27 April 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians and friends of Assumption,
On February 16, four paintings, each depicting a significant part of our shared Marist story, were blessed and commissioned at the Marist community of Santa Teresa in the Northern Territory. These paintings tell four different Marist stories: the story of the Fourvière pledge to form a religious community dedicated to Mary, the story of the dying boy, the story of the first brothers’ community at Lavalla, and the story of the May miracle. Viewed together, these paintings tell us one important story - the story of the mission of Marists in the way of St Marcellin Champagnat: “to make Jesus known and loved”.
Throughout 2017, these four paintings will be displayed in pairs around Australia, spending some time among our Marist communities and ministries. This week, our community has received the story of Fourvière and the story of Jean Baptise Montagne, the dying boy. These paintings have been displayed in many Australian Marist communities and will continue their journey in the months ahead.
These paintings acknowledge that it is 200 years since St Marcellin welcomed Jean-Baptiste Audras and Jean-Marie Granjon into a small house at Lavalla on 2 January 1817, the first community of Marist Brothers.
In this, the bicentenary year of the founding of this first community of brothers, we Marists come together as a vital faith community to embrace God’s mission with Marian joy, hope, and audacity. These paintings are in the college chapel and have been seen by many staff and students. (They are pictured at the right with Terry Cooney, our Director of Catholic Identity.) For a more detailed look see photos below.
Welcome back for term two. We have certainly had a lively start to the term with two afternoons of parent-teacher-student interviews on April 18 and 19. It is vital that teachers and families work together to support the growth and development of each student at Assumption College.
The feedback from teachers has been very positive, and I thank them and all who attended these interviews.
Last week the first official winter sporting fixtures started, and over the next two weeks the remaining teams will play their first games. We wish everybody all the best for the season and trust that the games are played in great spirit, with a dose of enjoyment and if all goes well a win or two. Further details are in Rob Elliot's article later in the bulletin.
Dying Boy Fourvière Pledge