Good Shepherd Appeal Service Brings Hallam Schools and Hallam Caring Services Together
On Wednesday, 23 May, schools from across the Diocese came to St Marie’s Cathedral for the annual celebration of their fundraising for the Good Shepherd Appeal for Hallam Caring Services.
Around 200 young people, representing 27 schools, participated in a special liturgy highlighting the importance of prayer.
Year 5 pupils and staff from St Marie’s School, led by teacher, Bernadette Twomey, planned and led the service, which involved acting, procession, singing and liturgical dance, with students from the Diocesan secondary schools also contributing.
Each school had brought a colourful hand with their name written on and had placed it on one of a series of yellow boxes at the entrance to the Cathedral. When these boxes were brought to the altar, they fitted together to form a giant cross.
The congregation was reminded of Pope Francis’ “five finger” prayer procedure; many had brought large hands which they brought up in procession when they presented their donations for the appeal to Bishop Ralph, before ending the service with a rousing rendition of the hymn “Great Big God”.
Stuart Hanlon, Co-Ordinator of Hallam Caring Services, was very appreciative of the generous contributions made by schools, “which are crucial in maintaining and developing the service to children, young people and their families. Everyone was impressed with the prayerful contribution and the efforts of Bernadette Twomey and St Marie’s,” he remarked.