At Saint Paul’s we have taken Lent as an opportunity for us all to know the deep joy of the Lord as we try to understand God’s plan for our lives. We have a renewed sense of our call to become missionaries and to share what we have with others.
We have again raised a great deal of money for various charities this year including the Christie Charitable Foundation which raises money to eradicate cancer, CAFOD the Catholic aid agency in the UK who work towards eradicating poverty in developing countries, St Ann’s Hospice who care for adults with life threatening illnesses, Make a Wish Foundation who grants wishes for children and young adults who have life threatening illnesses, and Wythenshawe Wheelers who offer cycling to people with a disability.
However, Lent is also a time at Saint Paul’s to receive from the Lord. All the staff and pupils have wonderful talents and we have drawn closer to God as a community in our assemblies and prayer life as well as using our enthusiasm and joy in our fabulous and highly successful production of West Side Story.
In the first week of March, we welcomed, for the first time in Saint Paul’s history, the Catholic Secondary Schools from the Diocese of Shrewsbury where we hosted a hugely successful conference consisting of representatives from the diocese, 17 head teachers and over 80 children. Everyone came together to celebrate the gospel message within the richness of youth and our visitors left having made new friends with wonderful memories of Saint Paul’s.
We set off on our Lenten journey with the Ash Wednesday Liturgies which were attended by all our pupils from every year group. Finally, our journey will culminate in our whole school Mass at St Anthony’s on Friday April 4th where we will all come together in prayer, reflection and thanksgiving.
I thank you all, once again, for all your support throughout the term and I wish you all a peaceful and Holy Easter season.