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A Reflection from our
Pastor, Fr Greg Moses
First Sunday of Lent
And so once again we begin our Lent, with Ash Wednesday last Wednesday, with Matthew Ch. 6 on almsgiving, prayer and fasting and how we followers of Jesus are to do them, and then with the Temptations in the Wilderness for the First Sunday of Lent.
Context is important in both cases. Chapter 5 of Matthew is what we followers of Jesus are called to be, salt of the earth, light of the world, with a righteousness beyond that of the scribes and Pharisees, true sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father who makes the sun to rise and the rain to fall on just and unjust alike. Ch. 6 begins the story of how we are to be this, with Jesus' take on the classic spiritual disciplines and how his disciples are to do them, so as not to be like the hypocrites. The prime focus of all three is precisely to nurture our identity as the true sons and daughters of the Father who sees all that is done in secret, identically the One who makes the sun to rise and the rain to fall. This is what our Lenten disciplines are about, and what Lent itself is about, though there is also always the negative element, to deal with what stands in the way, and each of the disciplines helps to do this in a particular way integrating with the other two.
Our only days of collective fast and abstinence left are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, but I think there has been a lot of misunderstanding about this. These are the only days where we do it together marking the beginning and the end of the period. In between we still do it but with packages designed by ourselves for our circumstances, for nurturing our particular relationship with the Father who sees all that is done in secret. Now might be the time to put such a package together!
Read the full reflection in the latest Parish Bulletin
Welcome to Mount St Bernard College where we offer a quality, Catholic
secondary education for young people, male and female, in Years 8 thru 12.
At MSB we are proud of our Mercy traditions, while remaining responsive to the contemporary needs of students who seek a faith-based education that will stand them in good stead for the future.
Our College is a culturally diverse community which provides a holistic education that nurtures the academic, spiritual, emotional, physical, cultural and social development of individual students in a caring, safe and supportive environment. At MSB we recognise the individuality of every one of our students. We seek to help each student become the best person they can be, by providing quality learning and teaching and making available a rich tapestry of sporting, artistic and other co-curricular activities, to help them discover and develop their personal giftedness.
I invite you to visit or contact our school and talk with our leadership team about an educational partnership that will launch your childwell into the future with a strong academic foundation based on Christian values. In the words of our school motto; “Let your light shine!”
Br Bill Tynan
In the News at MSB
Welcome back to MSB 2014, our 94th year, and our largest enrolment-190- since St Stephen’s, Mareeba commenced in 2006. And in 2015, with the year 7 commencing, probably MSB’s largest ever enrolment.
Friday’s swimming carnival was significant for the participation of most, and very good performances by a large number. Our 3 new sport house teams were launched- POWER- BLUE FLYNN-GREEN and RUSH-RED.
Power won the carnival, so the first of the new houses to win a trophy. We hope the change to three houses will result in closer and stronger competition between the teams. This year we will have an overall house champion team, combining the results across all the sports competed.
YEAR 12 OUTCOMES 2013
Congratulations to our graduating students of 2013, who all achieved excellent results. 100% of students received a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), 100% of students received a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, 75% received an OP in the target 1-15 range and 100% of our applicants to QTAC for tertiary entrance received an offer. Also, all students who completed their Certificate II in Indigenous Primary Health Care at MSB and applied to JCU through Murri Innovations, were offered places in the Diploma of Nursing at James Cook University. What a fantastic effort from all of our students and staff to achieve such great outcomes.
A group of students and staff have set their alarms slightly earlier on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to go for a
30 minute walk/ run around the trails surrounding Mount St Bernard College. The first session alone was an
extraordinary success with thirteen students enjoying the three river crossings, the bats along the creek and quite a
number of testing hills. It was very encouraging to see such positive energies amongst the students while also
supporting each other. While fresh and full of energy at the beginning, students were able to testify to an
increased heart rate and feeling the strains from the uphill challenges by the end. The running sessions have been
introduced to encourage training for the Mount St Bernard College’s Cross Country run, which is operating in
Week 10 of Term 1.
Any student is encouraged to attend the sessions. Tuesday and Thursday sessions begin soon after 6:30am and
meeting at the lower car park, while Wednesday and Thursday afternoons there are easier running sessions with
the group meeting at the main hall (behind the dining room).
Please refer to the latest newsletter
for more news and photos.