Faith – The Becket (15th – 19th April)

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Happy Easter! He is risen, alleluia!

We are in the 3rd week of Eastertide in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Word of the Week is…

Faith

In the season of Eastertide, we celebrate and reflect on our faith in the risen Lord and the eternal life this gives. Having faith can be hard. It requires us to believe in things that we cannot prove and see. St Thomas is famous for seeking truth and confirming his faith. St Thomas’ questioning of the risen Lord reminds that even for Jesus’ disciples and closest friends, having faith wasn’t always easy. Faith is a gift from God and if we can find it and hold on to it, faith gives us strength, comfort, hope and hope.

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New notices – please read!

Celebrations of the Word Rota:

Mon – Y7 and 8 Chapel

Tues – N/A

Wed – Y12 – Chapel, Y11 – Hall

Thurs – Y9 and 10

Friday – Year 7 Retreat Day 

Year 7 will have normal form time on Friday and then will be off their subject timetable all day with their usual teaching staff. If you are Friday’s Year 7 teaching staff, please look out for an email from the Chaplains with retreat day details, rooms, workshops and resources.

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Year 9 ‘Eastertide’ House Board Competition

For those year 9 forms who have not finished or put up their Easter boards yet, the deadline has been extended to Friday 19th April. Please make sure to get your board up by Friday as we are having an Easter Mass on Friday.

Other forms are also able to make amendments in this time if needed.

The winning house will receive house points and a treat!

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Water Machine

You may have noticed the water machine in the atrium. This is all plumbed in and ready to go! Year groups can start using the machine from (and every day after) the following days this week/next week:

Year 11 – Wednesday 17th April
Year 9 and 10 – Thursday 18th April
Year 7 and 8 – Monday 22nd April

This is to stagger the new addition to school routine and is on the understanding that everyone adheres to the expectations below. These will also be displayed behind the machine:

Water Machine Expectations for Students
The expectation is that you treat the machine respectfully. This machine is rented and the privilege of access to this chilled, filtered water could be lost if it is not used appropriately.
You should aim to use a reusable bottle to refill rather than a single-use one.
Please do not bring in glass bottles.
Students can refill before school, at break time and at lunch time.
Please consider access similar to the toilets in terms of zones. You may need to leave your year group’s zone to refill (i.e. if you’re not Year 11) but shouldn’t spend time hanging around the machine after queuing and refilling.
If it is busy when you go to refill, please form a queue back towards the main doors at the front of the atrium (the front of the school) – away from the canteen queues.
There will be School Council members monitoring the use of the machine before school, at break and at lunch. They will have green school council badges soon so you can identify them.
Staff who are on duty near the machine will ensure the queue is going the right way and sanction any poor behaviour as normal.
There is CCTV on the area.

Extra info:

We are in communication with Aspens about the meal deal as currently you get water with a main meal and for many students this may no longer be needed, so we are enquiring about a new price / deal.  Hopefully I can update you on this detail when we have more information.

Many thanks for your fundraising efforts and contributions! The Council have more exciting projects planned for summer term so you’ll hear from them again soon.

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CAFOD Small Change Boxes 

Please make sure that your small change boxes are labelled with your tutor group.

These boxes will be collected by the justice and peace team on Thursday morning and each form’s total will be counted for the competition.

Paying in your fundraising

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Extracurricular Clubs Information Pentecost 2024

Extra Curricular Clubs

Please have a look at the newly updated Extracurricular Timetable to see the range of activities you can get involved in this term. Your tutor will display the timetable for your year group in your tutor room.

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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.”

Happy Easter, Alleluia! 🌼🌱☀️✝️🐣

Whilst the shop shelves get cleared of Easter chocolate and decorations, the Easter celebrations continue in the Church 🎉
Easter is the second longest Liturgical season, after Ordinary time. The Church celebrates Eastertide for 50 days and will finish with the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday 19th May.
Let’s find out a little more about the Easter season and what Easter means for our faith by watching the word of the week video below. There is a quiz in the video, make sure to pause after each question is posed to see who knows the answers!

 

Tomorrow we are going to ask you to think about how you can share some Easter joy visually in your form rooms and on your prayer boards. For now, share some Easter joy by sharing with your form or your partner something that you did or someone that you saw over the Easter break that gave you joy.

 

Let us pray…

Lord, we thank You for this Easter celebration and all the gifts you give 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.”

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 yesterday’s quiz, we refreshed our memory of the importance of the wonderful Liturgical season that is Eastertide.

Below you can see some of the Easter colours, signs and symbols that we use to celebrate the joy of Easter. E.g. bright colours, especially white and gold; flowers and foliage (in Lent we strip the altar and our prayer focuses of flowers); the empty tomb; the paschal candle that we light during the Easter vigil; and the white lily symbolizes purity, rebirth, new beginnings and hope and is most often associated with the resurrection of Jesus Christ in Eastertide.

Have a look at your prayer board and around your form room, is it reflecting the joy of Easter?

Use some time this week to update your prayer boards. Here’s a checklist to begin with:

Make sure that your Liturgical wheel has an arrow pointing at the correct season we are in.

