Posted by From the Leader of Religious Education
on 2 November 2020
On the final day of Term 3, De La Salle Caringbah celebrated Founder's Day, and what a wonderful celebration it was. Thank you to all our community members for making the day memorable. Congratulations to the Lasallian "Touching Hearts" Award recipients - Michael Papanikitas, Nixon Powell, Ashton Hetherington, Joshua Tyldsley, Brendan Fares, and Mrs Andersson.
Father Mani Manala from Holy Family Catholic Church in Menai celebrated the mass. We thank him wholeheartedly again for his service. Fr Mani reminded us of the importance of time:
"If you do love life, we cannot squander or waste time and the opportunities time offers us. Time is a great gift from God, given without any partiality, young or old, man or woman Our successes and failures depend upon how best we make use of time. A mother who has given birth to a premature child will tell you the value of a month. To realise the value of a day, ask the daily wage laborer who has ten kids to feed. To realise the value of one minute, ask the person who has missed the train. To realise the value of a second, ask the person who has survived an accident. Now is the time for you to think and thank God for the blessings you have received. Make Jesus your personal saviour and friend, and life will be different; each moment will be different for you."
Congratulations to our students who raised over $1,300 despite limitations with fundraising. The young Lasallian men in the community have pride in who they are, they look after each other, and they stand up for what is right and just. What kind of young man do we hope to see leave the gates of De La Salle when they graduate at the end of Year 10? Brother Miguel himself encouraged young men to work with diligence.
We hope to see young men of integrity, or as Brother Solomon explained, to be of self-sacrifice and commitment. It is easy in life to go with the crowd, to do what everybody else is doing, and to not stand up for justice. That is not being courageous. A true man of integrity will not be afraid to be 'a voice for the voiceless.' My wish for our students is to know that they matter in this world and that they too can be a man who stands out in a crowd. Like Saint Benildus, we are called "to do common things in an uncommon way."
It is our hope that the young men who leave us realise that they can make a difference in our society, and as Brother Dermot encouraged - to be people of passion and spirit. As global citizens, they will have the power to make whatever impact they choose. May they have the courage to look beyond their individual circumstances, to the disadvantage which exists in our wider world. Gentlemen, may you enter the world with gentleness and respect. In life, the importance of nurturing positive relationships and demonstrating good values can never be underestimated. As our College Theme, this year teaches us, we must use our God-given gifts to serve others. A good gentleman will show all people respect, regardless of circumstance or background, and serve them to the best of their ability. Brother Kilian himself taught us all to be compassionate and generous in our daily lives.
Our hope as teachers is to make a difference in the lives of students. We are a community of faith and my hope is that students know that regardless of any challenges which they may face, that God can be a source of strength. St John Baptist also believed in inspiring students and bringing the word of God to them, wherever they were on their faith journey. We continue his legacy in our community.