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 Pyramid Mass

A new and exciting mass was celebrated at All Saints with the feeder Catholic Primary schools and the staff and some pupils of All Saints. Before the mass began everybody was warmly welcomed and representatives from the primary school offered symbols from their schools including school banners. After mass which was said by our school chaplain Father Phil Fitzgerald the All Saints Gospel Choir performed two songs including our favourite, 'Say the Word, I Want to be Born Again'. The Head Teacher had kindly arranged for everyone to have a buffet meal and drink outside in the afternoon sun. It was a lovely way for staff to socialise and get together. This was the first celebration of its kind and we plan to make it a tradition.

 

Rememberance Service

In college during the month of November all students have been going to the chapel to remember and pray for the deceased from wars and also family, friends and the community. Pupils listened to reflective music and fill in a poppy for someone special or a soldier of war. Following this staff were invited to a Remembrance Mass at St Patrick's in Huddersfield remembering deceased staff from all of our schools. 

Ash Wednesday
‘Turn away from your sins and believe the good news’ was the theme for the start of Lent at school this year. Ash Wednesday is always a big occasion at All Saints as we believe in marking the start of Lent properly with the whole school community receiving ashes on their forehead. The morning services began in form rooms with all pupils taking time to reflect on a reading from the book of Joel where the Lord said ‘return to me with all your heart.’ Hearts and nails were to play a big symbolic part of the Ash Wednesday Service throughout the rest of the morning. Students created a display with their form tutor identifying the issues that separate us from God, as well as determining how we can move closer to God during this Lenten period. At different points throughout the morning form groups were invited to undertake a special journey visiting two different locations. Here pupils listened to two specially chosen scripture passages read out by a member of support staff and senior prefects. As the pupils entered the West or East Halls to visit their final station they were in sombre mood as they reflected on the meaning of Ash Wednesday. As each form group left, they received their ashes from the Year 11 prefects, who fulfilled this important role with great maturity. It was a special occasion and marked the beginning of our Lenten journey together as one community.