The Bishops of England and Wales held a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool on 7 - 9 September 2018.
The children in St Bernadette’s began to explore the meaning of Eucharist through their spiritual reflection day ‘Wild in the Woods’ in July 2018. The whole school spent the day in Elnup Woods combining the key messages from Laudate Si with the core concept of Adoremus. The activity stations gave the children the opportunity to explore the gift of the Eucharist through the following key concept –
The central symbols of the Eucharist, the bread and wine which become the Body and Blood of Christ, are fruits of the earth- simple food and drink that is rooted in creation itself.
It is also the work of human hands.
For Mass, the gifts of God’s creation are taken and transformed into something new: wheat becomes bread, grapes becomes wine;
at Mass we offer these gifts back to God so that the Holy Spirit can transform them into the life-giving Eucharist.
In the Mass we can therefore see: God’s creation, our effects on it, the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit and that our primary response should be one of thanksgiving for what God has given us (the root of the word Eucharist).
In seeing the world with sacramental eyes we can also see the negative effects of humanity on God’s creation. The children moved round 10 activity and reflection stations that provided opportunities to contemplate and celebrate the gift of our world and the Eucharist.
We will be continue to explore the gift of the Eucharist through Art, Music, Reflection, Adoration (Benediction) and quiet prayer.