Our Special Catholic Character
Charism is a gift of the Holy Sprit to the Church, communicated through a particular person who gathers disciples around him or her and with whom he or she translates a bold vision into action. Charism is a living passion for whatever dimension of the life of Christ is needed now; love, respect, compassion, commitment, integrity, self-control, curiosity, diversity. It is the burning desire in the heart of the founder / foundress that was alive at one point of history, living on in us, in another day and age. It is ever evolving. It is where the reign of God is needed most. It develops from age to age and dies from age to age, and then grows up in a new way.
The Charism of St Mary's Catholic School has been developed and influenced by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. A young French woman, Euphrasie Barbier, founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in 1861. Our school was built commemorating Monsignor Walter McDonald, the first parish priest in Ellerslie.
Our Patron Saint is Mother Mary and our school Feast Day is 15 August - The Feast of The Assumption.
St Mary's Catholic School makes an effort to establish a community of faith and learning; one which recognises the uniqueness and dignity of the individual and operates on the Gospel Values.