Over the past two weeks, children in Key Stage 2 have had the opportunity to celebrate Mass in one of our local parish churches, Sacred Heart and St Peter the Apostle. The centrality of the Eucharist in the Catholic tradition provides a strength of faith and constancy that holds the worldwide Church together. It is therefore a special and valued opportunity for our pupils to worship at our local church and celebrate Mass together. The Year 3 and Year 4 Mass had as a central theme Remembrance, whilst the Year 5 and Year 6 Mass was based around the power of prayer and the working of the Holy Spirit. Father Jeremy is unfailingly welcoming, and the celebration of Mass is shown for the children as being a joyous and fulfilling experience. It is no mean feat to get over 120 children to church and back on foot, so my thanks must go to the staff of St Peter’s who organise the Masses, to Miss Keogh for providing the music, and to the many parent volunteers who accompany the walking column through the town. Year group Masses in the spring are celebrated in school, but these year groups will again celebrate Mass at the church in the summer term, so all families and parishioners are welcome to join them in May (Y3/4) and June (Y5/6).
Mr R Cunningham