Catholic Schools Day – 2013
Activities around the country are shown in the photographs below – and they certainly reveal that our schools are living the treasure! Below is a sample of some of the many events that took place.
In the Auckland diocese, as throughout the country, many schools and colleges joined together for Mass, liturgies, and shared lunch and activities themed to the day. St Mary's Northcote parish treated students and staff to cake, while students at McAuley High School donated food for a food basket for an elderly person. St Joseph's Pukekohe set up a display on the perimeter fence advertising the day. St Francis Xavier School Whangarei released homing pigeons and a logo with the plume of education.
In Palmerston North diocese Our Lady of Lourdes Palmerston North let off 63 helium balloons in the school colours, one for every year of its life. St Peter's College, also in Palmerston North, loaded the mission van with home baking and distributed it to parish offices, the hospital, hospice, police, ambulance, fire station, St Vincent de Paul and diocesan offices. St Joseph's Waipukurau held a coin trail with the money to be distributed to children in need, created a paper quilt, and visited the Pukeora 'Forest of Memories' where they discussed how to support this project through prayer and practical activities. Hastings schools St Joseph's and St John's College released white balloons as a symbol of peace; the St Joseph's children designed feathers made into a cloak worn by the youngest child, and their focus on Catholic heritage was shown through photos of the faith journey of the principal, Mrs O'Connor, from her First Holy Communion onwards. See DRS Kelly Beal's blog at http://mrsbealssjsblogspot. com (Special Events section) for a wonderful set of photos. (This whole blog is a real treasure worth emulating.) Napier schools were hosted at Sacred Heart College and Wanganui schools, St Matthew's Marton and St Joseph's Patea celebrated a city-wide Mass then were hosted at Cullinane College. Taranaki schools took out a feature page in the local newspaper and brought 700 children together for Mass and activities.
In Wellington Archdiocese many schools engaged in joint activities. Holy Cross Miramar, St Anthony's Seatoun and St Patrick's Kilbirnie filled treasure chests with photos on which children had recorded their gifts and talents, and these were part of the Offertory procession at Mass. Garin College Nelson launched its annual 'Can drive' for the Vinnies Food Bank. Wairarapa schools celebrated in Masterton. On the West Coast five schools brought 400 students together for Mass.
In Christchurch St Bernadette's Christchurch concluded their day with a fun family religious education night; children at St Peter's Beckenham wore "hot" colours to celebrate Pentecost, and brought a gold coin for Caritas; St Joseph's Ashburton and Our Lady of the Snows Methven celebrated Mass and then spent the day in a range of service activities in the community. Catholic Cathedral College Christchurch had a liturgy of thanksgiving for the Religious Orders who have given their all to Catholic education in New Zealand. In Southland 1000 pupils from 7 schools met for Mass in Invercargill, and then split up for activities and games led by Verdon College senior students. In Gore, Oamaru and Dunedin students gathered also. At St Mary's Mosgiel the Young Vinnies organised chidren to bring a gift fot the local food bank.
In all – a wonderful day. Thank you!
Catholic Schools Day 2013 Gallery