The 17th February is a significant date for those of us who are members of the Oblate community. After years of work in Aix, Southern France, a young, 29 year old priest, Eugene de Mazenod, concerned for thousands of his countrymen disenfranchised from religion because of the French Revolution, gathered together a small band of missionaries to preach in the vernacular and care for the rural populations of Provence. The congregation was founded on January 25, 1816 and solemnly approved by Pope Leo XII under the name of Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate on 17 February, 1826. Our Commitment Mass is held as close as possible to the 17th February every year.
It was with genuine joy that we celebrated the Commitment Mass last Friday. With over 2100 people present, we needed to make use of both Oblate Hall and IPAC. The liturgy contained many wonderful elements, including the participation of Year 12 families as part of the ceremony. Thank you to Mr Wayne Wilden, Mrs Madonna Forster and everyone who assisted. At the Mass, Fr Michael and Fr Lewy commissioned the Eucharistic Ministers who came from amongst our Year 12s. The generosity of faith contained in these young Catholic men demonstrates a real commitment to the sharing of the faith with the peers. It was a great celebration.