Once again St. John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy students have excelled, bringing donations and filling shoeboxes with gifts and treats for the Samaritans Purse Charity Operation Christmas Child Appeal.
A group of Year 10 students gave up their break and lunchtimes to fill and wrap boxes and our Year 7 students helped to load them up ready for collection.
85 boxes and £70.00 to help with postage costs were handed over to help make a difference to less fortunate children throughout the world.
Students are bowled over to be having a visit and coaching session from the Vatican’s own cricket team.
Members of St Peter’s XI, accompanied by members of Batley’s Mount Cricket Club, joined in the brief visit.
The sporting highlights of the Vatican XI’s Yorkshire tour will be playing a Twenty20 match with a multi-faith community XI from Batley at the town’s PKWA Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, 18th September, and the following evening facing top Mid-Yorkshire Sunday League club, Mount CC, in a Twenty20 match on the ‘hallowed ground’ of Headingley.
With interfaith issues firmly on their agenda, both teams are hoping to illustrate to the area’s young people that they can be true to their own faiths, yet at the same time cherish diversity. The tour was arranged to show that a love of cricket can unite and empower people regardless of nationality or faith. Their intentions are: ‘To be ambassadors for our respective religions and correct misunderstandings, continuing to build on the fellowship and the generosity of spirit that we have experienced on and off the field, and extending this to the wider community.’
The touring Vatican XI is made up of an international team of Catholic priests and seminarians. Two are English, 8 are from India and 1 from Pakistan. They are all studying for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome. One of the team members is West Yorkshire-born Rev. Elliott Wright, who played for Yorkshire Schools’ teams before training for the priesthood. Off-spin bowler Elliott knew he wanted to be a priest from the age of 14 and is being ordained in Leeds Cathedral next July. This will give food for thought to the young men in Year 10 at St John Fisher Catholic Academy, as they welcome Elliott and his fellow trainee priests to their school for a special ‘Vocations’ school assembly!
The generosity of our school community was, once again, amazing. During our December food drive we were inundated with tins and dried food, chocolates and small gifts for those less fortunate than ourselves. These donations were split between Catholic Care and Batley Food Bank. Pictured below are some of our students loading up the school minibus with food to deliver.
Sixth Form students continued the Fisher tradition this morning to stage the Live Crib in this period of advent. Mary was played by Chloe Flynn and Joseph by Luke Norris with a guest appearance of baby Edie Hartley who played the beautiful baby Jesus. Over £55 was raised by those who gathered to watch the annual event which will help fund the pilgrimage to Lourdes.
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY, Diocese of Leeds
O God, Father most merciful, you created the world in wisdom and in love, and you walk with your children on the journey of life, pardoning and welcoming them always. Your Beloved Son, the visible face of your mercy, is present in our midst. He loves us with a heart full of merciful love, and teaches us to be merciful and to love one another.
Grant to us your children, as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, an outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, that our hearts may be open to our brothers and sisters who hunger and thirst for mercy, and the Good News of your merciful love may be always and everywhere proclaimed. Through Christ our Lord.
“They make it a fun way of believing in God.” At least that’s what one member of 7H said today, towards the end of the second day of our ‘Let Your Light Shine’ school mission.
Members of the class had just returned from five different workshops that had helped them examine different aspects of faith.
The mission is being led by members of the Sion Youth Community www.sionyouth.org.uk
On Friday the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Chapel from 12.15 – 1.15 pm. Whilst Eucharistic Adoration takes place regularly in school those who are not Catholic may well wonder what it’s all about.
Catholics believe that, through the action of the Priest and the work of the Holy Spirit, a real change is made to the bread and wine offered on the altar. Though to scientific scrutiny the eucharistic species retain the properties of bread and wine, at the level of being and essential nature they become the Body and Blood of Christ. The Church teaches that the whole Christ – in his humanity and divinity – becomes present in these physical elements. This is why the reserved sacrament, kept in the tabernacle in the sanctuary of the chapel, is treated with such respect.
Over the centuries there arose the custom of visiting this sacrament outside the celebration of Mass, and of exposing the Blessed Sacrament for the veneration of the faithful. Catholics, and many other people have found that there is something very special about about making time to pray – even for a few minutes – in the Real Presence of Christ.
Of course, Christ is present in so many ways during our everyday life. The physicality, however, of the sacrament – to pray before Christ present here and now, in this place, at this time – is something that helps us recognise Him in the rest of our lives.
Whether Eucharistic Adoration is a familiar part of your spiritual life, or whether you’ve never done it before, Christ bids you welcome.
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Advent Penitential Services in the Deanery 2012
St Paul’s, Cleckheaton, Tuesday 4th December 7pm
St Thomas More, Chickenly, Wednesday 5th December 7pm
St Aidan’s Mirfield, Thursday 13th December, 7pm
St Joseph’s Batley Carr, Tuesday 18th December 7pm