This week we’re going to focus on what it means to belong. We sometimes forget that being connected to the Catholic Church means we’re part of something incredible. There are 2 billion people who call themselves Christian and 1.1 Billion of them are Catholic. Think this week about what you belong to. How does it feel to belong to something special and what effect does it have on your life?
This week’s word of the week video is from The Becket School! This week we reflect on all the different communities we belong to, what it means to belong to them and the importance of helping others feel like they belong.
Discuss and Comment:
Spend 1 minute telling the person next to you some of the communities you belong to…everyone belongs! Whether you belong to a sports club, a church, a subject class or your own family.
If you are struggling to think of anymore, have a think about what communities you would like to belong to in the future and what steps you need to take next to help you join that community or extra-curricular club!
Heavenly Father, you love us unconditionally and we belong to you.
We pray and give thanks for all the communities that we belong to and all the opportunities that are offered to us.
May we follow in Jesus’ example and always reach out to others who need welcoming and to feel a sense of belonging.
As always we take time to listen to Sunday’s Gospel. This week’s Gospel reflection is going to be read by Joe, one of our Trust Chaplains from The Becket School.
What are your thoughts on the scripture reading from Sunday?
Heavenly Father, may we be inspired by our teacher and role model, Jesus Christ, to love our neighbours and make sacrifices for those who are in need of care and protection.
Today we are going to pray for those people who are in the midst of the refugee crisis and are seeking a safe place to live and belong to.
First let us watch this 2 minute refugee animation from CAFOD to find out more…
The refugee crisis refers to the difficulties and dangerous situations that occur in the reception of large groups of people who are forcibly displaced from their homes.
Recently you will have seen in the news that thousands of people have been attempting to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban seized back control of the country after almost two decades. The United Nations has warned that up to half a million Afghans could flee the country by the end of the year and has called on neighbouring countries to keep their borders open.
What can we do to help?
Pope Francis has expressed his “unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan”. He called for prayers “so that the clamour of weapons may cease, and solutions may be found at the negotiating table”.
In a joint letter to the Guardian newspaper on 26 August, Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, urged the British government “to go further in helping at-risk Afghans, human rights defenders and women activists, and create safe passages so that people can find sanctuary without resorting to dangerous journeys.”
We can continue to keep the people of Afghanistan in our thoughts and prayers and research more ways we can help those who seek refuge.
You can also join CAFOD in supporting refugees fleeing Afghanistan by donating to the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal.
We want you to spend some time in prayer this morning, thinking about refugees and asking for God’s help in their lives.