St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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Year 6 Trip to Oscott College

20 June 2017

'I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding' Jeremiah 3 :15'

On Tuesday 20th June 2017, Year 6 went on a trip to St Mary's College, Oscott; a seminary where people train to become priests. The College's Patron is Mary – the Queen of Saints.

During the course of the day, the Year 6 pupils took place in a variety of religious activities which included: washing of each others feet, just like the disciples; tour of the Museum at Oscott College; prayer meditation outside. To end the fantastic day, there was a Mass in the Chapel, where all involved, prayed in reverence and respect - some of our children even took part in the Mass by being altar servers.

When the children got back to school, they wrote thank you letters to the seminarians who made their day interesting, reflective and educational. Here is a thank you letter that one Year 6 pupil wrote:

Dear Andrew,

I am writing to thank you for your warm welcoming and the time that you offered; I was made to feel very welcome at St Mary's College, Oscott on Tuesday 20th June 2017.

On this trip, I particularly enjoyed the first workshop. In this I observed my friends wash each other's feet– this showed us that: that Jesus was the Servant King; it symbolises how Jesus cleansed the disciples from sin; we also have a duty to serve.

You made my trip exceedingly enjoyable by taking us outside, where we participated in a guided meditation and reflected on our personal prayer. From this I took away that God may not always answer us first time but that he is always listening and that he will reveal the answer when we need it most.

The museum sparked an interest in me as there was a 'Benediction Cloak' that St Thomas More would have placed on a Bishop from the 15th Century. The chalices were made out of pewter which disguised them as drinking cups. There was also a Confession box which is very different to how Reconciliation looks like in our Church. On the confession box there was an intricately carved picture of the Trinity.

The side chapel held many relics and interesting objects. There was a statue of Mary and around the statue in ring were women's faces that were Holy women of the Old Testament. There was also some relics that were held in small containers, they fascinated me, (especially the piece of St Thomas More's bone and a chip of wood from Jesus' cross).

The Celebratory Mass at the end finalised our amazing day in a Holy atmosphere. In the Mass, I had the honour of being one of the altar servers which is a memory I will treasure from now on. The whole day was very thought provoking with lots of questions being asked and experiences. It was a very enjoyable day and I would really like to come again.

Thank you, So much.

Yours faithfully,
Dominic Thomas