Posted on February 18, 2021
At St Joseph’s College, Ash Wednesday is always observed with great reverence and solemnity. In Brother Emilian Hall, students gathered to mark the beginning of Lent with self reflection and prayer.
Before the liturgy, Mrs Lesley Maher, Director of Mission, encouraged boys to get to know Jesus better and seek to imitate Him. Father Gavin Foster reiterated this message, and reminded students that ashes symbolise our ultimate return to the earth and the need to reconnect with God. Rather than focus on what they could give up for Lent, he exhorted the boys to find something extra they could achieve.
After the Acolytes distributed ashes with the words “Turn away from sin and believe the Gospel”, Year 12 student Bernard Lund spoke about the Lenten Appeal 2021. Marist Solidarity are building the first Marist school in East Timor (Timor-Leste), a country where 70 per cent of the population lives in poverty, and Joeys boys are urged to help with the fund-raising effort. A tremendous and worthy cause, it spoke of the kind of service and sacrifice all students will be aiming to make during this period of preparation leading into Easter.