Aloysius joined the Jesuits when he was 17 years old and died just six years later aged 23 after caring for victims of an epidemic. He is the patron saint of young students. The primary school named after him opened on 5 February 2015 and is a prominent landmark, centrally located in the Waterford County, Chisholm.
The cross on the school’s chapel is a focal point day and night for the local community, and the school’s mission says: “At St Aloysius we are called to be the face of Christ through living, loving and learning together. We dare to empower all to wonder, hope, thrive and be proud witnesses of our faith.”
As an integral part of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Morpeth, the school’s vision was to have a Mass on-site as part of the fifth birthday celebrations. Unfortunately, with the restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the school was unable to gather all members of its community to attend the inaugural on-site Mass.
It decided to invite everyone to join it via live stream on its Facebook page – St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm.