Mary’s Meals: Update on the project

Inspired by Bishop Declan’s letter to pupils across the Diocese, the chaplaincy team at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bath have joined forces with parishioners at St Mary’s Church and the chaplaincy team at St Gregory’s College to support charity, Mary’s Meals.

Following a cake sale for the charity before Christmas, the team asked St Mary’s RE coordinator, Cathy Phillips, to invite Ann White (Mary’s Meals Speaker) to the school to lead an assembly and launch a joint Backpack Project between the school, its parish and secondary school. Over the coming months, schools’ and parish will fill backpacks which will then be sent out to impoverished communities across four continents to bring great joy and happiness to young people.

Year 4 pupil, Jemima, who is a member of the school’s chaplaincy team said: “I was really inspired by Ann’s talk and the video which she used that showed images of the young people being so ecstatic to receive simple items like pencils and a pad of paper. I’m determined to fill a backpack with lots of the items that the children need.”

St Mary’s Head Teacher, Andy Tarrant, commended the hard work of the chaplaincy team and said: “Our pupils and parish family have been moved by the work of Mary’s Meals and are really committed to helping the charity to make a difference to the lives of young people in need around the world. Our school is fully supporting the Bishop’s request to continue to focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy, and we are excited to be exploring this even further with our parish and our South Clifton Catholic Hub partners over the coming months’.

Mary’s Meals provides vital support by setting up community-run school feeding programmes, which encourage children – who may otherwise be forced to work, beg or forage for food – to come to school and receive a nutritious meal that helps them to concentrate on their studies. The Backpack Project is an initiative to further help these children in getting the best possible education. If you would like further information please contact Charlotte Boyall (St Mary’s Catholic Church, Bath) or Cathy Phillips (St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bath).

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Bath Foodbank collection 26th March

We would be grateful for donations to Bath Foodbank on Sun 26th March.
Foodbank is collecting for Easter gifts and other items / shortages. We would be grateful if you could donate only the items requested which includes
EASTER ITEMS: Easter eggs. Easter themed items such as chocolate bunnies, cakes etc. Avoid Easter gifts in expensive packaging as Foodbank removes this and splits sets up. Maybe small gifts for children (ie colouring books, crayons or similar) but mainly food items
SHORTAGES: Instant coffee (small jars urgently required), tinned rice pudding, tinned sponge puddings, dried mash potato and milk (long-life only)
Shopping lists at the back of the church.

Please bring shopping to any Mass on Sunday 26th March.
Thank you for your support. Did you know the average monthly rent in Bath is £1071?
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Parish Pilgrimage: Old Castile, Spain Oct ’17

**This is now full but there is a short waiting list**

Pilgrimage to Old Castile, Spain
“Spanish Mystics & English Martyrs”
October 19th – 26th 2017
Join Father Jeremy on a pilgrimage-holiday to Valladolid in Central Spain.
Price includes flights and:
*Full board at the English College in Valladolid for one week
*Three day-trips: Avila, Segovia & Salamanca (some walking involved)
*Transfers from Bath – Heathrow, and return
*Transfers from Madrid – Valladolid, and return

Cost £650
Deposit £100, to be paid by 28th Feb. Balance to be paid by 1st July
We need 20 people to make the trip viable. Please talk to Fr Jeremy for more information about the trip.

Info & Applicn Form Valladolid

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