TURNING CONCERN INTO ACTION!
We turn concern into action – We are inspired by Christ’s message to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Our Mission is to seek and find those in need, to help them in a spirit of justice and to tackle the causes of poverty where we can.
The Mini Vinnies play a vital role in the SMSC life of St. Patrick's, and are supported by Miss N Blanchfield, the Mini Vinnie Co-ordinator.
Pupils across school have the opportunity to serve the school as part of the ‘Mini Vinnies’.
The Mini Vinnie Pledge
As a member of Mini Vinnies, I promise to make a difference to my world by:
Caring for, respecting and loving myself
Strengthening my friendship with Jesus by talking to him each day and talking to
others about him
Caring for others in my school and community by being a friend to those who are alone,
in need or in trouble
Making my family happy by my help, respect and showing kindness and consideration
Caring for and enjoying God’s world
Treating others, the way I would like them to treat me
The Mini Vinnie Prayer
Lord, thank you for our gifts and talents.
Lord, show us who needs our help.
Lord, use our hands to help those who are hungry.
Lord, open our hearts to love and comfort those who are sad and lonely.
Lord, let us share our time, gifts and talents with those in need.
Lord, help us to care for the sick.
Lord, may we all help and support each
other as Mini Vinnies to build a better world. Amen
Our original members were commissioned during a special assembly on Friday 24th November 2017, when they confirmed their pledge to the society and received their Mini Vinnie Badge and certificate.
We had an important role in deciding our new child-friendly school motto, which we launched at a Whole School Praise on the 26th January 2018.
Mini Vinnies Assembly
On the 16th February 2017, we introduced ourselves to the school, we gave them information about the founders of the society, told them about the important role we play in school and to launch our latest mission.
Cards for the Sick of the Parish
We made 'Thinking of you Cards' and sent them to the sick of the Parish, to make them aware that they are in the thoughts and prayers of the school.
OUR LATEST MISSION!!
Batley Drop-In Centre Donation Day
Our latest mission is to help a local drop-in centre who help socially isolated people. Those who use the centre vary in age from those in their teens to quite elderly people. They are open two mornings per week and are run by a team of volunteers. Visitors receive a very warm welcome, hot food and drinks, a cooked lunch, and advice or support if needed. They also provide food and hygiene parcels and this is where we are helping. On Friday 9th March we arranged a donation day, pupils were encourages to bring in one item to donate to the centre to go in these parcels.
The donation day was a huge success! Donations will continue to be received and passed on to the centre through our Parish links.
Mass for Mini Vinnies celebrated by The Right Reverend Marcus Stock Bishop of Leeds
On Friday 14th September 2018, three representatives from our Mini Vinnie group attended the Mass for Mini Vinnies at Leeds Cathedral, celebrated by The Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds.