YEAR 12 MASS OF GRADUATION
MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2018
CELEBRANT: FR JOTI BILOWALU
During the last week of Term 3 the Bethlehem College Community gathered to celebrate the Year 12 Mass of Graduation and the induction of School Prefects and Leaders for 2019. Together we offered prayers of thanksgiving and blessings for our Graduates. This Mass of Thanksgiving marks the culmination of their school days. It was a most significant occasion to offer thanks to God for parents, families, friends, teachers and for all who have been an integral part of their faith formation and education.
Keeping with the theme of the Year of Youth, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God’ (Luke 1:30) and the SRC motto “Let faith be the strength, that propels our sails, on an ambitious journey and all it entails”, we listened to the beautiful and inspiring words of the Scripture readings. Our Graduates heard the words of Jeremiah about trusting in God, and then in Luke’s gospel the words of the angel announcing God’s plan to Mary and her response “I am the Lord’s servant.” This powerful response sets an example for us all, in particular for our graduates embarking on their future journey and also for our newly inducted leaders, Mary affirms the bedrock truth that undergirds discipleship. In the Principal’s Reflection, Ms Paula Bounds explored these messages and invited our students to carry these words with them in their lives as young Christians moving into the world.
We thank our 2018 Year 12 Students for the contributions they have made to the life of the College through their leadership and spirit of generosity. They have lived by their motto ‘Let faith be the strength that propels our sails, on an ambitious journey and all it entails’ and encouraged others to see the possibilities. As they now embark on this new chapter in their lives, we hope they always remember to ask Jesus our teacher to give them a listening and attentive heart, so that as they grow in knowledge they may also grow in love, and as they seek the truth they continue to grow closer to him.
We also celebrated the handing over of leadership to our College Leaders and Prefects, who together with all Year 11 students commence collective leadership responsibility for 2019. We look to Mary Aikenhead and the Sisters of Charity, as leaders who inspired generations of women to live out their ideals in society. By their example we called upon the new student leaders to inspire our College Community to work to the best of their ability to uphold the traditions of the college. May their leadership always follow the college motto of ‘Este Fideles’ and may the light of Christ be the inspiration that guides their leadership in 2019.
Finally, Congratulations and best wishes to the class of 2018 and all the very best for the forthcoming final HSC exams and we leave you with this beautiful blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rains fall soft upon your fields
Until we meet again,
may God hold you
in the palm of his hand.
Ms Yvonne Taouk
Religious Education Coordinator