On Monday 13th July, 2015, we celebrated the coming together of our four Wolverhampton Catholic schools: Corpus Christi, Holy Rosary and St Mary’s primary schools and Our Lady and St Chad secondary, as Pope John XXIII Catholic Multi Academy Company (MAC for short) . Pupils and staff from the four schools, which joined together formally as a MAC in March 2015, assembled at Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy for a lovely celebration of Holy Mass led by Bishop David McGough, assisted by Fr Brendan Carrick, Dean of Wolverhampton as well as representatives of the deanery clergy who have close links with the schools: Fr Stephen Goodman, chaplain to Our Lady and St Chad, who has links with both St Mary’s and Corpus Christi, and Fr Craig Fullard, who has links with Holy Rosary. They were supported by Deacons Frank Lockett and Steve Tuck. Children and staff from all four schools as well as Directors, Academy representatives and visitors took part in a joyful and prayerful celebration to mark the start of our new journey as a MAC.
Our coming together was symbolised by the involvement of pupils and staff and representatives from all schools in the music, readings and processions. The readings reflected the theme of the Mass; a reading from the Acts of the Apostles- the description of the early church who celebrated with prayer, the breaking of bread and who held everything in common. The Gospel from St John, which Bishop David preached on was ‘I am the vine you are the branches’
The offertory included four framed copies of the Pope John XXIII MAC Prayer which will hang in the schools and shows our patron Pope John XXIII with his papal motto ‘Obedience and peace’. Bishop David pointed out to everyone that obedience means listening together which we all need to do in schools and peace which should be the way life in all Catholic schools. He led all those present in reciting our Mac prayer at the end of Mass.
This coming together was also shown in a visual way with pupils from the four schools working together on a wonderful a ‘tree of life’ collage.