By Chris Palfrey
Take a class of eager children, a teacher, four parent helpers, an education assistant and lots of beads – then set to work.
On Thursday July 5, Year 4B students from St Joseph’s College in Albany made their own Rosary Beads.
There were beads of many colours; crosses and junctions were white.
After choosing their beads we set to work. Adult helpers did the knotting (it was tricky) while students counted carefully and threaded – all demonstrating great patience.
Each waited in turn to have their knots tied, persevering when the ends of twine split and had to be fixed with clear nail varnish. Students were intrigued and the hour sped by quickly. Lastly, we packed everything up and added the crucifixes.
Tying off the last knot was left to the class teacher.
Students were excited on Friday when the completed Rosaries were handed out.
We used them in our prayer session and prayed the entire five decades.
As luck had it, Parish Priest Fr Concord stopped by to say hello. Students excitedly showed him their Rosary Beads and he then blessed them.
The Rosaries are going home for the holidays and will then be bought back to school for use next term.
Thanks must go to the lovely ladies from the Perth Legion of Mary who donated the beads and equipment.