12th September – Education Sunday

Message to all those working in Catholic schools from the Rt Rev Marcus Stock,
Chair of the Catholic Education Service, Bishop of Leeds

Over the last eighteen months we have seen an upheaval affecting everyone in our
society, the like of which has not been witnessed since the end of the Second World
War. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed not only aspects of how we live our lives
but has given us a chance to reflect on the fragility and preciousness of human life,
on human solidarity, and the capacity to show love and support to our neighbours.
Like many other front-line workers, teachers, school leaders, and support staff have
exemplified this love throughout the pandemic, going above and beyond to support
the young people in their care. It is only right therefore that on Education Sunday,
we take this opportunity to offer prayers of thanksgiving for all who work in our
Catholic schools and colleges, and to express our gratitude for their outstanding
dedication and professionalism, especially during the pandemic.
Throughout the challenges they have faced in two national lockdowns, two sets of
exam cohorts, and a managed return to schooling, the staff of all our schools have
exemplified what it means to follow the command of Our Lord Jesus Christ to love
our neighbour. On behalf of the Catholic Education Service, I wish to express my
heartfelt gratitude to them and my appreciation for the vocation and mission they
exercise in the community of the Church.


To download the Education Sunday Prayer Card click here.

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