Chaplaincy work 2019/2020
The motto of our Junior Chaplaincy is “Helping Children Meet God”.
THE YEAR OF THE WORD-GOD WHO SPEAKS
This year is a special year for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The Bishops have called 2020 “The Year of the Word”. This means that in our school and our families we are making our relationship with God closer and deeper through His Word in the Bible. Through our celebrations and whole school and class liturgies we are we celebrating, live and share God’s Word in the Bible.
Mass to celebrate the Year of the Word – Thursday 16th January 2020
So far, Junior Chaplaincy led the mass for the Year of the Word with blessing of Bibles. Father Jerry blessed our class Bibles and our introduction from scripture was read out by our children in English, Irish, Italian and Polish.
“You are holding something divine in your hands: a book that is like fire! A book through which God speaks.”
Pope Francis, preface to the Youcat Bible of the Catholic Church
Whole school assembly – Tuesday 28th January 2020
Junior Chaplains run the collection of toiletries and sweets to support the annual Gift Bag Appeal.
Kitchen for Everyone York (KEY) is an organisation providing meals at the Spurriergate Centre to the homeless and vulnerable of York on a Tuesday evening and Sunday morning. KEY also has a Saturday evening outreach programme.
KEY’s mission is to help and support individuals who find themselves homeless in our area by providing meals, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags, snacks and any other essential items they may require.
Our school supported KEY’s 4th annual Christmas Gift Bag Appeal as part of our Advent charity project.
Here is a poster advertasing our project and the list of items collected Bag Appeal Kitchen for Everyone York 2019
RED WEDNESDAY – 27th November 2019
We are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted.
Across the world Christians are persecuted because of their faith. Persecution takes many forms. Christians in the Middle-East have been violently attacked and chased from their homes, neighbours who were once their friends too scared to offer them shelter from Islamist extremists. Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and the Philippines are only a handful of countries that have been subject to bomb attacks in the recent months. Christians widows in Nigeria have been left with no money when their husbands have been murdered by extremists.
On Wednesday during the Sing and Praise, the Junior Chaplains will lead a decade of the Rosary praying for the Christians who are persecuted because of their faith.
Pope Francis has declared that October 2019 is an Extraordinary Month of Mission.
It is a time for everyone to think how they can share God’s love with everyone around the world.
There are 4 aims of #EMM2019
• To pray
• To be inspired by saints, martyrs and living people
• To learn more about mission
• To help oversees missions with prayer and money
The Junior Chaplaincy team led a liturgy to explain #EMM2019 to the whole school.
These are the things we are doing in school.
In RE, some classes will be learning about baptism and others will be learning about vocation, mission and service.
We will be saying a decade of the World Mission Rosary on Wednesdays in the library. Each decade of the rosary has different coloured beads, which represent a different continent. As you pray, you think about that continent.
We will be writing our mission, as individuals and as a class and making a display.
Each class has a Mission Together collection box on their class altar for small change (1p, 2p and 5p coins). Mission Together is a charity that enables children to help other children overseas.
Classes will also be saying the Mission Together prayer
May all the children
In the world
Share friendship and live
In the peace
Of God’s love.
Now and forever. Amen
What’s your mission? Remember your mission is not just for this month!
Rosary on playtime
On the 10th October 2019, the Junior Chaplaincy members were invited by St George’s SVP to help welcome their guests at the Mass for the Sick. The children helped serve refreshments to the guests after Mass.
On Monday 21st October 2019, the Junior Chaplaincy team went to York Cemetery to help the Friends of York Cemetery plant purple crocus bulbs. The Friends had been asked by the Trustees to plant 8,000 bulbs to support the campaign to eradicate polio. Last year, there were only 30 cases worldwide.
After each person had planted 50 bulbs, we had a fantastic tour of the beautiful cemetery and visited, amongst other things, the pond, the Cross of Sacrifice, the grave of Thomas Wilkinson, awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the Crimean War, and WWI military graves.
The autumn weather was fantastic and we thank Clive Dawson, Chairman of the Friends of York Cemetery for his help planting and his wonderful tour.
Chaplaincy work 2018/2019
Junior Chaplaincy – “Helping children meet God”
Our mission as members of the Junior Chaplaincy is to help the children in all classes meet God in liturgies, prayer, people and action.
Our Lenten actions
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which this year was on 6th March. Lent is a season of preparation, when we are invited to change our lives so we can experience fully the joy of Easter.
As Pope Francis said in 2015, “Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer.”
Traditionally, Christians make an effort during Lent to pray more, to give something up or fast and to give money to people in need. This year at St George’s School we are adding another action – Care for Creation.
We hope that our Lenten activities will complement what you may already be doing at home. As Junior Chaplains we are going to support children during Lent in class liturgies, assemblies and their Lenten journey.
Every child has made a Lenten promise choosing one thing from the following areas: Pray – Fast – Give – Care for Creation
Children who chose to pray more have received the yellow wrist bands and will use Prayer Journey weekly.
We have also set up Lenten prayer stations around the school. They are designed to give pupils and staff the opportunity to pray in different creative ways. The first three active prayer stations are Forgiveness (in the Hall) and Wilderness ( near the staff room) and the Sorry String in Y5/Y6 shared area.
- Prayer Journey Week 1
- Prayer Journey Week 2
- Prayer Journey Week 3
- Prayer Journey Week 4
- Prayer Journey Week 5
Children who decided to fast (giving up things they like) have received the purple wrist bands.
Every child in school has been encouraged to support CAFOD’s Give it Up Challenge this Lent.
They received a collection box for any coins – either spare change or money saved by giving up something. Even the smallest coins will make a big difference when we collect them all together.
Care for Creation
Everybody in school-children and adults – will make an effort this Lent to reduce what we use and not waste resources, to reuse things and to recycle. We will be caring for our natural surroundings at school and where we live.
We went to church on Wednesday 6th March for Mass where we all received ashes.
Bishop Terry Drainey will be visiting school on Wednesday 13th March. He will join us for celebration, visit each class and bless our new nursery.
Wishing you a blessed Lent!
The Chaplaincy team
So far this year …
We welcomed our new pupils and staff in September and talked about the role of Junior Chaplaincy members and our plans for the coming year.
We prayed the rosary in lots of different ways in October – traditional, colouring, walking, using art and music and, our favourite, eating! We have also run some lunch time club during which the children were making a decade of the rosary using some wooden and plastic beads and the pipe cleaners.
We were invited by the SVP to welcome their guests at the Mass for the Sick at St George’s Church and help them with refreshments.
Altar servers received training from Canon Alan so they can serve at school Masses.
In November, we used special prayer cards to remember and pray for family members and friends who have died.
This Advent, our Holy Family figures travelled around school, visiting every class, helping us to reflect on God coming to this world as a baby and what this means for us. For the first time, they also went to the homes of several pupils.
We have also made some Christmas cards for the parishioners who will be visited by the members of the SVP at St George’s Church over the holiday.
We encouraged the whole school community to join us in helping disadvantaged people in York by donating items for Christmas gift bags to be made by Kitchen for Everyone.
St George’s Junior Chaplaincy Team, December 2018 update