Dear St Michael’s College Community,
Thank you to all who attended the Memorial Mass held at the Secondary Campus chapel and followed with supper on Thursday evening, 11 November. The Mass is held each year in memory of deceased Old Scholars and members of the St Michael’s College Community. Whilst it is in many ways a sad occasion, it is also an opportunity to come together and remember the lives of loved ones as a Catholic, Lasallian community and with the support and strength that this offers.
Thank you to all staff involved in the preparation and support of the Mass, as well as our College Leaders elect for their valued participation on the night. We also recognise the long association of Monsignor Bob Rice who again led us in his always beautiful manner.
As we were gathered in the St Michael’s Chapel, we concluded with a prayer asking that “St Michael the Archangel watch over and protect us, inspiring us with the strength and humility to live life to the full with and for each other with courage, commitment and honour, no matter what the challenge”.
“On 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts”. (Australian War Memorial)
St Michael’s College recognised Remembrance Day this year on Thursday 11 November at each campus. Various members of the St Michael’s College Army Cadets Unit formed the Catafalque Party at the Secondary Campus, whilst others greeted students and staff at the doors. Thank you to our bugler, Brock Niemann, for the moving rendition of The Last Post and The Rouse. Thank you also to our College Leaders who were the speakers for the occasion, and to all involved for their respectful, positive and reflective participation.