MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEADMASTER: MIKE THIEL
Reflections on a joyful term of Jubilee celebration and achievement
The first term of 2016 launched in fine style with a celebratory Mass and blessing of the Jubilee Fountain on our 75th Birthday celebration in January. These celebrations represented each part of our community as we reminded ourselves that St David’s Marist Inanda is about relationships and a coming together of a rich diversity of people, men and women, to educate young boys and young men.
Generations have experienced the richness of Marist values and learned how to take these out into their adult lives as men who make a real difference to their communities and the world in general.
By sharing our beautiful campus with the boys’ schools of Southern Africa as we hosted the International Boys’ Schools’ Coalition Africa Regional conference, we acknowledged our commitment to monastic education as well as our commitment to the process of lifelong learning and growing. Our boys benefited directly from so many of our staff being energised in new directions by engaging with their fellow boys’ schools colleagues and an array of inspirational educational thinkers and presenters. As we repeatedly say to the boys – we need to open our minds and our thinking to new ideas if we are to be the creative problem-solvers our planet so desperately needs.
These first celebrations will be brought to a head in June with the Jubilee Week when every part of our community will come together to remember the glorious past, revel in the fun of the present and re-focus our school for the next 75 years. St David’s will continue to provide educational opportunities of the highest standards for the boys of tomorrow, for your grandchildren and their children. Come together as friends, old boys, parents and past parents and join the festivities.
While much work is being done to create suitable events to mark this milestone, the comprehensive booking site for all tickets will open in May. This is being done to allow you time to gather your table bookings for the Jubilee Gala Dinner and to ensure that you are ready to join all the celebrations from 4th to 12th June. Put it into your diary and commit you and your family to Jubilee Week 2016.
Building our School and our Campus for the next 75 years
On your return to school after this holiday period, we will officially be in the construction phase of the new Multi-Sport Facility. This is a much anticipated development project situated below the current swimming pool and kicks off with some demolition during the holiday and the establishment of the hoardings around what will be the construction site from May. The project includes the construction of the new waterpolo pool, the new learn-to-swim pool, three new Basketball courts, a re-working of the current tennis court area and stands, storage areas, changerooms and ablution facilities to serve all three of these sporting codes – Aquatics, Tennis and Basketball. This is a major and costly development programme, which has benefited from a significant donation from PTA fundraising over some years now. It will provide us with significant facilities to reflect the growing stature and achievement being experienced in all these sporting codes. Thank you to the Development Committee of the Board of Governors and all who are working on this project and will now see the fruits of this hard work.
Well done and thank you
In the midst of this celebration and renewal it is critical that we continue our programmes of building boys into men, of bringing our faith, our culture and our life into harmony. This has been a busy term and one in which the achievements of our boys have been exemplary. The matrics continue to provide quality leadership, firm in expectation and exuberant in spirit. Wherever our boys are in the school, they reflect the fun and the enjoyment of learning and we celebrate not only the achievements of our boys but the incremental progress they are making along the way. This is what St David’s is all about, and whatever role you fulfil in our community, I commend and thank you all for your contributions to our school. May your holiday be a time of rest and reflection, and an opportunity to return refreshed and ready for the next chapter in the history of this great school.
8 April 2016
GENERAL HONOURSCongratulations to the following boys:
Joseph Lebos (Academic, Service, Water Polo) and Nicholas Reuss (Swimming, Academic, Orienteering)
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The College #beyondthebox Campaign to question stereotypes and encourage acceptance of diversity- Wellness Centre
William Sloane Coffin Jr, an author and Presbyterian Clergyman stated ‘Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without’. Within our St David’s community, and the wider South African context, we are constantly reminded of the diverse society we operate in. Embracing and accepting differences compared with avoiding or fearing something in contrast to ourselves leads to cohesion, teamwork and personal growth.
The ongoing #beyondthebox campaign was launched this term and seeks to challenge our pupils and staff to think beyond the boxes we feel comfortable in. The campaign commenced with our Peer Counsellors challenging male gender stereotypes in assembly, tutor periods were spent discussing the concept of Marist Men, a wall of boxes was moved around the school highlighting our Marist Values and what they mean to the boys and an art installation was displayed in the boy’s bathrooms. The artwork confronted the boys with a question of ‘who were they when they looked in the mirror.’
