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3rd week of Eastertide 

Our Word of the Week this week is

Faith

Having faith can be tough. It means believing in something that you
can not know for certain and in a world where there is almost an
answer for everything this can be difficult. Have a think about your
faith and what you believe in. This week we celebrate the English
Martyrs – people who died for their faith – they inspire us to hold on to
what we believe and to share that faith with others. What do you find it
hard to believe sometimes – what inspires you in your faith?

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.”

This week’s word of the week video is led by our friends at The Becket School…

WORD OF THE WEEK VIDEO

Let us pray…

Jesus Christ is at the centre of our faith and school community. Today let us pray together the prayer that Jesus himself taught us.

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.”

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.”

THE ENGLISH MARTYRS FEAST DAY 

Today, we celebrate the feast of the English Martyrs and we call to mind the 44 priests, lay women and men who were  canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970, we also remember the further 240 lay women and men who were declared ‘blessed’, as well as the many unknown Catholics who died defending their faith in a period of 150 years following the reformation.

If you’re not too familiar with what the English Reformation is, let’s take a little look back in time to find out why the Reformation happened before we learn some more about the English Martyrs and the sacrifices they made for their faith…

Now to learn some more about the Saints who make up the English Martyrs…

The men and women who make the English Martyrs knew great suffering. They could have denied their faith and pretended that it did not exist, but their trust in God was so strong that they stood up their faith and shared it with others. They experienced the beauty of having a relationship with God and they didn’t want to stay quiet about it.

Let us pray…

The 4th May, has been chosen as a special Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Today we offer our prayers and ask for the prayers of the English Martyrs for all who have suffered abuse of any kind.

A prayer for healing and reconciliation 

Praise to you Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
the source of all consolation and hope.
Be the refuge and guardian of all
who suffer from abuse and violence.
Comfort them and send healing
for their wounds of the body, soul and spirit.
Help us all and make us one with you
in your love for justice
as we deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life.
Giver of peace, make us one in celebrating
your praise, both now and forever.
We ask this 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.”

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.”

Mark Wahlberg is a famous American actor and producer but first and foremost Mark identifies himself as Catholic. “Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life” – Mark Wahlberg. Mark describes his whole life as changing when he began to centre his life on prayer and on his Catholic faith.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7960ovIxsc

“Once I focused on my faith wonderful things started happening for me. And I don’t mean professionally – that’s not what it’s about. These days, I’ll be in church and people will come up to me and say: ‘Do you mind if I sit and pray with you?’ And they’ll start praying and it’ll turn out they’re praying for their new movie to be a success or whatever, and I’m like, this is not what I come here for. For me to sit down and ask for material things is ridiculous. It’s a much bigger picture than that. I want to serve God and to be a good human being and to make up for the mistakes I made and the pain I put people through. That’s what I’m praying for, and I recommend it to anybody.”

– Mark Wahlberg

Let us pray…

Forgiveness is a huge part of having in God. Today let us spend a moment in silence saying sorry to God for the mistakes we have made and any suffering we have caused people.

The Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

We start today with a clean slate, knowing that God has forgiven us and loves us. Have a blessed day everyone!

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.”

This week’s Sunday Gospel reflection is led by Mrs Carroll, P.E teacher, at The Becket School…

Pause for a moment and think about a time when you have taken a leap of faith – for example, this could be trying a new sport in PE and actually quite enjoying it or realising that you’re good at it, maybe this could be volunteering to lead prayer or Liturgy in front of a group, maybe you took a leap of faith signing up for a trip to the Briars and then had a brilliant time.

Put up your hand and share with the class a time that you have taken a leap of faith – did the leap of faith pay off and have a positive result? Did you feel supported when taking the leap of faith? If there an upcoming event or opportunity whereby you’re going to be brave and take a leap of faith?

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the times when you have carried me through uncertainty, through trials and through the pain of loss.

 Help me keep my focus on you, to have trust in you and to never forget that I am not alone, you are by my side always.

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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