By Gerard Gough

MISSION month was brought to a close in most charitable fashion by pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School in Helensburgh as they presented Missio Scotland with a cheque for £255.

The Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)—Pope Francis’ own charity and official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church—gratefully accepted the cheque after a special school assembly (above), which also saw Missio Scotland schools volunteer, Anne McCrossan, speak to the children about the origins of the charity and its work all over the world.

The pupils have put Missio Scotland at the heart of their fundraising endeavours throughout the year and managed to raise the fantastic total simply by putting their pennies into the Missio Scotland collection boxes.

“We are very proud of the children’s efforts and the teachers who work hard to ensure that charity plays an important role in their classrooms and all those pennies really do add up” Headteacher Michelle Collins said. “It was fitting to be able to hand over the cheque during Mission month, but Missio Scotland is a charity that is in the consciences of everyone in the school throughout the year.”

The funds raised by St Joseph’s will go to the Missionary Children branch of the PMS, the Church’s Mission Charity for children. In Scotland, it works in tandem with Catholic Primary Schools and asks children to do two things every day: Pray for the children in mission areas of the world and donate a small coin. Missionary Children joins with children all over the world to help some of the poorest children in the world, children of all faiths or none and also seeks to develop young people and prepare them as the missionaries of the future. Its funds help to: Build clinics, supply medicines and nutritional help, support education projects for children (building, funding and supplying schools). The donations help to develop a child both in an educational and spiritual sense.