On Monday 23rd April, Chaplaincy students,
Francelene and Andreea, along with Deacon Javier, represented CTK at the
annual Good Samaritan Mass organised by the Diocesan Education
Commission at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark.
The occasion was the opportunity for Catholic School and Colleges
to gather and celebrate the important work of Charity fundraising that takes
place throughout the academic year. In particular, donations were brought
forward for the CRISIS Fund, administered by The Westminster
Catholic Children’s Society.
On the Thursday 10th May, Ascension Day, CTK
students from Emmanuel and Aquinas, joined the Chaplaincy team to attend the 10th Anniversary
Memorial Service for Jimmy Mizen. During the service powerful words were
offered by friends about the legacy, in particular about the three Good
Hope Cafes that have been established with the intention of creating
safe spaces for young people to grow up in. Margaret, Barry, Jimmy’s
parents, and Danny Mizen, his older brother (pictured with group), reflected on
the ten-year journey since Jimmy’s death and spoke positively about plans
for the next 10 years. The couple appealed for young people and communities to
come together to stop violence, particularly in London.
Archbishop Peter Smith, who led the service, spoke of the need to assure young people that they are valuable and precious in God’s eyes and encouraged all gathered to think of how we can show each other love, forgiveness and compassion. The students were profoundly impacted by the experience of the occasion. CTK student Georgina, said: “The memorial service for Jimmy was beautiful, insightful and showed the bravery and pure determination of the Mizen family to create peace and forgiveness amongst the youth. The service not only captured the life and true beauty of Jimmy, but despite the tragic circumstances, it also captured what he has inspired and how his life is lived through his family, and how the charity set up in his honour has and will continue to drive change. I was honoured to be present at the memorial.”