Younger students receive an introduction to celebrating Mass.
It was a pleasure to welcome Father Brendan Killeen to Thornton for a Mass in the school Chapel.
The service was designed to give Reception girls through to Year 6s a deeper understanding of why we celebrate Mass, the most important prayer in the Catholic Church.
All the children played a part in the proceedings as we moved from an opening prayer to the taking of communion. Reception children delivered flowers to the altar and Year 6’s Amy B read from the bible while her classmates sang. Year 5s delivered bidding prayers with great eloquence, too. Year 3 students, meanwhile, brought gifts of bread and wine along with their workbooks as part of the offertory procession and we heard beautiful singing from Pre-Prep children, accompanied by Miss Firstbrook on the guitar.
During the Mass, Father Brendan made a point of explaining why the bread and wine are placed on the altar, how they represent the congregation. He also demonstrated that he makes his hands into a dove shape because it is a sign of the Holy Spirit coming down on everyone present.
The service touched upon all the points the girls have been learning in RE lessons and they left Chapel with a much clearer idea of the different stages of Mass.