Staff and students at Saint Paul’s have this year joined with the global Catholic Church responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to focus on the theme of mercy.
Pope Francis has asked Catholics to rediscover what it means to act Mercifully. In thousands of churches and cathedrals across the world, there are doors which normally remain closed and are only opened on special occasions; the year of mercy is one of those special occasions.
Pope Francis encouraged all Catholics to go on Pilgrimage to a special door of mercy. Saint Paul’s decided to go on a day trip to Liverpool Cathedral to walk through their holy door and pray at the various ‘stations of mercy’ set up around the cathedral. In addition, the students also visited the slavery museum to reflect on the lessons history can teach us about acting mercifully.
Mr Ric Slatter, Lay Chaplain at Saint Paul’s, said: “The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, invites us to contemplate the mercy of God revealed to us in the face of Jesus, his Son. The Year offers us the opportunity to reflect on how we might better radiate and reflect the tender love of God in our world and to seek to draw others into experiencing that love and mercy.”
“Pope Francis emphasizes the need for the Church and all her members to live out the loving mercy that God has for us,” explained Mr Tony Billings, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “As a school we have learnt about the Year of Mercy and reflected on what it means to us. Throughout the year we have been taking part in lots of lessons, assemblies and activities to celebrate this extraordinary year. We have no doubt that our collective efforts this year have strengthened us as a community of faith and learning.”