First Year Mass of Welcome
First Year Mass of Welcome, St Nathy’s College, 16th September 2014
St Nathy’s College Chapel was filled to overflowing on 16th September for the annual First Year Mass of Welcome. Parents/Guardians, Grandparents, family members, teachers and fellow-students joined the First Years for a prayer and music-filled celebration of the Mass. The entire congregation took an active part in the Liturgy and the atmosphere during the Mass and afterwards for refreshments in the College Canteen was truly wonderful.
During his homily at the Mass, the President, Fr. Surlis reflected upon the readings from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and the Gospel of Matthew. He encouraged the students to give of their best during their time in St Nathy’s, to dream big and to put in the effort and hard work necessary to enable them to become “persons for others” who achieve true happiness not by looking out for their own needs only but by putting their talents and skills at the service of others as they prepare to make their own unique mark on Irish society and the wider world in the years to come. He prayed God’s blessing upon them, their families and the entire community of faith and learning that is St Nathy’s College.
Sincere thanks are due to the R.E. Department and in particular Mr Daly for working with the First Year students by practising the readings, prayers of the faithful, presentation of symbols and carrying the offertory gifts to the altar.
This year’s First Years are an especially talented group musically and this was very evident in the wonderful music and song – both traditional Irish and sacred – which was woven into the Liturgy.