World Youth Day, Greymouth
John-Paul II High School has hosted the World Youth Day Cross that will be present at the Christchurch gathering of schools on 29 July-1August. We greeted it a week ago when Stephen Kennedy and Thomas Newton, from St Thomas of Canterbury College, delivered it. The Cross was farewelled from our Assembly and delivered to St Patrick’s Church where it will spend the next 10 days. It was an act of faith getting the Cross into place in the school.
The Cross is 4 metres high and just cleared the Gym ceiling, but it could not stand in the library, so we positioned it, by Our Lady’s Statue, to show it was on a journey.
On 21 July the Cross will head to Christchurch to St Bede’s College. They have the honour of delivering it to the gathering of South Island Catholic Secondary Schools’ World Youth Day Celebration.
This celebration has been organised by Marian College and Catholic Cathedral College. 240 Students will spend the weekend in a variety of activities that coincide
with the World gathering in Kraków, Poland. The Papal Mass will be live-streamed to the celebration on the Sunday night. Twenty John Paul II, Year 12 and 13 students will be attending the gathering.
Our Science Teacher; Nathan Bergin is flying to Europe where he will join his group heading to Kraków for World Youth D ay. Nathan has had half his costs met by sponsorship in the community, which is wonderful.