Communication – All Saints’

We are in the 7th and final week of Eastertide in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Liturgical colours are white and gold.

The Word of the Week this week is…

Communication

Communication can take many forms in the world today. It is a way of building relationships and sharing the good news of our faith with others. This week, we are called to think about the different ways we can communicate God’s message to the world and how we can bring people together, inspiring others through the message that we share.
Encourage one another to send a message to someone this week to tell them that they are loved.
Why not try a different media with which to communicate, rather than one you use more regularly, for example,
writing a letter rather than sending an email, or making a phone call rather than sending a text?

On Thursday, we celebrated a beautiful, whole school Mass for the Feast of the Ascension.  We’d like to thank you all for sharing in Mass with reverence and respect and thank you for your patience with any technical delays or issues.  We are working on this, in readiness for next time.  It was wonderful to see so many of you visiting the chapel for Holy Communion or for a blessing, after Mass.  Please know that you are all welcome any time!

In order to continue to make Mass engaging and reflective, your feedback is so important to us.  If you haven’t yet completed the Mass Evaluation Form, please spend a few moments this morning, completing it via:

https://forms.office.com/e/nA63G0eM5H

FAO: Year 11 forms: When you get time, around exams, please use the same code to complete the evaluation for your Final Year 11 Mass that was celebrated on Friday too.  Thanks and good luck with the ongoing exams to you and to Year 13.  You all remain in our prayers.

 

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Communication

Communication can take many forms in the world today. It is a way of building relationships and sharing the good news of our faith with others. This week, we are called to think about the different ways we can communicate God’s message to the world and how we can bring people together, inspiring others through the message that we share.
Think about all the ways you can communicate in today’s world.  Create a list of these and add them to your form board, as we will use them tomorrow.

A Novena for Pentecost

As a Church, we communicate with God and connect with one another, as we gather in prayer. This week, we prepare for the visit of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  As the Risen Jesus prepared to leave his work in the hands of his disciples, he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Spirit. They gathered in the upper room and devoted themselves to constant prayer.
One of the oldest prayer traditions to be prayed since the First Pentecost is a Novena. A novena is a method of prayer in which we pray for the same petition or devotion for nine consecutive days. We are invited to join those first disciples in nine days of prayer to ask God to prepare us to receive the Spirit so that our courage, hope and joy may be renewed.  These days between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost are often considered to be the first Novena. 

The Novena started on Friday, so we will share in the first few days today, then continue daily.

During this short but carefully structured prayer, take time to think about the gifts with which we are calling on the Holy Spirit to enrich us: charity (love), joy, peace…

Play then stop the video after the final sign of the cross, around 2:50,

then… play then please stop the Day 2 video at 2:30.  This time, try to join in with the final two prayer slides, starting with ‘Come Holy Spirit…’ as this is a traditional prayer of the Church which we’re invited and encouraged to pray more often, as well as a way of communicating with God and all others praying this novena, and a way of inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives – in this prayer, to ward off temptation:

then… play then please stop the Day 3 video at 2:14.  Again, try to join in with the final two prayer slides, starting with ‘Come Holy Spirit…’

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We continue our Novena today.

We pray together:

Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, you promised to send your Holy Spirit to your disciples.

Grant us this same gift, so that our lives may reflect your grace and love.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise

and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Earlier this week, we asked you to make a list of all the ways we communicate in today’s world.  Once your list is ready, think about The Bible.  In the modern world, there are books, apps, audio books, visual aids and a whole range of digital media that enables us to access the Bible and for its message to be communicated.

