Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom. Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and #RedWednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love. #RedWednesday will shine a light on Christian persecution but also highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.
JOA will be holding #RedWednesday on Wednesday 22nd November to support the work of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). ACN are an organisation who work for the rights of those persecuted for their faith around the world.
On Wednesday 22nd November, we are asking that pupils donate 50p (via ParentPay) to support the work of ACN, whilst also wearing an item of red clothing in solidarity with those affected by religious persecution. There will also be student led lessons and reflections taking place in RE lessons and in the Chapel.
This year as we are celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy, fifty students have committed to being Apostles of Mercy. On Monday the 9th and 16th of May, several of these Apostles of Mercy from year 7, 8 and 9 went on a pilgrimage to Westminster Cathedral. The purpose for our pilgrimage was to to give them the opportunity to follow the ‘Way of Mercy’, starting at the Holy Door.
“On Monday the 16th of May we went on a pilgrimage to Westminster Cathedral. Before the pilgrimage, we prepared for our journey by going to confession at school and going to Mass at our local parish ‘Our Lady Help of Christians’. Fr Mark said Mass and asked us to pray for him. At the Cathedral we followed the ‘Way of Mercy’, starting at the Holy Door and then following the ‘Way of Mercy’ route, reflecting on different aspects of mercy at various stations around the Cathedral. At these stations we read some information about the different acts of mercy and prayed. By going through the Holy Door, following the ‘Way of Mercy’, confessing our sins and attending Mass, we received an indulgence.” (Mary Wheatley and Zoe Sotto)
Our Apostles of Mercy were encouraged to hope as Pope Francis expressed that we may ‘experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.’
Thank you so much for all your generosity. Many of our school families are themselves under considerable financial pressure, especially at this time of year, so it really is profound generosity we see in the pictures below of our very-own Santa-Sleigh (mini-bus).
For some families, the gifts donated by JOA are the only ones that they will receive this Christmas.
Well done and sincere thanks to everyone who contributed!
“It is good to help others as the ‘Golden Rule’ is the foundation of our religion which teaches the importance of helping others. The Trussell Trust is a nationwide food bank which is helping people who have met troubled times giving them emergency food for three days. In the parable of the sheep and goats it says ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat’. We at St Joan of Arc have actively supported Jesus’s teaching by supporting this charity and we are helping our local community and wish to continue doing so. We would like to say a huge thank you to both year 7 and 8 for their tremendous generosity as they have truly helped so many people in the community. No doubt year 9 will be as great.”
The year 12 students from St. Joan of Arc’s ARC group (Active Roman Catholics) are raising awareness to organise a Senior citizens party this Christmas. This will take place at St Joan of Arc’s Hall on the 5th December. As Roman Catholics, Jesus taught us to love thy neighbour and by organising a Senior citizens part we are following the teachings of Jesus. We hope that the Senior Citizens enjoy the spread that we have put on and that they are reminded that there are people in society who think of them and they are not isolated nor neglected.
Year 7 students enjoyed their Art and RE trip to the National Gallery. Students were given a talk by gallery staff on Religious symbolism in Art. Back at school students have recorded and illustrated their analysis of one of the paintings.