May Mission Week – The Becket (23rd- 27th May)

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6th week of Eastertide 

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Welcome to the Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT May Mission Week!

This week we are celebrating the Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT May Mission Week to mark the month of Mary. Mary is the greatest disciple of Jesus we can look to for inspiration. For hundreds of years, May has been a month dedicated to Mary. Catholics all around the world make a special effort during the month of May to spend time with Mary, to look to Mary for inspiration, to celebrate Mary’s example of discipleship, and to pray through Mary with the rosary.

The theme for our mission week is: We are inspired by Mary’s love for God.  Each day, this week, there will be a variety of resources for you to use and explore in your schools. As we unpack the different pieces of scripture where Mary is present in the Bible and reflect on the words of our Trust prayer, we will think about how we can use the example of Mary to inspire us in our mission to be followers of Jesus and to share the joy of Christ beyond our school communities.

Notices:

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This week’s Liturgy is led by some of the OLOL Chaplains as we celebrate May Mission Week in our family of schools. You can find this week’s Act of Worship under Monday’s tab.

If you missed House AOW last week or ran out of time to finish it, you can see last week’s AOW under ‘Last Week’s AOW’ tab.

Year 7 come straight down to the chapel on Tuesday morning when the bell goes at 8:40am. 

Year 9 Briars: 

  • You must hand in your completed behaviour contract and health form ASAP! The deadline was last Friday. If you do not hand these in, you will not be allowed to go on the retreat. If you have any questions about the retreat, please visit Joe and Ruth in the chapel.

Ascension of the Lord Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 26th May at 11:25am during period 3

Vocations Creative Piece Competition – Deadline Friday 27th May 

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

Trust Prayer line 1…

God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

This week we are celebrating the Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT May Mission Week to mark the month of Mary. Mary is the greatest disciple of Jesus we can look to for inspiration. This week’s Liturgy is led by some of the Trust Chaplains to help us celebrate the start of May Mission Week.

Within our opening Liturgy there will be a short quiz where either: your teacher will need a whiteboard pen and board to write down your answers as a class OR each student will need a pen and something to write their individual answers on. You may want to pause the video to allow yourself more time to complete the quiz.

If you don’t have time to finish the Liturgy, don’t worry, you can use tomorrow’s tutor prayer to finish the Liturgy. 

Let us ask Mary to pray with us and for us as we pray the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer during our Mission Week,

God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has

and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use

the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,

as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love

and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.

Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

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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.”

If you missed yesterday’s Liturgy or didn’t have chance to finish it, click back on the Monday tab to find the OLOL Mission Week opening Liturgy.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

Trust Prayer line 2…

Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has

and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

This week we are celebrating all things Mary (the mother of Jesus) and we are thinking about how Mary inspires us in our mission today over 2000 years later!

Today we are going to explore some more of the scripture that Mary is present in and take part in a hot seating challenge to help us understand how Mary might have been feeling in the scripture and what she was hoping for.

What is hot seating? Hot-seating is a drama strategy in which a character or characters, played by a teacher or young person, are interviewed by the rest of the group. It invites young people to recount a specific event, explore motivation and multiple perspectives/experiences related to a theme, topic, event, or idea within a story.

Below is a piece of scripture that narrates Jesus’ first miracle. As someone in your class reads the scripture aloud, have a think about the different people in the scripture and the importance of Mary in Jesus’ plan and the words she uses to the servants.

John 2:1-12

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Everyone: Glory to you O Lord

Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus; mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

When the wine had given out, Jesus; mother said to him, “They are out of wine.”

“You must not tell me what to do,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

Jesus; mother then told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

The Jews have rules about ritual washing, and for this purpose six stone water jars were there, each one large enough to hold between twenty and thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill these jars with water.”

They filled them to the brim, and then he told them, “Now draw some water out and take it to the man in charge of the feast.” They took him the water, which now had turned into wine, and he tasted it. He did not know where this wine had come from (but, of course, the servants who had drawn out the water knew); so he called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have drunk a lot, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now!” 

Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

The Gospel of the Lord

Everyone respond: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

 

Read the scripture a second time if you need to hear it again.

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Hot Seating Challenge

Choose 3 or 4 volunteers to play hot seating at the front of the classroom acting as 4 of the people we hear about in the scripture: Mary, Jesus, a servant, a wedding guest.

Have the rest of the class put their hand up and ask the characters questions to find out more about them and how they were feeling at the wedding? As we are particularly focusing our week on the works of Mary, try and direct some of your questions to and about Mary in the scripture…

For example,

To the servant: “how did you feel when Mary said the words ‘Do whatever he tells you”?”

To Jesus: “how did it feel to have Mary with you when you performed your first miracle? were you nervous, excited?”

To Mary: “what does the wedding at cana have to do with your mission to be a disciple of Jesus?”

“How did you feel seeing Jesus perform his first miracle?”

Let us know in the comments below any of the questions you decided to ask your volunteers!

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Let us ask Mary to pray with us and for us as we pray the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer during our Mission Week,

God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has

and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use

the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,

as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love

and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.

Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

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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: “Good morning, 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.”

OLOL Trust prayer line 3…

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use

the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Today we are going to reflect on the third part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer…

CAFOD

As we think about how can follow Jesus’ example of bringing support and healing to the most vulnerable in our society, we can turn to CAFOD’s new campaign for inspiration on how we can look after global neighbours who might be suffering.

CAFOD’s recent campaign is called ‘Step up to the plate’. We all need food to eat, and our world has more than enough food to feed everyone. But 1 in 10 people in our global family are still going hungry.  Our global food system is broken.

