Corpus Christi procession at Wollemi College

Surrounded by students including canopy bearers, Wollemi College assistant chaplain Fr Max Polak carries the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance during the school’s procession commemorating the Feast of Corpus Christi, which was held on 9 June.
Surrounded by students including canopy bearers, Wollemi College assistant chaplain Fr Max Polak carries the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance during the school’s procession commemorating the Feast of Corpus Christi, which was held on 9 June.

Students at Wollemi College rose to the grandeur of the occasion on 9 June for the school’s annual Corpus Christi procession.

Students from primary to Year 12 were reverent in their conduct, said college headmaster Matt Aldous, assisting college chaplain Fr J P Maldonado and the assistant chaplain, Fr Max Polak, throughout the event at the Werrington campus.

This year’s route was longer than usual, owing to construction at the school, but the young men took the extra distance in their stride and behaved admirably.

Priests from surrounding parishes joined the college community for the procession, with the congregation singing Eucharistic hymns along the way, accompanied by music provided by the senior student choir.

The procession concluded at an altar set up on one of the balconies, at which point the whole congregation spent time in Adoration before Fr Polak delivered a homily and blessed all present in solemn benediction.

College mums were also a great contributor to the success of the day, with several mothers helping out with flower arranging and the creation of a new baldachin – a ceremonial canopy held above the Blessed Sacrament as it is processed.

It was also a chance for the college to use its new processional cross and candlesticks and a marble statue of Our Lady, which recently had been blessed, awaiting its final destination in the school’s memorial chapel.