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Opening Mass 2018-2019

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To celebrate the commencement of the new scholastic year, the School Opening Mass was held gloriously on 14 September 2018. Holy Familians and all teachers united in prayers in the Thanksgiving Mass presided by Rev. Martin Ip.

On that day, it was also the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Jesus suffered from grievances and was sentenced to crucifixion in order to free us from our sins. His sacrifice brought us salvation. Jesus saved us because he loved us. Revolving on His great love, Rev. Martin invited us to meditate on our everyday lives and our own choices. Through our reflections, Rev. Martin shared two inspiring ideas on how to understand ourselves and others better.

Firstly, love is the key to forgiveness. Schoolmates were reminded the importance of love and benevolence when someone had hurt us. For those who had maliciously hurt us, we should not take revenge on them. Instead, we should forgive them. As Jesus had taught us, “Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same” (Colossians 3:13). We should forgive others without punishing them but embrace them with love and kindness.

Secondly, perseverance is the essence of living a fruitful and meaningful life. If we endeavor to show persistence in face of difficulties, we will learn more than we expect. Rev. Martin emphasized in his story that it is the beauty of life that everyone encounters various experiences at different stages. We should not give up easily or be afraid when things do not turn out the way it should. In the story, a father sends his four sons in search of the tree with the most scrumptious pears at different times of the year. Three of them give up immediately when they see that the pear tree is wilted, full of fallen leaves or the pears are very small. The one who is sent during autumn meets the harvesting season of pears and shares the fruits with the family afterwards. Indeed, if the other three sons could think out of the box and continue to search for pears in different seasons, their life might become more fruitful and rewarding. As such, Rev. Martin encouraged us to think out of the box, prepare ourselves well and persevere in our life journey.

The official inauguration of student leaders was held after the Opening Mass. Receiving the badges from the School Supervisor, Sr Theresa Chun, the Principal, Ms Cara Cheng, and the Vice-Principal, Mr Ivan Tam, all perfects and students leaders pledged their loyalty and willingness to serve the school and to act as a role model for others. May the Lord grant our student leaders wisdom to discover their uniqueness and opportunities to serve the school using their unique gifts from God.

 

Hillary Tsang (5D)

 

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