St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy
 

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Jun 12, 2018

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018


World Day against Child Labour - Pride assembly

Having been involved in education for so many years, it's hard to come to terms with the fact that some children don't receive an education but are working, whether that's because of the sheer poverty of the situation they face or because someone is exploiting them.  Today is the day the world sets aside to reflect on this especially.

A video (1 min 33 secs) about the issue of child labour including some shocking statistics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcK1kn6gdYU

 

A prayer for World Day against Child Labour

  • Loving God, we pray for children caught up in child labour to be rescued, reunited and accepted back into their families.
  • We pray for the physical needs of these children. Most do not get enough to eat, and the physical labour they are forced to do can cripple their bodies. We pray, Lord, that you provide for them and protect them from harm.
  • We pray for the girls and boys forced to work in the sex trade. We pray for those working to bring this abuse into the light so that it can be dealt with and for the love of Jesus to permeate those dark places.  We pray for the healing of memories for those who have suffered.
  • We pray for all governments to be proactive and serious in their efforts to end the exploitation of children.

All of this we ask in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

 

Great assembly today led by Mrs Maguire, well received by Year 7.  The focus was on the complex diversity of creation and how we are committed to respecting and embracing diversity!  Speaking as someone who grew up when it was illegal to be homosexual, (the law only changed in 1968) we are thankfully light years away from that now.  And, speaking of Pride - I take pride in our school's commitment to diversity rooted in the teaching of Jesus to "treat others as you'd like to be treated"!