Chaplaincy Assemblies so far this year have been predominantly run by our students, and last Friday was a great example of this. Megha Patel, Year 12, spoke to the school about her time volunteering in the Galapagos Islands over the summer break. She shared stories of living and working with the local community, and of her work with the wildlife and environment. Fellow student Olivia Delargy then gave a brief presentation of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment Laudato Si, which culminated in some words of St Francis of Assisi and the singing of his famous prayer, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.
This Friday’s Assembly was led by Mr Nicholas Walsh (Head of Religious Studies) and students who travelled to Lourdes with the HCPT group. They related experiences of helping fellow pilgrims with disabilities to experience the healing character of this holy place. Our Casuals Day this Friday was in aid of the annual pilgrimage, which is a stalwart of our College’s Charities and Service program.
CAFOD Soup Lunch
During their Religion, Philosophy & Ethics session, Year 12 gave thought to the plight of farmers in third world countries. They heard stories of communities in El Salvador, who are growing their way out of poverty thanks to the work of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development).
Students considered the saying ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’. At Wednesday’s Soup Lunch students raised awareness of CAFOD and approximately 100 students and staff gave up their Ratcliffe lunch for a simple and delicious bowl of soup with bread, in solidarity with those less fortunate.
A great “Thankyou” to all who contributed to the Harvest Appeal. When we dropped the bags of goods to the Carpenter’s Arms for Joseph’s Storehouse, the foodbank, they handed us a card thanking us for our generosity. About 130 bags were taken down, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables for the men at the Loughborough home. We asked how many bags of food are handed out everytime they open the Storehouse – 150 was the reply!
A great part of the Harvest Appeal this year was the Year 7 student leadership throughout. Already from the second day of school this year, students have been planning decorations, assemblies and songs to boost our success in caring for those around us. They are to congratulated on a superb effort in conceiving and executing the Appeal.
I repeat my invitation of last newsletter to join us for the Ratcliffe College Boarding Community Mass, celebrated 10:30am on Sundays within term time. This upcoming Sunday, 15 October and next, 22 October, will have no Mass celebrated in the College Chapel. Our Boarding Community Mass will recommence on Sunday 29 October, 10:30am. For your convenience, local Mass times are listed below.
SYSTON – THE DIVINE INFANT OF PRAGUE
Broad Street, LE7 1GH Saturday 6.30 pm Sunday 11.00 am
SILEBY – ST GREGORY’S
24 The Banks, LE12 7RE Sunday 9.00am
BIRSTALL – ST THERESA’S
Front Street, LE4 4DQ . Saturday 6.30pm . Sunday 9.30am
ROTHLEY – THE SACRED HEART
Mountsorrel Lane, LE7 7EW . Sunday 11.00am
MELTON MOWBRAY – ST PETER’S
Welby Lane, LE13 0ST . Sunday 10.45am