Xavier Day began with our traditional Eucharistic Celebration in the gym. Fr Joseph Lee SDB (Brooklyn Park) Fr Marc Barry SDB (acting Gawler Parish Priest) and our own Fr Will Matthews SDB (College Chaplain) presided over the Mass. As you can see from the photographs on the newsletter the festive nature of the day is always a highlight of our Mass and this year was no exception. I must make special mention of our singers and musicians they were all terrific, and the ‘Ave Maria’ was beautifully sung by Year 12 student and music co-captain Rachel Seager.
As you would be aware by now, the theme of the Xavier Day Mass this year was ‘Who is My Neighbour’ and the students were challenged by Fr Will in his homily and Mr Martin in his address, to think about how they can take action to help others who are in need throughout our world, not just the people living next door.
Just like the ‘Good Samaritan’ did in the parable told by Jesus. During the rest of the day, our students had the opportunity to select two different activities to be involved in, ranging from sporting pursuits, cards, cooking, ‘minute to
win it’, singing, lots of arts and crafts, to name just a few and were all coordinated and assisted by our generous and friendly staff. Another special guest who enjoyed our day was a Salesian Sister, Sr Louise McKeogh (Brooklyn Park) who personally visited each of the 23 different activities on offer. At lunch time the crowds were entertained by our senior music students and teachers.
Xavier Day was another great success, a day not to be missed and continues to highlight and build upon the Salesian Identity and Ethos of our school.
Director of Salesian Identity and Ethos Programs
Source: Xavier College, Gawler, SA