Year 7 Welcome Mass
On Tuesday, 21st September we were delighted to welcome Fr Peter Sebastian, from our local parish church of St Mary’s, West Croydon, to celebrate a Welcome Mass for all Year 7 students, along with their parents and teachers. This was the first Mass celebrated at our school since the COVID restrictions were imposed.
As a result of missing their Mass last year, Year 8 students and their parents were also invited to join the Year 7 families, and we are pleased to see that many took up the offer.
For all Catholic schools, the celebration of Mass is a perfect way of marking important stages through each student's journey in education, and also reinforces the importance of the links between School, Home and Parish.
Fr Peter, along with welcoming students into the St Mary’s family, focused on the message of the reading from St Paul’s letter to the Colossian’s:
"As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."
In St Mark’s Gospel, there was a focus on starting a new journey. We all trust that it will go well, and it usually does, but unexpected events might prove to be a challenge. If things don’t go to plan we should always place our trust in God.
"Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?" They were filled with awe and said to one another: "Who can this be? Even the wind and sea obey him".
The congregation also had the opportunity to listen to Frazer Bellfield, a seminarian attached to the parish, who assisted Fr Peter in the Mass, who explained about the importance of following God's will, wherever He may take us, including to vocations.
At the end of the Mass, Mr Shield’s, our Headteacher, warmly thanked Fr Peter, Frazer, the readers, Mr Amadi, and all those who prepared the Mass. It was a delight to see so many families attend the Mass, and gustily sing the hymns, after such a long break of celebrating together as a school community.