16th May 2018
THE CHAPLAINCY GROUP AT SEA CATHOLIC CfL
The Chaplaincy Group at St. Edmund Arrowsmith CfL meets every Wednesday after school to spend time together and plan a range of activities. It’s open to anyone who wants to join in.
So far this year, we have enjoyed raising money for several projects and charities including the Memorial Garden, Claire House, CAFOD, and most recently for a fellow pupil who is preparing for a dance competition in America.
Assemblies are an important way we can help to share Jesus’ teaching and message with others. We try to do this in ways that are meaningful and relevant. We plan, prepare and deliver assemblies ourselves, helping to lead the prayer-life of the school at significant times in the Church and secular year with the help of the school chaplain. Our favourite assembly this year was during Holy Week because it helped us to reflect on how Jesus forgave the people who hurt him and how we could try a bit harder to love like him.
We lead ‘Breakfast With God’ during Advent and Lent. It’s an opportunity, before the school day begins, to spend quiet time to pray for one another and for our sisters and brothers across the world.
We are also very lucky to have Fr. Tony come into school each week to celebrate Mass for us. We enjoy joining in and taking responsibility for the readings.
Our group believes in trying to make life better for others.
Throughout the term we encourage one another to fill a box with food items which we regularly take to a church ‘foodbank’ in Liverpool; and, every year during Advent, we send Christmas cards to Prisoners of Conscience across the world and to Christian communities in Palestine.
Our group has been on trips such as a ‘mini-pilgrimage’ to visit the ‘holy hand relic’ of our school patron, St. Edmund Arrowsmith. We are also hoping to find out about the work of ‘Cenacolo UK’ on a trip to its house in Kendal later this term.
Year groups go on retreat every year to St. Mary’s, Lowe House with the Animate Youth Ministry Team. They’re great fun and there’s always an important message to share. They help us to link our faith with everyday life.
Spending time in the Faith Room with others is really interesting because we talk about the things we think are important and ‘have a laugh’, at the same time as helping to make our school and world a better place.
By some members of the Chaplaincy Group:
Courtney Towey Rebecca Curtin
Jack Lawler Yasmine Ball
Elle Potts Sarah Reeves
Aimee-Louise Hope Shannon Sheffield