Monday, 8 April, marks the official "in-school" celebration of this year-long remembrance
The official date of the 300th anniversary of the death of the Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, was Sunday, 7 April. Since that was a Sunday, La Salle Academy moved its celebration to Monday, 8 April.
Remembering this special event began on Friday, 5 April, with a morning Lasallian Meditation for faculty on a key text from the Founder---calling to mind how God had led him gently and imperceptibly on his journey from priest and canon to founder of schools for poor boys.
On Monday, 8 April, faculty and staff received in their mailboxes a prayer card with the official Tercentenary Prayer on the back and a Tercentenary picture on the front; they also received a small cellulite-enclosed image of the Founder with magnetic back for attachment. After Morning Prayer with a video, students received a memento as well--a small image of the Founder that they could attach to a key ring or their school lanyard. The prayer and video were sent to parents and also posted to social media.
During the day, teachers began each class with the Tercentenary Prayer. A first class relic of the Founder was displayed in a prominent place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Campus Ministry and faculty and students were invited to go to the Chapel for quiet prayers of Thanksgiving for the Lasallian charism. The day concluded with end-of-school prayer using the Tercentenary Prayer as well.
In Religion classes throughout the week, teachers will be showing four new, short videos about the life of John Baptist de La Salle created by the Institute in Rome.