Communication – The Becket (13th – 17th May)

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He is risen, alleluia!

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

The Word of the Week is…

Communication

Click Here for the Notices

Celebrations of the Word Rota:

Mon – Year 7 Chapel

Tues – Year 8 Chapel

Wed – Year 12 Chapel

Thurs – Year 10 Chapel

Fri – Year 9 Chapel

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Year 9 Briars

There is a year 9 Briars meeting for students in the chapel on Monday 13th May during BECKET READS.

PLEASE RETURN YOUR BEHAVIOUR CONTRACTS AND HEALTH CONSENT FORMS (which requires parents consent) ASAP. There are spare copies of the letter in the letter holder just outside of the chapel. If year 11 are in the hall, you must be silent when walking through the hall.

The Word of the 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.

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!

Please check your year groups schedule for this week’s set of resources:

Well-Being Walk

Mental Health Awareness Week is the 13th to 19th of May and the theme is movement. To celebrate this, we would like you to get moving!

Please click on the “presentation for walk” below and let Mrs Harrison-Scott know if you have any queries.

Route and times:

8:40- Register your tutor group

8:45 – Expectations slide

8:50 – Bring your tutor group to the astro and join the queue – leave bags in form room

Route: Walk clockwise around the astro in pairs

9:00 – back to form room to collect bags and settle

 

Presentation for walk

 

Leader/Young person: Let us remember that we meet and walk in the presence of God as we make 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: “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.”

Preparing for Pentecost

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

This coming weekend, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, this is always celebrated 10 days after the feast of the Ascension of the Lord that was celebrated last week. The ‘Solemnity’ of Pentecost lasts a day (or weekend) in the Church. Although Pentecost isn’t a long season in the Church like Lent or Easter, there is so much for us to do to prepare for the feast of Pentecost and lessons and missions to take with us in the future from the feast of Pentecost.

Quick Pentecost Quiz:

How many days after Easter Sunday, is the feast of Pentecost always celebrated? (the dates may change from year to year, but the number of days never change!)

 

How did the Holy Spirit appear to the Apostles?

 

Where were the Apostles waiting when the Holy Spirit appeared?

 

What does evangelisation mean?

 

Can you name an example of an Apostle who helped to evangelise?

 

What is the Liturgical colour for Pentecost?

 

ANSWERS

How many days after Easter Sunday, is the feast of Pentecost always celebrated? (the dates may change from year to year, but the number of days never change!)

Pentecost is always celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday. The season of Easter lasts 50 days and finishes with Pentecost.

The Solemnity of the Ascension is always celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday and then Pentecost happens 10 days after the Ascension to show the disciples days spent waiting.

 

2. How did the Holy Spirit appear to the Apostles?

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. – Acts 2

 

3. Where were the Apostles waiting when the Holy Spirit appeared?

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. – Acts 1:12-14 – English Standard Version

 

4. What does evangelisation mean?

Evangelisation is the practice of spreading the news and teachings of Jesus from His time here on earth. Mission refers to the idea of missionary work, where Christians travel to an area to provide aid or education.

Following Pentecost, the Apostles moved across the world and spread Jesus’ message. This is called evangelisation. The early days of the Church are documented in the Bible, for example St Paul’s letters.

 

5. Can you name an example of an Apostle who helped to evangelise?

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – the four Gospel writers

St Paul – spread the teachings of Jesus in the first century world and write 14 letters to different communities that are read and shared today.

 

 

6. What is the Liturgical colour for Pentecost?

Red – check your Ordo in your form rooms and make sure that it is on the correct week!

 

Pentecost Novena 

As the Risen Jesus prepared to leave his work in the hands of his followers, 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.

These days between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost are often considered to be the first 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.

Are there 6 volunteers that can help to lead the different stages of a novena?

 

 

Intention

Today we pray for the grace to dialogue with openness, respect and concern for the common good.

 

Opening prayer

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 will renew the face of the earth.

 

Scripture

“Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called.” (Ephesians 4:3-4)

 

Reflection

We belong to each other, one global humanity inhabiting one common home. Yet the human family is assailed by various forms of “us” and “them” bringing division and fragmentation. It is to this that our reading today speaks so powerfully. The Spirit comes to bring unity and peace.

This unity is not the same as uniformity. The Spirit does not bring just one language on the day of Pentecost but enables people to speak in and comprehend a multiplicity of languages. As we come together, enriched by our differences, and recognising our shared dignity as children of God, we can stand united against the evils of poverty, discrimination, and violence.

As Pope Francis has said: “It is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.”

 

To ponder today

How can I seek to encounter others in dialogue and friendship?

*Pause to think

 

Prayer

Come Holy Spirit,
blow away division and despair.
Light your flame of courage and hope in us
and warm our hearts with wisdom and love.

Be our Helper, as we seek your ways of justice.
Be our Comforter, as we share your peace with our wounded world.
Be our Advocate, as we call for the fullness of life for all. 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.”

