Posted by Julia Goonan
on 20 May 2020
Founder's Day looked a little different this year at St Bede's College Mentone in Melbourne. Founder's Day is the largest celebration of the year in every Lasallian school. The 15th of May marks the Day that St John Baptist de La Salle founded this incredible community of thousands of students, staff and teachers. St Bede's College Mentone, one of the largest all-boys' schools in Melbourne, hosted an online Founders Day Mass for everyone in isolation, to come together still. The Mass is available for anyone to watch, posted on Vimeo publicly to bring together not only current students, but students from other schools, staff members, and families at home. There was a sense of unity as the many different people spoke in the Mass, all recording the videos from their homes and have been edited together to form the Mass. Fr Peter Matheson said the Mass with the same set up of the altar in the St Bede's Chapel. The Lasallian song opened the Mass and hymns were sung by students recorded separately and put together to sound like they were by each other's sides. Student's wrote prayers and they were collated to be said within the Mass, to bring unity in a time of isolation. Ria Greene, Deputy Principal of St Bede's, sent the link to the video to all students and staff of the College and invited families to light a candle in a sacred space in the home while watching the Mass.
"Proudly, we are part of the Lasallian Family that he founded over 300 years ago a family that is in more than 80 countries, has more than 100,000 teachers and workers and over 1 million students.
"To watch the Mass, visit https://vimeo.com/417119185/7666d8434c