This was the theme chosen for the Open Year Mass at Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise on October 4th 2013. A positive and uplifting ceremony, the mass was celebrated by the newly appointed Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Bishop Denis Nulty.
A friendly and warm character the Bishop was joined by school chaplain Fr. Paddy Byrne and the school Ceist representative Mr. Justin Brown on this special occasion.
On his arrival, the Bishop was greeted by Sr. Evelyn Byrne (Chairperson of Board of Management), Ms. Helen O’Donnell (School Principal), Mrs. Anne Dollard (Acting Deputy Principal), as well as staff and students. First stop for the Bishop during his visit was to the newly refurbished Prayer Room. Impressed by the wonderful artwork the Bishop joked with students and staff before blessing the sacred room.
The Bishop addressed a large group of First, Third and Sixth year students, as well as being joined by a delivery from newly appointed Head Girl, Ailbhe Lalor and Orla Masterson who read the procession of gifts. Interlinked with theme of believing in yourself, the gifts brought with them a story of the school’s achievements and symbols to which the community belongs. Among the gifts were objects representing Nano Nagle, Ceist, Meitheal, Green School, Sport in the School and the Pope John Paul II Awards.
In addition to being the traditional Open Year Mass, the Bishop also celebrated the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi where he spoke of peace in the school, at home and local community. Accompanied by the beautifully enchanting music of Ms. Maria Breen and the school choir, the celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Extremely privelged, the school would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Bishop Nulty and the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, as well as Fr. Paddy Byrne and the local Parish who made such a joyous occasion possible.