Students put faith into action with care packs

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Students put faith into action with care packs

The importance of linking faith with action was emphasised in the enthusiastic response from the St Brigid’s Catholic School community at Wynyard to a special appeal.

The school was approached to help the St Vincent de Paul Society put together hygiene kits for distribution to people in need in the surrounding community, St Brigid’s religious education co-ordinator, Janaya Plummer, explained.

“The response was outstanding,” Mrs Plummer said.

“A large 50 litre tub was over-filled with items donated from our school community.

“We assembled kits from a combination of purchased items from St Vincent de Paul and donated items from our school community.

“Teachers often create an area within their classroom or have a basket to collect donations throughout the week. It becomes a meaningful and rich prayer experience within classrooms because the donated items are used to form part of a prayer focus display and students come together to pray for and reflect on the way we are able to assist those in need and make a positive difference within our community.”

She said the initiative linked with the school’s commitment to help those in need, reach out in active discipleship and promote life-giving partnerships between home, school and parish; as well as its specific focus on mobilising staff, students and the wider community in social justice initiatives and putting faith into action.

The school has close links with the St Vincent de Paul Society, and an active 33-strong Mini Vinnies group. The school supports a number of appeals over the year, including a canned food drive in winter, casual clothes day fundraisers, Christmas gift collection, Catholic Mission, Caritas and assist-a-student initiatives.

This term, Mini Vinnies members are presenting a Mission Week Liturgy and holding a fundraising day to support the needy in Ghana.

St Brigid’s is committed to demonstrating love and compassion for others.

“At St Brigid’s we are a community who nurture our faith tradition, pursue excellence and are focussed on creating preferred futures for all,” Mrs Plummer said.

Students from St Brigid’s School at Wynyard gather items for hygiene kits ready for distribution via the St Vincent de Paul Society to the local community. Photo by Janaya Plummer.