Posted by Matthew Apuda
on 12 February 2020
"Stand firm in your faith and be courageous" is our school theme for 2020.
On the 7th February, De La Salle College Mangere East celebrated the start of the school year with an opening mass. Using para-liturgy, it better explained different symbols that relate to our theme, which includes:
a cross (for the death of Christ Jesus for humanity's salvation),
a cloth (for the courage that Christ had shown by laying himself on the cross with barely a cloth to cover him), and finally
a candle (for the light that is Christ himself, our guide to heaven).
Our celebrant was Fr Martin Wu, ordained last year in August and having past experience of pastoral work at the college; we also welcomed as our new College Chaplain.
In addition, we also commissioned the senior prefects who have all worked hard to demonstrate what it means to be Lasallian by living a life of Faith, Community, Excellence and Service.
The mass was an opportunity for all members of the Lasallian community, including board members and families, to gather under one roof and celebrate the importance of being in communion with each other through Christ Jesus.
This mass reminded us that as we begin this year, we must stand firm in our faith and be courageous in everything we do as we fight the good fight of faith.
Some Reflections from Students:
Lucius Yandall - "We started by bringing the cross to the front to symbolise how we stand firm in our faith. The Dedication Mass taught us to believe and to have faith in Jesus. For me, this is very important as a Lasallian because it means Jesus is with us always in our hearts."
Brooklyn Hilihetule-Misipatif - "As a non-Catholic student, I learnt that we receive blessings as this is new to me. We also had a new Chaplain, Fr Martin, who blessed our new Student Leaders. The Dedication Mass, to me, means that I have to strengthen my brotherhood as someone not above or below but always beside my brothers."
Ben Fonotalaga - "I enjoyed the dedication mass because I was able to learn something from Fr Martin, our new chaplain, who made us reflect on what it means to be a Lasallian. I also liked the songs we sang; it made the mass more joyful. We chanted "De La Salle!" I am very proud to be from this College community."
Charm Tuaia - "The Dedication Mass gave me the opportunity to have a closer relationship with God with my brothers by my side. It was a good experience, and I was able to understand what the school theme for this year meant. Stand firm in your faith Be Courageous. 1 Corinthians 16:13"