To celebrate the start of Catholic Schools week on Sunday 25 January, a number of pupils, teachers and staff of the new secondary school in Tramore, Ardscoil Na Mara, were present at the 10.30am Mass.
At the mass, the students lead the proclamation of the Word, led the Prayer of the Faithful, presented the gifts at the offertory, and gave reflections. Candles were lit representing the five areas of service we give, and a choir and cantors from the school led the signing at Mass. Prayers were offered at other masses for the three primary schools in the town as well.
As a way of marking the new secondary schools opening, and as a pledge to support the school from the parish, a wooden cross taken from the original roof structure of Holy Cross Church from 1860 was presented to the principal Mr. Padraig Cawley.
Fr Michael Toomey who celebrated the Mass, explained that this cross was created by one of the builders in the roof project from 2011, when the major €1.5million re-roofing and re-pointing project took place in the church. The wood of the cross presented, was taken from one of the original frames which held up the church for over 150 years.
“This cross is a symbol of the commitment of this parish community to the new Catholic School, Ardscoil Na Mara, for many generations to come” said Fr Toomey, as he blessed and presented the cross to the principal.
All during Catholic Schools week, the school was given daily prayer reflections by the students. Staff are greeted on their log in screens with a simple prayerful reflection, and a fun treasure hunt has been going on all week, asking the students to find the clues and answers to questions about the faith.
The cross from Holy Cross will be placed in the school as a sign of the commitment of the parish to support and pray constantly for our new catholic secondary school for many years to come.