Almsgiving – The Becket (4th – 8th March)

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We are in the 3rd week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Purple and the Word of the Week is…

Almsgiving

Almsgiving is the third pillar of Lent and it is the practice of giving to those in need. It is a way of showing love and compassion for others. Almsgiving can also be a way of expressing our gratitude for God’s blessings. Almsgiving is an important part of Lent, as it allows us to share what we have with those in need.

Find a way to give something to charity or to someone in need this week. A big well done and thank you to the Justice and Peace Team and all students and staff who paid for soup and a bread roll on Friday for our fast day, over 60 people chose to eat simply!

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Click Here for the Notices

Form Tutors – Collection from the staff room

For Friday – postcards are currently being printed to use for Friday’s International Women’s Day prayer resource. When the cards have been printed, please collect a postcard for every student in your tutor group. For Friday’s resource, students will need a pen and colours,

Please also make sure to collect a mission together Lent calendar which shares challenges for every day of Lent – these can be found at the front of the staff room by the prayer display.

There are still some fasting posters with pope Francis on from last week if you haven’t collected and completed your poster for your form board yet.

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Year 9 Briars Letters, Year 10 Briars Letters and 6th Form Lourdes Letters can all be collected from the letter holder just outside of the chapel doors in the hall

Year 10 Briars – your health and consent form and behaviour contracts are due to be returned. Please make sure to complete these with your family and return them to school asap! You will not be able to attend the retreat if these letters are not returned.

 

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Science Week Poster Competition – Year 7, 8 and 9

Please click below for the details!

Poster competition powerpoint

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Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

In Sunday’s Gospel, we hear of the time that Jesus went to the Temple in Jerusalem and found that the place of worship was being used as a marketplace.

John 2:13-25

There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also the moneychangers sitting at their tables. So he made a whip from cords and drove all the animals out of the Temple, both the sheep and the cattle; he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins; and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, “Take them out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that the scripture says, “My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire.”

Jesus gets angry when he sees something that he does not think is right or fair. People were trying to make money from people’s faith in God. The Temple was no longer a quiet space where people could talk to God, and instead it was a busy market.

Jesus was standing up for what he believed in. He saw something that he did not think was fair or right and so he acted to change the situation.

There are probably a few times when we have felt angry because we have seen things that are unfair and not just.

For example, we probably feel a certain way when we hear that some people work very hard but do not have enough money for the basic things that they need. Or that some people do not have enough food or clean water to drink.

Buying fairtrade goods is one way in which we can take action.

Put your hand up if you ever help your family with the food shop.

Do you ever check the labels to see if items are fairly traded?

Click on the text below “FAIRTRADE_QUIZ” to download a quiz on Fairtrade and complete the ten questions as a form group. Let us know how many answers you answered correctly first time.  

Fairtrade_Quiz

 

 

From today, we challenge you to help your family with the family shop (if you don’t already) and to search for products with the fair trade logo. Can you swap any items in your trolley that aren’t fair trade for a fair trade option? And what is the most unique product you can find that is fair trade?

 

Let us pray bow our heads for prayer…

Lord Jesus, show us how to be brave enough to stand up for what is right and fair. Give us the courage to change the things we know are wrong and help us to make the world a fairer place together with our brothers and sisters around the world.

Amen.

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Leader/Young person: We welcome God into this space as we make the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Today we continue our weekly reflections of the Lord’s prayer as we focus on the second line “Who art in Heaven”

We invite you to listen to the meditation below which is from the app “Hallow” that Mr Udoh challenged us to download in the first week of Lent.

Before starting the meditation, make sure that you are sitting comfortably.

Make sure that distractions are put away and there is nothing in your hands.

You may wish to turn the lights off, close your eyes, or rest your head on the desk.

Make sure that you are not distracting the people around you and the atmosphere remains calm and silent.

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Leader/Young person: We welcome God into this space as we make the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Ordo

Now that every form group has their own Ordo book displayed on their form prayer board, each week there will be an Ordo quiz question for a member of your form to complete- choose a different student each week so that everyone gets a turn to practice using the Ordo!

We are in the third week of Lent and the word of the week is Almsgiving. 

Q. Whose feast day do we celebrate on Thursday 7th march?

 

Ordo Answer

On Thursday (tomorrow) we celebrate the feast day of Saints Perpetua and Felicity who were martyrs, which means that they died for their faith.

