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This week’s theme is Fasting!

We often give up things for Lent but fasting is not just about going without chocolate. It’s about going without something you don’t need in order to focus on the things you do. You might fast from watching TV or going on your phone and spend more time with your family and friends. This this week about a change in your life you can make for the better and use this Lent to help you grow in faith.

Remember to comment in the comments box below and let us know what you want to see on the prayer resources 🙂

 

 

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Start your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust is preparing for their virtual Pilgrimage this Lent when they will be supporting the CAFOD campaign ‘Walk for Water’.

For more information about CAFOD and its campaign go to their website here.

To make a donation towards’ CAFOD’s Walk for Water Campaign you can visit our JustGiving page by clicking here.

To add your steps/ miles/ kilometres to our Trust total complete this quick and easy Google Form here.

Check back here for more information and resources as we prepare for our Pilgrimage or watch the video below to see why it’s so important to support those who do not have easy access to safe, clean water!

 

Where have we reached?

Check back on the map below daily to see where we are at on our journey around the Trust! We’re starting at St Patrick’s and as the term goes on we will slowly visit different schools, buildings and Churches and perhaps even see a glimpse of them virtually!

Finish your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

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Start your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Finish your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Start your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Fasting is the practice of giving up something in order to turn away from sin and draw closer to God. The thing we give up (food or meat) might be good in itself, but we do it in order to obtain a greater good…God. Fasting is not only a form of penance, but a spiritual discipline that helps us make room for God, strengthens our will, prepares us for mission, and puts us in solidarity with the suffering of Christ and suffering people around the world.

Here are some of the spiritual benefits of fasting:

  • It’s a form of penance. Throughout the Old Testament, people covered themselves in ashes, took off their fine clothes, and fasted in order to express their repentance from sin. Fasting serves a similar purpose today.
  • It makes room for God. By emptying ourselves, even if just a little bit, we make room for God to enter our lives more fully. When fasting and abstinence are hard, we are moved to turn to God in prayer for help.
  • It strengthens the will. Fasting is a spiritual discipline; just as physical exercise makes our body stronger, fasting strengthens our will. Practicing self-denial in small things strengthens our will to resist sin in other areas of our lives.
  • It prepares us for mission. Fasting imitates the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert. Just as Jesus used this time to prepare for his public mission, fasting prepares us to continue his mission in the world.
  • It puts us in solidarity with the suffering Christ. Whatever small suffering we experience when we fast brings us closer to the suffering Christ—and all people who suffer from hunger, malnutrition, and abuse on a daily basis.

Another way we can do all of these things is by looking at our behaviour and making sure that we are doing everything we can to be close to God.  Our activity this week is called an ‘examination of conscience’.

Play some quite music, and in you head read and answers these questions. Take your time, there are no right or wrong answers.

Responsibilities to God:
Have I prayed every day?
Have I prayed my morning prayers and night prayers?
Have I prayed with my parents and family?
Have I been moody and rebellious about praying and going to church on Sunday?
Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me whenever I have been tempted to sin?

Responsibilities to others:
Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?
Have I lied or been deceitful to my parents or to others?
Have I been arrogant, stubborn or rebellious?
Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults or been grumpy?
Have I been selfish toward my parents, brothers, and sisters, teachers, or my friends and
schoolmates?
Have I become angry at them? Have I hit anyone?
Have I held grudges or not forgiven others?
Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them
names?
Have I used bad language?

What can you do to improve your relationship with God and others?

Finish your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Start your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

When we dedicate our time and energy to the Lord, we are giving back to Him and telling him how great He is and thanking Him for all that he does!

Take some time whilst you’re listening to this beautiful hymn to thank God for all of the wonderful aspects and people in your life.

 

Finish your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Start your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Finish your time of prayer by making the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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