On the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola, the St Canice community welcomed students Luke and Peter from St Aloysius’ and Sam and Hamish from St Ignatius College Riverview, who were most eager to share of their personal experiences from their recent ‘immersion’ at the Railaco Jesuit Mission in East Timor. These mature young men spoke credibly and convincingly inspiring all at both our Sunday Masses.

They carried messages of thanks from Jesuit priest and doctor, Fr Bong for all the support that St Canice community has provided to Railaco Mission over the years. Bong wrote to me saying “i pray the boys can be God’s messengers…”, and indeed they were. The special ‘leaving collections’ at the three Masses raised $3,000. Thank you all.

PHOTOS: Click here for more photos of the special day and morning tea that followed.

Fr Phil Crotty SJ celebrates the special sung Mass in honour of the Feast Day of the founder of the Jesuit order, St Ignatius of Loyola. Students from St Vincent's College Potts Point joined in the sung Mass. The East Timorese 'tais' handwoven cloth on the altar is a gift from women in our sister parish in Railaco Mission acknowledging St Canice' support and solidarity over more than a decade.

Fr Phil Crotty SJ celebrates the special sung Mass in honour of the Feast Day of the founder of the Jesuit order, St Ignatius of Loyola. Students from St Vincent’s College Potts Point joined in the sung Mass.
The East Timorese ‘tais’ handwoven cloth on the altar is a gift from women in our sister parish in Railaco Mission acknowledging St Canice’ support and solidarity over more than a decade.

Peter and Luke from St Aloysius' College spoke passionately about their immersion experiences at Railaco Mission during our Sunday Mass

Peter and Luke from St Aloysius’ College spoke passionately about their immersion experiences at Railaco Mission during our Sunday Mass

Sam and Hamish from St Ignatius' College Riverview shared their 'immersion' experiences of Railaco Mission with the St Canice Community and mingled with parishioners during morning tea after the Mass

Sam and Hamish from St Ignatius’ College Riverview shared their ‘immersion’ experiences of Railaco Mission with the St Canice Community and mingled with parishioners during morning tea after the Mass