Next week the Parish and School will be hosting a once in a lifetime event. The relic of our own beloved patron saint St. Francis Xavier will be on display in the church next Wednesday, January 24th. It is expected that visitors coming to venerate the relic may number in the thousands.
I am very grateful that the Parish and the organizers of this tour have agreed to hold a special mass on Wednesday morning at 9:00 am. Arrangements have been made to allow the school students to be seated in the church before any other visitors will be allowed into the church. Mass will be lead by our Grade Seven students which again is quite an honour.
Parents need to be aware of the nature of the relic. As described in the media, the relic is a section of the right arm of St. Francis Xavier, whose body is on display in the Basilica of Born Jesus in Goa. Some students may be troubled by the relic and I might suggest parents discuss with their children whether or not closer viewing is a good idea.
There will be a chance for students to venerate the relic after mass is over. There is no requirement for students to venerate up close to the relic but if they decide to approach the relic that is a decision you make as a family. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.
Just to be clear, the relic will be on display throughout the Mass. Teachers will of course teach the children about the relic. It may be visible when the children go for Holy Communion or for a blessing from Father Ly or one of the Eucharistic ministers.
As mentioned before, organizers expect visitors to be in the thousands. Traffic, which is horrendous at the best of times, will be very congested all day. Wednesdays, as you know, are 2:30 pm dismissal times anyway, but working in conjunction with Sister Mary and the Parish, it has been decided to cancel After School Chinese classes. Also, we have cancelled “Mad Science” classes as well. We have been in contact with Mad Science and they have agreed to add an extra class at the end of the scheduled classes to make up for it. Please make sure your child is picked up before 3:00 pm as the staff will be leaving at 3:00 pm at the latest to make room for the extra cars we are expecting.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping to make this special event meaningful for the whole community. I am including some information I have gathered about the Relic and the tour.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Mr. Brian Fader, Principal