Belonging – All Saints’ (13th – 17th September)

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Our Word of the Week this week is

BELONGING

24th week of Ordinary Time

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?

Leader/Young person: 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.

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.

WORD OF THE WEEK VIDEO

 

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!

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together: 

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.

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: 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 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.”

Ask your MP to support refugees fleeing Afghanistan

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.

Afghanistan Crisis Appeal | CAFOD

RESPONSE:

If every form group or young person or family wrote a letter to our MP we could make a huge difference! Your challenge is to learn more about the refugee crisis this week and find out some of the ways we can help our neighbours have a safe place they can belong to. Drop your ideas or findings in the comments box to help inspire other form groups and young people!

As hopes of return dim, Afghans in India demand refugee status | Refugees News | Al Jazeera

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Almighty God, in our distress and grief
help us to remember that you love us.
We do not understand why this great disaster
has happened but help us to trust you.

Loving Lord, for those who have died, give them eternal rest
for those who are bereaved, comfort and console them
for those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.
Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers
and sisters in whatever way we can.

Heavenly Father be with us now and always.

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.

Young person: 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.

We have probably all experienced a time when we feel like we do not belong. But there are so many things we belong to, even when we aren’t aware of it! Most importantly we all belong to God. In knowing that we belong to God we know that we are all unique, we are all loved unconditionally and our lives are a gift. Psalm 100:3-5 reminds us that we belong to God because he made us his very own people and watches over us as our good shepherd.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we belong to him;
we are his people, we are his flock.

Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving;
    go into its courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise him.

The Lord is good;
    his love is eternal
    and his faithfulness lasts forever.

The Word of Lord
Thanks be to God

GROUP ACTION: 

Three things in common

This morning we are going to play a game called three things in common…when you put your mind to it, you belong to many more groups or communities than you realise!

  • Divide your form into groups of 3 or 4.
  • Each group must find three things that they have in common with each other.
  • After 5-10 minutes, each group announces the three things they have in common.
    For example, “everyone in our group is born in December”, “everyone in our group can speak French”, “everyone in our group has read the 7 Harry Potter books”.
  • See how many things you can find out about another person that you didn’t realise you had in common.

Good luck and let us know in the comments below some of the things you found out that you have in common!

Three Things in Common - Improv Games

Young person – Let us Pray together:

Heavenly Father, May we always remember that we belong to you, during the good times, bad times, in daylight and at night we belong to you.

May we remember that every person around us is a gift from you and deserves to be treated with love, dignity and respect.

Amen.

 

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: 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 Sunday’s Gospel. This week’s Gospel reflection is going to be led by Joe…

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

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.

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.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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