Each year, on 3rd December, the Management, staff and students of St Xavier’s high school dispense with the usual activities of the school day and participate in a special celebration to honour their Patron saint.
The day began by the busting of the entire school community to the chapel (both Catholics and members of other faith were invited ). The chapel wore a decorated look with the statue of St Francis Xavier beautifully lit up for the occasion. In this lovely gathering, and with the beautiful singing from our school’s liturgical choir setting the ambience, the community gathers for the mass of St. Francis Xavier.
This year the main celebrant was Fr. Noel Sheth S.J. who is a member of various international societies and administrative bodies and on the Board of Editors / Advisor of some international journals. He was joined by the local priests who concelebrated the mass. The readings and the homily wonderfully reflected on the life and significance of St. Francis Xavier, who is also the patron saint of many Catholic institutions around the world.
After the mass, the whole school community including many ex-teachers and masters walked to the hall for an afternoon of games and other fun activities. The games conducted by Mr. Gaspar Britto and Mr Crescent D’souza included ‘ Housie with a difference ‘ followed by many novel spot prizes that kept everyone amused and entertained. Packed lunch boxes with delicacies were served that were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The feast of St Francis Xavier is a day when the school takes time to pray, reflect eat and remember, as a community, the special significance of the school patron. It is a tradition that will continue for many years to come.