The campaign ended this term with the question being asked of the boys in assembly and Tutor Period – Do they have the courage to be upstanders, to look ‘beyondthebox’ and stand up for what is right. In the school context we will continue to ask our young men - do they accept pupils different from themselves, will they confront injustice and will they seek to reach their potential outside their own boxes?
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Community Service Opportunity
Volunteering is a great way of assisting non-profit organisations. If you would like to make a contribution to your community or if you are looking for community service hours, The Grace Factory is appealing to volunteers to assist in their mission. The Grace Factory is a non-profit organisation that aims to support children’s homes by providing them with basic necessities such as clothes, blankets, toiletries, nappies, formula and much more… You can get involved by volunteering for ‘packing day’ events, assist with knitting jerseys, blankets, baby hats and by helping to raise funds for items to go in the packs that support new moms. To get in touch, email Alison – email@example.com .To find out more, visit their website: www.thegracefactory.co.za
The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~ Terri Guillemets
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Why Catholics Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
By Rev. Alfred McBride, O.Praem.
On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world that “from now on throughout the Church this Sunday will be called Divine Mercy Sunday.”
Pope John Paul had actively promoted the message of St. Faustina. In his 1980 encyclical on God’s mercy, Rich in Mercy, he developed a scriptural and doctrinal basis for our faith in the mercy of God. By linking the revealed truth about God’s mercy to one of the most solemn Sundays after Easter itself, he illumined the fact that the liturgy already proclaimed the divine mercy. The truth has been embedded for two millennia in the worship of the Church. Once again we see an illustration of the ancient saying, “The law of faith is the law of prayer.”
On the Second Sunday of Easter, the responsorial psalm and Gospel for Cycles A, B and C center on the theme of mercy. In Psalm 118 we sing three times, “His mercy endures forever.” The Gospel, from John 20:19-31, begins with the risen Christ appearing to the apostles on Easter night. Jesus calms his disciples by saying and giving them “Peace.” He shows them the scars of his Passion, his wounded hands and side. His glorified body retains the evidence of his saving work through his suffering, death and resurrection.
He fills them with joy and again says to them—and produces in them—“Peace.” Then he breathes on them and explains what the divine breathing means with the words, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” He gives the apostles the power of God’s mercy for the sinner, the gift of forgiving sins from God’s treasury of mercy. The other texts speak of healing and give the assurance there is nothing to fear.
From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday to the Eighth Day of Easter, the divine love song of mercy is chanted amid abundant alleluias. For centuries in liturgy the Church has proclaimed the mercy of God through the Word of God and the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The tables of Word and Sacrament are heaped with the promises of Divine Mercy and its grand effect in the lives of millions. The liturgy is the storehouse of the wisdom of God and a treasure chest for all the worshipers.
‘I spoke as a brother’
A TIME magazine issue in 1984 presented a startling cover. It pictured a prison cell where two men sat on metal folding chairs. The young man wore a black turtleneck sweater, blue jeans and white running shoes. The older man was dressed in a white robe and had a white skullcap on his head. They sat facing one another, up close and personal. They spoke quietly so as to keep others from hearing the conversation. The young man was Mehmet Ali Agca, the pope’s attempted assassin; the other man was Pope John Paul II, the intended victim. The pope held the hand that had held the gun whose bullet tore into the pope’s body.
In the cell, unseen in the picture, were the pope’s secretary and two security agents, along with a still photographer and videographer. John Paul wanted this scene to be shown around a world filled with nuclear arsenals and unforgiving hatreds. The Church has always used paintings, sculpture and architecture to communicate spiritual meanings. This was a living icon of mercy.
The Church was celebrating the 1,950th anniversary of Christ’s death and Christian redemption. The pope had been preaching forgiveness and reconciliation constantly. His deed with Ali Agca spoke a thousand words. John Paul’s forgiveness was deeply Christian. He embraced his enemy and pardoned him. At the end of their 20-minute meeting, Ali Agca raised the pope’s hand to his forehead as a sign of respect. John Paul shook Ali Agca’s hand tenderly.
When the pope left the cell he said, “What we talked about must remain a secret between us. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.” This is an example of God’s divine mercy, the same divine mercy whose message St. Faustina witnessed.
