All Hallows' School - Mercy Action Commissioning Liturgy
At the start of each school year, the staff and students of All Hallows' School who are involved in the Mercy Action program, gather for a blessing on their work. The extensive social justice program is a core part of the School's co-curricular offerings and is supported by staff, students, parents and even past pupils who return to supervise some of the groups in a voluntary capacity.
On Wednesday, 10 February, the Chapel was filled to capacity so that those engaging in the works of Mercy this year could receive a blessing. During the liturgy, we were reminded that work in the Mercy Action program is sometimes challenging, always rewarding but mostly it is a joyous opportunity to share our gifts and talents with others. These gifts that we bring are graciously given and gratefully received.
In our advocacy and outreach work we are reminded of Catherine McAuley's words: "There are things the poor prize more highly than gold, tho' they cost the donor nothing; among these are the kind word, the gentle compassionate look, and the patient hearing of their sorrows" and our program allows us to do these things and more.
At the commissioning of the participants during the liturgy we also commissioned our new Mercy Action Coordinator, Ms Katie Hartley, who will run the program this year. She is blessed to be able to work with such committed staff and students on a program that is growing each year. From breakfast vans to packing home-starter kits, there is a variety of options available to suit everyone's interests and talents.
We look forward to bringing our 2021 School theme, Lead for Justice, Act with Mercy, to life in the coming year.
Messages to: Claire Easton - Director of Mission