In this Sunday’s Gospel, we are shown that even the smallest of good deeds, done with love, does not escape Jesus’ attention. The widow’s gift was so little that, in some ways, it would hardly make much difference. But Jesus reminds us that the amount we give is not as important as the love with which we give a gift.
With that in mind, please can I ask you all to consider donating to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal organised by Children in Distress. The closing date for these shoeboxes is Tuesday 20th November. Their motto is ‘Love in a box’ which really does reflect the message of this weekend’s Gospel.
The main whole school theme this week has been one of remembrance. On Wednesday, we hosted a special assembly, talking about the Poppy Appeal. Yesterday, Y5 planted their poppies at Guisborough Priory (well worth a visit this weekend). On Sunday, there is the Guisborough Town Remembrance Parade which I will be attending with 22 children from Years 3-6. I will accompany the children as we walk down Westgate, and then observe the national silence at the Cenotaph and laying of wreaths. After this there is a short Church Service which the children will attend. Parents are of course most welcome and I expect with the 100 year anniversary, it will be very busy. After the service, the parade will reform and march back through the town. Every class has made some poppies, or completed some tasks around the theme of remembrance. These will be placed in the prayer garden this morning in a special service after Mass.
So many people, at this time of year, wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance and to commemorate the sacrifices of the Armed services. In the Church too, during this month, we remember all those who have died and have eternal rest in the Kingdom of Heaven. I am reminded of a passage in Paul’s letter to the Romans where it says that we do not live for ourselves only. ‘If we live, it is for the Lord that we live, and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.’
Once again I have been left feeling so proud to work in a school with such fantastic parental support. Attendance at the three Parents’ Evenings was very high and I also received many complementary comments on both evenings about the work the school is doing, the diligence of the teachers, and the fantastic organisational skills of the Year 6 helpers. Well done to them this time as they were super and so very polite!
Have a lovely weekend,