‘Adoremus is a unique opportunity for the Church to gather and reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist and particularly to explore the place of Eucharistic Adoration.’ – Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Between 7th and 9th September 2018, the bishops of England and Wales held a National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool. A Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of Catholics to witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and to adore together His supreme act of love.
Throughout the year, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School aimed to nourish and strengthen pupils’ understanding of Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Each half term had a specific focus on Adoremus linked to a quote from the Bible and a painting.
Did Our Hearts Not Burn Within Us by Michael Malm
‘And their eyes were opened and they recognised Him.’ Luke 24:31
In RE, the children discussed how the Adoremus Congress in Liverpool was a pilgrimage for those that attended and learnt about other pilgrimages such as the one many Catholics make to Lourdes every year. A representative from HCPT – a charity that arranges pilgrimages for disadvantaged and disabled children and young adults – presented assemblies to KS1 and KS2. The school raised money for the charity through a quiz night for adults and a mufti day where children could wear their own clothes.
Resting in His Presence by Elizabeth Wang
‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ John 13:34
In Autumn Term, Mary Benton, our Chair of Governors, led a very special assembly where she explained the importance of the monstrance. She explained that Jesus is always with us – no matter where we are.
In March, Year 6 pupils led a pilgrimage from Sloane Square to Westminster Cathedral for schools in our deanery. Fr Daniel led them in a very moving service of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
They also attended Allen Hall Seminary for a service of Benediction led by Seminarian Lawrence.
St Joseph’s had a whole school focus on the painting ‘Jesus on the Tube’ by Antonia Rolls and a whole school homework project involved every child drawing their representation of Jesus meeting their family on the tube.
This then resulted in each class producing a (canvas in the style of a specific artist ) of ‘Jesus meeting their class on the tube’ which is on display in our Heart of the School.