The Catholic Life of the School
Our Mission Projects
‘Whatever you do for the least of these brothers of mine, you do for me.’ Mt 25:40
The pupils and staff at St Gregory’s really enjoyed growing in love and compassion during the Year of Mercy and so we decided to continue to practise what we have learnt. In November 2016, Bishop Peter celebrated a mass for us and blessed our hands so that we might carry out this work and help others to see what it means to walk together in the light of the Lord.
Each year group has therefore, been allocated a special mission that they will carry out throughout the rest of this academic year. The aim is that our children will recognise and care for the people in their community, especially those who are vulnerable and in need of love and compassion.
Our Foundation Stage children have already begun to grow some vegetables and later in the year they will be inviting members of our community in to sample the food that they have made from their harvest. They will be focusing on caring for our world in response to Pope Francis’ letter ‘Laudato si’ and his comment 'Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home’. There is more information about this theme on the following link: http://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-schools/Climate.
In Year 1, our children will be working with Mary’s Meals. This is a charity that supports children across the world in getting an education. They open schools to make it possible for children to get to school and then they provide meals for them when they are there. They are a charity based in Scotland and since they opened they have ensured that over a million children have received an education and a meal each day. Year 1 will be raising money for Mary’s Meals in the summer time and they will do this because in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 25:35) Jesus says: ‘I was hungry and you fed me’. You can find out more about Mary’s Meals on their website: https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/ or through reading ‘The Shed that Fed a Million Children,’ by Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow.
Our Year 2 children will be taking up the role of prayer buddies. They will write a prayer and pray for a different intention every month. They will be writing their prayer in class this week and we will send a copy home to you so that you can support them in their mission to pray for their intentions. They will do this because in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 11:24) Jesus says: ‘I tell you therefore: everything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it, already, and it will be yours’.
Our Year 3 children are all becoming Mini Vinnies. This is a section of the Saint Vincent De Paul society. This Christmas, the children have been given a mission to find out if there are any lonely or elderly people living around them that they could make a Christmas card for. They will be given time in their classes to write Christmas cards for the residents of Eleonore House. They will do this because in the Gospel of John (John 13:34) Jesus says: ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. You can find out more about the Mini Vinnies on http://www.minivinnies.org.uk/.
Year 4 have already begun to work with CAFOD to consider the importance of having clean water throughout the world. They will continue to focus on raising money for CAFOD during Lent and they will share what they learn throughout the year with the rest of the school. They will do this because in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 25:35) Jesus says: ‘I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’.
Our Year 5 children will be working with a mental health nurse exploring difficulties people have with mental health, including dementia. They will raise awareness of how to promote positive mental health amongst each other and those they know. They will do this because in St Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 5:11) it says: ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up’.
Our Year 6 children will be caring for those who are in prison. This Christmas they will be listening to a talk from Fr Sean Healy about his work in a young offender’s prison and the children will then make prayer cards for Fr Sean to take in to the inmates. Year 6 will continue to pray for all those in prison throughout the year. They will do this because Pope Francis said: ‘Blessed are those who see God in every person’.
These projects are just one way the children of St Gregory’s are learning about social responsibility and walking in the light of the Lord. We would really appreciate it if you would support your child by discussing it with them and encouraging them. Equally, if you are involved in any charities or special projects we could be involved with, we would love to hear from you and support you in any way we can.
The Year of Prayer and Vocation
Bishop Peter has dedicated this Church year (December 2017-November 2018) as the Year of Prayer and Vocation. He has asked us to be people of prayer and people who listen to God’s call in our hearts so that we can fully understand who He has created us to be. During this year we are invited, as a diocese, to renew our commitment to personal prayer. As we set out together let us ask God for the grace each day to hear and follow his call.
Bishop Peter has asked us to pray the prayer of Richard of Chichester during this year.
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us.
For all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.