Lord Jesus, we thank You for the great gift of Holy Communion.
We honour You here with us today.
Thank You for the great gifts You have given us.
Bless our parishes and our schools.
Be with our families and help us every day.
"In Adoration, I felt God's love."
All pupils at St Mary's Catholic Federation in Carshalton share a Chaplaincy session each term with the school's Lay Chaplain. This term, the focus was on meeting Jesus in the Eucharist. During Advent, all Junior School pupils then visited the beautiful chapel at the neighbouring School: St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls. Each year group was welcomed by Deacon Errol, and as a follow-up to their Chaplaincy Session, they spent time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. By taking half an hour out of a busy school day, at one of the busiest times of year, the children and staff had an opportunity for silence, prayer and peace.
Once back at school, the children were asked about the experience. One child responded, "I felt overjoyed because Jesus was there more than ever before." Another told us, "I felt not lonely because Jesus was there with me.” A Year Four child said, "When I was silent I felt peaceful and close to God. In the chapel I felt indestructible and safe." An older child wrote, “In the presence of the Eucharist I felt very safe and peaceful in God’s hands.” Their friend wrote, "When I was silent I felt calm, peaceful because I was using the gift that God gave which is Prayer."
Delegates at last September’s Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage, Adoremus, were asked to think about how the Liverpool experience could be taken back to parishes and schools. One legacy for us at St Mary's is that we will, at the request of both children and staff, be providing more opportunities for us all to experience the great gift which is Adoration.?