On Wednesday 24 July, the entire College community gathered in St Peter's Church on a sunny Melbourne winter's day to celebrate the feast of our patron, St James the Apostle. The college welcomed back Fr Jacob Raju who celebrated his first St James Day Mass in his new role as Holy Trinity Parish Priest. This occasion was also a celebration of the academic achievements of many of the young men during Semester One with over one hundred guests in attendance to mark the occasion.
There were several De La Salle Brothers who joined the College as special guests. Brother Lawrence King and Brother Mandy Djunco, represented the Malvern community whilst Brother Joseph Gabel (Principal 1985-1986) represented the Mentone Community and also presented the prestigious St James Awards to four very worthy recipients.
As part of the Mass, St James College Principal, Mr Stephen Pooley spoke about the life of the apostle St James and reminded the congregation of the many ways in which we people actively live out their faith. Mr Pooley encouraged all of us to use the special gifts given to us by God as a service to others by recalling the words of St James, "faith without good works is dead". He then challenged all present to be companions to each other and to emulate the commitment that St James demonstrated in the living of his life.
The Mass was concluded with the presentation of awards for Year Level Duces, Academic Achievement and Academic Effort.
Following the liturgy, the College gathered with families in the foyer of the VPAC Building for a light lunch and the chance to celebrate the achievements of the young men recognised during the celebration.