• Patrick McBride

Saint Marcellin Champagnat celebrated

John Paul II High School marks the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat in style.

Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers, was struck by the isolation in which people lived and the lack of education.

At the end of October 1816, after attending Jean-Baptist Montagne, a dying sixteen-year-old completely ignorant of basic Catholic teaching, Champagnat acted upon his conviction of the need for religious Brothers.

After a long term illness, Champagnat died of cancer on 6 June 1840. This week John Paul school students celebrated the life of the Saint.

Due to COVID-19 the school had to split juniors and seniors up to run two Masses, hosted by father Matthew from St Patricks Church, in the school hall.

Both groups attended and celebrated the Eucharist. During lunchtime students were treated to a BBQ served by the Student Council followed by a range of activities from volleyball and cinema, to arts and craft, Minecraft and board games.

The students participated positively and grew to know more of Saint Marcellin's gifts to all.

PHOTOS: supplied

If your school has a story to share please email editor@mcbridevision.net