On Monday 4th February, the College community celebrated the Commissioning Mass.
Father John Adams, Diocesan Vicar for Education, celebrated the Mass. In his homily he talked about the importance of faith and cited Monday’s Superbowl stars as men of Catholic faith.
After the Eucharistic celebration he blessed the 2019 Leaders’ badges and Mr Hart called the Leaders to unite in a pledge before their whanau badged them.
Guests at the Mass included the Christian Brothers, the leaders of the Catholic Education Office for the Christchurch Diocese, the Mission Team who will help run our retreats this year. Most importantly, families of the Year 13 Leaders were there to carry on the College traditions.
The College Leaders for 2019 are:
Rice House Leader: Zachariah Amituanai
McClintock House Leader: Caius Faatili
Marlow House Leader: Joshua Dent
Joyce House Leader: Cormack Tarrant
Edmund Rice Community Leader: Will Andrews
Edmund Rice Environment: Johvaan Renata
Edmund Rice Social Justice Leader: Omar Ali
Edmund Rice Cultural Leader: William Topham
Edmund Rice Academic Leader: Caleb Stewart
Edmund Rice Academic Leader: Fraser Buckley
Edmund Rice Sports Leader: Thomas Stewart
College Council: Risias Mutonhori
Edmund Rice Pasifika Leader: Elisara Vaifale
Edmund Rice Whanau Leader: Tahuora Himona-Burcher
Edmund Rice Filipino Leader: Mark Frayna
College Captain: Cameron Brewitt
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 18 staff involved in the Mass, the students who helped during the Mass and indeed all the students who were respectful and reverent during the Mass. Special thanks to Mrs Ngaire Lester for her tireless work in making sure the hall looks great. Thanks also to Father John for his continued support of the College.
For more information about the College’s Catholic Special Character, pop into my office for a chat or email me on email@example.com
Yours in Christ
Director of Religious Studies
· Homily: a speech, also known as a ‘sermon’ that encourages the people to see faith in action in the modern world.
· Eucharist: in the Catholic Tradition, the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ instituted by Jesus in the First Mass (also known as “the Last Supper”). Eucharist comes from the Greek word meaning “Thanksgiving”.
· Christian Brothers: these men started the College in the spirit of their leader (Edmund Rice) Now retired, they still volunteer as servant leaders in the community. Many live here in Christchurch and are part of a monthly prayer group. All are welcome to join!