The 2024 Opening Mass at Chisholm Catholic College commenced on Wednesday, marking the onset of our 35th year, graced by the presence of Dominican Sisters. It honoured our people, culture and faith values with a Eucharistic celebration, commencing with blessings and formal welcomes to new students and staff.
Fr Ziggy, our College Chaplain, led the Eucharist, embellished by the Liturgical Choir, Band and Chisholm Ministers, in front of two thousand attendees including students, staff, guests and families of 2024 Student Leaders. The service reflected on our Mission and Values, demonstrating profound respect and prayerful unity.
Next week, we observe Ash Wednesday, initiating Lent, a period of reflection and preparation for Holy Week and Easter, guided by our Campus Ministry Team and Social Justice Committee. Grateful for our blessings, we anticipate the academic year ahead.
My sincere thanks to everyone involved or contributing to the event and in particular the organisation from Mr Swindells and Mrs Millimaci.
Below is the full Homily from Father Ziggy:
“As we gather today to celebrate the beginning of this new school year, we come together as a community of faith, hope, and learning. Our hearts are filled with anticipation, and our spirits are ready for the journey that lies ahead.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. Today, we echo those words as we welcome each student, teacher, staff member, and all those involved in the noble pursuit of knowledge.
This school year is a new chapter in the book of our lives. It is an opportunity for growth, discovery, and deepening our connection with God and one another. In the midst of academic challenges and personal development, let us remember that our ultimate goal is to seek the Kingdom of Heaven and to be missionaries of Good News in all that we do.
As we embark on this journey together, let us reflect on the words of St. Augustine: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” May our prayers be a source of strength, and may our efforts be guided by wisdom and love.
To the students, may you approach your studies with a sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Embrace the opportunities to learn, to question, and to grow not only academically but also in character and virtue.
To the teachers and staff, may you find joy and fulfillment in the noble vocation of education. Your dedication to shaping young minds is a reflection of God’s love for His children.
Let us also remember the importance of community. We are not alone on this journey. Our school is a family—a place where we support and uplift one another. In times of difficulty, let us turn to each other with open hearts, offering encouragement and understanding.
As we celebrate the Eucharist together, let us seek God’s blessing upon this school year.
May His grace be our guide, His wisdom our light, and His love our foundation.
May this academic year be a time of abundant blessings, fruitful endeavours, and deepening faith. May we grow in Christ. Amen.”
Mr John Bormolini