The word of the week is Decisions!

13th week of Ordinary Time

Liturgical Colour: Green

The theme of Decisions is based on the Gift of The Holy Spirit, Counsel. Counsel is like right judgment – it helps us to be able to make the right decisions in life. Through this gift, and using some of the other gifts like knowledge, wisdom and understanding, the Holy Spirit helps us to know what is right or wrong, and to choose to do the right thing.

Welcome back and hope you had a lovely weekend!

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 brought to us by The Becket School. As the word of the week is decisions, we have some decisions for you to make in your form groups, get ready to pause the video if you would like to have a larger debate on the reasons for choosing your decisions!

 

Discuss and Comment below! :

Which of the ‘would you rather’ statements did you find the hardest and why?

Can you think of a would you rather statement to challenge the rest of the school in the comments below?

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together: Holy Spirit give us the gift of right judgement

Heavenly Father,

we come to you with the decisions we face right now, we lay them out before you – the different aspects, the possibilities and our fears and concerns.

Help us to have wisdom in our minds and hope in hearts. Come guide us and inspire us as we seek to choose the right decision. Thank you that whichever way we go, your love always remains with us.

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.

13th week in Ordinary Time

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 our Lead Lay Chaplain, Marsha, brings us a reflection on the theme of Decisions and sets us the challenge of allowing God to enter into our decision making.

When you have decisions to make this week, whether they are big decisions or something which
happens to you and you have to act quickly – take a few seconds to pause, spend time with God and
think about what He wants you to do. Let your teacher know at the end of the week how this went
for you and whether you made better decisions. Write down in your planners to help remind you of your mission!

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

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.

13th week in Ordinary Time

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.

Have a volunteer read the piece of scripture below and spend a moment in prayer asking for God’s help in your decision making this week and in the future.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Trust in the Lord" Proverbs 3:5-6 Meaning | Lord's Guidance

If you’d like to spend some time in the quiet reflecting on this piece of scripture, you could play the relaxing music below as you ask God to help you with your decision making this week.

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Dear Lord,

Give me the patience to handle big and small decisions in different areas of my life.

Fill me with divine strength that I may always follow your leading.

May I take the path you are showing me even if it seems long.

Lord, slow me down when I rush and teach me how to make decisions calmly and in the best way. 

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.

13th week in Ordinary Time

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 reflect on how the decisions we make can affect the planet for ourselves and future generations. Climate change affects us all. But the poorest communities are suffering the most. What decisions can you make to make a difference to those lives who are suffering?

In April CAFOD has launched its ‘eyes on the world’ campaign. The eyes of the world are on us this year as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nations’ climate change talks – COP26 in November. These world leaders will make important decisions that will shape the future of our global family.

We need our country to push world leaders to show the ambition we need to keep temperature rises below the disastrous 1.5-degree threshold. This means that all countries must play their part. Wealthy nations, who bear the greatest responsibility for the crisis, need to step up.

To find out more about the eyes of the world campaign, you can watch the video below:

So what can YOU do to help?

This may seem like something that is out of our control but it really isn’t! If we all make the decision to spend some time learning and raising awareness, our decisions can make a huge impact on other people and our planet.

Have a look at some of the things you can get involved with, as a form group, as a family, as a friendship group or even on your own!

Choose something during form time that you are going to complete and write it down in your planners.

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Secondary-and-youth-resources/Eyes-of-the-World

For example, you might follow CAFOD’s guide to talking to your Member of Parliament…

Letter template:

Dear [Name],

My name is [Name] and I am in year [N] at [school name]. We have learned that this year the UK is hosting COP26, a vitally important meeting about the climate crisis.

Some of the poorest people in the world are being hit hardest by the effects of climate change. As the eyes of the world are on us this year, we would like you to ask the UK government to be good leaders at COP26.

Please ask the Prime Minister to commit the UK government to keep world’s poorest communities affected by the climate crisis at the heart of its decisions.

We also have some questions we’d like to ask you:

[choose from below or make up your own.]

Thank you, and we look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Name]

Let us know in the comments below what your form is going to do to support the eyes of the world campaign!  

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Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Open our eyes to see the pain of your creation
and move us with compassion for your world.
Open our eyes, Lord.
Lead us to act as neighbours,
who do not pass by on the other side.
Open our eyes, Lord.
So that together we may care for all that you have made
and with all creation sing your praise.
Open our eyes, Lord.

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.

13th week in Ordinary Time

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 Sunday Gospel reflection is led by Mr Carberry, leader of learning of the English Department at The Becket School.

As we reflect on the past week…

What has been the hardest decision you have made this week?

What helped you to make your decision?

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Heavenly Father,

Help me to put my faith in you today and always and know that you are by my side throughout every decision I make.

Open my heart to your wisdom and knowledge, as I seek to follow in your Son’s example, Jesus Christ.

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.

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