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Good Shepherd Celebration

On Friday 1st May 2015 children, teachers and staff came from schools across the diocese to celebrate the Catholic Care annual Good Shepherd Appeal Service at Saint Anne’s Cathedral Leeds with Bishop Marcus Stock.

Schools and Catholic Care staff alike look forward to this special annual event.

During the period of Lent staff and children in schools are busy finding wonderful ways of raising money for Catholic Care. This year we have seen the popularity of the smarties challenge continue, with children swapping smarties for coins in the tubes.

Mrs Carol Hill,  Director of Catholic Care welcomed everyone to the event and shared with the pupil representatives that money raised would go to support the disadvantaged and vulnerable. The Director thanked all present for taking part in the annual event and spoke about the works of Catholic Care in the different service areas.

This year pupils and staff from Corpus Christi College lead by Mr Steve Mort head teacher and Miss Nicola Couttie head of R.E presented the theme for the Good Shepherd. The children’s readings and singing was both moving and joyous. The service commenced with the precession of banners around the Cathedral with more that sixty five schools taking part.

Later the children presented their cheques, totalling £38,351, to Bishop Marcus who was very interested in the ways the children had raised money. Along with the smarties challenge Bishop Marcus heard about name the Easter Bunny, the children told Bishop Marcus that one of the bunnies’ was called Noah! Children from another school talked about raising money by guessing the number of smarties and mini eggs in the jar. Schools have also hosted film nights with pop corn of course! One school watched the brilliant Paddington movie. A new addition to this years fund raising was a wearing of ‘silly socks’ day what a great fun way of raising money for Catholic Care! Finally Bishop Marcus heard about ‘throw a custard pie at the teachers!’ The Bishop thought this was a particularly fun way to raise money.

After the service, children and teachers joined staff from Catholic Care in Wheeler Hall for refreshments and some lovely opportunities to have photographs taken with Bishop Marcus.

A great day to remember