At Cardinal Wiseman, we believe that outreach work is a significant part of our Catholic life whether this is support for local primary schools, local parish or community. We also encourage both staff and students to support and engage with local charities both fundraising and by taking an active role. As we hear in Matthews Gospel, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40.
“The VIP community parties are really enjoyable and it’s a wonderful opportunity to make a difference.”
Katie (Y7 pupil)
Christ the King, Maryvale and St Margaret Mary’s each have a lay chaplain from Cardinal Wiseman who takes an active role supporting the Catholic life in school. This is done in a variety of ways, by attending weekly staff prayer, attending Holy Mass, supporting the preparations of the sacraments and providing a strong link to Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School. All schools are also invited to Cardinal Wiseman to take part in our Year group masses, this gives them the opportunity to see the school and be involved in Holy Mass. The student chaplaincy team at Cardinal Wiseman also support our work with primary schools and have been involved in leading liturgies and prayers.
A wonderful event in the calendar has been the celebrations we have shared with the VIP members of Our Lady of the Assumption parish. It is a vital part of maintaining the link with members of our local community, who can so often be on the outskirts of society. Our students proudly fundraise for these events and then serve our VIPs with food, friendship and laughter.
As staff and students of Cardinal Wiseman we support the work of St Basil’s a local charity that helps homeless young people. This year we decided to hold a sleep out in the school playground to fundraise, raise awareness of the issue of homelessness and St Basil’s. This was a great evening with an incredible sum of money raised and the young people involved were brilliant. They used the Wiseman virtues not only to raise money but also to give up an evening, their own bed and to spend a very cold night on the playground floor.
Staff members from Cardinal Wiseman have joined and helped the Redemptorist Young Adult Prayer group to distribute donations to the homeless on the streets of Birmingham City Centre. It highlighted the real issue of homelessness in the city and the need for communities to come together and support the most vulnerable in society. Here at Cardinal Wiseman we will continue to support the work of St Basil’s and be a presence in the city.
“Working with our primary schools allows me to engage with younger students and develop strong links between Primary and secondary.”
Emily Tierney ( Lay Chaplain)