Spring Term 2017Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.
On behalf of the Staff and Governors of the School I would like to wish all our children, parents, families, parishioners and friends of the school a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year.
I truly hope you all had a joyous, peaceful and God filled Christmas and that you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. This time last year I reflected with you through this newsletter on the Christmas message from Pope Francis and his fear that Christmas had been taken hostage by dazzling materialism putting God in the shadows and blinding many to the needs of others. This year his Christmas message was equally thought provoking and focused on Peace.
‘Peace on earth to men and women of goodwill, who work quietly and patiently each day in their families and in society, to build a more humane and just world, sustained by the conviction that only with peace is there a possibility of a more prosperous future for all.’
As we journey through 2017 let us remember and be committed in our families, work, school, parish and community to embrace and promote peace at every opportunity.
‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: he is the “Prince of Peace”. Let us welcome him! ‘
Pope Francis sent his message to all … ‘Today this message goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflict that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.’
He remembered children of the world…’And peace to the children , on this special day on which God became a child, above all those deprived of the joys of childhood because of hunger, wars or the selfishness of adults.
Pope Francis, who has made defence of the poor a trademark of his papacy, said the infant Jesus should remind everyone of those suffering today – particularly children.
We reflect on our children in our school community and thank God for their homes, safety and shelter and for their uniqueness, honesty and joy. Throughout 2017 we will remember and be committed to our mission as a catholic school and a parish to celebrate, support, nuture, guide develop and love all our very dear and special children.
‘We are called to contemplate the Child Jesus, who gives hope once again to every person on the face of the earth. By his grace, let us with our voices and our actions give witness to solidarity and peace.’
Holding on to the Christmas messages of Pope Francis I look forward with great hope, to moving positively and peacefully together into 2017 for the very best for our school, families and our children.
Once again my very best wishes to you and your families and all within our school and parish community for a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Ms Helen T Lennon Head Teacher