Saint Ignatius College Geelong

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    St Ignatius of Loyola Feast Day

    Article by Mr Paul Lewis

     Why a Feast Day?

     We celebrate significant events like Birthdays, Baptisms, Christmas Day and Easter but why do we celebrate a Feast Day or why do we even have Feast Days?

    In the Christian religions a Feast Day (or ”festival” day) is when a special Holy Day has been set aside to commemorate the life of a saint. On a Feast Day there is a celebration by holding special prayer services and having a rest from work.

    Tuesday 31st July is the Feast Day of St Ignatius of Loyola. It’s the anniversary of his death but rather than being a sad day it’s regarded as a special day each year when Jesuits and Jesuit friends around the world celebrate his life.

    At Saint Ignatius College Geelong the celebration of Feast Day includes:

    • a whole school assembly
    • a day of special, fun activities for the whole school and
    •  after school all staff share a special Feast Day Afternoon Tea and we celebrate and recognise long serving staff.

    Part of the focus of Feast Day is to celebrate the life of St Ignatius. There is also a focus on raising awareness of how we can get involved in programs and activities that “give back” and help those less fortunate.

    Mr Paul Lewis Deputy Principal


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