Last week, one of our Year 10 pupils, Alfie, organised a Lenten evening of prayer and reflection as part of his Faith in Action. One of our school foundation governors, James Gresty had this to say about the evening. “I would like to thank the staff and the pupils involved, not just for the Lent evening, but for all of the work they do in the Faith in Action group. “I was pleased that when I spoke to some of the pupils they indicated that friendships had been formed across the different year groups – this will bring so many benefits as the pupils are inspired by one another, learn together and share together. “Alfie presented exceptionally well. He was articulate and clear and he confidently shared aspects of his own faith and challenged those of us that had gathered through his own thoughts and reflections. “Equally, the pupils who performed in the drama and led us in the singing were excellent. “All too often we hear of young people not caring about their faith or being afraid to express their faith. “During the ‘Faith MOT’ we witnessed that this is not true. St John Fisher pupils are very special and we should be proud of them. “I shared with Alfie something that Pope Francis talks about regarding the joy we should have in our faith:
‘Joy does not mean living from laugh to laugh. No, it’s not that. Joy is not entertainment. No, it’s not that. It is something else. Christian joy is peace, peace that is deeply rooted, peace in the heart, the peace that only God can give. This is Christian joy. It is not easy to foster this joy.’
Our Lenten evening was that joy being lived out.”