On Thursday, 17 March, Waverley College was represented at a special St Patrick’s Day Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral by Year 11 students, Connor Andrews, Ethan McArdle and Hugo Morgan. All schools in the Sydney Archdiocese, founded by Irish orders of nuns and brothers, were present, and Bishop Terence Brady celebrated the Mass.
St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in the 4th century and Irish migrants brought Catholicism to Australia from the 18th century. The order of Christian Brothers founded many schools including Waverley College in 1903.
The Mass included a strong focus on the need for prayer for flood victims in Northern NSW and Queensland, and for peace in Ukraine. We were also reminded of the words of St Patrick in his prayer:
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Ms Martina Cooper
Head of Religion