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Racial Justice

A statement on racial justice issued by the Bishops of England and Wales

We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George Floyd. We cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice".

“Systemic racism is embedded in our own society. The disproportionate harm suffered by BAME people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted profound inequalities, marginalisation and injustice here in the UK. The peaceful Black Lives Matter protests taking place in our towns and cities this week reflect the understandable anger that so many people feel about this".

“As Catholics we recognise that racism is an evil which must be opposed; we all have a responsibility for actively promoting racial justice. Whenever we ignore racism or dismiss BAME people’s experience of it, we are complicit in violations of human dignity. We pray for God’s help to overcome racism in all its forms and that we might protect everyone who suffers its consequences. We are all made in God’s image.”

Bishop Declan Lang
Lead Bishop for International Affairs

Bishop Paul McAleenan
Lead Bishop for Racial Justice

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/bishops-solidarity-with-sisters-and-brothers-in-usa-over-evil-of-racism-and-killing-of-george-floyd/

 

"INSTAURARE OMNIA IN CHRISTO"

To unite all things in Christ.  Ephesians 1,10

In putting into practice its motto, the School is participating in the Mission of the Church, conscious of the important part it has to play in supporting parents in handing on to the next generation the great gift of faith.

In implementing the Mission of the Church, "Go and make disciples of all nations", Matthew 28, 19, the School aims to playa key role in the formation of our young people so that they become responsible Christian adults.  As such, they will be inspired by the message of Jesus Christ and will contribute effectively to the wider society by promoting justice, honesty and integrity in all aspects of their lives.

The school will seek to achieve its mission in a number of ways.

Every school day will begin with prayer: There will be regular worship through assemblies and weekly Masses.  There will be opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to participate in retreats and Days of Recollection.

The School curriculum will give primacy of place to Religious Education so that pupils develop a religious understanding of life.  The Religious Education programme will support and encourage each pupil in his or her individual journey of faith.  It will provide each pupil with a sound understanding of the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church and relate what is taught to their lives in the multi-faith, multi-cultural society in which we live.

The School acknowledges each individual pupil as a unique creation of God.  The curriculum which is founded on the values of the Gospel will therefore give pupils a broad and balanced experience, enabling each pupil to fulfill his or her potential in all areas of study.

Gospel values will also underpin relationships with the school community so that all members, pupils, parents and staff will feel valued and respected and experience equality of opportunity within the context of the Catholic School.  The School recognizes and values the role of parents as the first educators of their children, the teaching vocation and the contribution of the support staff and the chaplaincy team.

The School will work collaboratively with parish clergy and parents to achieve effective home-school-parish links and will provide a framework of discipline and a system of pastoral care and support for pupils and their families.  The variety of cultural backgrounds of our pupils and their families will be acknowledged and promoted.

Through its structures, curriculum and interpersonal relationships the school will enable its pupils to experience a worshipping, caring and educating community firmly founded on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.  "I am the way, the truth and the life": John 14,6.

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