Today Pope Francis pushed opened the great bronze doors of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to launch his Holy Year of Mercy. We decided to mark this special occasion in school by having a full day dedicated to the parable of the Good Samaritan; the one who showed mercy. We had a lot of thought provoking activities throughout the day, encouraging us to think of how we could act during this Holy Year of Mercy to be more like the Good Samaritan. We retold the story by creating our own story wheels which then helped us to role-play the parable. Also we had the opportunity to visit four unique prayer stations in school during which we thought about the messages from the parable; treating the injured, feeding the hungry, supporting those who are poor and finally, loving and caring for our neighbour. We also had a lot of opportunities to pray for those in need of a Good Samaritan in their life and we even wrote our own prayers asking God for the strength and courage to show mercy on others in the year ahead.

 

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