July – Month of the Precious Blood
O God, who by the Precious Blood of Thine Only Begotten Son hast redeemed the whole world, preserve in us the work of Thy mercy, so that, ever honouring the mystery of our salvation, we may merit to obtain its fruits.
The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.
"The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Saviour shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection; it is the Blood which courses through the veins of His risen, glorified, living body at the right hand of God the Father in heaven; it is the Blood made present on our altars by the words of Consecration; it is the Blood which merited sanctifying grace for us and through it washes and beautifies our soul and inaugurates the beginning of eternal life in it."
June - Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O Heart of love, I put all my trust in Thee; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Thy goodness.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.
Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term "Sacred Heart of Jesus" denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The "Sacred Heart" is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers.
May is the Month of Mary
May is a very special month for the Church as we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all. The month has traditionally become a time to focus on the Rosary and Marian devotions.
A full month is given over to Mary and during this month we are asked to think about Mary, say special prayers, have May altars, and sing hymns to Mary to tell her how much we love her and to ask her to help us stay close to her son Jesus and to try to live as Jesus shows us.
Here, we share some ideas of how we can honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in a special way and allow her to conquer our hearts.
Ways to celebrate Mary in the month of May:
Learn to say the Hail Mary in a different language each day! Have a look at the following website for links to the videos.
Pray the Rosary
Follow the link to find a range of information about the Rosary including a video about how to pray the Rosary and facts about Mary.
Write your own prayers of devotion to Mary.
Draw a picture of Mary and place it in your window.
Have a family May procession in your garden.
Say the Rosary together as a family.
Make your own Rosary beads or create an outdoor Rosary with nature.
Look at stories of Mary in the Bible. Choose your favourite one and retell it in words and pictures.
In many countries, there are special places where people visit to pray to Mary.
Find out about:
Our Lady of Knock, Ireland
Our Lady of Lourdes, France
Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal
We are learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with our friends, family and parish.
At St Francis, we celebrate Our Faith in many different ways. Look at some of the special events that take place during our school year that have a particular focus or importance to our Catholic Faith.
Achieving excellence together, with God’s love.
At St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School we provide an environment for our community that enables each unique member to feel valued and become stronger as we embrace challenge and change. We let God’s love inspire us and his Word guide us as we grow together in our enthusiasm for excellence in all that we do.
To create a caring atmosphere built upon mutual love and respect for others and rooted in true Gospel values.
To teach the Catholic Faith and provide experiences of the Church’s liturgy.
To Cherish each child by seeking to provide an appropriate education that meets the individual needs, and supports everyone to achieve their full potential.
To develop in each child a sense of his/her own worth and the unique contribution they can make to their family, school and community.
To actively promote a partnership between home, school and parish that leads by example.
To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is available to all.
To provide a secure environment in which all members of our community are encouraged to try their best, be motivated by tolerance and self-discipline and guided by love.