Live Simply Award
Holy Family are excited to announce that we are taking part in the LiveSimply award from CAFOD.
The LiveSimply award is earned by communities and schools who can show how they have been living:
The LiveSimply award is an opportunity for our Catholic community to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si' to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”
The award celebrates what we have already done and inspires us to do more. It helps our community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully.
Operation Christmas Child
The School Council are excited to be involved with a very special mission, creating shoebox gifts for children in need.
The council members are collecting small gifts, including soft, small toys, colouring pencils and toiletries that can be made into special gift boxes that will be sent to up to 8 different countries so that children in need may receive a special gift at Christmas.
Through the charity, Samaritan’s Purse, the school will be organising this mission in November.
We can’t wait to keep you up to date with our progress.
6 Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Spreading Our Mission
Members of the School Council visited classes in school to tell others of their mission- to collect donations for Operation Christmas Child.
They explained what they would be doing and how pupils and their families could help.
Members of the School Council wrapped a large box ready to receive donations and gave it pride of place at the front of school for all to see.
Involving Our School Community
School councillors stood at the front of school in a morning and after school, come rain or shine, to hand out leaflets and tell parents and carers about their mission. The engagement from parents and carers was phenomenal and we were so lucky to receive so many wonderful gifts.
Operation Wrap and Pack!
Members of the School Council invited their parents and carers to attend after school to help sort, wrap and pack all of the kind donations. We were so glad to have help as we had so may donations to pack.
Everyone enjoyed a refreshing drink and snack after all the hard work and were proud when they saw the finished packages.
Well done everyone!
The School Council would like to say thank you for all of the support they received from parents, carers and children in school. With your support, they were able to pack and send 10 boxes full of wonderful presents to those in need.
Well done School Council- mission complete!
A Trip to Church!
The Chaplaincy Team enjoyed an afternoon trip to church to take all of the donations ready for the Harvest Mass.
Take a look at the generous offerings.
The children at Holy Family enjoyed having the opportunity to celebrate Harvest at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Along with parents and parishioners, the Mass led by Father Joseph with the assistance of the Chaplaincy Team was enjoyed by all.
It was wonderful to hear the children reading from the book of Leviticus and the Bidding prayer, finally finishing with a special harvest prayer written by the Prayer Group. Donations of food were collected and placed in front of the alter, before being taken to Stainforth Food Bank to help those in need.
22 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”
It was wonderful to see all the donations of food be taken to Stainforth Food Bank by members of the Care for Creation Team after our Harvest Mass. It was gratefully received by staff who work there, who will be able to spread the kindness of others to those in need.
"For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home."