Moving in the Month of Mary – BSL Hail Mary

 

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

 

In the story of the first Pentecost (Acts 2:1-8) the crowd hears the disciples speaking in their own languages. The coming of the Holy Spirit reminds us that we are all connected, even though we speak different languages, we are one global family. We thank God for his gift of worldwide community.

British Sign Language (or BSL) is mainly used by the deaf community, but that doesn’t mean hearing people can’t learn it. It’s a beautiful language, and allows people to be expressive. It’s a common misconception that BSL is difficult to learn, as it’s a non-verbal and purely visual language. But don’t be put off – it’s like learning any other language. Once you get started, you’ll want to keep going.

Native BSL users experience communication barriers every day. By learning BSL, you’ll be able to communicate with deaf people, contributing to a society where deaf people are included. Learning BSL will help you to become deaf aware and celebrate the rich diversity within the deaf community.

As we continue to celebrate the Month of Mary and reflect on the importance of movement for our well-being, today we are going to pray and communicate the Hail Mary prayer by using British Sign Language.

Watch the video attached and we’d like everyone to get moving and follow the instructions led by Kayla:

 

 

We pray

Go to 5:26 on the video and pray the Hail Mary out loud whilst following the signs that you are able to…

 

 

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.”

Sharing the Good News – Communicating with another Form

 

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

 

Last week we celebrated the Ascension of the Lord. In some of our year group Masses, Fr Simon spoke about how the feast of Ascension is as big of a celebration as Christmas! In lots of countries, the feast of the Ascension is actually a bank holiday to show how important and glorious the occasion is.

On the feast of the Ascension, we celebrate that Jesus (fully God and fully human) arose to heaven and gave his disciples a final instruction to “go make disciples of all the nations”.

Incarnation – The belief that God took human form in Jesus Christ. We recite this belief when we pray the Nicene Creed: “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.”

Jesus came to tell humanity that God loves us, especially sinners and those who are down trodden, and then Jesus leaves his disciples (us) with the instruction to share that news with others.

Ten days later, on the feast of Pentecost, we hear how the disciples were visited by the Holy Spirit and were filled with gifts that helped them to communicate in different languages and share the Good news that Jesus had taught them and shown them in their ministry.

As we reflect on theme of Communication and Movement, you are going to send an array of inspirational and Good News messages to another form in your year group.

Each for, has been asked to collect a coloured flame from the staff room, to represent the coming of the Holy Spirit, and then to write some inspirational messages that will be communicated to the other form. If you can write any of the messages in different languages (like the disciples) then even better!

A member of your form will then need to move and deliver the message to the other form:

7B (B13) – 7P (C12)

7E (A13) – 7R (B12)

7N (B17) – 7T (B2)

 

8B (C9) – 8P (B1)

8E (A6) – 8R (C20)

8N (A3) – 8T (B19)

 

9B (B15) – 9P (C3)

9E (C6) – 9R (A1)

9N (B9) – 9T (C8)

 

10B (B14) – 10P (A5)

10E (A16) – 10R (A2)

10N (C10) – 10T (B3)

 

12B (B29)– 12P(C19)

12E (A22)– 12R (C18)

12N (A21)– 12T (A4)

 

Let us pray together…

Holy Spirit, give us the ability to speak not in languages of hate or greed, complacency or discontent,

but in love and peace, mercy and kindness; in generosity and benevolence, in humility and patience, and in truthful words of encouragement.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, 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.”

Thank you!

We want to share the wonderful news that as a result of some of our Lenten and Easter fundraising over the last couple of months we will be donating over £650 to CAFOD!

A massive thank you to all of the students and staff who have contributed their own money donations, cake donations and members of the justice and peace team and Chaplaincy team who have organised and advertised fundraising! These donations will make a big difference to many people living in poverty and in the midst of war and conflict.

A breakdown of the totals and the results of the CAFOD small change competition is below. If you still have any CAFOD boxes or donations in your form rooms, please let us know.

Lent CAFOD Family Fast Day back in February – £77.81
Form group small change boxes grand total – Lent-Easter – £319.15
Cake sale for CAFOD’s Emergency Appeal for Sudan at the start of May – approximately £255

Small change boxes competition:
7B- £8.26
7E- £8.41
7N- £24.57
7P – £10.23
7R- £21.66
7T- £12.12

8B- £50.63 – 1st place
8E- 7p
8N- £8.79
8P- £5.12
8R-
8T-£5.22

9B- £8.25
9E-
9N-£8.77
9P
9R
9T- £4.13

10B- £5.45
10E- £18.16
10N- £9.84
10P- 56p
10R- 32p
10T- £1.48

11B- £2.36
11E
11N
11P
11R
11T

Sixth Form:
12T- £2.74
12R- £8.97
12P- £40.72 – 2nd place (largely due to Mr Ryder’s generous donation – thank you!)
12TH- £3.67

13R- 63p
13B- £2.36
13N- £36.72 – 3rd place (2nd place for student involvement)

Be Inspirational