Big food companies are growing and sharing food in many ways that harm our common home and make it hard for some of our brothers and sisters around the world to have enough food to eat.

Watch the video below made by CAFOD to find out more about more about our responsibility to fix the food system:

 

Your CAFOD Mission

Jesus was never shy of standing up for injustice. He was not afraid of ‘causing a scene’ when giving a voice to the most vulnerable and as Christians, we too have that responsibility.

So what can our schools do moving forward?

We can all do something to support small farmers and make a fairer food system that tackles climate change and puts people before profit. For your CAFOD mission we challenge you to ‘step up to the plate’ and write some messages to the UK Government. We can write messages, send photos, and let CAFOD know how many people demand change: cafod.org.uk/secondary

In your form groups, we challenge you to complete one or more of these ‘step up to the plate’ templates, see link below for inspiration. If you don’t have chance to print off a template you could simply draw a template on a blank piece of paper.

Step up to the plate Action Template

On your plate, we challenge you to tell the government what is wrong with the food system, why is it their responsibility to do more for the people who are suffering from it and tell the government that we want them to step up to the plate and change how food is grown and shared in our world.

Once you’ve assembled your plate(s), stick them on your form boards and send your photos to your chaplains, Ruth and Joe who will share them on social media and send your messages to the government.

Let us pray… 

Reader 1:

Jesus,

You understand what it is like to be hungry.

Teach us to have grateful and generous hearts.

Forgive us when we waste food

or don’t want to share.

Reader 2:

Jesus,

You welcomed everyone to your table.

May we always remember that we are one family,

who share one common home,

so all are invited to share the feast.

Reader 3:

Jesus,

You fed the hungry crowds.

Open our eyes to the needs of others

and help us to follow your example,

of love and service.

Reader 4:

Jesus,

You come to us as bread and wine.

Fill us with your kindness.

Give us the appetite and strength

to change the world for the better.

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: “Good morning, 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.”

Trust prayer line 4…

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,

as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love

and forgiveness to others.

 

Period 3 Mass – 11:25am

Today is the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord, on this joyful celebration we rejoice knowing that Jesus loves us, Jesus is with is in heaven and there is a place in heaven for us all. Today we will be joining with some of the other schools in our Hub and Trust to celebrate Mass at 11:25am, live from Holy Spirit Church in West Bridgford.

The Mass live stream for period 3 will be found on the Holy Spirit YouTube channel, the video will have a live sign in red text on it: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTbklEiu8J0cKGKCWnyYgSw/videos

 

The Ascension of the Lord

After Jesus resurrected from the dead, he spent 40 days with his beloved disciples. Before Jesus went to heaven, he gave his disciples important instructions. He tells the disciples to share the Good News about his resurrection and teach people Jesus’ teachings. It was the disciples job to help other people become Jesus’ new disciples. Over two thousand years later, Jesus still wants his followers to bring other people to him. We can do this by learning more about Jesus and showing Jesus’ teachings in our actions. Jesus promises to be with us always in our mission as we try to live as his disciples and lead other people to encounter him.

As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. They worshipped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great Joy, and spent all their time in the temple giving thanks to God”.

Luke 24: 51-53

It’s not the End, it’s the Beginning!

Today we have a short reflection from Fr Lim to help us begin our Ascension celebrations…

Think about our every day farewells with people, friends, family, loved ones.

We often review the time we spent with the person

We might say something like, “Well, thank you for inviting us. It was great to be a part of this.

“I have loved spending this time with you!”

The promise to stay in touch.

We might say something like, “We really need to get together more often,” or  “I’ll give you a call when we arrive home, or in a week or two to catch up.”

Remind each other of our next visit.

“We’ll see you next year!” Or next month, or next week or whenever the next visit is planned!

Similarly, Jesus did these very three things with his disciples before he ascended to Heaven.

He reviewed the things that were accomplished on His visit and time on earth, and told the disciples what they needed to accomplish in His absence. He promised to stay in touch with them. He told them of His plans to see them again.

As Fr Lim says, we are Jesus’ hands on earth and it is up to us when we meet people and spread the love of Christ with them and to remind them of Jesus’ words. Jesus’ ascension into heaven gives us lots of reasons to be happy and it is now up to us to share this joy and light to other people’s lives so that they too know that Jesus is with us, Jesus loves us and Jesus is waiting for us in heaven, heaven is real!

Pause and think

We know that heaven is a perfect place where God Father, God the Son and the Mother of God, Mary are waiting for us. Pause for a moment to think and share what you picture heaven to look like? How do you imagine the most perfect place?

Let us know in the comments below how you imagine heaven to be!

Let us pray…

Prayer on the Feast of the Ascension
Lord Jesus, you became man and came to live among
us.
For love of us, you suffered and died for us.
Because you are God, you conquered death and rose
on the third day.
Today you return to your Father and our Father,
But you promised to remain with us till the end of time,
And to send us the Holy Spirit.
We rejoice and thank you, Lord Jesus.
Come Holy Spirit, purify and transform us,
Kindle within us the fire of your love.
Amen.

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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: “Good morning, 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.”

May Mission Week Closing Liturgy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STfL5iFelMw

 

Let us finish our May Mission week by praying the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer together…

God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has

and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use

the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,

as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love

and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.

Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

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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.”

This week’s Liturgy is led by some of the OLOL Chaplains as we celebrate May Mission Week in our family of schools. You can find this week’s Act of Worship under Monday’s tab.

If you missed House AOW last week or ran out of time to finish it, you can see last week’s AOW under ‘Last Week’s AOW’ tab.

Patrick House AOW

Nicholas House AOW

Teresa House AOW

Bernadette

 

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