Celebration Mass 2014
Archbishop Peter celebrates Mass at Aylesford celebrating Catholic Education In Kent
Thursday 10th July we congregated at Aylesford Priory for Mass with Archbishop Peter. There were representatives from many schools bringing with them around 200 young people.
The weather could have been kinder, it was damp and quite chilly but the representatives from the Southwark Catholic Youth Service, before Mass kept us moving with practicing the hymns with actions, ably supported by the pupils of St Margaret Clitherow, St Gregory's and St Simon Stock.
Millie and Reshma – Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl at St Gregory’s Catholic School Tunbridge Wells welcomed us all to the Mass:-
“Welcome to our celebration Mass at Aylesford for Catholic Education in Kent. It is great to have so many people here celebrating the beginning of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.
We’re proud to be a part of one of the leading secondary schools in our area where the strong Catholic ethos that we all share is at the heart of our education.
Holy Mass is universal and unifying, it’s something that we all celebrate in our individual schools and the same Mass that is celebrated in Catholic schools and Churches all over the world.
When we come together in Mass, God unites us to Him and to those that we celebrate it with. So as we enter into this community of the academy partnership, today we stand together and ask God to bless our union; that together we may encourage other up, support each other and bring our school communities closer together and closer to Him.”
The Deputy Head Boy at St Anselm’s Catholic School, Canterbury, Will Smith read the reading which is from St Paul's letter to the Romans (12: 6 - 8)
“We are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.”
The bidding prayers were written and then read at the Mass by the pupils of one of our newest academies, The Holy Family, Parkwood, Maidstone
It was also lovely to see pilgrims to the shrine also participating in our Mass, and many commentated afterwards how uplifting they felt this Mass was.
After Mass, there was the opportunity for photos with Archbishop Peter, and despite the weather schools picnicked before returning to their schools.
Next year, we hope that the congregation will grow, just as the Partnership is growing!
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