Report from Mr Kerr
All S2 pupils recently attended a retreat based on theme of “Hearing God’s Voice” at The Diocesan Centre, Newmains.
The retreats were led wonderfully by Nicky Lynas from the Pastoral Centre and Father Stephen Reilly from St Bernadette’s Parish, ably assisted by a team of enthusiastic young volunteers (many of whom were OLHS former pupils) who gave up their free time to help out. Each retreat was also accompanied by four 6th year Caritas candidates.
The pupils, who attended the retreat in R.E. class groups, enjoyed a series of activities based on the theme of the day. These ranged from a perfume/after shave smelling test (designed to show us that what we think of as valuable isn’t always right) to creating a Facebook page for Jesus!
The pupils also enjoyed the guided meditation led by Nicky in the beautiful chapel which was a very peaceful and calm exploration of a different way to pray and reflect.
Everyone enjoyed a sing-a-long Grace before meals – “We will thank you’ (based on the Queen song – much banging of tables and clapping took place), a hearty lunch and a chance to run around the grounds of the Centre.
S2 also had the opportunity to create their own prayer cards based on the day’s theme of hearing God’s voice and responded very well to this.
After a vote of thanks by our excellent Caritas helpers we made our way back to school and it was very encouraging to hear everyone ask “When can we go again?”
Thanks to all the staff who assisted with the retreats and the S6 Caritas students who helped too.