MISSIO Scotland has thousands of reasons to be thankful this summer after receiving excellent support from Scotland’s Catholic primary schools during the 2018-19 school year.
Missio Scotland, which is not only the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, but also the designated charity of Catholic primary schools in Scotland, has been heartened by the dedication that many school communities have shown in the past year in terms of their spiritual and financial support.
In particular, the vital funds raised by Scottish Catholic primary schools will go to the Missionary Children branch of the Missio Scotland. Each year, we as a charity, ask children to do two things every day: Pray for the children in mission areas of the world and donate a small coin. Missionary Children joins with children all over the world to help some of the poorest children in the world, children of all faiths or none and also seeks to develop young people and prepare them as the missionaries of the future. Its funds help to: Build clinics, supply medicines and nutritional help, support education projects for children (building, funding and supplying schools). The donations help to develop a child both in an educational and spiritual sense.
In the past year, children throughout the country have held a number of innovative fundraising events to raise their fantastic totals such as: miles for mission events, crazy hair days, fun runs, cake and candy stalls, coffee mornings and Easter bonnet competitions. Moreover, many schools have invited Missio Scotland in to give assemblies on our work, have made use of our resources including those related to the Missionary Saints and the Mission Rosary—both unique to Missio Scotland—and have also taken part in our inaugural Christmas Artwork Competition, which received a fantastic response across the dioceses.
“It has been an extremely fruitful year for Missio Scotland,” Martin Mann, Missio Scotland’s Education and Fundraising Officer, said. “So far this year the team at Missio Scotland have been working with schools in the different local authorities across the dioceses. The feedback given has been extremely positive so much so that we anticipate an increase in the number of schools who we will work with in the coming academic year.
“The positive uptake of our teaching resources by those who know young people best has been a great vote of confidence in the ability of the Missio Scotland team.”
With the visit of the St Thérèse of Lisieux relics to Scotland’s dioceses on the horizon, Missio Scotland has prepared a number of resources for primary schools to learn a little more about the Little Flower, which we hope will be of benefit to our teachers and pupils. They are available via our website: http://www.missioscotland.com/st-therese-of-lisieux. Our schools packs, which will be sent out at the start of the new school year will contain some exciting resources and news related to Mission Month in October—which this year Pope Francis has declared Extraordinary Mission Month—as well as our Christmas Artwork Competition forms, so keep an eye out for them.
To learn more about Missio Scotland, to avail of our downloadable schools resources or to request an assembly in the coming year visit: http://www.missioscotland.com and click on the schools section. We also have a number of extra resources that can be ordered via our online shop: http://www.missioscotland.com/shop
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