Mass was celebrated on the first day back to school this week to remind us that Lent has begun. Prior to the mass students wrote down up to 3 things they wanted God to help them with during Lent – these anonymous notes were then collected by the student chaplains from Years 6 and 9 and placed in baskets on the altar throughout mass. Our celebrant, Fr Peter Hopkinson, made special mention of these during the penitential rite.
Students from across the school as usual took an active participation in the mass, with our Head Boy, William Singleton introducing the Mass and welcoming Father Peter. Readers were from Years 5 and 7. Year 3 performed a drama called The Lost Sheep, which was a retelling of the bible story when the Shepherd went in search of a lost sheep; a parable for how Jesus seeks out the ‘lost’ and cares for them. A group from the Prep Choir sang the psalm and the offertory was brought by Year 2. Mr Lacey, Mrs Sutterby and Year 9 pupil, Amy Wellock played a woodwind trio to abide with me during communion.
After communion, our student Chaplains from Years 5 – 11 were given their certificates from the Diocese of Salford and commissioned to be chaplains within the school. Our celebration concluded with Mr Lacey and the Year 8 Samba Band leading us all in “Be Bold”.
Mrs Riley thanked all who had taken part – especially Mrs Keane and Mr Lacey for organising the music and Mr Kelly for planning the liturgy.