BEACONS OF HOPE
On Tuesday 26th June three members of our Chaplaincy team attended Bishop John Arnold's annual celebration of gifts and talents within our schools. This year's event was particularly important as the Bishop launched the Hope in the Future for schools plan, an initiative which has already begun in our parishes, and is a response to Pope Francis' call for us to develop our missionary identity. During the event we were able to reflect on and celebrate the amazing achievements of our Chaplaincy Team to date, whist thinking about how we might develop our role in the parish. The team received a San Damiano cross to display in school. San Damiano was the place where St Francis of Assisi heard the voice of Christ asking him to rebuild the church. This will serve as a reminder to us of our call to be missionaries both in school and in our parish community. Please pray that we are successful in our mission.
Hope in the Future Prayer for Schools
God our loving Father, we thank you
for blessing our parish communities
with all that we need
to respond to our vocation
to be missionary disciples.
We ask you to pour out afresh
the gifts of your Spirit upon each one of us,
that we may be inspired to serve you
in new and creative ways,
bringing your light into the world.
We ask your blessing upon us
as we journey together in hope
through Christ our Lord
Feast Day of Mary - Mother of the Church
On Monday 21st May the Chaplains organised a May Procession to mark the new feast day which Pope Francis has called on all Catholics to celebrate - Feast of Mary - Mother of the Church. The children gathered in the hall and recited the rosary together, before processing around the side of the school and gathering once more on the playground, where more prayers were said as the children laid their offering of a flower to Mary. It was a wonderful, uplifting service and we must thank our Chaplains and Mrs Cadd for organising it for us.
On Wednesday 21st February our Pupil Chaplains led us in a reflection on the start of Lent. They encouraged us to think about what Lent means to us, how we can change to become more like Jesus in Lent and how we can use prayer to help others during Lent. We were the given the opportunity to add our names to the prayer cross to mark our commitment to our Lent promises. We used the words of Matthew to focus our reflection.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Today, our Caritas Ambassadors met with Doug and Alice, the managers of our local charity, ‘Little Monkeys’ for lunch. They discussed ideas for moving forward in supporting the charity. The children had a lovely time listening to stories about those that have been helped through the money that the school has raised.
On Friday 13th October Father Michael attended school to commission our Pupil Chaplains for this year. Father Michael told the story of St Martin of Tours who inspired Chaplaincy through his example of sacrifice and on whom we have based our Chaplaincy Team prayer.
St Martin of Tours
Inspire us by your example
To show love and kindness to all
Share our talents
Never give up
Make the right choices
And always ask ourselves
'What would Jesus do?'
After the blessing the Pupil Chaplains said the prayer for the whole school. We were very proud of them and wish them well as they take on this important job in our school.
Caritas Ambassadors Marketplace Event
On Thursday 21st September, some of our Caritas Ambassadors were invited to a Marketplace event at St. Anne's Church in Crumpsall. There were many charities that attended the event who are supported by Caritas. The children had to find out information from each charity then choose a charity to support. It was wonderful to see many of the Caritas Ambassadors from the diocese! We also had the chance to meet Bishop John who talked about the importance of the work that our Caritas Ambassadors do!