The Word of the Week is Care!

On Tuesday, we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This commemorates when Mary and Joseph would have presented Jesus to God at the temple and made an offering for
him. It reminds us that Mary and Joseph looked out for Jesus and took care of him, just as many people look after and take care of us too.

Think this week about who takes care of you and who you take care of.

What does it mean to be cared for and what difference can it make to your life?

Click on a different tabs below each day and explore the different resources we will be exploring at home and in school this week! There are enough things to do one for every day and more if you wish!

Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms:

Changing the environment and atmosphere that we are in can really help inspire our prayer. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you could move into a different room, clear a space or put away your work to help you have a clear mindset. You could change the lighting or the way you are sitting to help you feel more relaxed or you could have an object or image to look at or hold to help you focus your prayer. 

Liturgical Colour: Green- Ordinary Time 

We are in our fourth week of Ordinary Time and therefore the liturgical colour is green. The colour green signifies hope, life and growth and during this time we explore the life and ministry of Jesus and search to follow in his footsteps and grow as a church. (If you have a piece of green paper or piece of fabric like a blanket, pillow case or cloth you could use the fabric for a prayer focus in your classroom or homes)

Bible“All scripture is inspired by God…” Timothy 3:16

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

Candle or electric candle – (you may have a lamp or fairy lights you could use)

A candle reminds us that Jesus brings light to darkness, and Jesus is the light of the world. Just as a candle burns its wick and sacrifices its body to share light, Jesus gave of his body to save us all and bring light to darkness.

Crucifix – For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

The crucifix reminds us the greatest act of love, Jesus’ sacrifice and death that gives us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

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.

On Sunday it was Racial Justice Sunday, this year the theme is A Time to Act!

Watch the video below to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel reading with a reflection and mission from Fr Jonathan Cotton!

 

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Racial Justice says in his message: “It’s not enough to simply denounce racism. This is a time to act. In the words of Pope Francis: ‘God asks us to dare to create something new.” He continued in his message by saying: “Racism is a sin and a violation of human dignity in which we are all complicit. As Catholics we need to acknowledge and confront our own failings, as individuals and as a Church. Every single one of our parishes, schools and organisations have a responsibility to actively practise anti-racism in all aspects of our mission. We need to address the lack of visible diversity at every level, so that people can see themselves, their race, their culture and their history in the Church’s life.”

 

On #RacialJusticeSunday, we pray for the courage to offer refuge to those in need, to challenge prejudice and seek justice for all.

Lord Jesus Christ, in your ministry you were
approached by people of many different nations
and cultures. You listened to their cry for help,
treated them with love and compassion, and
brought them healing and wholeness. In our own
time may we provide to all those who are suffering
the help that they need and the care that they
require. May we respond to the invitation of the
Holy Spirit to dream of a world made new where
the poor are not forgotten but are given the
opportunity to live and flourish with good health and equal prospects.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Amen

 

MISSION:

If you would like to get involved with Fr Jonathan’s mission you can comment what are you are doing in the comments box below or send photos in. 

COMPETITION:

The Columban Missionary Society has launched a schools’ competition to encourage students aged between 14-18 to use their media skills to engage with an issue that addresses equality, justice, inclusion and also draws on faith and personal experience.

‘Let’s Create a World Without Racism’ is the competition’s theme and is particularly pertinent in a year that has seen global protests calling for racial justice after high profile killings such as that of George Floyd in the United States. Read more HERE.

The competition is open for written and image-based entries until 20 February 2021 and there are cash prizes for winners.

Judges from the world of Catholic journalism include Ruth Gledhill of The Tablet and Nick Benson of The Universe, joining James Trewby, the Columban Education Worker.

 

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.

Here are some great worship songs that are linked to this week’s theme: care. Leave a comment below and let us know which one is your favourite and why!

 

Lord Jesus, we are stronger when we work together and care for one another. Help me to follow in your footsteps and show care to others. 

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.

Care for those you are praying for, pray for those you are caring for

During these difficult times, now more than ever gives an incredible opportunity for the Church worldwide, to unite in prayer so that our family, friends and neighbours can know Jesus’ love and care. Here are 5 ideas on how we can care and love those we know, even when we are socially distanced:

1. Keep up contact. Make a phone call, send an email, letter or card saying that you are praying for them at this time.

2. Keep an eye out for the anniversaries of life events. Make that phone call to let people know you care.

3. Send a small gift, this doesn’t have to to be one you have bought, try making something for someone you care about.

4. Help out at home, maybe a job of chore you don’t normally do.

5. Make sure the people you pray for know how much you value them by whatever means you can find.

 

Yoga Self Care

Whilst it is important we care for others, it is so important we care for ourselves as well.

Why not take 10 minutes today and try a little ‘Self Care Yoga’ – all you need is a floor and yourself!

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.

Prayer is a way in which we can show care to others and hope for better future with Christ.

Pope Francis gives us a simple way to pray using our hands and fingers and focus our prayers. Have a go at trying this way of praying today…. It is a great way to help us pray for a range of people and can be done anywhere!

A Five Finger Prayer Guide

1. Thumb: Family and Friends
Your thumb is the finger that is closest to you. Start by praying for the people in your life who are closest to
you. Pray for your family and friends. Pray for your parents, your grandparents, your sisters and your
brothers, your aunts, uncles, cousins, and closest friends.
2. Index Finger: Teachers
The finger next to your thumb is the index finger. We use this finger for pointing. Pray for the people who
point you in the right direction. Pray for your teachers, coaches, catechists, tutors, priests, and anyone else
who teaches you.
3. Middle Finger: Leaders
Your middle finger is the tallest finger. For this finger we pray for the leaders of our country, our world, and
our Church. Pray for the pope and his continued leadership of the Church. Pray for the leaders of our
country to have the wisdom and judgment to lead us well.
4. Ring Finger: Sick and Poor
Our ring finger is our weakest finger. We can’t move it without the help of our other fingers. For this finger,
pray for the sick who need help and healing. Pray for the poor and suffering who need God’s comfort and
help too.
5. The Pinky Finger: You
Finally, for the smallest finger of all, pray for yourself. Jesus taught us to be humble so we pray for
ourselves last with our pinkie finger. Place your greatest needs before God in prayer.

 

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.

There are lots of videos and resources created by The Briars team each week to help us to stay connected and explore our faith, below are some of the things they are offering each week!…

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.

Let’s find out more about what’s happening in the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar…

Monday

Join The Briars team with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way.

If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

Tuesday

Tuesday Mornings- P.E with Jesus

 

Wednesday

Wednesday Evenings Night Prayer at 8pm with The Briars Team- Join us and leave your prayer intentions in the comments as we pray together from our homes every Wednesday evening. 

 

Thursday

Thursday Mornings – PE with Jesus

 

Friday

Friday Night Live show – Every Friday Evening

 Get your household together and join the team for special guests, games and challenges, prayer and reflection!

 

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.

Although we are facing challenging times, we can still take positive steps and find reasons to be hopeful. We need each other more than ever right now!

Join us for #FriendlyFebruary and take action to boost your relationships and be a good friend to others actionforhappiness.org/february

actionforhappiness.org/january

 

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.

A prayer of Joy

Lord, help me to

cherish the last time I really laughed,

value the last thing that I achieved,

respect the last time I did something that scared me.

Lord, be by my side so that I can

find joy in the smallest things,

appreciate the wonder of your creation

And live my life to the full.

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.

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