Spreading the good news
On Tuesday 12 August Catholic Education Week got into full swing on the North West Coast.
A beautiful Mass involving staff and students from ten schools was celebrated at St Brendan-Shaw College in Devonport. Chief celebrant Archbishop Julian Porteous spoke of joy being a spiritual quality found when the focus is on others not on ourselves, and how Catholic schools and colleges make a difference in students’ lives by spreading the good news with joy.
On Wednesday the focus of the official Catholic Education Events shifted to the Northern Region.
At Sacred Heart Church in Newstead, Archbishop Julian celebrated Mass with concelebrants Frs Terry Yard, Mark Freeman and John O’Connor. It was a beautiful celebration with students from local Catholic schools and colleges participating.
Archbishop Julian then visited St Anthony’s Catholic School Riverside where he was joined by Fr Martin Aye Ngwe, Parish Priest of West Tamar and met all the students at an assembly.
Celebrations for the Southern Region commenced at John Paul II Catholic School Clarendon Vale on Thursday. Archbishop Julian concelebrated Mass with Parish Priest Fr Peter O’Loughlin for the eastern shore cluster of Catholic schools before Archbishop Julian and Fr Peter spent time with students and staff at the School.
This Mass fell on the Feast Day of St Maximillian Kolbe, a Polish saint who was canonised appropriately by Pope John Paul II, the patron of the school. The martyr, St Maximillian Kolbe, gave up his life for another in a concentration camp during World War II. Archbishop Julian spoke of the joy that is a gift from God and comes to those whose lives, like Our Lady and St Maximillian, are oriented towards God and others.