A big heart that looks to the horizon

"Magnanimity…What does it mean to be magnanimous?"

This was the question Pope Francis asked a gathering of students from Jesuit schools in Italy. He explained the word to the students as follows:

"Magnanimous means to have a big heart, to have greatness of mind, it means to have great ideals, the desire to do great things to respond to what God asks of us and, precisely because of this, to do well the things of each day, all daily actions, commitments, meetings with persons. To do the little things of every day with a great heart open to God and to others. Hence it is important to take care of the human formation aimed at magnanimity. School does not only widen your intellectual but also your human dimension. And I think that in a particular way Jesuit schools are careful to develop the human virtues: loyalty, respect, fidelity, commitment."

Being 'big-hearted' is a core value of John XXIII College, expressed in our own mission statement: 'people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others.' It is this generosity of spirit that St Ignatius of Loyola lived and taught, and whose feast we celebrate next Wednesday 31st. Although Ignatius lived and worked 500 years ago, his teaching and spirituality is so relevant for C21st people. 'Ignatian (ie based on Ignatius) Spirituality is a way to pray, an approach to making decisions, a point of view about God, and a practical guide to everyday life. Ignatian spirituality sees God as actively involved in the world…' Source: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/dotmagis-blog/

To celebrate this College feast day parents and friends are warmly invited to join us in the Chapel for lunch time Mass with Father Joseph Sobb SJ presiding.

Date - Wednesday 31st July

Time - 12:55

Venue - College Chapel

The College will also honour the feast in various ways during the coming week, including a whole school Prayer Assembly.

And to celebrate the Ignatius at home? You can 'Find Your Inner Iggy' at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/dotmagis-blog/

These very short, contemporary 'bytes' are well worth a look.

Loyola/Loreto House Day

To finish the week, Loyola and Loreto houses combine to celebrate their house day on Friday 2nd August.

Jesuit, Fr Joseph Sobb, will also preside at this Mass. Students from Loreto and Loyola will be taking on various ministries in the Mass and all students and their parents in Loreto and Loyola are warmly encouraged to attend this once a year house day event.

Date - Friday 2nd August

Time - 8:00-8:30

Venue - College Chapel

Shop Front

The John XXIII College response to Lifelink was one of the ways that our community showed itself to be 'women and men for and with others'. We are finalising the money count, but it is around $3000 - thank you! Since sharing stories and photos at the end of term 2, the College has also received a letter from The Shopfront in Maylands, expressing thanks for the baskets of grocery items supplied by secondary homerooms:

"With the abundance you gave us today, we can help lots of needy people for quite a long while. It will take the pressure off those parents who cut down on food, as they struggle to keep up with bills, in order to keep a roof over their family's heads. We also assist those who live rough on the streets… the toiletries your students donated will help the homeless feel better about themselves."

(Shopfront is one of the Lifelink agencies).

Sacramental Programme

For any queries about the Family-focused, parish-based, School-supported sacramental program, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or check details on the College website which is updated as new information comes to hand