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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’
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GIFT Chaplaincy Team

GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit to St Peter's RC High School - Friday 1st December, 2017 

Today the Divine Mercy GIFT Chaplaincy Team visited St Peter's RC High School in Gorton in order to participate in a morning of prayer and reflection. We learnt about the season of Advent and participated in a special Mass and additional craft activities. It was wonderful to meet with other GIFT Chaplaincy Team members, share knowledge and learn new information. 

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​Growing In Faith Together Chaplaincy Team 

 

At the Divine Mercy our GIFT Chaplaincy Team work to spread the message of Christ and his teachings throughout our school community. 

 

Our GIFT Chaplaincy Team members are a small group of year five pupils who have been ordained by Canon Tony McBride (on behalf of Bishop John Arnold) in order to give a joyful witness of Christ in our wonderful school community. The GIFT Chaplaincy Team provide support for our teachers and children, by helping to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils across the curriculum. 

 

GIFT Chaplaincy Team members assist with the delivery and development of the prayer life of the school by supporting assemblies, class prayer times and prayer groups. We also have our own display board in school which we take responsibility for, by creating work to share prayers, reflections and information about the religious life of our church and school throughout the year. 

 

The GIFT Chaplaincy Team is beginning to generate ideas of ways in which our school can support local, national and international charities, such as Caritas in the Diocese of Salford, and Cafod. 

 

Our GIFT Chaplaincy Team is supported by Father Joseph (parish priest), Sister Claudia and Mr Campbell.  

 

 

Official GIFT Chaplaincy Team Ordination Ceremony at Salford Cathedral - Thursday 28th January, 2016

Official GIFT Chaplaincy Team Ordination Ceremony at Salford Cathedral - Thursday 28th January, 2016 1 Official ordination ceremony at Salford Cathedral
Official GIFT Chaplaincy Team Ordination Ceremony at Salford Cathedral - Thursday 28th January, 2016 2 Sister Judith, Canon Tony McBride & the GIFT CT
On Thursday 28th January, 2016 our GIFT Chaplaincy Team members travelled to the Diocese of Salford Cathedral Centre in order to participate in a special day of prayer, reflection and worship. The day culminated with an ordination ceremony in Salford Cathedral where the children were ordained by Canon Tony McBride and asked to go out into our school and parish communities and spread the word of Christ. 

Father George and Sister Claudia Faith Meeting - Ash Wednesday 10th February, 2016

Father George and Sister Claudia Faith Meeting - Ash Wednesday 10th February, 2016 1 Father George, Sister Claudia and the GIFT CT
On Ash Wednesday 10th February, 2016 our GIFT Chaplaincy Team members met with Father George and Sister Claudia to discuss the purpose of their role and share ideas on how to develop our school community's spirituality throughout the academic year. 

Prayer Garden Preparation - Thursday 25th February, 2016

Prayer Garden Preparation - Thursday 25th February, 2016 1 Digging up the flower beds
Prayer Garden Preparation - Thursday 25th February, 2016 2 Cleaning out the planter boxes
Prayer Garden Preparation - Thursday 25th February, 2016 3 Organising the layout of the prayer garden

On Thursday 25th February, 2016 our GIFT Chaplaincy Team members went into the school prayer garden and worked incredibly hard to reform the existing area. The children organised the layout and fittings of the garden  in preparation of class visits throughout the academic year. 

St Peter's RC High School Visit - Friday 4th March, 2016

St Peter's RC High School Visit - Friday 4th March, 2016 1 DM GIFT Chaplaincy Team
St Peter's RC High School Visit - Friday 4th March, 2016 2 Father David Pember and GIFT CT members
St Peter's RC High School Visit - Friday 4th March, 2016 3 Prayer and worship at St Peter's RC High School
St Peter's RC High School Visit - Friday 4th March, 2016 4

On Friday 4th March, 2016 the GIFT Chaplaincy Team members visited St Peter's RC High School in Gorton in order to meet with other GIFT teams and share a day of worship and celebration. It was wonderful to share ideas with other teams and listen to the words of Father David who even taught us a new song! Why not try singing along at home :) 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCISoF5NyeM

The Hidden Gem GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit - Monday 9th January, 2017

The Hidden Gem GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit - Monday 9th January, 2017 1 Joyful smiles from N and J
The Hidden Gem GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit - Monday 9th January, 2017 2 A beautiful smile :)
The Hidden Gem GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit - Monday 9th January, 2017 3 DM GIFT Chaplaincy Team
The Hidden Gem GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit - Monday 9th January, 2017 4 J lighting a candle
The Hidden Gem GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit - Monday 9th January, 2017 5 R lighting a candle
The Hidden Gem GIFT Chaplaincy Team Visit - Monday 9th January, 2017 6 Praying for the Divine Mercy school community
On Monday 9th January, 2017 the GIFT Chaplaincy Team visited St Mary's Roman Catholic Church (The Hidden Gem) in Manchester city centre. The children were provided with different envelopes which revealed the year groups they would be working with throughout the academic year. Following the presentation of year groups we explored Norman Adams' Fourteen Stations of the Cross and it was inspirational to see the beautiful works of art adorning the walls of the church. We completed our afternoon trip by lighting candles and joining together in prayer for the Divine Mercy school community. 

Divine Mercy RC Primary School and Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School - GIFT Chaplaincy Team Link

Divine Mercy RC Primary School and Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School - GIFT Chaplaincy Team Link 1 The DM and OLOL GIFT Chaplaincy Team Members
During the academic year of 2016/2017 the Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Lourdes GIFT Chaplaincy Team members met on two occasions. Our wonderful pupil chaplains met initially at OLOL in Bury and later in the year in Manchester and really enjoyed sharing ideas, spending time in prayer and developing our understanding of the cultures in our special school communities. Our two schools plan to link once more during the academic year 2017/2018. 
Remember, this Thursday is 'Come Dine with your Teacher.' If you would like a delicious school meal with your teacher on this day, please give £2.30 to the office.
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