St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Oct 2, 2017

Monday, 2nd October, 2017

Sunday - Inclusive Mass - Conference

What a brilliant Sunday!   6 of our students were involved in leading the music for Inclusive Mass organised by Nugent (formerly Nugent Care) and they were brilliant! The Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral which is notoriously difficult for sound but Bridie, Megan, Katherine, Charlotte, Chloe and Kyra were superb in every way - note perfect and, most importantly, great attitude!  They made it special for all who attended - including Mr Alderman and members of his family.  Archbishop Malcolm - last seen by us at the opening of our Chapel - was very complimentary of Team St. Julie's. 

It was a real joy to be with people with disabilities as they celebrated Mass.  The theme was the parable of the Sower and how different people respond in different ways to God's word.  Thanks to all involved and their families who got them to and from the Cathedral!

Today, after a whistle stop trip to school to drop some gear off, I went to the UK Notre Dame Schools Conference in Wrightington, near Wigan!  It was a chance to meet up with colleagues from other ND schools with whom we have an important relationship!  This was the first meeting since November 2016 when we met (in the Cathedral again) for the end of the Year of St. Julie baton relay.  Everyone reminisced about this wonderful occasion, so much so, that in 2019, we're going to get together again! 

Why 2019?  Because that's the 50th anniversary of Julie being canonised (made a saint.)  We'll have a whole raft of stuff going on that year - including a trip to Rome on the actual anniversary 22nd June.  So, why not mention it to parents now and plant the seed!  Unfortunately current Year 10 pupils won't be able to go as this is just at the end of their Y11 GCSE exams.  That's a real shame because current Y10 are the year group I arrived with and I really think the world of them.

It's the conference again tomorrow - see you all on Wednesday!