The Aquinas Whole School Mass was celebrated on Tuesday 17th September and was dedicated to the intentions of the school community for the success of the year that lies ahead.

Father Colin Grant, the School Chaplain celebrated the Mass and marked the occasion by reading the passage from St Mark’s Gospel that gives the account of Jesus’ calming of the storm. Fr Grant followed this with a sermon reminding the school congregation that many challenges may face us in life, similar to the challenge the apostles faced on the Sea of Galilee, but we should remain steadfast in faith and never be disheartened because Christ is with us in every situation we encounter. The Mass was introduced with a reflection read by Ciaran Foster (Year 14) and Eamonn Rea (Year 14) read the Communion Reflection using the poem, “The Schoolbag” by Seamus Heaney. Dominic Harkin and Claire Houston also from Year 14 read the Prayers of the Faithful.

Following Mass, Mr Kelly addressed everyone, saying that this day was the only occasion in the year when it’s possible to speak to the whole school. He reminded his listeners that such an event was the embodiment of the School Ethos and was delighted by the way in which pupils showed prayerful reverence throughout.

Finally, Fr Paddy McKenna, the Parish Priest of Holy Rosary Parish, welcomed everyone to the Parish’s beautiful Church and gave special mention to his own parishioners from St Michael’s and Holy Rosary Primary Schools. He spoke fondly of Aquinas and is always impressed by the cordiality and courteousness pupils afford him anytime he visits the school. He finished by applauding the beautiful singing of the school choir, accompanied by the Director of Music from the Cathedral, Mr Nigel McClintock.