Schools

This year our primary leavers mass was held over two days again as so many students wanted to attend the Cathedral.  Nearly 1ooo Year 6 children from all over the Diocese came to Clifton Cathedral on Wednesday to celebrate their time in primary school and to look forward to their moves to secondary school in September. There will be a second Mass on Thursday with another 1,000 Year 6 children.

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Following the Year of Mercy the children at St Francis’ School Nailsea, are continuing to show mercy to others during Lent by helping those who are sick and disabled. They had a Sponsored Bed/Wheelchair Push to raise money to buy a surgical robot for the Cancer unit at Southmead Hospital and a specialised wheelchair for a child in a developing country.

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In preparation for this Year, schools worked with their pupils to explain some of the themes and concepts of the Jubilee Year. For younger pupils they explored the idea of a Holy Door. Focusing on the Pope’s words that “ The Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.”

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On Tuesday 4 October 2016, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, Prior Park College in Bath welcomed over 120 children from six local Catholic schools as part of the South Clifton Catholic Federation (SCCF) reflection on Pope Francis’ document ‘Laudato Si’.  All schools in the federation are committed to continuing the work begun during this Year of Mercy by considering how we can not only show a deeper love and compassion towards our neighbour but also towards the whole of creation.  In this way, we can adopt Pope Francis’ suggestion, made on 1 September 2016, of two new works of mercy:

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About 50 years ago, a diocesan priest – Canon Gerry Whelan – negotiated the acquisition by the Diocese of a Victorian mansion and grounds to operate as a day and residential special school for boys aged 9-18 with emotional, social and mental difficulties. The school is registered for 77 pupils and there are currently 43 on roll. During his lifetime, Canon Gerry (former parish priest of Christ the King, Amesbury, and St Osmunds, Salisbury and former curate at St Patricks, Redfield) had a very hands-on approach as Chair managing the school. The school is now administered on behalf of the Diocese.

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