St John Vianney's Feast Day

On Tuesday 4 August we celebrated St John Vianney’s Feast Day. In a first for our school community, we live streamed Mass via Teams to allow all students to participate. Father Dantus shared with us in his homily the importance of prayer at this time. He asked the children to put their hands together in prayer and look at their five fingers to help them remember who it is they may like to pray for.

Pope Francis calls this the Five Finger Prayer and is as follows:

  1. The thumb is the closest finger to you, so start by praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember.

  2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who point you in the right direction, those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. You need their support and wisdom to guide you in the right direction.

  3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.

  4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.

  5. Finally, we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.

Our feast day was a wonderful celebration of community here at SJV and the children enjoyed some classroom activities followed by sharing a croissant and lunch with their buddies.