We were very fortunate to have a visitor on Monday morning to take our Gospel Assembly. Our visitor was called Deacon Paul and he talked and explained about the Gospel as we always have a Gospel assembly on a Monday- as a whole school.
He explained about himself and his journey to become a deacon and then his training to become an ordained priest. He asked the children if they had any questions which was greeted with a sea of hands.
The questions included :
What made you decide to become a Catholic?
Deacon Paul explained that he had been born into a Catholic family and his journey started at his baptism. He had embraced his faith throughout his life.
At what point in your life were you called to become a priest?
He told the pupils that he was in senior school when one of his teachers suggested that he trained to become a priest. At that stage in his life, he was not ready but he now felt that it was the right time to study for seven years and he was now ready to become an ordained priest.
What are you ,most looking forward to as a priest?
He said that he was most looking forward to taking his first Mass.
What is the difference between a deacon and a priest?
He told the children that deacons may baptize, proclaim the Gospel, preach the Homily, assist the Bishop or priest in the celebration of the Eucharist, assist and bless marriages and preside at funerals. Priests can celebrate the Mass and all Sacraments except the Holy Order.
Is there an age limit to train to become a priest?
Deacon Paul explained that the minimum age is 18 but he knew of a man who became an ordained priest at the age of 75.
Do you have your own church yet?
No he didn't have his own church yet, but Deacon Paul will continue training under two priests in St George's Cathedral before he is given his own church.
We would like to thank Deacon Paul for coming into St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School and fully explaining the role of a Deacon and his training. We wish him well in his ordination.