St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Dec 8, 2014

Monday, 8th December 2014

Rosary, music, chats and where were you?

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and we started the day at St. Julie's by gathering in The Chapel at 8:25 a.m. and praying the rosary.  We focused on the 2nd Joyful Mystery - the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth - who was also pregnant with John the Baptist.  It was good to gather and to follow the centuries old rite of the rosary.  Even though I'd not prayed the rosary for some time, it all came flooding back quickly and I think it's something we should build into our worship at St. Julie's so watch this space.  Thanks to the Y11 pupils who joined us!

Then I scurried over to Y12/13 assembly and sang the pupils in with O Little Town of Bethlehem - after which, Mr. Willis gave a stunning, thought-provoking assembly.  Sir, it was fantastic - a privilege to be there!  Thank you!

At lunchtime, Chapel Club prayed the rosary as well and we had quite a few Y9 visitors today.  

After lunch, I had the opportunity to meet with Sr. Margaret - our Chair of Governors - to let her know what I've been up to and it was lovely spending time with her.  Our two pupil receptionists today were Casey and Olivia and they did a good job in welcoming Sr. Margaret and letting me know she'd arrived.  In fact, they were great all day - always smiling and cheerful, bringing sunshine into St. Julie's on what was a very cold and drab day!

Mr Quinn had organised a bit of a music practice and I really enjoyed playing with the 'band', all of whom have really developed their skills over the last few days and who are a pleasure to play with.  Later on, I got to join the Intermediate Choir for a while and they were great under the tutelage of Mrs Newton!

It was great catching up with some members of staff today who are working so hard to provide the best experiences possible for our pupils!  Our pupils are very lucky.  One of the topics of conversation, on the day marking 34 years since John Lennon was shot dead, was where we were on that day in 1980!  I must say some members of staff had interesting stories to tell while others were only too happy to relate that they were not even born!  The real expert though was Mr Harvey who had very clear memories of the event!  As for me, I think I'll just pretend I was too young to remember!