As part of the Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis, which runs from December 2015 to November 2016, here at All Saints’ Academy we are focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy. These are kind acts by which we help our neighbours with their material and physical needs.
In Term 5 our focus was ‘Shelter the Homeless’, and after a discussion the Chaplaincy Team chose the local Homeless Charity ‘Open Door’, which supports those who are homeless by providing meals, showering and laundry facilities, as well as the use of a computer to help with job applications. Open Door also provides the opportunity for people to come together and talk, allowing much needed social interaction. The Chaplaincy Team asked the Tutor Groups to donate essential toiletries and present them in shoe boxes which were to be decorated.
I was delighted with the generosity shown, the quantity of items donated and the thought put into the gift boxes. These supplies are vital to the support given to the homeless and the donations were delivered and gratefully received. Many, many thanks to all who supported the appeal.