Gainstown children reach out to friends in Burma

Sixth class pupils from 9 primary schools in the Diocese of Meath took part in a Mass at the Cathedral in Mullingar on Friday 9 September.

The 9 schools represented were St Colmcille's NS (Gainstown), St Michael's NS (Trim), O'Growney NS (Athboy), Our Lady of Mercy NS (Kells), Scoil Realt na Mara NS (Donacarney), Durrow NS, Rathwire NS, Kilbride NS and Enfield NS.

Bishop Michael Smith, who celebrated the Mass, invited these schools that provide support for migrant children from Burma.  During their confirmation year, the children raise donations for the Burmese children and help to provide funds for school books and lunches in the ‘migrant schools' along the border between Burma and Thailand.

The day was organised to coincide with the Feast of St Ciaran (a pupil of St Finian at Clonard) who founded the monastic school at Clonmacnois.  Bishop Smith thanked the pupils for their good work during the year.  "Your friendship with the children from Burma, helping them to find a better future through education" the Bishop said "is a modern day equivalent of the mission which St Ciaran undertook many centuries ago".

Ms Brigid Weir, who coordinates the "Support Burmese Migrant Children" project, will be visiting the schools along the Thai-Burmese border in November, bringing with her some letters and gifts from the pupils in the Diocese of Meath.

Click here for more photos from the ceremony in the Cathedral.

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