Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe devoted a day to giving thanks at their recent Chaplaincy Day to celebrate the feast of Saint Paul’s. All pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 together with staff from the school attended a mass at St. Anthony’s RC Church in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe.
There was then a “thank you” from the school to the pupils who went on to take part in a variety of activities such as bowling, ice skating and a number of other sports as a reward for their commitment, contribution and achievement during the year.
“The theme for this year's Chaplaincy Day Mass was ‘Peace and Reconciliation’,” explained Mrs Lisa Baillie, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “Bishop Mark invited Catholics to make 2014 a year of peace and reconciliation. ‘Peace’ he said ‘begins and is lost in the human heart’.
Mrs Baillie added: “2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of The First World War. Bishop Mark says ‘Historians tell us that the whole chain of events which, a century ago, led to destruction and bloodshed on an unimaginable scale could have been broken at any stage, if there had only been a change of heart. More than nine million perished in that First World War, and many more millions suffered and died in the decades that followed. Saint John Paul II referred to it as a century of ’tears’.”
“Our pupils have worked extremely hard during the past year and deserve both praise and recognition for their efforts. Events like this allow us to show our appreciation of them and their contribution to Saint Paul’s,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s.