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Fr Phil Linder from Sacred Heart Mosman
We recently celebrated the Golden Jubilee, fifty years, of Fr Phil Linder to the priesthood. Fr Phil was the parish priest of Liverpool for about 24 years and in recent years he has been the parish priest of the Parishes of Sydney Harbour North.
During the Mass of Celebration we saw a photo display of Fr Phil’s life. Fr Phil was a student of Marist Brothers Mosman which later merged with Marist Brothers North Sydney to become Marist College North Shore. During this time Fr Phil was very prominent in athletics (some of his records still stand today) and rugby league. He has been a lifetime supporter of the North Sydney Bears, which is a pretty difficult team to support currently in first grade.
Throughout his ministry as a priest Fr Phil has dedicated himself to the support of his parishioners and he has a reputation for doing a significant number of baptisms, weddings and funerals. Fr Phil referred to the importance for him in being present for his parishioners, during the happy times and then being able to try to comfort them in their time of loss.
I was really struck by the generosity and dedication of Fr Phil to his vocation as a priest. His understanding of being a priest is very much centred on the importance of service and servant leadership and the Eucharist. It was this form of humble service that Jesus displayed to his disciples.
Joshua Hills, Aiden Brennan, Will Schreiber, Will James, Dion Foresto, Rowan Cargill, Cooper Kahui-Chee and Christopher Ha also attended the celebration of Fr Phil, these students attended Sacred Heart Mosman as youngsters and were honoured to be asked to attend this special Mass.
Last night we celebrated the major works completed by the HSC Visual Arts, Design and Technology and Industrial Technology Timber students. Completing a major work for the HSC is an enormous task and both the student and teachers should be extremely proud. The works showed great talent and skill.
I was very impressed with the Drama performances. The HSC students were extremely entertaining but also carrying a message for our students and society. The music of the band, the Year 12s and the College Band was also outstanding under the direction of Mr Rod Herbert.
Our 2019 Walkathon will be held on Thursday 26 September, the second last day of Term 3. This year we are raising money to support the construction of a Marist High School in Timor Leste. Br Peter Corr, our previous principal, is currently at work finalising the planning for this project. I have requested that each student brings in $30 in the fortnight before the Walkathon to support this important work. The collecting of this money will begin next week (Week 8).