Enter to Learn…Leave to Serve
Mazenod College is an Oblate College and as such, attempts to follow St Eugene de Mazenod’s example of standing with and serving the most abandoned in our community and beyond. We teach students and staff that faith is not just a personal response to God’s love but is also a communal response to love one another as Jesus taught us.
- To provide an opportunity of service in which the students can explore their own giftedness and discover ways in which they can share them with others.
- To provide an opportunity of service in which the students will make choices about areas of deep human need with which they will become involved.
- To provide an opportunity for which the students can meet persons with “special needs” and can learn from their perspectives.
- To provide an opportunity of service in which the students can discover the joy that comes with responding to others in need and to plant seeds for their life-long commitment to service.
- To provide an opportunity of service in which the students are challenged to broaden the sphere of their involvement.
- To provide an opportunity for reflection through writing and sharing with others. The students are encouraged to integrate their service experiences with their religious/spiritual formation.
Christian people throughout the centuries have sought to model their lives after the example of Jesus, who Himself was sent to bring Good News to the poor and needy (Luke 4:18). Since there are “all sorts of service to be done, but always the same Lord, working in all sorts of different ways in different people” (1 Corinthians 12:6), we would be remiss at Mazenod, if we were not to introduce our students to faith-in-action in the Catholic tradition. This tradition involves the two feet of Christian service: DIRECT SERVICE and SOCIAL ACTION. Direct service is helping people in their present circumstances. Social action is working to remove the causes of those difficulties through works of empowerment, advocacy, and consciousness-raising activities.
In 2013, Mission Action Day continued to be a key focus of the fundraising initiatives of the Mazenod Community, and during Term 1 a total of just under $75,000 was raised for those in need. The Mazenod Community has actively been involved in Emergency AID to assist recovery from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, raising over $10,000 via a free dress day. We also collected money for the Red Cross Appeal in Year 11.
Service opportunities were also provided through Rosies Oblate Youth Mission’s outreach to the homeless in Melbourne. The Building Bridges Programme once again brought Jewish, Christian, Muslim students together in a community of understanding and mutual learning. Students from Mazenod visited the people at the Monash Gardens home every Tuesday afternoon throughout 2013 providing company and joy to the elderly there. St Vincent de Paul Collections of food were gathered from many members of the school community and helped people in the local areas of our community in a Christmas outreach.
Areas of Service
Rosies Oblate Youth Missions is an outreach to the homeless in Melbourne. Its mission is to be “Friends on the Street” and operates out of Flinders Street every Wednesday and Friday night.
Rosies gives those people at Flinders Street, especially if they appear to be homeless or lonely, a comfortable and safe environment in which they belong. Rosies volunteers witness Christ’s love for the poor and abandoned through developing friendships and being a listening ear. One of the most severe problems for the homeless is not simply getting food and shelter, but getting someone to listen to their story and to be their ‘Friend on the street’.
Rosies is a missionary work of the Catholic Church, under the auspices of a religious order called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Year 12 students are offered the opportunity to be a part of the Mission through immersion and voluntary experiences. Rosies Oblate Youth Mission forms the primary basis of Community Service in Year 12.
More information on Rosies can be found at www.rosiesvic.oblates.com.au.
St Vincent de Paul’s own website www.vinnies.org.au describes itself as follows:
The St Vincent de Paul Society aspires to be recognized as a caring Catholic charity offering “a hand up” to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.
Mazenod College supports St Vincent de Paul Conferences in collecting food and gifts for those in need. At every Retreat Day, the Year 12’s will bring an item of food for St Vincent de Paul and during Advent, the entire school will collect food, clothing and gifts to form Christmas Hampers for the local community.