Over the past few months InReality has been very busy working with many young people from this Diocese in both schools and parishes. We began Lent by spending several days at McCauley Catholic High School in Doncaster. During these days we lead each class through an Ash Wednesday liturgy, where we shared with the young people what Ash Wednesday and Lent is all about.
We also spent three days at Mount St Mary’s looking at Pope Francis’ recent Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel”, with elements and figures (year 7 and 8). We focused on where we can find joy in our lives and how we can share that joy with others. We created videos of how we can share this joy and each year group prepared a final liturgy to celebrate the day they had spent together. We ended our time at The Mount with an assembly looking back at the highlights of the time we shared on our retreat.
Over the Lenten season we visited six primary schools; St Mary’s, Herringthorpe, St Thomas More, Sheffield, St Joseph’s, Dinnington, St Joseph’s, Retford, St Joseph’s, Handsworth and Our Lady and St Joseph’s, Wath. In each school we lead a retreat day with one of the classes, thinking about Lent and what it is all about. We began our day together with a whole school assembly where we thought about how we can be the best that we can be during Lent.
We had great fun in each school and on each day the young people created their own Stations of the Cross after reflecting on what each station means to them. The Stations of the Cross that were created by each school were amazing and beautiful and were shared with the rest of the school, in the liturgy at the end of the day. Each was so different and so incredibly prayerful and reflective. The day was brought together by each young person taking part in a final liturgy that they created as a class and then shared with the rest of the school community.
We have also had the privilege to work alongside several confirmation groups and their wonderful catechists.
Over the past few months we have spent time working in two parishes, Immaculate Conception in Herringthorpe and St Mary’s, High Green. Getting to share in their journey towards Confirmation has been a real privilege.
We have also been visited by two Confirmation groups at the house in Denaby Main, the first being the Confirmation group from St Marie’s, Sheffield and the second from St Joseph’s, Wath. Each day was filled with lots of prayer, laughter and joy. We spent time getting to know more about each other and we completed a series of challenges based on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. After lunch time was spent journeying round different prayer stations, reflecting in particular on what it means to be a disciple and what it means to be Confirmed.
We had an amazing journey towards Easter and we would like to thank all the young people, school staff and catechists we have met and had the joy of working alongside over the past few months.