The position of Ministry Coordinator at Daramalan has been established to provide support in formal and informal ways for the spiritual development of staff and students, within the particular ethos of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
The formal programme includes the organisation of our major liturgical celebrations, a coordinated retreat programme across Years 7 to 12, the formation and direction of the Youth Ministry and a developing Service Project. The major liturgical celebrations are Opening Mass, Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Sacred Heart Day, the Feast of the Assumption, Chevalier Day and Graduation and Christmas Masses. On most of these occasions the whole school gathers to celebrate together, along with the MSC community, parish priests, MSC Associates and parents.
MSC stands for Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis), the order of priests and brothers founded by Fr. Jules Chevalier in central France in 1854. Fr Chevalier saw in Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus the cure for the ills of his time. He would see the same problems in society today, so his vision is no less relevant. We now more regularly refer to a Spirituality of the Heart. Living such a spirituality involves a journey into one’s own heart and into the heart of the human condition, open to encountering there the compassionate heart of Jesus, the Heart of God. This is the journey that we hope that our students and staff will undertake, each to their own capacity and guided gently within the framework we attempt to provide.
Sacred Heart Day - June 2012
Sacred Heart Day, the College’s Feast Day, is celebrated each year with a mixture of religious and special events for all students including a whole school Mass. Following the Mass the whole school assembles for the annual “Heart Photo” (above) which is a reminder of the heart centred ethos of Daramalan College.