It’s hard to believe that we have almost completed organisation of the 2020 Graduation Liturgy of the Word. This special celebration will focus both on gratitude and our 2020 College Theme - Who Do You Say I Am? With the end of term on the horizon I encourage our Year 12 students to start contemplating all that they are grateful for as they conclude their Siena experience.
Our College continues to provide support for St Vincent de Paul, in particular through our partnership with St Dominic’s Parish. Across August, Vinnies Soup Vans service provided almost 60,000 meals to people struggling to put food on the table throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area – an increase of 135% on the same period last year.
Vinnies Victoria CEO Sue Cattermole says: “People are stopping our Soup Vans in the streets of Melbourne to ask for food. We work hard every day to ensure that struggling Victorians do not go hungry, but we are beginning to see the terrible fall-out from the pandemic and we fear there will be much worse to come. Food insecurity means that people do not have a reliable amount of money every week to buy groceries and, some weeks, they have none. Read more about Anti-Poverty Week and the impact of Vinnies’ efforts.
Pope Francis has recently released his encyclical Fratelli tutti, using the words of St Francis of Assisi to call us into shared friendship and social consciousness. This is an invitation to dialogue, saying “Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all.” Read more here.