Remembrance Month – November

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St. Josephs College, Ferntree Gully

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This month we are encouraged by the Church to pray for the dead. In Churches people are asked to write names of loved ones in special books or light candles to celebrate those who have passed away through the years. It is a time to give thanks for the lives of special people. One minute silence is observed on the 11th day of the 11 month at the 11th hour to remember the sacrifice of those who died or suffered in Australia’s cause during wars and conflicts. Remembrance Day is to commemorate the end of the Great War, and for us today with a new war being fought on our planet, a reminder of previous sacrifices.

“Greater Love hath no man”

In the shrine of remembrance in the city these words are inscribed on a special stone in the memorial. A very fitting reminder of the personal cost of war and the honour we can bestow on these people who protect our shores. The quote reminds us that we are to care for others in our world and at times we are going to be asked to make sacrifices on many levels.

This month provides us with a focus of those who have touched our lives in personal ways and those who have sacrificed themselves for the safety of our country. It is fitting therefore to pause through this month and honour those who have gone before us.

As a community we remember those who have died on our Memorial Cross in the College Chapel, also the Annual Mass for Deceased Past Pupils and Staff of College on November 12 at 7:30pm.

Ann Maree Pagon

Director of Religious Education

 

Source: St. Joseph’s College