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Commissioning Mass

Father Hudson’s School and Parish Engagement Officers, Margot Scotford and Lucy Davis, were privileged to attend the School Lay Chaplains’ Commissioning Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral on 21 September.

Representatives of Catholic schools from across the Archdiocese gathered for the Mass, celebrated by Bishop David McGough, to pledge their willingness to serve the Church and support the chaplaincy over the 2018-19 academic year. Blessing the chaplains and students and sprinkling them with Holy Water from an aspersorium, Bishop David said we should never underestimate the importance of the work of the Chaplaincy Service.

During Mass, the congregation prayed for the intentions of St Andrew Kim Taegon and his companion martyrs from Korea.

After Mass, students completing the Diocesan Course in Team Chaplaincy were awarded their certificates. Students and lay chaplains from Bishop Challoner (Kings Heath), Bishop Milner (Dudley), Bishop Walsh (Sutton Coldfield), Blessed Edward Oldcorne (Worcester), John Henry Newman (Chelmsley Wood), Painsley (Cheadle), St Augustine’s (Redditch), St Edmund’s (Compton), St Gregory’s (Oxford), St Thomas Aquinas (Kings Norton), St Thomas More (Longton) and Trinity (Leamington Spa) attended, as well as Brother Andrew Ferris and representatives from the Birmingham Diocesan Education Service.

Margot and Lucy visit scores of schools and speak to dozens of priests each year, highlighting the wide-ranging work of Father Hudson’s Care and its context in Catholic social teaching.

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