We are called to be active in the world, seeing Jesus in the people we meet. We are called to serve the poor, to share what we have and to demonstrate by our actions that we are followers of Jesus. At our school, we work really hard to follow the Catholic Social Teaching Principles. These are the principles that underpin what it means to be Catholic. How we live our lives and how we treat each other and the world that God created.
Care of the Poor and Helpful links beautifully to the action we are all been part of in donating these Christmas Shoeboxes. By our actions, we are living out the Catholic Mission .
Pope Francis has spoken out about social justice, as have his predecessors. Pope Leo in an encyclical called: “Of New Things”, wrote about fair wages and a voice for workers. 130 years after this was written, we are still striving to achieve those things.
Jesus was on the side of the poor and the Church as a whole, continues with this as part of its Mission. We have our part to play as individuals, whether by donating food or volunteering at a food bank, visiting the sick, welcoming those in need, supporting the work of Cafod and giving where we can for school fundraising. I’m sure that each and every one of you has something to add here… these actions don’t need to cost money, your time is just as important.
Each Christmas we are reminded that Jesus came into the world in human form - a man like us in all things but sin. He was born into poverty, chose working people as his apostles and was executed alongside common criminals.
Let’s keep those who are feeling poor and helpless in our thoughts, prayers and actions this Christmas.
At St Gregory’s we try to follow Jesus’ example in all that we do. Jesus came not to be served but to serve and we try to live out this message in a variety of ways. We believe in not just giving money but giving our time and service to help others. Our charity work enables our children to grow as caring citizens who are sensitive and conscientious to the needs of others whilst recognising the responsibility we have to make a positive difference to our community.
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