Advent Message to school staff from Bishop Stock, Chair of CES

Advent Message to school staff from Bishop Stock, Chair of CES

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

At this time of year, both the liturgy of Advent and the winter season bring thoughts and feelings of
anticipation and longing. These changes in mood are beautifully brought to life in song both sacred and
secular, and in celebration when families, friends, schools and parishes come together in preparation for
the celebration of the birth of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at Christmas and the beginning of a new
year.
As this school term draws to its close, I would like to offer my thanks to leaders, teachers, learning
assistants, chaplains and all staff who work in our diocesan schools and colleges. It is the love and
commitment lived out in your vocation as educators that makes a Catholic school a place where children
and young people can learn and flourish, be formed in Gospel values and grow in Christian virtues.
I wish to thank governors and trust boards, for their dedication in providing the stewardship and care of
our school and college communities. Without your diligent assistance and the precious gift of your time,
our schools and colleges would not have proved so resilient during the adversities of these past few years,
nor be as well placed to meet the challenges which confront us now and lay ahead.
My heart feels a deep gratitude also to parents, guardians and families for all the support which you give
to the schools and colleges entrusted with the education, welfare and spiritual development of your
children. Schools can only build on what children learn in their homes. It is the love, reassurance and
encouragement that you give to your children which makes you their first and best teachers, and it is the
personal example of goodness that you give to them daily in their life at home which provides them with
their first and best school.
During these joyous Advent and Christmas seasons, may Almighty God bless you, your families and loved
ones, and keep you safe throughout the Year of Our Lord 2023.
With the assurance of my prayers for you all, I remain,
Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ
Rt Rev Marcus Stock
Chair of the Catholic Education Service
Bishop of Leeds

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