Our House Teams are named after the four Gospel writers;
St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke and St John.
St Matthew was originally a tax collector who became one of Jesus' twelve apostles and the writer of the first Gospel. He was the son of Alphaeus and was born at Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
His Feast Day is September 21st.
St Mark was not one of Jesus' apostles but he was a cousin of St Barnabas who was one of the apostles. Mark's gospel is short but it gives many details that are not in the other Gospels.
His Feast Day is April 25th.
St Luke was born in Antioch. He was a gentile doctor who was a good and kind man. He learned about Jesus from St Paul and loved Jesus so much that he became a Christian. He wrote two books in the bible; the Gospel of St Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. He wrote these books because he wanted people to know and love Jesus like he did.
His Feast Day is October 18th.
St. John was born to Zebedee and Salome. He was a fisherman in Galilee and was called along with his brother St. James to be an apostle. St. John was the youngest of the apostles and Jesus loved him dearly. John was also the only apostle who did not desert Jesus during his passion and stood at the foot of the cross. The dying Jesus asked John to care for his Blessed Mother, Mary. After the Ascension, John performed many miracles in the name of Jesus. Hearing him preach, hundreds of people were baptized and became followers of Jesus so St. John founded churches in Asia Minor for the people.
John lived for more than 100 years after Jesus. He led a life of suffering, preached the Gospel, and became bishop of Ephesus. In the last years of his life, when he could no longer preach, his disciples would carry him to the crowds of Christians. His simple message was, "My dear children, love one another."
His Feast Day is December 27th