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St Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Primary School

Where charity and love are, God is there

Solidarity and The Common Good

In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers [or sisters] of mine, you did it to me.

Matthew 25:40

Solidarity arises when we remember that we belong to each other. We reflect on this in a special way at Mass. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognise Christ in the poorest

During the week commencing the 23rd January, Mrs James started with The Week of Prayer of Christian Unity. We explored what Unity means to us as a school, and how God wants a unity of Christian Faith. We thought about how this links with the Catholic Social Teaching Principle of Solidarity. Matthew 5.23–24.

‘So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.’

The children explored this in a school context and how we can get along with our friends and how we react to situations. We should get on with each other, sort problems out and try to be friends. Christians call this ‘living in peace’