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Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its centre. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord's words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36)

                                                                                                  Pope Francis


Pope Francis has declared the year to be a jubilee year, to provide us with a focus for our Christian life.  The focus of the year is to promote mercy – this is an attribute needed more than ever at this turbulent time. To focus on being merciful reminds us that we are all God’s children and that it is truly, through our actions, that others will know God.


The Church identifies that there are 7 corporal works of mercy.  These are our focus throughout the year. This year our children will not just be charitable in their giving of money, but their time and their prayers – we ask you as parents to join us as are focus,  like the Church, is to actively promote and live out the Gospel message as opposed to simply hearing it.


  • Comfort the sick
  • Bury the dead
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Give food to the hungry
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Shelter the homeless


Across the year our school and children have worked within the community, be this the Parish or beyond, to proclaim the gospel through their actions; be this by preparing food for flood victims, feeding the parish, creating a memorial garden, donating to refugees or even entertaining the sick – the list goes on and on.


Forgiveness focus

The year of mercy also calls us to focus upon forgiveness and reconciliation. Students and staff will have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation throughout the year.


Year of Mercy

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