Lenten Message 2020
“As we begin the journey of Lent, events have confronted us with a sense of powerlessness and fragility. Illusions of omnipotence or invulnerability have been shown for what they are: a lie. The truth is that we are often powerless and always fragile. But the greater truth to which Lent looks is that there is a God who comes to meet us precisely where we are most powerless and fragile. That’s what the Cross of Jesus means. When he dies, Jesus goes to the very heart of all human powerlessness and fragility. He becomes so powerless that he becomes so fragile that He’s crushed by the brutalities of a violent world.
But, from the ashes He rises in the moment of Easter, for which Lent is a preparation – a preparation which takes us down into the dark place of our powerlessness and fragility, the place where we’d rather not go.
Lent is the time given to us to open our hearts to the power of Easter. On Ash Wednesday we take the ashes upon ourselves in recognition of the truth that we are often powerless and always fragile. But by the time we get to Easter, we have come to a deeper sense that we are empowered in our powerlessness, that we are made strong in our weakness. Knowing that we can walk from the tomb with Jesus; we can rise from the ashes with him to sing the song of Easter. Fires may rage and floods come, but the voice of hope is always heard. Nothing and no-one can silence the voice of Jesus risen from the dead.”
A Prayer for the Young Women of the World
Enable them to be generous to those who are less fortunate. Give them hearts full of love and compassion. Give them the strength to say “no” to activities that they would later be remorseful about–that they would do what is right for them and for the world around them. Help them to be kind to others.
Protect them from people who would harm them physically, emotionally and mentally. Let them know that allowing You to direct their way is the smartest thing they can do. In Jesus wonderful and powerful name. Amen.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day features stories of inspiring, brilliant and often glamorous women who appear to have it all. It is easy to forget that International Women’s Day first arose out of the very unglamorous and sometimes dangerous fight for the rights of ordinary women all around the world. The United Nations urges us to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Brigidine College celebrated International Women’s Day with the 2020 theme, Celebrating our diverse community of strong women. Our guests were outstanding women and wonderful role models to us all. It was also a wonderful opportunity to witness how these fine Brigidine women continue to make their mark on society, struggling at times, to be a more socially just world.
Our speakers included:
- Rhianna Patrick (MC) – ABC Presenter and 1996 Graduate
- Jessica Laidler – Project and Research Officer Brisbane Catholic Education
- Cindy Howie – Teacher and 1998 Graduate
- Elise Stephenson – Innovator Creator Social Justice Projects and 2009 Graduate
Congratulations and thank you to the students, staff and families involved in a wide range of College activities this term including:
- Senior / Middle School Assemblies
- Middle School Leaders Presentation
- Caritas / Ash Wednesday Liturgy
- Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Sales
- Year 7 Camp
- Year 12 Retreat and Formal
- Parents and Friends AGM – Committee 2020 / Parents Welcome Evening
College Principal – Brendan Cahill
Foley House Update
The start of 2020 has been a fabulous time for Foley House! Already seeing evidence of high spirits and a readiness to get involved, Foley’s 2020 theme of ‘Wonder’ has definitely allowed our girls to begin the year with a strong sense of joy and gratitude. We have welcomed many Year 7 students to our House and it has been lovely to see them so actively involved in Home Rooms and House assemblies, as well as House activities like Foley Patron Day.
Celebrated on 14 February, Foley Patron Day is dedicated to our matron figure Mother Brigid Foley, the first principal of Brigidine College. Driven by her unrivaled love for learning and strong sense of compassion for those around her, Mother Foley was a strong advocate for female empowerment – something in which we hope to instill in each Foley girl throughout our time as Prefects in 2020. Foley House ran lob-a-choc, a photo booth, face painting, guess the number of lollies in the jar, a cape and scrunchie stall, as well as selling pizzas and drinks during lunch time, raising over $500 dedicated towards Caritas fundraising efforts. It was amazing to see the school community come together to celebrate Mother Foley. Each Foley girl is commended for her enthusiasm and participation throughout the day – the spirit was contagious!
Although the swimming carnival was rained out, we would like to commend each Foley girl for the eagerness and courage that it took to nominate for events. Further, a congratulations is in order for the keen swimmers who competed in their own time for Foley House. Speaking of sport, the Foley runners are busily preparing for Cross Country at the end of Term – look out for that pink on the course.
Lastly, we would like to issue a challenge of sorts: get involved – share the word – take action. Look out for exciting events that the College is holding and be a woman of wonder.