Mini Vinnies is a programme designed for groups of primary school students who are interested in social justice and living faith through action. St Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) was a priest of the Catholic Church who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He was canonized in 1737. Vincent de Paul was renowned for his compassion, humanity and generosity, and is known as the “Great Apostle of Charity”.

Our Mini Vinnie group is led by Mrs Sherry and meetings are held fornightly in our school Chapel.

If you would like to find out more about the Mini Vinnies, then please take a look at their website http://www.minivinnies.org.uk/

Our Mini Vinnies were very excited to be able to meet again in person this year. They meet regularly discussing any opportunities they can to turn their concern into action. Here are some of the things we have been up to already since September:

  • We celebrated our commissioning at a special Mass with the other schools from the Wythenshawe Cluster.
  • Organised collections of Harvest food items and helped to take them to the Foodbank.
  • Designed posters to promote the Christmas shoebox appeal for homeless families in Manchester and then organised the collection of the boxes and took them to the collection centre.
  • We made Christmas cards for parishioners who may be lonely or finding it hard to get out of the house.
  • Designed posters to promote the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in school, where children raised over £1000 for Fr Pat Clarke’s work with the street children in Brazil.
  • Raised more money during Lent by selling raffle tickets for Easter Eggs.
  • We took part in a retreat day with other schools from the cluster to Shrewsbury Cathedral.

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