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HOUSE CAPTAINS 2016/ 2017

Blue Team

Captain  :  Daniel B (6 Blue)

Vice Captain   :  Delano (6 Red)

Red Team

Captain  :  Shenese (6 Red)

Vice Captain   :   Elijah (6 yellow)

Yellow Team

Captain  : Angelo (6 Blue)

Vice Captain :  Rosarii (6 Blue)

 

Green Team

Captain  : Shekhinar (6 Blue)

Vice Captain : Wesley (6 Red)

Orange Team

Captain  : Olivia (6 Blue)

Vice Captain  :  Samuel (6 Red)

  SAINT MARTIN (de Porres) RED HOUSE The illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman, Juan, and a young freed black slave, Anna Velasquez, Martin grew up in poverty. He spent part of his youth with a surgeon-barber from whom he learned some medicine and care of the sick. At age 11 he became a servant in the Holy Rosary Dominican priory in Lima, Peru. Promoted to almoner, he begged more than $2,000 a week from the rich to support the poor and sick of Lima. Placed in charge of the Dominican‘s infirmary; known for his tender care of the sick and for his spectacular cures. His superiors dropped the stipulation that “no black person may be received to the holy habit or profession of our Order” and Martin took vows as a Dominican brother in 1603. Established an orphanage and children‘s hospital for the poor children of the slums. Set up a shelter for the stray cats and dogs and nursed them back to health. Lived in self-imposed austerity, never ate meat, fasted continuously, and spent much time in prayer and meditation with a great devotion to the Holy Eucharist. Friend of Saint John de Massias. He was venerated from the day of his death. Many miraculous cures, including raising the dead attributed to Brother Martin, who was the first black saint from the Americas.

 

ST JEROME YELLOW HOUSE Patron saint of school children and Librarians Born at Stridon, a town on the confines of Dalmatia and Pannonia, about the year 340-2; died at Bethlehem, 30 September, 420. He went to Rome, probably about 360, where he was baptized, and became interested in ecclesiastical matters. From Rome he went to Trier, famous for its schools, and there began his theological studies. Later he went to Aquileia, and towards 373 he set out on a journey to the East. He settled first in Antioch. From 374-9 Jerome led an ascetical life in the desert of Chalcis, south-west of Antioch. Ordained priest at Antioch, he went to Constantinople (380-81), where a friendship sprang up between him and St. Gregory of Nazianzus. He settled there in a monastery near a convent founded by two Roman ladies, Paula and Eustochium. Jerome himself lived and worked in a large cave near the Jesus’ birthplace. He opened a free school there and also a hospice for pilgrims, as Paula said, “should Mary and Joseph visit Bethlehem again, they would have a place to stay.” He died peacefully on September 30, 420, and was buried under the church of the Nativity at Bethlehem. In the thirteenth century his body was translated and now lies somewhere in the Sistine Chapel of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore at Rome  

 

ST HELENA ORANGE HOUSE Rare among female saints in having actually been amarried Mum! Mother of Emperor Constantine, and in some ways the pioneer of pilgrimages to the Holy Land.   The city of Colchester, England, for many ages, that Saint Helen was born within its walls; and though this honour has been disputed, since others say she was born in York, it is certain that she was a British princess. She married a Roman General, Constantius Chlorus, and became the mother of Constantine the Great. She embraced Christianity late in life; but her incomparable faith and piety greatly influenced her son Constantine, the first Christian emperor, and served to kindle a holy zeal in the hearts of the Roman people. Even though she was high ranking, she showed herself a mother to all in distressed. In her eightieth year she made a famous pilgrimage to Jerusalem, looking for the cross on which our Blessed Redeemer had suffered. After many labours, three crosses were found on Mount Calvary, together with the names and the inscription recorded by the Evangelists. The miraculous discovery and verification of the true Cross is still celebrated by the Church on the 3rd of May. The pious empress, transported with joy, built a beautiful Basilica on Mount Calvary to receive the precious relic, sending portions of it also to Rome and Constantinople, where they were solemnly exposed to the adoration of the faithful. She built two other famous churches in Palestine to honour the sacred sites of Our Lord’s life, one at the site of His Ascension, and the other, known as the Basilica of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, which she and her son richly adorned. When past the age of 80, Saint Helen returned from Jerusalem to Rome, dying there in 328

 

ST AMBROSE BLUE HOUSE  Patron saint of students; great scholar, Ambrose was born between about 337 and 340 and was raised in Trier.   There is a legend that as an infant, a swarm of bees settled on his face while he lay in his cradle, leaving behind a drop of honey. His father considered this a sign of his future eloquence and honeyed tongue. For this reason, bees and beehives often appear as the saint’s symbols. After the early death of his father, Ambrose followed his father’s career. He was educated in Rome, studying literature, law, and rhetoric. Ambrose was the Governor of Aemilia-Liguria in northern Italy until 374 when he became the Bishop of Milan. He never married. Due to a conflict between the Catholics and Arians in Milan, when the bishop of Milan died in 374 the Arians wanted to replace him.  However, Ambrose went to the church where the election was to take place, to prevent an uproar. His speech was interrupted by a call “Ambrose, bishop!”, which was taken up by the whole assembly. At first he refused the office, for which he was in no way prepared: Ambrose was neither baptized nor formally trained in theology. But when Emperor Gratian praised the appropriateness of Rome appointing individuals worthy of holy positions, he decided to be the Bishop.  Within a week, Ambrose was baptized, ordained and duly consecrated bishop of Milan. As bishop, he immediately adopted an ascetic lifestyle, gave his money and land to the poor, making only provision for his sister Marcellina (who later became a nun) ]    

 

SAINT MONICA GREEN HOUSE St. Monica, an African laywoman is a saint with whom most black women can readily and easily identify, because Monica epitomized the present-day black women. St. Monica was born in Tegaste in northern Africa in about 331. She was a devout Christian and an obedient disciple of St. Ambrose. Through her patience, gentleness and prayers, she converted her pagan husband. She gave thorough religious training to her son, St. Augustine of Hippo, whom she loved dearly, during his boyhood. However in later life he scorned all religion and lived a life of disrepute. But before her death, Monica had the great joy of knowing that Augustine had returned to God and was using all his energies to build Christ’s Church, and that her youngest daughter had become a nun. She died in 387 in Ostia which is just outside Rome.     House teams