From the Chaplain - March 2020

From the Chaplain - March 2020

From the Chaplain – March 2020

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It was a quiet start to the month, leading up to our Ash Wednesday celebrations last week where the whole school gathered together for a Chapel service in the Sports Complex. The Junior School have continued their pattern of weekly Chapel services with Years 3-6 gathering together last period each Wednesday and Prep to Year 2 on Thursday also last period. The Boarders have a more informal service each Thursday evening and have been in fine voice with their singing. However, a change has taken place for the Senior School this year. Previously we held fortnightly Year Level Chapels on Mondays and Fridays but changes to the timetable and a desire to have more Eucharists during the year to reflect our Anglican identity, has meant that this year we are holding House Eucharists at least once a term.

The first of these is this coming Friday. Having three such services means that I have asked two other clergy to help. The assistant priest, Rev Trevor Sketcher, from Holy Spirit Parish, Surfers Paradise is one and the other is Rev Richard Browning, the newly appointed Director of Mission in Anglican Schools in our Diocese of Brisbane. Rev Trevor is no stranger to St Hilda’s as he was a staff member in his first career as a teacher. In fact, the Year 12 students were in Year 6 when he last taught here. Rev Trevor will be taking the Karragaroo House Eucharist. Father Richard is also not a stranger to the working of schools as he was the chaplain at Radford College, Canberra, for sixteen years before returning to Brisbane last December. Fr Richard will be the celebrant at the Banksia House Service. He will also be visiting the school next week for our Ethics Assembly organised by the International Group.

As a member of Melaleuca House, I will be conducting their Eucharist. It is hoped each Eucharist will be a joyous occasion with plenty of student participation. It is very pleasing to note that there has been a good response from each House for students to help run the services.

Fr Patrick Duckworth
School Chaplain

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace