Year 6 Leaver’s Mass Thursday 13th June 2024

Year 6 children from the Aquinas, Dunstan, Emmaus and Camino partnership schools in Clifton Diocese gathered at Clifton Cathedral on the 13th of June to celebrate Mass with Bishop Bosco. The theme of the Mass was ‘living simply’ with the children bringing gifts to the altar that depicted the ways they had done this during the year. Children had supported local and global charities, showed little acts of kindness in school that bought joy to others, supported local foodbanks and created them in school, had no electricity and gadget days, took part in the RSPB bird watch, filled rucksacks for those in need, cared for their school and local environments and visited local care homes. One school bought up a loaf of bread which symbolised the body of Christ and reminded us that we cannot live on bread alone and need the love and guidance of Jesus.

Father Joseph Meigh gave an inspiring homily and asked the children to hold on to one thing they are really thankful for from their time at primary school. He reminded them to say thank you to special people who have helped them during this time. Father Joseph asked the children to think about the first reading of St Paul (Col: 3:12, 15b-17) where we are told to always have a grateful heart and to try and be gentle, kind, loving and patient. The children thought about how they could apply this to their lives. Father Jospeh reminded us that the Gospel reading, Matthew (13:31-32) reminds us of the seeds of faith that have been planted in the children’s hearts in primary. As the children move on to secondary school those seeds will be there to protect them even when other things come into their lives and distract them. God will always be there.

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Year 6 Leaver’s Mass Friday 14th June 2024

Year 6 children from the Newman, Little Way, and Samuel partnership schools in Clifton Diocese gathered at Clifton Cathedral on the 14th of June to celebrate Mass with Bishop Bosco. The theme of the Mass was ‘living simply’ with the children bringing gifts to the altar that depicted the ways they had done this during the year. Children had made links with schools in Uganda, wrote letters to encourage the school community to buy fair trade goods, carried water bottles while raising money for ‘walk for water,’ created a community garden, encouraged people to plant flowers, donated items to local foodbanks, visited care homes, cared for their environment by litter picking, donated old clothes to charities and planted a hedgerow for wild animals. Schools were inspired by St Teresa live simply by doing little acts of kindness such as helping others in the playground. Children in one school considered the importance of ‘being more’ rather than ‘having more’.

Father Eugene Campbell gave a motivating homily, he reminded the children of the smallest seed from the Gospel reading, Matthew (13:31-32). He showed them two school jumpers, a reception and a Year 6 so they could see how much they have grown. Father Eugene reminded the children that as they move on to secondary schools they are never alone, God is always looking down on them, Jesus is always with them and loves them and the Holy Spirit inspires us.

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