A huge thank you to everyone for supporting our Caritas Ambassadors with their first challenge. An unbelievable 2,201 carrier bags were collected for use in the Little Monkeys Charity Shop. Our friends at the charity shop were delighted!
Great news! Our Pupil Chaplains are now Caritas Ambassadors!
On 30th November the Chaplaincy team attended a training workshop at Salford Cathedral led by Sister Judith Russi to find out all about the work of Caritas and how we can support it. At the end of this special day our Pupil Chaplains rose to the challenge with enthusiasm and were commissioned on behalf of Bishop John Arnold to act as Caritas Ambassadors in our community. We are now busy preparing a short film which will tell the school all about this exciting new venture and how our community of St Josephs can help. Watch this space for further information!
"As Caritas Ambassadors you have made a very generous commitment to put your faith into practical action; caring for those in need and fighting the disease of poverty that so threatens the well-being of our society and the world. You have recognised the innate dignity of every person and are showing the way to others how we respond to people's needs. Thank you for what you are doing and for the sign and the witness that you give."
(Bishop John Arnold, Caritas in Action)
Chaplains Advent Prayer and Worship
Today, our Chaplains led their first prayer and worship about Advent. Children from all classes were invited to attend and take part. The Chaplains did an excellent job and led the prayer and worship beautifully. Well Done!
Our Pupil Chaplains for this year have been selected and are busy working on plans to make our school a prayerful and reverent environment for learning. Look out for their photographs as they appear on the website - they will be visible around the school looking out for children who need a helping hand or a friendly face!
As we continue our journey through this special Year of Mercy Taffy and Aidan will continue their journey as Pupil Chaplains.
On Tuesday 8th December 2015 two of our Pupil Chaplains Taffy and Aidan attended a celebration mass at Salford Cathedral with Mrs Dunne and Mrs Green. The mass was celebrated by The Right Reverend John Arnold Bishop of Salford and marked the ‘Blessing and Launching of the Door of Mercy for Schools and Colleges.’
A very similar occasion was taking place at the same time in Rome where Pope Francis was marking the start of the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy by opening the huge bonze Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica. We were very proud to be involved in something so special.
The Pupil Chaplains will be working hard to decide how we, the staff the pupils of St Joseph’s, could celebrate this Year of Mercy and use the opportunity to develop our faith.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20