Our trip to Rome to celebrate 50 years since St Julie’s became a Saint was fabulous! Meeting up in Rome with the other Notre Dame schools to celebrate a liturgy together is something I will never forget. I will always remember our attempt at ‘St. Julie, the Musical’. Laughs to always hold onto and memories to keep forever. Suzanne, Notre Dame Chaplain.
Here's what some of our students who came on the trip said:
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Rome with such amazing teachers and friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to explore the beautiful sights with, and to make the most of golden hour. Juliette, Y12.
The 5 days in Rome have honestly been the best days of my life. The memories I have made , I will remember forever, I don't think I have ever laughed so much. I have become such a happier and more positive person, which is down to our crazy Rome family. Libby, Y12.
The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Canonisation of St Julie
In other news, on the 22nd June, we celebrated the 50 years since St Julie was canonised (made a saint). Some of our students and staff gathered in Liverpool with all the other UK Notre Dame schools to mark this on 19th June. Other students and staff from our school and the UK Notre Dame schools will be meeting in Rome for the anniversary itself.
The Sisters of Notre Dame have prepared an ‘On line Novena’ to help anyone connected to our worldwide community to join them in prayer at this special time. For those who may not be familiar with the idea of a Novena, it is a way to help us pray for nine days. For each day, there is something for us to reflect on, to help us in our prayer. In this Novena, the Sisters have given us parts of St Julie’s life to think about and given us some questions to reflect on. They are encouraging all who can to take 10 minutes a day to follow this 9 days of prayer. The Sisters will begin on 14th June and pray each day up to and including the anniversary on 22nd. However, you could begin your nine days at any time in the coming days.
We will be sharing this with students in school. You may find it interesting or helpful as a way to find out a little about the life of St Julie and as a way to create a bit of quiet in a busy day whatever your faith, tradition or belief in God.
Best wishes and God Bless
Link to Novena below: