PUPILS from St Helens schools celebrated their shared faith with a community mass at a cathedral.
Year seven pupils from De La Salle School in Eccleston were joined by youngsters from year six classes at six of its feeder primaries in the spectacular surroundings of Liverpool’s Christ the King Cathedral.
The young people were joined by representatives of the schools’ governing bodies and parents.
Bishop Tom Williams led the mass assisted by parish priests Canon Tom Neylon, Fr Phil Swanson and Fr Martin Kershaw, with pupils from De La Salle and Our Lady’s St Austin’s taking on the roles of altar servers.
In preparation for the service, which was about growing in faith together, the pupils had written their hopes and dreams on paper leaves which were then brought forward and placed on the cathedral altar during the offertory procession.
Bishop Williams spoke about growing as a Roman Catholic community and De La Salle headteacher John Toal also addressed the congregation.
Each school was then presented with a small tree and a packet of seeds, which serve as a living symbol of growing faith.
The pupils were also given commemorative bookmarks to remind them of taking part in the mass.