In the days before technology was advanced, books were one of the main ways to communicate information, knowledge and, in the case of the Bible, teach people God’s message.
The Bible is filled with prophets, teachers, leaders, disciples, Apostles and, of course, the Messiah Himself, who all communicate God’s message in their own ways.   From the Old Testament prophets to the many examples of St Paul, we can see God’s message being communicated in letters, in poems, sung in Psalms and preached on hillsides, or even from prison cells!
The Bible still the best-selling book of all time.  For a book with an estimated 5 to 7 billion copies printed (2021 data from https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/best-selling-book-of-non-fiction), this shows just how powerful God’s message is, as it’s continuing to be printed, purchased and accessed worldwide, every day.  Of course, this is in addition to the world of digital Bible media and to the many stories, letters and testimonies that people communicate verbally.
So, you can see that communication is a key part in our daily lives and it’s played a key role in the life of the Bible.  The way we are with others is as much a part of the way we communicate God’s message to others as the stories we tell.  Every time we show kindness and love, share peace and treat each other with respect, we are communicating God’s message.  Jesus said, ‘my peace I give you, my peace I leave with you’ and we’re challenged with the task of going and making ‘disciples of all the nations,’ so we must go out into the world and communicate these messages well.
On Sunday, the Church celebrated World Communications Day, this year’s theme is: Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Towards a Fully Human Communication. Within this theme, we reflect on how technology can and should be used to support the common good and how we take up Jesus’ command (that we heard last week on the Solemnity of the Ascension!) to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world.

This week, we also celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme “Movement: Moving more for our mental health”.

Building relationships, sharing the Good News and movement for our mental health all go hand in hand, especially as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost this coming Sunday, when the disciples were filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to have courage to move and communicate the Good News!

Think back to your list of ways we communicate these days:
Are you always communicating via the various media with the same love, peace and compassion that Jesus showed us and God expects of us? When you do, so, how do you feel? How does the person with whom you’re communicating feel? Is all of your communication digital or does it involve phone calls, face-to-face conversations, walking and talking…?
This week, take time to think about the way that you can communicate God’s message by the way that you are and the way that you act.  Through your chosen media, send a message to someone this week to tell them that they are loved.  Why not try a different media with which to communicate, rather than one you use more regularly, for example, writing a letter rather than sending an email, or making a phone call rather than sending a text?  To combine the ‘movement’ element, why not go out on a walk with a friend and put away your devices, so you can chat and enjoy the natural world that God provided!
Let us pray:
Lord, teach us to communicate with others in the way that Jesus showed us, using words that heal and encourage, words that spread peace and share your love.
Let us learn to use technology as an aid to this mission and may we always be people made in your likeness and image, as we spread your message with others.
Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

NOTE: If you haven’t accessed yesterday’s prayer resource, due to being in Celebration of the Word with the No To Hate Ambassadors, please ensure you look to back complete your list and prepare for the mission.  
Today and tomorrow, in addition to continuing with our Pentecost Novena, we’d like you to decorate these Pentecost doves in bright, fiery colours, then CUT THEM OUT.  
Each one will be used for a PENTECOST DISPLAY IN THE CHAPEL.
On your coloured dove, please write the words that speak to you/stand out to you/mean the most to you from the prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise

and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

These must be delivered to the chapel at the end of Friday’s form time, CUT OUT, so that the Chaplaincy Team can begin to build their display from lunchtime on Friday.

While decorating your doves, play this beautiful, prayerful hymn, which we offer, along with the Come Holy Spirit prayer, as our novena prayer today:

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Continuing from yesterday (and in addition to continuing with our Pentecost Novena), we’d like you to decorate these Pentecost doves in bright, fiery colours, then CUT THEM OUT.  
Each one will be used for a PENTECOST DISPLAY IN THE CHAPEL.
On your coloured dove, please write the words that speak to you/stand out to you/mean the most to you from the prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise

and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

These must be delivered to the chapel at the end of Friday’s form time, CUT OUT, so that the Chaplaincy Team can begin to build their display from lunchtime on Friday.

While decorating your doves, play this beautiful, prayerful hymn, which we offer, along with the Come Holy Spirit prayer, as our novena prayer today:

Lord,

Enkindle in us the fire of your Holy Spirit, so that we may be filled with the energy of the disciples on the day of Pentecost.

Grant us the Spirit of wonder and awe, that we may be filled with a loving reverence.

Grant us the Spirit of piety, that we may find peace and fulfilment in the service of God, while serving others.

Grant us the Spirit of fortitude, that we may bear our cross with you and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that draw us away from you.

Grant us the Spirit of knowledge, that we may know you and know ourselves and grow in holiness.

Grant us the Spirit of understanding, to enlighten our minds with the light of your truth.

Grant us the Spirit of counsel, that we may choose the surest way of doing your will, seeking first your kingdom.

Grant us the Spirit of wisdom, that we may aspire to the things that last forever.

Give us the fruits of your Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Amen

 

 

 

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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