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Advent Candy Cane Challenge.

The Caritas Ambassadors would like all of our children to be stars of advent this year. Every child has received a candy cane of their own to take home and pass on to a member of the community. This will be their act of kindness and part of their advent preparation. The children have been told that they can choose a parishioner at church, a shopkeeper, an elderly member of their community or a neighbour - as long as their parents are with them and agree with who they choose.

We have asked, if possible, for parents or carers to take a photograph when the children pass on their candy cane and some people have already done this - please see below! We will continue posting them as they are sent in.

Please encourage your child to try hard during advent to complete the Candy Cane Challenge so that we may spread kindness around our school and the local community.

Advent Candy Cane Challenge - Are you ready...

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We welcome our new members to our Chaplaincy Gift Team

 

On Friday 28th September Father Michael visited school for a very special occasion - the commissioning of our pupil chaplaincy team. Each member of the team has risen to a huge challenge by committing to being the face of Jesus in our school and as Father Michael blessed each one of the team I think we all felt very proud of them. We would like to thank all the parents who attended and made this occasion so special for their children.The pupils have already been working hard in school - watching out for children who need company on the yard, helping our foundation stage with dinnertime and praying the rosary during lunchtimes. Welcome and congratulations!

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October - the month of the Holy Rosary

Thank you to our Chaplaincy Gift team for the beautiful and reflective Rosary they held on Wednesday. Thank you also to all the children who attended - it was the best attendance we have ever had! Please come along every Wednesday lunchtime to share this special time with us.

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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

Amen.

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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.  

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Lent Reflection

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.’”

Matthew 4:4

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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.

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On Wednesday 6th December our Chaplaincy Team led us in a thoughtful Advent reflection. They reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas and they asked us to think about how we can prepare ourselves for Jesus' birthday. They have been helping us all to prepare by challenging us to complete 13 acts of kindness before we finish school for the Christmas break. They have also asked teachers to look out for the class Star of Advent - the pupil who tries the hardest to walk in Jesus' footsteps during Advent.
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The Chaplaincy team have been busy today preparing and handing out prayers to all the pupils. This is so that we are ready to celebrate All Saints Day tomorrow when we remember Saints and Martyrs who sacrificed themselves for Christianity.
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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?'

Amen

 

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.

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The Chaplaincy team are making lots of money for our charity by selling Rosary beads in the yard. Thank you Chaplains and helpers for all your hard work.
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What a lovely Rosary this week in the sunshine! Thank you to everyone who joined us.
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Thank you to our wonderful Pupil Chaplains who led the Rosary in the prayer garden on a wet Wednesday lunchtime - it was a very special quiet moment in a busy day. We are looking forward to joining them every Wednesday lunchtime during October.

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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!

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