October 10th 2016 was a significant day in the life of the school population of St. Louis Girls’ Roman Catholic School as it celebrated its Feast Day of St. Louis Bertrand.
The celebration for the all-girls primary school which is located on Church Street, St. George’s along with their teachers commenced at the nearby Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Holy Mass before they returned to the school to feast after the building was blessed by School Manager, Fr. Andrew Barnard.
Fr. Andrew who also celebrated the Mass in honour of the school’s Patronal Saint, Louis Bertrand gave the students a lesson in the life of their saint.
He told them that Bertrand who was a pious young man, from an early age was very faithful to God and went to church regularly as well as attended different services, and had an early desire to receive Jesus frequently in the Eucharist until he received the call to serve the Church from God.
The Celebrant told the students Louis Bertrand found himself within a Religious Organisation that is known as the Dominican Order, which is currently serving in Grenada, with the Priory at Roxborough, St. Paul’s as its base.
Fr. Andrew implored the young ladies to follow in the footsteps of St. Louis Bertrand by praying for the poor, be kindhearted, attend church, be faithful to God, and help others.
He also admonished them to seek the help of St. Louis Bertrand through prayers for themselves, their parents, teachers, and friends.
School Principal, Claudette Phillip was grateful to all those who were instrumental in making the Mass a success, including her teachers who ensured that their planning was executed.
St. Louis Bertrand was born in Valencia, Spain on January 1, 1526, and entered the Dominican Order in 1544 against the wishes of his parents.
In Christian iconography, St. Louis Bertrand is often portrayed holding a chalice from which serpents are emerging. In the other hand, he displays a crucifix with a pistol at its base.