FATHER HUDSON’S SOCIETY
Thank you to all the children who saved their pennies in their Father Hudson’s collection boxes. In total we received £83.26. This will be added to the money raised by the Year 6 Easter Activities (£267.85) to make a grand total of £355.11.
Well done to everyone who contributed to this very worthwhile charity!
NEWS FROM THE MISSIONS
Father Marko Makolo has contacted us to thank the school for its donation to his Mission (from parents’ contributions at the Christmas concerts) which is in Malawi, Central Africa. Fr. Marko reports that Malawi has suffered great floods since January 2013, and over 13,000 people have lost their lives, and many homes have been destroyed. Fr Marko says that he will continue to pray for the success of our school, and sends his blessings to all the Staff, the children, and their families.
Mrs McNally had a lovely letter from Fr. Basil Raj. He thanked her for the money that St. Gregory's sent to St. Martin's Home. These donations are raised by families from St. Gregory's when we have collections after our Nativity performances before Christmas. It is lovely to hear how the money we send is being used in such a fantastic way. Father Basil also sent some photographs which have been added at the end of this article.
ST. MARTIN’S HOME
Cowl Bazaar, BELLARY – 583102.
Dear Mrs. J. McNally,
Greetings of peace and joy from Martin’s Home, Bellary. May I introduce myself as Fr. Basil Raj who is presently the director of Martin’s Home wherein 50 boys are accommodated and imparted education for their bright Future. I am happy to receive your financial help of f125 towards the maintenance of the boarding and sincerely thank you whole heartedly for your continued support to these poor and under-privileged students from the rural areas of the Bellary Diocese. I am also pleased to present to you the detailed report of all the activities that help our students to grow physically, intellectually and spiritually.
1. The Spiritual Growth
Everyday morning boys go to the parish church for Holy Mass and in the evening they recite Holy Rosary and thereafter they do Holy Bible reading. They are attending the Eucharistic adoration everyday in the parish church and they sing hymns for the Holy Mass and they take up Scripture readings during the Mass. Everyday they recite night prayers and then go to bed. With regard to spiritual growth of the children, they are very much interested to pray by themselves and they are growing spiritually.
2. Intellectual Formation
The boys are doing very well in their studies and most of them have got grades in their respective class. Everyday they get three hours time for study and they are very serious with regard to their studies. They are growing intellectually and they update themselves everyday by going through newspapers and text books. Here we have arranged special tuition for the boys and they have really gained knowledge to stand on their own. Now they are busy preparing for their final exams.
3. Development of Talents
The boys who are here in the boarding are very much talented. They are good in singing songs, playing music, and good in paintings. They have always creative thinking and some participate in the fancy dress competitions conducted in the school. Everyday they play cricket, shuttlecock and volleyball. Some boys are good in giving extempore speech. Some boys are good in gardening and we grow a few vegetables inside the house. Everyday we have cleaning the house and sourrending. Our request is that since as per instruction of the bank wherein our diocese has an account for foreign contribution, your cheque should be sent in favor of “Catholic Diocese of Bellary”. Kindly do the needful.
Our boarding children and I are ever grateful to you and your children for your financial support and I promise you that this money will be used for the well fare of the children. Once again I would like to thank you and your team for helping us. We all the children here assure you of our prayers and best wishes.
With best regard and gratitude,
Fr. Basil Raj
Little Hearts Matter
Fundraising total update -Thank you to all our families who contributed to our colourful fundraising day last Friday for the Little Hearts Matter charity - a total of £144.27 was raised.
The whole school was dressed in red on Friday 6th February, for a very good cause. The 'Little Hearts Matter' charity offers support and information and raises awareness of those who have been born with only half a heart. Thank you to everyone who donated money, a full total will be published as soon as we have a final amount.
If you would still like to donate that would be very welcome!
CAKE SALE FOR SHAKESPEARE’S PUPPIES
Congratulations to Year 6 for organising a very successful cake sale last Friday, 23 January 2015. A total of £86.26 was received and will go to help the Shakespeare’s Puppies charity.
DONATIONS TO THE MISSIONS.
Thank you for your generous donations of £501.35 to the Missions, which were made after the Christmas concerts. We will be sending cheques to the Missions we support in Kenya, Malawi, India and Zambia to help them with their work in spreading the Gospel message in their communities.
Operation Christmas Child
Some shoe boxes have already arrived at St. Gregory's,
ready for the pickup day on 11th November 2014.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD.
Bob James from Operation Christmas Child came to talk to the children in assembly this week about the work of this charity. The children have been given leaflets to bring home,
explaining how the shoe box scheme works. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to
demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.
We have some empty shoes boxes available in the School Hall, so if you would like one so
that you can fill it to send to child in need, please call in to collect one.
The shoe boxes will be collected on Tuesday 11th November.
Harvest Festival at St. Gregory's
‘Thank you’ to all of the families that have sent in food for the harvest celebration. The school has made arrangements for these contributions to be sent to the Cyrennians Charity and a parcel will be taken to a local residential home when a group of our pupils will visit the residents to join in with their harvest celebration.
Harvest Festival Update
We have received a letter from the Cyrenians, thanking the school for donating food from
our Harvest Festival collection. The charity says that the food is greatly appreciated by
the residents at their hostel, and by their clients.
Macmillan Coffee Morning at St. Gregory's
The School Council organised a MacMillan Coffee Morning today. The school was filled with enough cakes and biscuits to keep Mary B. and Paul H. busy for hours!! Year 6 helped by serving and taking the money. The total amount raised with be published as soon as we have a final amount. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and to those who came along and bought a cake(s)!
FATHER HUDSON’S HOMES
Thank you to all the children who gave up sweets and treats during
Lent, and saved their pennies for their Father Hudson’s boxes.
The total in the children’s boxes came to £90.20. Due to all the
children’s hard work with the Cake Sale and the Year 6 activities,
the grand total that we will be sending to Father Hudson’s Homes
will be £322.19. Well done everyone!
Over two days Year 6 are raising money for the Father Hudson's Society 'Good Shepherd Appeal' by holding their annual Lenten Activities.
Today had to be held in the hall because of the rain, hopefully tomorrow they will be able to make it outside, so all the other Junior classes can stroll around at once and decide where they would like to spend their money.
Cake Sale for Father Hudson's Society
21st March 2014
There was a cake stall after school this evening, organised by Valentina and Mary from Year 5 and supported by lot's of their class friends who bought in delicious homemade cakes to sell and help raise funds for Father Hudson's Society.
As the girls were at an athletics practise all afternoon some very kind parents and other class friends volunteered to man the stalls until they could dash back from the Leisure Centre.
Thank you and well done to everyone who was involved.
Father Hudson's Society
A representative from the Father Hudson's Society came into St. Gregory's assembly today.
She spoke to the children about all the areas the charity is involved in, throughout the
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.
The children will be bringing home the 'Good Shepherd Appeal' collecting boxes to fill with any pennies they may earn (or save by not buying sweets!) during Lent.
Collection for the Missions
Thank you for your generous donations, made after the Christmas concerts.
A total of £244.96 was collected, which we will send to the Missions we support
in Kenya, Malawi, India and Zambia to help them with their work in spreading
the Gospel message in their communities.