What’s Happening in Religious Education
Praying the Angelus
Prayer is at the heart of Catholic faith. It opens us to the presence and activity of God in our lives and helps us to discern and follow the will of God. A prayer of particular significance within the Christian Tradition is the Angelus. The Angelus is an ancient prayer recalling the events of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive by the Holy Spirit and become the Mother of God. The prayer honours Mary’s great ‘yes’ to God; offered humbly, faithfully and obediently. Through this prayer we reflect upon and celebrate the great mystery of God sharing in our humanity, becoming one of us in the person of Jesus. The Angelus was traditionally said three times each day: morning noon and at dusk each day. Bells are customarily rung to encourage people to stop work, if only for a few moments, and reflect upon God’s gifts to us and our own ‘yes’ to God.
At Bethany College, we will be saying the Angelus beginning on Monday 25 May 2015 (the first day after the end of the Easter season).
A bell will go at 8.45am during homeroom and all are asked to stop their work and to stand.
Students are invited to state any intentions.
The SRC member of each homeroom will lead the Angelus and the class will respond.
At the end of the Angelus, the Homeroom will be seated and homeroom will resume.
A copy of the Angelus card will be given to each student in Homeroom.
The Annunciation by Fra Angelico Convent of San Marco, Firenze(1450)
Year 12 Studies of Religion visit to Auburn Gallipoli Mosque
Year 12 Studies of Religion students visited Auburn Gallipoli Mosque as part of the Religious Tradition depth study, Islam. Students listened to our guide, Ahmed, as he told the students about the history of the Mosque and central beliefs and expressions of Islam.
Here are some responses from the student’s evaluation:
Ahmed was very clear and concise in his explanation of Islam. I learnt so much in 1 ½ hours.
The mosque was beautiful. Words and phrases from the Qur’an are decoration. So simple but so complex.
It was privilege to be able to visit the Mosque. Thank you.
Thank you to Mrs Pelham, Mrs Rizzo, Mr Currao and Mr Martin for their support on the day.
Celebrating Mother’s Day
Thank you to Fr Janusz for celebrating our Mother’s Day Mass. It was a beautiful celebration of the women who are role models for us in our lives. Thank you to Mr Currao and the students who help in the preparation for and the presentation of the Mass and the P & F representatives who made the thoughtful gifts that the students presented to their mothers. Thank you also to Mr Skeen and Mrs Forrester for the scrumptious breakfast after the Mass.
Leader of Religious Education and Mission