Student leaders of Damascus College and Loreto College gathered at the St Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, March 1, the day before the beginning of Lent, to acknowledge their role in their Colleges (St Patrick’s College Ballarat was an apology for this Mass).
Bishop Paul challenged the school leaders to follow Jesus’ witness and to reach out to those most in need this Lent. The homily from the Mass can be read here.
The ceremony was a simple celebration of the Mass and the dismissal included a blessing of the Ashes that would be used by the Colleges in Ash Wednesday ceremonies.
Student leaders were also presented with a candle and a Project Compassion box to take back to their school communities, as a focus point for Project Compassion 2022.
Bishop Paul joined the students in the gardens of the Cathedral for the traditional Shrove Tuesday pancakes.
Assistant Principal – Catholic School Culture
Damascus College Ballarat
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we thank you for the gift of our lives and for the life of every person, both near to us and far away.
We thank you for the wonder of all your creation.
Through fasting, almsgiving and prayer may this Lent draw us deeper into the warmth and light of God’s love.
May we see the world more clearly, especially those who are often overlooked.
May we come closer to your heart, which you showed through the cross of Jesus.
May we be full of hope for all future generations.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Diocese of Ballarat