The school enjoys the intercession of St. Joseph her Patron Saint. The Houses of the school are named after St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Maria Goretti, St. John Bosco and St. Kizito. Once admitted, students are given their houses upon completion of the registration process. Compound wears are given to students based on their houses since each house has a unique colour.
Feast days are observed in respect of each as shown;
Saint Mary’s (December, 8)
Through the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, everybody born into the world has the stain of sin on his soul. This, which is known as the original sin is only removed at Baptism. In 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a 14-year old girl Bernadette of Lourdes and announced to her that she is the Immaculate Conception.
In 1854, four years before the apparitions of Mary at Lourdes, Pope Pius IX defined Dogma of the Immaculate Conception which stated that the Blessed Virgin Mary was given the privilege of being conceived without original sin that is her soul was excluded in sanctifying grace at the first moment of her creation. This is called the Immaculate Conception.
As a daughter of Adam and Eve, her soul in the natural order of things would go forth from God deprived of grace. But through the merits of Jesus Christ and in view of the fact that she was the mother of the Holy one, her soul was endowed with grace: that is, the same state in which the souls of Adam and Eve were originally created. God did free her soul of the stain of sin to honour his son who was God.
Based on this and her faith and obedience to God, she acts as a mediator between us and God.
Saint John Bosco (January 31)
Saint John Bosco was born in Piedmont in 1815. The youngest son of a peasant farmer, he was brought up in poverty. Even when he entered the seminary, his clothes and shoes were provided by charity.
After his ordination, he settled into the education and apostolate of boys and young men especially of the working class. During his appointment as a chaplain for girls, John Bosco devoted himself also to the needs of young men especially on Sundays. After resigning as a chaplain, he lived in poverty with his mother and about forty destitute boys and also opened workshops for training shoemakers and tailors.
He was an eloquent preacher, a writer, a visionary and a wonder-worker. He also had an extraordinary gift for handling difficult youths without punishment but with a gentle and effective firmness. He also had a charismatic personality which drew the youths into the oratory and evening classes he organized for them.
He believed in the value of nature, especially for deprived children and the uplifting power of music. Thus, he used to take boys on Sunday expeditions into the country. This started with mass followed by breakfast and open-air games, a picnic, catechism class and vespers to conclude it.
He was also a church builder who had trust in providence to provide necessary finance. He completed the church of Sacro Cuore, Rome based on this. He also organized the Salesian order for priests which specializes in pastoral work and schools of all kinds: including technical and agricultural and ecclesiastical seminaries. He founded the Order of Daughter of Our Lady, Help of Christian for nuns to work for girls similar to that achieved for boys.
Saint Kizito (June 3)
Saint Kizito, a 13 year old boy was a Ugandan who was put to death, along with 22 others for his faith and pledge of loyalty to a King higher than King Mwanga, the ruler at that time.
Thus incited by the Arabs, a fierce persecution broke out against the Christian. Despite the fact that the first Christian was beheaded and burnt, the Christians continue to proclaim their faith. Thus based on Mwanga’s orders, pages were summoned before him. He then ordered the Christians to separate themselves from the rest.
Led by Lwanga and Kizito, 15 young men all under 25 years old did so. Mwanga asked them if they intended to remain Christians. Their firm reply: “Till Death”, angered the king who ordered for their death.
The Christians, made up of Protestants and Catholics, were led to Namugongo and each was wrapped in a mat of reed. They were then set ablaze amidst the ritual chants of their executioners. While they burned, the voices of Christians called on the name of Jesus and offered their lives as a sacrifice to him.
Saint Maria Goretti (July 6)
Maria Goretti, a virgin and martyr was born in Italy on October 16 1980. She was the oldest girl in the family of six children. He parents were pious, honest and hardworking; thus, she imitated and obeyed them. Although she never received formal school education, she was given a thorough grounding in Christian virtue by her mother.
At a tender age, her rule of life was “rather to die than commit sin”. She received her first Holy Communion at ten. At age twelve, she was a pretty girl who reflected a rare modesty of soul. She suffered martyrdom at the hands of Alexander, a youth who became angry at her constant refusals to his unchaste demands.
On July 5, 1902, he forced her into an adjoining room where he stabbed her fourteen times for refusing to surrender to his demands. She was rushed to a hospital where she spent her last hours showing concern for her mother, forgiving her murderer and welcoming the Holy Viaticum.
It was not the single act of martyrdom that made Maria Goretti a saint. Martyrdom was the crown to an already holy life in which obedience, charity, humility, prudence and purity had been.