More than 1,000 schoolchildren from Catholic schools around the Diocese of Westminster attended the annual 'Good Shepherd' Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 3 June.
The Good Shepherd Mass is the Catholic Children's Society's (Westminster) 'thank you' to staff, pupils and parents who have supported the Society's Lenten Appeal. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop John Arnold, who reminded the children during his Homily that God was all around them and inside each of them. He demonstrated this by inviting them all to breathe in and out, saying that God was in each breath.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) and the Mass was an opportunity to look forward, taking the theme of 'Faith in the Future'. Children were invited to write a word on a paper brick which represented what they would like to change about the future. The bricks were used by the children to build a wall before the altar, which was designed to symbolise the foundations their faith provides for the building of their future and the future of the world.