Candle of Mercy


Candle of Mercy

The Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to an end on 20th November 2016 when Pope Francis will close the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica Rome.

The Year of Mercy has been one of reflection for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and for the other 20 schools within the Kent Catholic Schools Academy Trust. St Joseph’s has used the year to reflect on renewing and deepening our understanding of the concept of Mercy and how Pope Francis’ central message of compassion and pardon applies to our pupils and wider community.

This core theme of Pope Francis’ papacy was celebrated by our Year 6 cohort this week with our diocesan school partners St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School and the Ursuline College at a mass where a candle of mercy was lit as a symbol of mercy in our collective lives.

With our pupils actively questioning and engaging in a dialogue about events in Europe and further afield, this collective moment of reflection and prayer acted as a still point at the end of a year of discussion and focus.

St Joseph’s was also given the keeping of the Year of Mercy Candle which will remain at the School until the symbolical closing of the Holy Door at St Peter’s on the feast of Christ the King on 20th November.


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