Saint Perpetua was a noblewoman, and Saint Felicity was a slave. They met in prison when they were both arrested for being Christians.

The guards treated them badly, and Perpetua’s father kept trying to change her mind. If they said they were not Christian, they would live. But Perpetua and Felicity knew that loving God was more important than anything else on earth, so they stayed strong and stayed close to God.

Inspired by the lives of these two female saints, this morning (and on Thursday morning) we are going to reflect on tolerance, inclusion, peace and the persecution of people of faith.

Aid to the Church in Need is a political Foundation of the Catholic Church, supporting the Catholic Faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.

You are going to be given 5 statements. We would like you to give yourself a rating for each statement.

If you totally agree give yourself a ‘5’, if you do not agree, give yourself a ‘1’. At the end you will have a score out of 25. Try to keep this number in your head.

Click on #RedWednesday Statements below to complete this activity.

 

#RedWednesday Statements

 

Let us pray together…

We pray for all those unjustly held or kidnapped because of their faith.  May they be freed.

We pray for all those suffering with mental or physical illness, especially those facing constant discrimination and oppression. We pray that you may ease their pain.

Amen. 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Prayer Journals

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Yesterday we learnt about two female saints who were persecuted due to their faith and we learnt some troubling facts and figures about persecution that continues to happen to many faiths, including Christians. This can be difficult to comprehend when we are freely able to attend a faith school and are given the opportunity to share and express our faith.

Aid to the Church in need encourage Christians to pray for those who are victim to persecution.

In your prayer journals today, we would like you to write a prayer for all those who are treated unjustly because they have a faith.

You may wish to look back at some of the quotes that were on the PowerPoint that was shared on yesterday’s resources.

Pause for a moment of silence, looking at the candles and praying your prayer for the millions of people who continue to be persecuted for their faith.

 

As we think about inclusion, peace and diversity throughout our prayer resources this week, we would like you to submit an answer to the following question posed by the new Diversity Action Team within the School Council.

We would like to know which dedicated days, months or events you would like us to consider for school celebration and acknowledgement. i.e. Black History Month, International Women’s Day etc.

Click on the link below to submit your form’s answers…

https://forms.gle/jvzx7R6Mf6ngKvKv8

 

Let us pray together…

Heavenly Father, you to teach us to seek justice, to defend the oppressed and love our neighbour. 

We ask that when the scale of injustice seeks to overwhelm us, your spirit will be the encouragement we need to keep to speaking out against it.

Today, we ask for breakthrough for those facing situations of injustice. May they know a sense of hope that only you can bring. 

Amen.

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Friday 8th March – International Women’s Day

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

International Women’s Day is an annual event that celebrates all the amazing things women do and have achieved. It is a way that we can celebrate and reflect on how women have and continue to influence the world. As well as celebrating brilliant women, this day is also used as a day to highlight and raise awareness about issues that women have faced in the past and still face today.

Historically, women have been denied the right to vote, to work, to receive education and do lots of other things, too. As a result of the efforts of the brave and inspiring women through history who have fought against these injustices, women now have a lot more say in the world around us. Although there are still many issues and injustices that women continue to face and fight for today.

International Women’s Day is an important day for us to reflect on the many inequalities, gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping that continue to exists in today’s society and think about what we can do to protect and celebrate women who are facing these injustices.

 

Pause for a moment and think of a woman in your life who you love and find inspiring. 

As a Catholic community, we believe that all women are worthy of love, dignity and respect, though we know that sadly not all women are shown the dignity and respect they deserve.

Let us bow our heads for a time of prayer for all women. We especially hold in our hearts today, all the women in the world who have suffered and continue to suffer from injustices, abuse and discrimination. We thank God for all the women in our lives who love and inspire us, may God give them strength, empowerment, courage and wisdom.

We pray together…

 

Postcards

In the week of Almsgiving and International Women’s Day, we would like you to decorate and write a postcard with some kind, affirming and appreciative words for a woman in your life who you love or appreciate. This woman might be a friend, sister, mother, grandmother, auntie, cousin, neighbour, teacher, mentor, or sports captain. There is one postcard per student. Try to make the postcards as beautiful as possible and give some kind words to this woman.

E.g. “Thank you for everything you do for me…” “I really appreciate you because…” “I think you are brilliant because…” “I love you because…”

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Be Inspirational