Each year, Liston Day has always been a very profound and proud event in the school’s calendar, for both staff and students – and 2019 was no exception. Bishop Patrick Dunn was the celebrant for our Liston Day Mass and welcomed us into the Cathedral by recalling the story of Bishop Pompallier and his link to this sacred ground.
Mass began with the Procession of the Word escorted by African students at the College in a traditional African dance, celebrating and showcasing the multiple cultures of our school. Six students received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist, bringing to an end their spiritual and religious journey towards full membership in the Catholic Church. Sixteen students were also commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers to serve our school community.
The prayers of the intercession were prepared by the Year 12 Justice Leaders with a focus on our solidarity with those in hardship and God’s call to love our neighbour. There was also an offertory of non-perishable food gathered by students that was blessed by Bishop Pat underlying our great commitment at Liston College to provide for those in material need, just as Jesus Christ did in his times. The Mass ended with the boys singing the Liston College song before boarding buses to return to school.
All in all, the Liston Day Mass was a great display of what it truly means to be a Listonian and the proud character shared by students, staff and parents alike. Thank you to staff and students who helped organise this important event and ensured its smooth running and a big ‘CHEERS’ to everyone for turning up to celebrate the Liston Man.
Year 12 Justice Leader