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St Joseph's Selly Oak

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Kings Norton, Birmingham

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Mini Vinnies

We are proud to have established a ‘Mini Vinnies’ group at St Joseph’s in 2021 who meet regularly to further develop the positive impact that they have made on the Catholic life of the school.

Mini Vinnies aim is about doing good works in the community. The Mini Vinnies model of ‘See, Think, Do’ is a great way to get young people thinking and talking about their spirituality; by connecting their beliefs and values with service activities and issues in their community, they can help to make their faith real, meaningful and relevant.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education for many years, which can be highlighted through the development of the 'Mini Vinnie' programme. Mini Vinnies are seen as having, "the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society." This aim also fits in perfectly with the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which we are teaching at St. Joseph’s.

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