On Tuesday the 16th October we celebrated the Launch of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi – Academy Trust. This is the trust for all of the schools in Nottingham. We had an opening Liturgy lead by Mr. McGeachie (CEO) and Marsha Kemple (Lead Lay Chaplain).

This was followed by the blessing of statues of Our Lady which each school was given to put in a prominent place in their school. Young people in chaplaincy teams were then commissioned by the Bishop. During all of this two representatives from each school came forward and gave the Bishop a postcard to be hung up. Now these postcards are huge! Each one unique to the school and at the conclusion of the day each school took a different schools postcard back with them.

Marsha then introduced the other chaplains in the CMAT and each spoke of their own experiences in Lourdes, following this Marsha and Tom Baptist (Director of NDCYS) Introduced the Faith in Action scheme and encouraged all to subscribe to our YouTube channel! (YouTube.com/NDCYSLIVE).

An amazing opportunity then presented itself in the way of lunchtime, we got to spend time meeting people from other schools and finding out where they were from in Nottinghamshire.

Returning from lunch, Mass began celebrated by Bishop Patrick and a few of the priests in the CMAT. It was a lovely way to end our day together and draw us to the source and summit of our faith in the Eucharist. We all had a great day celebrating the Launch and can’t wait to work together in our own faith journeys.

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