Inter Faith Week begins on Remembrance Sunday each year to enable people of different faith backgrounds to remember together the service of soldiers and civilians of all faiths and beliefs and to reflect on peace. This year, Remembrance Sunday was also the centenary of Armistice Day, which brought an additional dimension. As we gathered in the Chapel to observe a two minute silence before we celebrated Mass, we stopped to remember all the brave men and women who have died in conflict. We were challenged by the Gospel to pray that we will continue to generously devote ourselves to working for peace and the values that bring life and respect life.
During Inter Faith Week we took the opportunity to learn about other traditions, as well as celebrate the diversity of our school community. We gathered together to renew our commitment to reaching out and helping each other and to increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the school community and the UK. As a school we agreed that we would build stronger bonds of understanding and co-operation, with a particular focus on the contribution we make to our local community and to the wider society in which we live and work. We agreed that we will continue to promote engaging dialogue and show our faith in action through service to one another and bringing communities together in acts of loving kindness which make a difference.
Fr Gerry Devlin, Chaplain