Year of the Eucharist
Following the National Eucharistic Congress to be held in Liverpool in September 2018 schools of the Diocese of Lancaster were invited by Bishop Paul to observe a ‘Year of the Eucharist’. He called schools to consider the place of the Eucharist in the life of the school and to take the opportunity to renew the Eucharistic heart of the school community.
Throughout the next year, we are taking part in a number of Diocesan events to help the children to consider the place of the Eucharist in the life of the school. Some of these events will be in school, some will be as part of our local family of Catholic Churches (Deanery) and some will be as part of the Diocese of Lancaster.
The first event took place in September when the children who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year, from the Catholic schools in Lytham, St Anne’s, Freckleton, Warton, Kirkham and Wesham were invited to take part with their families in a Eucharistic procession, devotion and Benediction at St Joseph’s Church, Ansdell. It was a wonderful experience for our children and families.
On Friday 2nd November, our school community joined together to officially start the Year of the Eucharist. We very much enjoyed watching a video message from Bishop Paul calling us to take time to reflect on what the Blessed Sacrament means to us as individuals.
On Friday 23rd November, each class joined Fr Andrew in church to celebrate Benediction,. This is something we do every Advent to help us prepare for Jesus’ birth at Christmas. As this is such a special occasion, we invited our families to join their classes.
In June our Year 3 children joined the children from our Deanery for a Mass and Corpus Christi Procession at St. Joseph’s Ansdell. With music, flowers, and procession, we honoured Christ, present in our midst in the Eucharist.