SCORES of children from Catholic schools in Hastings and Rother took part in an annual faith celebration.
Pupils from St Mary Star-of-the-Sea School, Sacred Heart School, St Mary Magdalene in Bexhill and St Richard’s Catholic College, as well as hundreds of other children from Catholic schools across the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton to celebrate raising more than £8,000 for the Cabrini Children’s Society.
The event, which is held every year and is known as the Good Shepherd Celebration, focused on the theme of Life-Giving Water.
All the music, dance and prayer reflected this and helped those present to think about water as a physical necessity and as a symbolic and spiritual reality.
Those present were reminded of how precious water Brother John Kizito and headteacher, Tom Wakkwesie, from Uganda, where children there have to walk a kilometre each day to collect water for use during the day at school.
A spokesman from the Diocesan Education Team said: “This is one of the highlights of the year for our team as we see our Catholic schools not only celebrating our Catholic faith beautifully in the Good Shepherd liturgy, but also that our faith is also about generosity to our neighbour and care for our planet. Indeed our two African visitors spoke warmly of the joy, faith and generosity of our children.” Bishop Kieran Conry handed out a bottle of blessed water to each school to take back so that fellow pupils, who could not be at the gathering, would be able to use it in a celebration in their own school.