For the first time in 20 months, the school community of St Peter’s from Years 1 to 6 were able to celebrate a live Mass together in person, and this time we did it outdoors.
After much prayer and planning (prayer for good weather, planning for downpours!), 370 children and 35 staff gathered on the school field in the beautiful sunshine of a September morning to worship. It was wonderful to have the Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils together, with the soundtrack of Reception Year children playing in their outdoor learning as a backdrop that Fr Jeremy mentioned in his homily about what a welcoming and caring school St Peter’s is. Enormous thanks go to Fr Jeremy for celebrating Mass with us, Miss Heath the Lay Chaplain from Oaklands, Mrs Moore and Mrs Buckingham for preparing our readers, and Oaklands’ IT Support team for proving the PA sound system. This Mass was such a success that celebrating our school patronal feast day at the end of June next year with all 436 pupils outdoors is a really exciting possibility … weather permitting!
Mr R Cunningham