When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites* do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. Matthew 6:2
What is Charity?
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Most people think of charity simply as a benevolent act of giving. The most general definition of charity, however, means so much more than that. Charity in its purest sense means love and encompasses our love for God and our love for our fellow people. Thomas Aquinas said, “the habit of charity extends not only to the love of God but also the love of our neighbour.” These two kinds of love are closely tied to one another.”
As Catholics we have been taught about charity work through the gospels and various practices like outreaches. Thomas Aquinas esteems charity as “the most excellent of the virtues.”
Captain Tom Moore 100 Challenge for Teenage Cancer Trust
On 6 April 2020, Captain Tom Moore set out round his garden to thank our NHS heroes. One hundred laps later, he’d raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal.
His simple message of hope – “Tomorrow will be a good day” – inspired millions around the world and brought comfort and joy to so many during the pandemic.
On Friday 30th April it would have been his 101st birthday and to honour him and his amazing achievements, the children at St. Mary’s all took part in a 100 challenge of their choice. We raised a great total for Teenage Cancer Trust – a charity close to our heart.
Jeans for Genes
Jeans for Genes Day takes place each September when people across the UK make a small donation to wear their jeans to work and to school. Thank you to all of those who made a contribution to a very deserving charity.
Wear it Pink
Every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wear pink, raise money and help make life-saving research and life-changing support happen. Thank you to all of those who donated to this charity.
CAFOD Family Fast Day
Our school total of £58 was added to the amount collected at St Mary’s Church, so that it can all be sent to CAFOD. Thank you to everyone who made a donation.
Christmas Jumper Day
The School Council decided to hold a Christmas jumper day. They asked if the children of St. Mary’s could donate a tin which would then be donated to the local food bank.