Holy Door of Mercy
Mount Carmel received a Holy Door of Mercy at the school for 24 hours during the period of Lent. This door is being sent around all Catholic schools in the Salford Diocese during the current Year of Mercy. Pupils from all year groups attended a short liturgy arranged by school chaplain Alana Murphy, Head of Religious Education Gillian Helliwell and members of the pupil G.I.F.T. team (Growing in Faith Together) explaining how Pope Francis began the Year of Mercy by blessing and opening a Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome in December 2015 requesting people visit a Holy Door in Cathedrals and designated churches around the world during the Year of Mercy.
Salford Diocese is passing around a Holy door to Catholic primary and secondary schools ensuring all pupils receiving a Catholic education have an opportunity to walk through the door, leaving behind any negative thoughts and starting afresh.
Mount Carmel pupils watched a film clip showing Pope Francis blessing the Holy Door of Mercy in Rome and received an explanation of the significance of the Holy Door before being handed a piece of slate and asked to write down their negative thoughts. These pieces of slate were then carried to ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel’ chapel in the school and placed in a container before stepping through the door.
The door was passed on from St. Mary’s R.C. Primary in Oswaldtwistle with Mount Carmel passing on to St. Oswald’s R.C. Primary in Accrington. Each school kept the Holy Door for a day and arranged their own liturgies and related activities for their pupils.
Pictured above walking through the Holy Door in Mount Carmel’s school chapel are Year 7 pupils Cieran O’Donnell, Shane Lambert-Murtagh and Isaak Pearce along with Year 8 G.I.F.T. team pupil Sebastian Taylor-Dearden (below).