The P7 classes, staff, parents and I attended the Transition Mass on Wednesday 3rd February.
The theme of the Mass was “Learning to be Merciful” which was very apt during the Jubilee year of Mercy and also the same theme for Catholic Education Week.
The Catholic Church in Scotland encourages schools, parishes and other agencies to work closely together in order to celebrate the successes of Catholic education particularly during one week each year. The purpose of Catholic Education Week is to highlight the significance of education, not only for young people but for society as a whole. Students, parents, teachers and others are asked to reflect on their own roles in the education process – at home, in school, in the local parish and in other educational settings.
This was the first time that Mass was celebrated during this week and pupils from all of the Catholic Primaries and 3 feeder High Schools of St Augustine’s, Holy Rood and St Thomas’ were very well represented. The Mass was led by Mgr Patrick Burke and concelebrated by other priests in the diocese.
The St Augustine’s Cluster had responsibility for leading us in the prayers, readings for the liturgy and also the music, which was truly uplifting.
Two pupils from each of the schools processed with banners which were part of the opening part of the Mass.
The Lord Provost and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland were amongst the invited guests, along with our Head of Schools, Mr Andy Gray, from the City of Edinburgh Council.
Our pupils were exemplary and comments received from those at the mass included a comment which summed everything up
“Many thanks and congratulations on the organisation of a very reverent, prayerful and beautiful Transition Mass this morning, to all in the St Augustine’s Cluster”
“Made me so very proud to be part of Catholic Education”.
Very well done , to our P7 pupils and their teachers.