On Tuesday, 16 May, St Marie’s Cathedral was packed with young people from Hallam diocesan Catholic schools for a special May devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
The liturgy was also the annual celebration of schools’ fundraising for the Good Shepherd Appeal for Hallam Caring Services.
Pupils, students and teachers arrived with their banners, flowers and donations, many carrying their own version of the famous icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, patron of our diocese.
The congregation started to celebrate with the help of the InReality Youth team, before partaking in the beautiful liturgy organised by Bernadette Jenkinson and the pupils of St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Herringthorpe. The congregation was told about the apparitions of Our Lady in
Lourdes, Fatima, Knock and Guadeloupe, accompanied by ritual presentations, such as the scattering of rose petals and a torchlight procession, and joined in enthusiastically with a number of Marian hymns, before listening to a short address from Bishop Ralph and the presentation of cheques and flowers during the singing of ‘As I Kneel Before You’.
Stuart Hanlon, Co-Ordinator of Hallam Caring Services, said, “This was a marvellous celebration. Having looked at the cathedral full with young people, I told Bishop Ralph that the Church is certainly alive in Hallam diocese! It would be lovely to repeat this shared event between our charity and the schools.”