St. Faustina Kowalska: Apostle of Divine Mercy
The story of St. Faustina Kowalska reveals the inspiration behind the Divine Mercy devotion. Helena Kowalska was born in Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third child of a devout Catholic family. As a small child she reported seeing bright lights during her night prayers. At age 16 she went to work as a servant in a neighboring city. She soon resigned after a fainting spell, even though a doctor said she was healthy.
Helena told her parents that she wanted to enter religious life but failed to obtain her father’s permission because he felt she was too young. She took another post as a servant and made friends with a circle of young women. At a dance, she experienced a vision of Christ suffering that touched her conscience and revived her desire to be a nun. She soon left her job and sought entrance in a religious congregation.
In 1925, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, taking the name Faustina. She served as a cook, gardener and doorkeeper in Krakow and several other community convents. The sisters liked her but did not appreciate or understand her deep interior life, which included visions and prophecies. On February 22, 1931, Sister Faustina experienced a new and life-changing vision of Christ. She saw him wearing a white robe and raising his right hand in blessing with his left hand resting on his heart from which flowed two rays of light. Jesus told her, “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the prayer, Jesus, I trust in you.”
Faustina could not paint, and struggled to convince her incredulous sisters about the truth of her vision. Ultimately she persuaded her spiritual director, Father Michael Sopocko, that the vision was real. He found an artist to create the painting that was named The Divine Mercy and shown to the world for the first time on April 28, 1935.
Father Sopocko advised Sister Faustina to record her visions in a diary. At one point she wrote that “Jesus said I was his secretary and an apostle of his divine mercy.” She devoted the rest of her life to spreading the message of divine mercy and the growth of popular devotion to it. Her mystical writings have been translated into many languages. She died of tuberculosis at age 33. Pope John Paul II canonized her on April 30, 2000.
The revelations experienced by St. Faustina were of a private nature, which are not essential to anyone’s acceptance of the Catholic faith. These types of visions and revelations are described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history” (#67).
In another section, the Catechism describes popular piety, which helps us to put St. Faustina’s revelations into a broader context: “The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc. These expressions of piety extend the liturgical life of the Church, but do not replace it....Pastoral discernment is needed to sustain and support popular piety” (#1674-76).
So we see that devotion to divine mercy in no way replaces any of our rich liturgical traditions. The Divine Mercy devotion fosters the virtue of trust in God’s mercy that finds its fulfillment in the liturgy of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist. Popular piety animates the faith attitudes that make participation in the sacraments more vital and fruitful.
Mercy in the midst of tragedy
The news is filled with illustrations of mercy—or the need for mercy—in our world. One of the most moving stories came to us on October 6, 2006, when an armed man entered an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. He chased out the little boys and lined up the 10 little girls in front of the blackboard. He shot all of them and then killed himself. Five of the girls died. After the medics and police left, the families of the fallen came and carried their slain children home. They removed their bloody clothes and washed the bodies. In each home they emptied a room of furniture except for a table and chairs. They sat for a time and mourned their beloved children.
After a while they walked to the home of the man who killed their children. They told his widow they forgave her husband for what he had done, and they consoled her for the loss of her spouse. They buried their anger before they buried their children.
On the wall of the local firehouse is a watercolor of the schoolyard painted by a local artist, Elsie Beiler. Its title is “Happier Days,” and it depicts the Amish children playing without a care before the shooting. Five birds, which some say represent the dead girls, circle the blue sky above.
Amish Christians teach us that forgiveness is central. They believe in a real sense that God’s forgiveness depends on their extending forgiveness to other people. That’s what the mercy of God is all about. That mercy is why we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
Rev. Alfred McBride, O.Praem., is a priest of the Norbertine Order.
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2016 TERM CALENDAR
Start: Wednesday 13 January
Close: Friday8 April
Half Term: 12h00: Thursday 18 February
Return to School: Tuesday 23 February
Public Holiday:Monday 21 March (Human Rights Day)
Friday 25 March (Good Friday)
Monday 28 March (Family Day)
Start: Wednesday 4 May
Close: Friday 5 August
Half Term: Normal closing: Friday 1 July
Return to School: Monday 11 July
Public Holidays: Thursday 16 June (Youth Day)
Friday 17 June (School Holiday)