The word of the week is Almsgiving!

Almsgiving is the third pillar of Lent and it simply means giving to those in need.

It’s about recognising how lucky we are to have so much and focusing on how we can help those around us to have the same. It’s also not just about giving money to charity. You can give of yourself in so many ways – you can give your time, your compassion or your love to those in need and by doing so you can truly understand what Lent is all about.

Leader/Student: Let us start 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.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Skip the video below to 9:00 minutes to hear Monday mornings discussion on international women’s day…

Have a think about which women or girls inspire you or have changed your life in a positive way?

Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

Loving God,
we pray for all women and girls today,
those who have taught, inspired, loved and cared for us.
We pray especially for those girls and women who struggle for the basic necessities of life- an education, healthcare, freedom of speech, food and water.
Inspire us to speak and work for equality and justice,
so that each person is able to fulfil their potential.
Amen.

 

COMMENT BELOW: 

In the words of of St Therese of Lisieux “Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.”

What small acts of kindness have you experienced in recent weeks??

Do you have any tips for acts of kindness during this time?

 

Leader/Student: 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/Student: Let us start 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.

Fr. Mike Schmitz gives us 4 reasons for Almsgiving, 4 reasons for why Christians are called to give to those in need. Stop the video at 4:28 if you don’t have chance to watch it all.

Here is a visual breakdown of Fr Mike’s reasons for giving to others:

1. We hear in the scriptures, Jesus tells us to give alms. Jesus says “when you give alms”. Giving to others is part of being a follower of Jesus.

2. We believe in the dignity of every human being- no matter what they look like or where they come from. Everyone is created in God’s image. We are called to help other people because they are God’s children. Everyone Matters!

3. We are thankful to God for so many things and called to give back to God by giving to those in need.

4. Jesus is our role model, he showed us how to do charity, in the small ways and the really big ways! To be a disciple, means to live a life of charity.

 

Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

Heavenly Father,

May we be inspired by the actions of Jesus to give to those in need and treat every life with dignity.

Help us to selflessly and acknowledge the needs of others, that other people’s lives and needs matter!

Lord, teach us to share and open our hearts to your compassion so that we can help other people who need help the most.

Amen

 

COMMENT BELOW: 

What examples from the Bible can you think of when we hear about Charity?

 

Leader/Student: 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/Student: Let us start 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.

 

As always, we take time to listen to and reflect on Sunday’s Gospel…

 

Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

Dear Lord, help us to put Christ at the center of everything we do so that we may find happiness and peace of mind. May we make time to clear our temples, our lives, and make space for Jesus so that we may feel closer to you. 

Amen. 

 

Leader/Student: 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/Student: Let us start 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.

Today we are reflecting on CAFOD’s walk for water campaign this Lent, an opportunity for is to give to those communities in need!

You will have seen over that past few weeks the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust have been journeying on their virtual Pilgrimage and supporting the CAFOD campaign ‘Walk for Water’.

CAFOD is an amazing charity that reaches out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. CAFOD campaigns for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.

We are very fortunate in that we do not have to travel very far to access clean water. We might have to walk down the corridor to wash our hands or walk down some stairs to fill our water bottle up. However, not everyone has access to clean water. For some people it can take a long journey of 24 hours to get some clean water to drink!

We are joining CAFOD in walking for 40 days to change the fact that one in three people do not have access to safe, clean water.

“I am a young man. I am wasting my life. What would I do if I had the time? I would start a small business. I want to make something of myself.”

Abdella, 23, from Afar in northern Ethiopia

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.

Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

Lord, give us the strength and courage to give a voice to the voiceless and give of ourselves to help those who are less fortunate than us.

Amen

COMMENT BELOW: 

Have you been walking for water? Have you got any sponsors for your walk for water? Have you set yourself your own goal for the challenge? Let us know!

Thank you and well done to everyone who has sent in steps, donated, or shared the just giving page, keep going!!

 

Leader/Student: 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.

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