Event - Year 6 Visit St Chad's Cathedral

23 September 2016

On Thursday 23rd September, as part of our confirmation programme, Year 6 visited St Chad's Cathedral.

St Chad's is the mother church of the archdiocese of Birmingham which covers five counties. It is situated on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter. St Chad's is known across the world as a beautiful building with a remarkable history and a rich heritage.

We started our tour in the crypt of St Chad's and were taken around by guides who were both informative and fascinating.

During this Year of Mercy, The Pope has asked that we all enter through a Holy Door of Mercy. St Chad's is one of these special places.

The children learnt that this beautiful Cathedral was built between 1839 and 1841. It was the first Catholic Cathedral built in England since the Reformation. The Cathedral was inspired by Bishop Thomas Walsh and was designed by Pugin which is apparent throughout the Cathedral still today.

We were taken up onto the altar and saw the seat in which the Archbishop uses on visiting. It is a very special seat in which no-one can sit. We also saw where the oil of chrism is kept. This is blessed specially and all priests come to St Chads to receive it. This is the oil that will be used at our confirmation.

After our tour, we celebrated mass in which some of the children were altar servers and took up the offertory.

We had a very informative and spiritual day and now feel well prepared for our forthcoming Confirmation.

"It was amazing because the Cathedral was full of wonderful artefacts." said Rebecca.

Matilda said "The trip was very educational because you learnt about the history of the cathedral."