the business of life we neglect to appreciate that “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). We often think we can, but Christ’s says we cannot and He is always right because in the last analysis the only lasting goods of a truly Catholic education must be from Him and through Him. Parents, I encourage you to spend more time before the Blessed Sacrament. When dropping off your children or picking them up, don’t hesitate to pay a quick visit to the chapel where the Sacred Heart of Jesus eagerly awaits your prayers. When driving home past the Corpus Christi church in the morning think to pause and refresh your soul by a visit to the Blessed Sacrament or attendance at the 8:40am Mass. When you visit, tell Christ your worries, ask for His help, thank Him for his care and then pray for your children.

This week, two public acts of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place. One is a school event and the other is a parish event. The school event is the all-day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the College chapel this Thursday, Feast of Corpus Christi. Each class will have a time slot and prayers to say for the school and their families before Our Lord exposed in the Blessed Sacrament. This will help in some small way to respond to Our Lord’s pleas for reparation as requested by the revelations of His Sacred Heart to Margarite Mary Alacoque from 1673 -1675. For more information on these important revelations refer to The Revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Paral-le-Monial, France | EWTN.

The second event is a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament along the streets of Tynong starting at the school chapel at 2pm this Sunday. This has been organised by Fr Elias of Corpus Christi Parish in order to provide us with an opportunity to proudly profess our faith in this infinite treasure. Such public processions are still very common in the more Catholic countries like France, Italy, Spain, Philippines, etc. The archdiocese of Melbourne used to hold annual processions of the Blessed Sacrament through the centre of Melbourne CBD at which tens of thousands of Catholics would attend. We yearn for such days to return!

Sincerely yours in the Two Hearts,

Father Andrew Cranshaw – Principal