What’s Been Happening in Religious Education
Opening School Mass
There is no better way to begin the school year than to start with mass. It is an opportunity to offer up our prayers for commitment to stick to our goals, courage to see them through and to celebrate all the possibilities that might be awaiting us as we journey through this new academic year.
We celebrated mass on Thursday 7 February with Fr Janusz presiding and we are always so pleased and grateful that he is available to minister to our community. I am always amazed and so proud of how well our girls participate in the mass. The singing is getting better and better at every Eucharistic celebration that we have, and the participation from the girls is outstanding!
Our new staff and students were formally inducted as members of the Bethany community and we were able to welcome them all through prayer and blessings. It is also a time to celebrate what they can offer to our community. Each of them come with gifts that will enrich and enliven our College. This is certainly reason to celebrate!
Year 7 Welcome Mass
As part of the initiation and induction process for our Year 7 students, we celebrated mass with them and their families. We were fortunate to have three of the priests from our feeder parishes, Fr Janusz Bieniek (Hurstville), Fr Manuel Santiago (Sans Souci) and Fr Yakub Barkat (Rockdale City) celebrating our mass. We very much appreciate their presence at mass, particularly as Monday is typically the priests’ day off. Each of the priests commented on how lovely it was that they were able to celebrate mass with so many of the students from their parish primary schools.
During this mass, the Year 7 students received their Bibles and their College Badges which were blessed by Fr Janusz. These Bibles will be used regularly in Religion classes and are an important tool to assist the girls in nurturing their faith. The Scriptures hold many wonderful messages and stories and there is much that we can learn from them. The College Badges are a symbol that these new Year 7 students are now officially “Bethany Girls”! We hope that they will wear these to school every day with much pride.
Our Year 7 students also recited a pledge which I would like to share with you:
“As students of Bethany College, we commit ourselves to making a difference in our world, to loving and respecting ourselves, to reaching out to others in our school and community through friendships and good works. We commit to using our talents and gifts to serve within our community and to follow the example of Jesus Christ in all that we do. We strive to always reflect the Gospel values of relationships, acceptance justice, welcome, service and wholeness and to live by the College motto; to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God.”
Leader of Religious Education and Mission