The Year of Mercy
In 1962, Pope John XXIII called the Church for the first time in its 2000 year history, to set up a Council to look at how the Catholic Church could make the message of faith more relevant to people in the twentieth century. He called for a freshening of thinking and practices that would better enable the Church to do God's work and serve the whole people of God on earth. The Pope also hoped the Council would pave the way for Christian unity. This Council was called Vatican II.
It is now 50 years since Vatican II closed and Pope Francis wants us to once again renew the Catholic Church in this “new phase of her history” and has decreed this year to be a Year of Mercy. Pope Francis called this mercy, “the very foundation of the church’s life and credibility” and said, “Wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.” So there is no better way in this year of mercy, than to let thoughts of mercy fill our minds and to let mercy grow in our hearts.
Pope Francis launched this Jubilee Year with the solemn opening of a door in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as is usual for a Holy Year. The door is a symbol of opening to the fullness of God’s love and invites us to pass through as a sign that we wish to experience God’s mercy and take it others. The door represents a new opening for God’s mercy to every heart. Each Christian is called to seek and receive God’s mercy and convey it to others through whatever doors he or she passes, whatever thresholds he or she crosses, and whoever, he or she meets this year.
In the school, the children have created their own doors of mercy, study the parables of Mercy and pray for mercy.
This Holy Year will end on the feast of Christ the King, whom Pope Francis asks, “to pour out his mercy, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.”
The Good Samaritan
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The Lost Sheep
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The Lost Coin
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The Prodigal Son
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The Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus
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The Two Debtors and the Creditor
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The Pharisee and the Publican in the Temple
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Penitential Service with Fr John
On Wednesday 2nd March, 5 children were invited to the Primary Pilgrimage Mass at Westminster Cathedral as part of the Year of Mercy.
Catholic Association For Overseas Development
Today we were very pleased to welcome Judy, a CAFOD volunteer. CAFOD stands for Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. They provide lots of help for people in desperate situations around the world.
Judy explained to us all the importance of helping those who are much less fortunate than us.
1st March 2016
Catholic Children’s Society
Today we were very pleased to welcome Kate, a member of the Catholic Children’s Society.
She explained how the money we raise through the collection boxes, will help children and families less fortunate than us.
23rd February 2016
Over 2 weeks, Year 3- 6 have had the opportunity to take park in an Advent Liturgy where they were able to reflect on the season and think more deeply about how they can prepare themselves to welcome Jesus at Christmas Time. They listened to Scripture, prayed and sang together.
This year each class has adopted their own saint.
Throughout the year they will learn
about their saints life and pray to them.
RBD- St Luke
RM - St Anthony
RV - Saint Mary Our Lady
1P- St Andrew
1S- St Peter
1T- St Nicholas
2C- Oscar Romero
2S - St Martin de Porres
2WD - St Josephine Bakhita
3C- St Patrick
3L - St Joan of Arc
3M - St Maximillian Kolbe
4B- St Paul the Londoner
4D - St Catherine of Bologna
4P - St Joseph the Worker
5B - St Cecilia
5NP - St Francis of Assisi
5O- St Joseph of Arimathea
6G- St Therese of Lisieux
6L- St George
6M- St Christopher