Mary Farah

From the Principal

On Tuesday, 1st May, the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, a timely reminder of the dignity and importance of work in our lives. St. Joseph, the humble carpenter, isn't just a historical figure; his life, alongside that of his son Jesus, offers valuable lessons for navigating the complexities of the modern workplace.

Many of us face challenges – demanding jobs that leave us drained, uncertainty about the future of our professions due to automation or economic shifts, or the struggle to find work that feels fulfilling. St. Joseph and Jesus, both skilled carpenters, can be a source of inspiration in these situations.

Just as they found purpose and even a sense of holiness in their carpentry, we can find meaning in our own work, no matter the field. They embody a strong work ethic, demonstrating the value of perseverance and taking pride in a job well done. Whether we work in a school, or we're doctors or nurses, engineers or drivers, artists or tradies, our work contributes to the greater good of society, just as Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew, spoke of the importance of the laborers in the vineyard.

The world around us is changing rapidly. The economy is in constant flux, with some jobs disappearing while new ones emerge, often requiring different skill sets. Following St. Joseph and Jesus' example, we can embrace lifelong learning and adapt our skills to navigate these changes. Perhaps this means taking evening classes, attending workshops, pursuing further qualifications, or simply learning on the job.

However, St. Joseph also reminds us of the importance of balance. While work is important, it shouldn't consume our lives. He prioritized his family, demonstrating the need for healthy boundaries. Disconnecting from work emails in the evenings, taking proper holidays, and making time for loved ones are all crucial for our well-being. Jesus, too, in the Gospel of Mark, emphasized the importance of rest and rejuvenation when he took time away from the crowds to pray and find solace.

The feast of St. Joseph the Worker is a call to action for all of us. Let us strive to find purpose in our work, contribute our unique talents to the world, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. In doing so, we emulate St. Joseph and Jesus' dedication, resilience, and their ability to find meaning and sanctity in even the most ordinary of tasks. Their lives remind us that all honest work has dignity and contributes to God's plan for the world.

I am delighted this week to invite our families to the 2024 College Musical Production, High School Musical, and to next Friday's Mother's Day Breakfast. Please be aware that places for each of these events are limited, and tickets are selling very quickly!

Mary Farah
College Principal