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Catholic Schools Week in Mary, Mother of Hope SNS

Dear parents,

Today marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week.

This year, we celebrate the 21st anniversary of our school. This week gives us an opportunity to reflect on the values and the ethos that makes our school such a special place to learn and to work. Over the years, we have strived to put our school in the heart of the community which we serve. As a Catholic school, we have been able to deepen that partnership with our community by working closely with our parish. We celebrate that connection throughout this week, with the very appropriate theme: ‘Walking Together in Faith and Love!’

As we adapt to the many challenges and changes that we face as a society, with so many pressures on families with the Cost of Living Crisis, we are given the opportunity to reflect on the things that give our lives meaning:

For some, it is family, friends, community sports or hobbies. As Christians, our lives also draw meaning from God’s love, and a desire to know and love him more. This week we reflect upon how Catholic schools are communities where we live life to the full.

As a Catholic school, we foster the holistic development of our pupils; we promote their wellbeing and encourage them to learn and nurture their talent and skills. Each child has the potential to change the world for the better, making it a kinder, more inclusive and more welcoming place.

This week, we celebrate the gifts and talents we have in following Jesus’ teaching. This year, we celebrate how we are called to be communities of faith and resilience, through our thoughts, words and actions. In doing so, we follow the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel:

‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.’

Invitation to Weekly Mass

Every Thursday, pupils from our school go to Mass in the local church in Littlepace to join with the local parish community in song and prayer. We would be delighted to ask parents to join us at these Masses. If you cannot make it every Thursday morning, you might like to come on the morning that your child’s class is going to Mass. The timetable for the next few weeks is as follows:

Thursday the 26th January, Pupils from Third Class

Thursday the 2nd February, Pupils from Sixth Class

Thursday the 9th February, Pupils from Fifth Class

Take care, and best wishes to all in the Mary, Mother of Hope family!

Enda McGorman



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