What’s Happening in Religious Education and Mission
Year 10 Spirituality Day
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me- Matthew 25:35
We could not have asked for a more glorious day to celebrate the Year 10 Spirituality Day at Rathane, Youthworks Conference Centre. The Year 10 Bethany Value is Welcome and we spent the day delving deeper into the meaning of welcome through the eyes of Jesus Christ, Martha and Mary of Bethany and Magdalene and Shatha from Jesuit Refugee Service.
Father Yacub Barkat who ministers across three parishes in Bayside spent the afternoon with us offering the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. We certainly made the most of the sun and view and celebrated these outdoors.
A huge thank you to Mrs Samardzic, Miss Jones, Mrs Ayoub, Miss Anderson, Miss Edahaby, Mrs Wetherell, Miss Stavropoulos and Mrs Amy for making this day the success that it was!
Celebrations for Bethany Day 2022 began with Mass in Yallunga Hall. Father George and members of St. Michael’s Parish joined over 1100 members of the Bethany family as we reflected on the story, Jesus Visits Martha and Mary– Luke 10:38-42.
Year 11 Drama Production- The Girls in Grey
Each year, Year 11 Drama students fundraise for a Catholic organisation/initiative as part of their Performance Assessment. This year, these students raised over $1000 for the St. Vincent’s Curran Foundation of St. Vincent’s Hospital which was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1857. The Sisters of Charity are one half of Bethany’s dual charism and I sincerely thank Mrs Iffland, Mrs Kekatos and Mrs Moroney who ensure teaching and learning is grounded in our roots of charity. The fundraising opportunity further enabled students to live by the authentic Christian discipleship emulated by Martha and Mary of Bethany. Congratulations girls, you listened to God’s Word and actioned it, in practical service of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ at St Vincent’s Hospital!
In addition to Bethany’s shared weekly Mass with St Mary’s Star of the Sea in St. Michael’s Church, Bethany offers monthly Mass in the College Chapel at lunchtime, following Reconciliation. It is an absolute pleasure to experience these intimate Masses in the surroundings of the heritage convent and reflection garden. Thank you to Fathers Janusz and George who make themselves available to support and serve the Bethany community.
World Refugee Week
This is celebrated from 19 June to 25 June. On 20 June, Miss Jones and the Student Leadership Team have organised a bake sale which will take place at lunch time in Yallunga Hall. All proceeds will be donated to Jesuit Refugee Service. On 22 June, refugee and asylum seeker trivia will take place at lunch time in Yallunga Hall. We hope to raise awareness on the issue of the world’s displaced people in light of the most recent Afghani and Ukrainian state of affairs.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Please continue to support this cause by donating the items listed below. Other items for donation include brand new socks, blankets, scarves or beanies. Please direct any questions to Miss Jones, Youth Ministry Coordinator via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad & Chocolate Crackles
Beginning 28 June 2022, Bethany College staff and students will participate in the practical service of our community, pursuant to the model of discipleship of St Martha. Each month, Bethany will make 80 portions of each of the above foods for distribution within Bayside as part of SVDP Night Patrol. We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers we have received for this initiative, thank you!
Walk With Christ– Sunday 19 June 2022 at 2:30pm
On the Feast of Corpus Christi, you are invited to partake in this pilgrimage in celebration of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Read more here. Students who have recently completed or are interested in completing the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion course, this is particularly fitting for you! Students interested in this event can contact Miss Jones for more information.
From Sunday 26 June, Youth Mass resumes in St Michael’s Parish, Hurstville. Youth Mass is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of each month. All members of the community are welcome. Students who would like to participate in reading, music and serving ministries are to contact Miss Jones.
St Michael’s Parish
Bulletin 5 June 2022– Pentecost Sunday
Bulletin 12 June 2022– The Most Holy Trinity
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