Salesian Feast Days
In celebration with our large Salesian Community we celebrate three religious feast days:
At the beginning of the school year, students recognize the Triduum, three days of spiritual preparation that introduces the unique theme or strenna for the year. Spiritual activities include liturgies, guest lectures, reconciliation and a community Fun Day all of which help illustrate and deepen our understanding of the yearly theme.
Triduum Fun Day is an event designed to build community and to celebrate our Salesian Catholic heritage. Held the third day of the Salesian Triduum, Fun Day enables St. Francis to play host to multiple Catholic schools. The day begins with a celebration of the liturgy in the Borina Athletic Center and continues with games, food, entertainment, and sports activities for everyone to enjoy.
St. John Bosco Feast Day (January)
Our patron St. John Bosco welcomed everyone into the Oratory. His "family" included the rich and the poor, religious and non-religious, saints and criminals. The dogma of his religion employed methods of love and acceptance rather that judgment and punishment. In honor of our patron saints feast day on January 31st, we celebrate the entire week as Unity Week. Each day of the week we learn about our uniqueness and the gifts we all bring to make St. Francis the wonderful community we are. The week concludes with a multicultural mass.
Mary Help of Christians Feast Day (May)
In May we dedicate a day of devotion and celebration to the Virgin Mary. Mary Help of Christians is one of the numerous names by which we have come to know and love Mary. It refers specifically to the aid that Mary gives as intercession, meaning one who prays with and for us to God.
Pope Pius VII was imprisoned by Napoleon in 1808 and was held captive for nearly six years. Following his release he instituted May 24th as the feast day of Mary Help of Christians, in gratitude for her intercession on his behalf.In the latter half of the 19th Century, St. John Bosco had a particular reverence for this title and made Mary Help of Christians the patroness of the Salesians.