Students in Years 7 to 9 at St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford attended Reconciliation services led by Fr Gregory Knowles.
Fr Gregory likened our lives to a game of Jenga. Starting with a solid Jenga tower resembling our closeness to God, Fr Gregory was assisted by six volunteers, who shouted out sins whilst removing one brick at a time from the tower – until the whole stack collapsed.
This was to illustrate that each sin we commit is like the removal of one more brick. If we follow this path our lives become destabilised, but through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God gives us the chance to rebuild.
The penitential season of Lent is being marked throughout the school, as students in John House have been exploring the Corporal Works of Mercy by praying for prisoners and by working with Fr Paul Williment at the HMP Leeds Catholic Chaplaincy to prepare Easter cards for the men attending Easter Day Mass in the prison.
Elsewhere in the school, Fr Bede OSB a regular visitor from Ampleforth Abbey ran a session on ‘Truth Meets Truth’ and answered questions from 25 students on topics ranging from Holy Week to their forthcoming exams!