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Fr Sean brings message from Notre Dame foundress

At a Mass to celebrate the beginnings of Notre Dame High School, Fr Sean Connolly brought a timely message from the founding Sister. Alex Savage, Lay Chaplain at Notre Dame High School, reports.

Students and Staff at Notre Dame High School have an annual celebration to mark the arrival of the first Sisters of Notre Dame in Norwich in October 1864.  

Sadly, due to Coronavirus, we were unable to come together for a whole school Mass and to go on our Sponsored Walk for charity.  However, through the miracle of Zoom, we were still able to join all our classes together for a virtual celebration across the site.

Fr Sean Connelly led a liturgy with readings and prayers said by students and staff. Fr Sean took a quote from St Julie, the Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame as our theme: “We must always cast the seed in the soil and the good God will give the growth when it pleases Him.”

Our students were then invited to participate in activities to reflect on the importance of being an inclusive society. They also raised a total of £1,200 for St Martin’s Trust and CAFOD, to help people locally and globally who are struggling from the impact of Coronavirus.

The students expressed their thoughts in writing about why being inclusive is such a significant issue for young people today.  One student summed up all our thoughts with a rap:

Judging a minority
Shouldn’t be your priority
Human decency
Should be our currency

Pictured above are staff and students from Notre Dame High School