Standing up for FAITH AND FREEDOM at Oaklands School
4th December 2018
Sarah Keogh, Lay Chaplain at Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form in Waterlooville writes...
On Wednesday 28th November, staff and students at Oaklands joined ACN’s Red Wednesday Campaign for faith and freedom. Staff all wore red and red balloons were displayed in classrooms, corridors and the main reception area. Students supported the cause with red hair accessories, jumpers/hoodies and wrist bands; while others wrote in red pen all day to raise awareness and to reflect upon our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. The day began with a Mass for Year 10, during which each tutor group had adopted a persecuted Christian for whom they were going to Mass on behalf of. 10 Clare went to Mass for Asia Bibi (Pakistan), who has caused quite a stir in the media recently. Fr Jeremy preached an extremely thought provoking homily on the persecution of Christians, even in our own lives. There was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the rest of the school day, as staff and students were invited to go to adoration for someone who can’t. The whole of Year 7 came to Adoration, taking time out of their lessons to pray and reflect. In the afternoon, Year 6 students from St Peter’s Catholic Primary School came to the Oaklands Chapel to learn more about Adoration, reflect on what it means to be a martyr and to pray for persecuted Christians. A great effort was also made by many students to fundraise for Aid to the Church in Need, including a red cake sale and guess the number of red sweeties in the jar. In the lead up and on the day, the Oaklands Chaplaincy Instagram account was attracting a lot of attention and “regrams” from Aid to the Church in Need UK, really putting Oaklands on the map. A huge well done to all the staff and students for embracing the challenge and standing up for Faith and Freedom on Red Wednesday.