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This is arguably the most beautiful Eucharistic celebration of the year as we farewell Year 12 by reminding them of their Baptism in Christ. At this morning’s Graduation Assembly, our graduates were gifted a stole and they wore this with pride to Mass. The word “stole” comes from the Latin stola, meaning “garment.” It was an ancient Roman scarf-like garment that was used to denote members of the imperial hierarchy. When the Prodigal Son returned, his father commanded the servants bring forth the first stolam with which to adorn his son (Luke 15:22). It has become a Christian Eucharistic vestment and a symbol of priestly office. In the Catholic Church, it is a symbol of immortality. Our graduates wore this stole as a symbol of academic achievement, fraternity and their immortality in Christ (Galatians 2:20).
Thank you to Father Janusz, our Celebrant and always faithful servant, and to Mrs Monika Samardzic, Assistant Leader of Religious Education and Mission, for her exceptional support and significant liturgical leadership.
Goodluck Year 12
As Year 12 completed the last of their secondary schooling activities before heading into HSC Examinations, they were surprised by representatives from six of our pathway schools with prayer packs. Each Year 12 student received a postcard and message, a lollipop, a before and after exam prayer and a St. Christopher key ring. St. Joseph’s Rockdale opened the presentation with the following prayer for our Graduating Class of 2022:
Our prayer today is that God blesses you with strength, determination and inner peace.
Remember to believe in yourself and all that you are.
God made you in His image and He loves you just as you are. On your worst days you are loved and on your best days He loves you just the same.
As you close the door on your secondary education, let another open with endless possibilities. Never forget the past, live in the present and look forward to the future!
Thank you to Monique Cohen, Family Educator, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, for organising this heartfelt gesture.
St. Michael’s Church
Wishing all our families a safe and restful holiday break.
Leader of Religious Education and Mission