Focusing on compassion during Catholic Schools Week
|A special mass was held on the Gilroy College grounds |
|The Gilroy Day celebration coincided with Catholic Schools Week |
As part of Catholic Schools Week, Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill celebrated Gilroy Day on Friday 4 May.
A special mass was concelebrated on the college grounds by Gilroy's Pastor and Parish Priest of St Micahel's, Baulkham Hills, Very Reverend Michael O'Callaghan EV; Reverend John Boyle EV, Parish Priest of St Bernadette's, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills; Fr Chris Dixon, Parish Priest of Christ the King, North Rocks and St Bernadette's Assistant Priest, Fr Christopher Antwi-Boasiako.
The focus of the mass was on remembering the work of Cardinal Gilroy and the value of compassion, a quality he was widely known for living. Cardinal Gilroy, the 5th Archbishop of Sydney, was a veteran of the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
In Gilroy College’s 2011 yearbook principal Brad Campbell notes the importance of the 2012 incoming theme.
‘As a Catholic community it is important that we remember our values and use them as a platform for change within our community,’ said Brad. ‘Through recommitting to Cardinal Gilroy’s work focusing on compassion, our school has been proud to establish and strengthen our relationships with our extended community through our focus value for 2012.’
Acting principal, Angela Salkeld, said the school has undertaken a range of projects and programs encouraging our students to build their compassion, connectivity and care for those around them.
‘The value of compassion was also evident during Lent when students collected more than $6000 for Project Compassion,’ said Angela. ‘Additionally, students partnered with St Bernadette’s Primary students in Castle Hill in the Design to Shine program – mentoring and building relationships with St Gabriel’s students.
‘During pastoral lessons this term senior students will also visit St Gabriel’s to work alongside the younger students,’ she said.
More than 600 schools across the state celebrated the 6th annual Catholic Schools Week celebrations between 29 April – 5 May with the theme, ‘faith in every student’. For more information visit www.catholicschools.nsw.edu.au
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