On Friday 11th May school children and their teachers from all around the Diocese gathered at St Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds for the Good Shepherd Celebration. This annual event, first introduced by Bishop Cowgill in 1911, celebrates the efforts of the schools in raising funds for Catholic Care during Lent.
During the celebration pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes and St Patricks Primary Schools, Huddersfield presented the liturgy telling the congregation how the money raised will be helping others through readings, poems and songs which reflected the work of Catholic Care. A very special moment was the praying of the Our Father which was accompanied with signing. The choirs from the Diocesan Music Programme sang beautifully throughout.
The children raise their money in so many different ways, these include the usual favourites of non-uniform day/pyjama day, bun sales, name the Easter bunny, crazy hair day and Easter egg raffle to name but a few. This year saw some new themes emerging including designing and selling prayer cards, dance-a-thon, name the teacher from their old school photo, dressing up for a “dream job”, sponsored runs which covered the distance to Jerusalem, Russia and Lindisfarne on St Cuthbert’s Day and even wet sponge throwing saw an emergence.
The children take great delight in presenting their donations and telling Bishop Marcus what they have been up to.
At the end of the service, Bishop Marcus was presented with a cross by pupils from the lead presenting schools which included all the names of the schools in the Diocese to commemorate the occasion. This will be placed in Hinsley Hall for all to see.