Faith In Action
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa).
St Mary’s is committed to helping others and putting others’ needs before our own. Children learn about those who live in poverty and important concepts such as the Common Good and the Church’s preferential option for the poor. Our school community aims to extend its role in fulfilling the mission of the Church. We give our children experiences within the school and wider community to put their faith into action to help make a difference to others. Children are encouraged to live their lives as the best person they can be. We refer to our school virtues frequently (see Pupil Profile). We remind children that doing or giving a small thing can make a big difference to someone else.
Pope Francis challenges the whole of society to remember the poor and to persevere in creating the common good by actively engaging in our local communities to alleviate poverty and address social injustices.
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger, and you invited Me in." (Matthew 25:35)
St Mary’s supports both local charities such as the Food Bank and The Wallich. Together with the Church, we support the SVP (St Vincent de Paul society), helping those in our Parish community who are less fortunate than ourselves. St Mary’s also raise funds for less fortunate people around the world. We support the work of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) and we fundraise in many different ways to raise vital monies to support their ongoing work.
During Advent and Lent, we teach our children about traditional Christian practices such as the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Our Mini Vinnies group (links with St Vincent de Paul society) meet and decide on an appeal that they would like our school community to support.
We enjoy sharing our talents – singing as a choir in the locality at Christmas time, e.g. nursing homes or supermarkets.