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The Southern Cross : December 2011
Page 20 December 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross BRAND NEW HOME: Christian Brothers College students (L-R) Ifan Qua, James Kieboom, principal Noel Mifsud, Nicholas Francese and junior campus assistant principal Frances Zubreckyj in the new library. On December 1, Adelaide Archdiocese Vicar-General Father Philip Marshall blessed the new $11.5m-building of the CBC junior campus, on Wakefield St, which was officially opened by Federal MP for Adelaide Kate Ellis. The new campus building includes classrooms and a rooftop playing field overlooking the Adelaide Parklands and the hills. The Chapel and library pay tribute to the Christian Brothers and Kaurna people history of the college and an original foundation stone, woodwork from the demolished campus, and a statue of the Madonna and child, carved in 1963 by renowned artist Voitre Marek, are part of the new campus. The junior campus was largely funded by the Federal Government's Building Education Revolution. World Youth Day is not an isolated event that takes place every few years, but is an essential part of the New Evangelisation called for by Pope John Paul II. In announcing the Year of Faith 2012-2013, Pope Benedict XVI said: "Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy." For many young people, World Youth Day is their first encounter with the universal Church and where they discover they are part of something bigger than their local parish. The task for the local Church is not to replicate the WYD experience, but to help nurture the relationship that a young person has gained with Jesus Christ through WYD. It's not possible to reproduce such a high, emotive experience upon returning home. The challenge is to support and encourage the enthusiasm of the pilgrims when they return home so that they may contribute to the reinvigoration of their diocese and parish. Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Penance have been revived in some parishes due to the enthusiasm of WYD pilgrims. Other pilgrims through their regular social events have developed networks that are supporting various social justice initiatives. It is incorrect of us to expect instant results from WYD, but as the Holy Father explained, the seeds of faith scattered at WYD can be compared to that in the Gospel that fell on the path, the rocky ground, the thorns but also on the good soil. God is in charge -- not us! At the Vigil, the Holy Father strongly urged the young people present to discover their vocation in the Church and in society and "to persevere in that vocation with joy and fidelity." For a significant number of today's seminarians and young priests, WYD has been a crucial factor in their vocational discernment. I know this is true of my own experience, especially through WYD 2005 when it dawned upon me that the Lord was inviting me to be a Priest. The visible and joyful presence of young priests and religious at WYD makes a young person stop and think -- maybe I too am called to this way of life? Such an effective witness communicates to the young person that the priesthood or religious life is a realistic, fulfilling and necessary vocation in the Church. WYD provides a supportive faith environment for young people to ask demanding questions of themselves about their future and their commitment to the Christian way of life. Michael Romeo is an Adelaide seminarian who attended World Youth Day in Madrid earlier this year. Michael Romeo First encounter with universal Church NAZARETH GENEROSITY: Students in the Early Years (Reception to Year 2) and children in the Early Childhood Centre of Nazareth Catholic Community collected canned food, packets of pasta, recyclable bottles and cans as well as baby clothes and goods as part of the Early Years Social Justice program this year. "I felt helpful when I brought cans of food to school because we gave them to people who don't have much food," said Year 1 student Lily Massey. Staff also participated by generously providing baked goods for community members to purchase, with the proceeds being donated to Caritas Australia. Primary teacher Jane Watson said: "One of the main aims of this program was for students to become aware of and gain a deeper understanding of other individuals or communities who are less fortunate than themselves. I believe we achieved this. It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic and how generous families were in supporting the various charities." Pictured left is Cherrie Be-Wan Cheung and Fiore Marzilli. | schools The Catholic Education Office in Adelaide has been named the Leading Organisation for the Advancement of Women by the Federal Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. The Agency's Business Achievement Award winners were recognised last month for "knocking down barriers facing women wishing to excel and replacing them with ladders to success". EOWA Director Helen Conway said the winners demonstrated a range of interesting and innovative initiatives with a strong focus on creating a "culture of sustainable change and improved accountability". Catholic Education Office Adelaide won the award for leading organisation for businesses and organisations employing more than 800 people. The Australian Catholic University won the same award for employers of less than 800 people. Helen O'Brien, (pictured) an assistant director of Catholic Education SA, accepted the award at a ceremony attended by 400 people, including Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis at Doltone House, Pyrmont, in Sydney. Equal employer award