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On 11th April 2015, Pope Francis proclaimed a Jubilee Year of Mercy to run from 8th December 2015 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady) until 20th November 2016 (Feast of Christ the King).
A Jubilee Year is an opportunity for us to change, to start again.
In this Year of Mercy we open our hearts to discover afresh the overflowing love and mercy of the Lord in our own lives and to dedicate ourselves to making God’s love and mercy known in the lives of others.
During the Year of Mercy, our school will be taking part in several different events and activities to celebrate this jubilee year with our parish, diocese and the world.
Below are some of the things we have done so far and some of the things we plan to do.
At the beginning of each month, during the liturgy part of our Friday assembly, we have shared a Year of Mercy themed worship. These have been a scriptural reading followed by a reflection. These will continue until the end of the jubilee year.
As with other special events within the church, we have been learning some new hymns to celebrate the Year of Mercy.
Amongst our favourites are:
On Tuesday 12th July 2016, our whole school embarked on a visit to Leeds Cathedral to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Leeds, Bishop Marcus.
During the Mass, we had different children sharing in the celebration, with everyone singing a range of new hymns that had been taught to our children by Mr Leech from the Leeds Cathedral Choir during an earlier workshop in school. A new choir had been formed which led the children in singing, especially with the psalm and Misericordes Sicut Pater, the Official hymn for the Year of Mercy. Other children took part by being altar servers with several year 5 and 6 children serving at the mass. Our Year 6 children also took the different readings and Prayer of the Faithful.
Following Mass, we all went to Roundhay Park to have a celebration picnic which was followed by an afternoon of games, sports and ice cream.
A fantastic day was had by all the children and adults and we are grateful to Bishop Marcus for celebrating Mass with us, Fr Mathew Habron for helping to organise the day and Mr Leech for helping us to learn the hymns.
Continuing our Year of Mercy celebrations, our school joined with our neighbouring school, St John the Baptist Normanton, to attend Mass with Bishop Marcus to celebrate our dioceses patron saints during this Year of Mercy. All the children were very well behaved and participated excellently in the events.
O God, Father most merciful, you created the world in wisdom and in love, and you walk with your children on the journey of life, pardoning and welcoming them always.
Your Beloved Son, the visible face of your mercy, is present in our midst. He loves us with a heart full of merciful love, and teaches us to be merciful and to love one another.
Grant to us your children, as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, an outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, that our hearts may be open to our brothers and sisters who hunger and thirst for mercy, and the Good News of your merciful love may be always and everywhere proclaimed.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Year of Mercy, Diocese of Leeds.