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Easter Mass 2010

The Easter Mass is always a special occasion in our school and celebrating Mass on Tuesday morning nearly at the end of a busy term was particularly so. There is something very reverent and respectful about our celebrations to mark this great feast of the church. In today's Mass, through the help of readings, music, images and video, we journeyed to the foot of the cross. In doing so we recognised the ways in which, through our lives, our denial of Christ or our denial of our faith, we crucify our Lord.

All of us were invited to share in this journey of Christ from death to new life. The opening ceremony of the Mass was particularly moving. Members of staff led the Penitential Rite and pupils dressed the cross with a crown of thorns, a red cloth, nails and a hammer to symbolise the cross of death and crucifixion.

After Communion, in our moment of stillness and quiet, we remembered all those who, at this Easter time, are in need, all those who feel sorrow and those that mourn.

This was followed by a very moving communion reflection given by four year 10 girls who sang an accapella, a spiritual song, while pupils brought up a white cloth, flowers and a candle to dress the cross of life.

Just before the end of Mass Mr Foley announced the winners of the competition to find the names for our 8 new houses. They were all presented with a 25 HMV voucher by Mr Foley. The winners were:

Bosco House - John Tibbits 8CKA

Fisher House - Chloe Jones 7CCO

John Paul House - Leah Skerrett 9LMC

Martin House - Emily McLeish 11DSU

More House - Molly Humphries 7AWE

Newman House - Olivia Moloney 11DSU

Romero House - Orla Lenehan 10JMC

Teresa House - Ben Tibbits 7AWE

After the Mass, we took the opportunity to Congratulate Miss Foley on her forthcoming marriage and to say goodbye and thank you to Miss Cutler who begins maternity leave and to Mr. Kafai and Dr Woehrling who take up new posts. We wish them well in the future.

Thank you to Father Stefan for celebrating Mass with us today and to Miss Moran, Miss Cutler and Mr. Weekes for leading the music. A special thank you goes to Miss Jordan and to 10CJO who lead the liturgy so beautifully for us.

The community of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School wishes you all a happy and holy Easter.

Christ is Risen.

Alleluia!

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