A group of staff and Year 10 pupils were delighted to take part in a Diocesan end of year schools' Mass.
Saint Paul’s pupils joined together with high schools across the Diocese of Shrewsbury at Saint Nicholas' Catholic High School in Hartford, Cheshire to celebrate Mass to mark the end of the academic year. Mass was celebrated by The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury.
Mrs Lisa Baillie, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s said: “Bishop Mark told the pupils that each of them had a vocation and he reminded all present that rather than being on this earth by complete chance (as is often put forward) we are all created uniquely by God to live a life of holiness and to follow our vocation, our true life purpose. His address was extremely thought provoking and provided our pupils with much food for thought.”
Bishop Mark said that the Catholic vision envisaged a role, or vocation, for each person in harmony with God's created order. He said that Catholic education is distinctive because it offers pupils a vision of lives full of purpose. After Mass, he greeted each school individually and spoke with pupils.
“The Mass was the main event of a day of activities entitled ‘Called by Name, Called to Prayer, Called to Action’, there also were a number of workshops all based around the theme of the diocesan Year for Vocations. The workshops enabled pupils to mix with others from the different schools,” explained Ms Alison McGarr, Head of RE at Saint Paul’s.
“The pupils really enjoyed the day and many new friendships were made across the Catholic Diocesan family,” said Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It was lovely for our pupils to spend time with pupils from other schools and reflect on their faith and what it means to them. It was very enriching and uplifting day.”