8 March 2018

On Monday 5th March, St Edmund Arrowsmith once again held its annual Evening of Reconciliation. The service has become, over the years, an extremely important part of our community’s Lenten preparation and provides us with the opportunity to spend some time in quiet contemplation.

As usual, several priests were on hand to hear individual confessions if people wished to be reconciled with God. There were a number of reflections led by both staff and students with thought-provoking videos and performances to encourage attendees to examine their consciences and begin to seek forgiveness from our Father. 

This year, a conscious decision was made to hand the reigns over to our Faith in Action students to plan, organise and direct the service. What a fantastic job they did! It truly shone through in the work that they produced how dedicated and passionate they are about making sure their faith is not only a personal experience, but one that should be used to make a positive difference in our school community. I am truly blessed to have such a hard-working and talented Chaplaincy group!

The service centred around four rules that we should always keep in mind when seeking forgiveness or acting in a way that is pleasing to God: 

1. Whatever it is we have done wrong, God the Father will always welcome us back.

2. We should forgive each other infinitely, only then will love preside.

3. We should love one another as Jesus loves us.

4. We should not model ourselves on the behaviours of the world, but on what is pleasing to God.

If we keep these rules in mind throughout the remainder of Lent then we are sure to arrive at Easter in the right mind-frame.

The service this year was incredibly well attended with many staff members and students choosing to return to school for the 7:00pm start. Many parents and members from the community showed their support by coming along and the feedback from parents was fantastic. 

After the service, there was an opportunity to stay for refreshments in the canteen and to mingle and chat with the large numbers of Year 10 prefects that had given up their time to help make sure everything ran smoothly and everyone felt welcomed. 

It truly was a wonderful evening and I hope that for those who attended, they feel more prepared for Easter, which is very fast-approaching. 

Blessings, Maria