Blessing of the Door of Mercy and Commissioning of the Newman Group

On Thursday 11 February 2016, during Year 8 Mass, Canon Lawrie Hulme blessed our Door of Mercy


On 8 December 2015, Pope Francis marked the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy by opening a Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Every Cathedral across the globe opened their own holy Door of Mercy so that as many people as possible can celebrate the Jubilee. St. Mary’s own Door of Mercy, which had been made ready for the previous day, Ash Wednesday, is the entrance into the school’s main hall and bears the image of every member of the whole school community.  This seeks to remind all that pass through the door that we are each made in God’s image and throughout this Year of Mercy, will reflect his goodness.

Photo: The inscription is written on a mirror-like surface

Photo: The inscription is written on a mirror-like surface

The inscription above the door reads, ‘we are each made in God’s image. In this Jubilee of Mercy, let us reflect His mercy in all that we say and do.’

Towards the end of Mass, Year 8 also witnessed the commissioning of the St. Mary’s Chaplaincy Group, known as the Newman Group.  William Inglehearn and Luke Barnes, Year 10 and Mary Monaghan, Donal Hogan, Ruth Stone and Phoebe Kendal, Year 11, are all recognised as young people committed to their faith who put service to others before themselves. Fr Lawrie blessed their hands that they may be used for the work of God here on earth and he prayed to the Father that they may be given knowledge and wisdom, courage and reverence, a good heart and a desire to make a difference. Students and staff felt honoured to be witness to this display of faith and commitment and it is hoped that other students will be inspired to follow their example.

Photo: (Left to right) Mary Monaghan, William Inglehearn, Donal Hogan, Luke Barnes, Ruth Stone. Commissioning of the Newman Group, 11 February 2016