Make sure that your Ordo is on the correct page.

If you have a word of the week calendar or white board, make sure that your word and Liturgical season signs are up to date.

Do you have posters or signs about other Liturgical seasons on your prayer board that are distracting from the season of Easter? e.g. Lent, Advent or Christmas? We would like you to take these signs, posters or crafts down. You can either put these posters and crafts somewhere safe in your form room for you to use when these seasons come around again, or you can give your work to Ruth or Joe who will keep some of these signs or posters for our school display folders.

Think about what images, posters and crafts you could add to your form prayer board to make it look extra special for Easter. There is some inspiration in the photo collage above. Could some of you make Easter ‘alleluia’ or ‘he is risen;’ bunting? Could you decorate and make your own paschal candle? Could you make Easter cards? Could you make an Easter garden and empty tomb? Or cover you board with the word “Alleluia!” in funky lettering?

 

Thank You Prayers 

One way in which everyone can be involved in decorating the prayer board for Easter is by writing a thank you prayer. In joyous times, it’s important to remain close to God, giving Him thanks for all the ways He blesses us.

In Lent, you may have noticed that ‘sorry prayers’ are used more in our worship as Lent is a more penitential and sorrowful season. In Easter, prayers are generally more celebratory and you will notice ‘thank you prayers’ being used more in our worship.

We invite everyone to write a thank you prayer that can be displayed on your form prayer board. 

You can use plain paper, post it notes, or coloured paper and cut to the size of your prayer.

Think about something you are grateful for… E.g. the resurrection of Jesus, family, friends, education.

Your thank you prayers could start: “Lord, we thank you for…”

And finish: “Lord we thank you”. If these prayers were read out loud in a celebration, everyone would respond “Lord we thank you.”

Decorate your prayers with Easter signs and symbols, cut them out and stick or hang them on your prayer board. Maybe share some of these prayers aloud if people are happy to.

 

Let us pray…

I offer up this morning to you, Lord, and pray in gratitude for the gift of salvation that Jesus won for us. As the day gets busier, may I never stray far from the quiet peace I feel in my heart right now, knowing how deep Your love is for me. 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.”

CAFOD Small Change Boxes 

Please make sure that your small change boxes are labelled with your tutor group.

These boxes will be collected by the justice and peace team on Thursday morning and each form’s total will be counted for the small change competition.

Prayer Journals

 

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.”

 

Faith is a key theme during Eastertide. During the Easter Vigil celebration on Holy Saturday or on Easter Sunday, we renew the promises made at our baptism. We do this to mark the start of our journey in Eastertide because it is through the resurrection that we are given new life and we commit our membership in the Church.
At Baptism we are “reborn” as children of God. We belong to God’s family and are welcomed into the Church. When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, it involves an obligation to respond to that gift. From the moment we are baptised we are meant to live our lives for God, continuing the work of Jesus in the world. As Christians, we should live differently and people should know who we are.
What does being a Christian mean to you? 
On one page, write down or draw three things that you do because you are a Christian.
On the following page, write down three things that make it hard to be a Christian and say a little personal prayer to God this morning asking for help during these challenges.
If you are not a Christian, write down three things that you do because of your belief system and/or three questions or challenges that you have with this. You might have a different faith or you might not know where you stand with faith.
Let us pray…

Thank you Lord, for welcoming us into your family, the Church. Through your love for us we will grow and become the people you intend us to be. May we grow closer to you as we go through this week and for the rest of our lives.

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.”

What is the shortest summary of faith?

The shortest summary of faith is the Sign of the Cross. 

The sign of the Cross is an outward sign displaying that you are a Christian and that you believe in the Holy Trinity.

If you try to hide the fact that you are making the Sign of the Cross or you do it with little effort, you aren’t doing your faith or the Christian faith justice.

Usain Bolt is openly a Catholic and during the highest points in his fame, he never hid the fact that he was a Christian.

 

 

As you make the Sign of the Cross this morning, think about what that sign truly means and make the sign proudly.

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.”

Faith is the most personal thing a person has, yet it is not a private matter.

What does my faith have to do with the Church?

Well, anyone who wants to believe must be able to say both “I” and “we”, because a faith you cannot share or communicate would be irrational. It is from the Church that we have received this faith. The Church has handed the faith down through centuries. Believing is therefore participation in a common conviction. The faith of others supports us, just as the passion of our own faith will strengthen and support others.

The Church emphasises the “I” and the “We” in our profession of faith.

The creed, which is also called “Credo”, is the Apostles Creed. It was the early Christian’s intention to sum up the most important facts of their faith to twelve points.

Saint Augustine once said…

“Let the creed be like a mirror for you. Look at yourself in it and see whether you really believe all that you claim to believe. And rejoice every day in your faith.”

 

We invite you to say the Apostles Creed, our profession of faith, out loud…

I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

 

A challenge from the year 8 Chaplaincy Team…

On Friday, when the bell rings for the end of form time rings we would like everyone across the school to shout or sing the word Alleluia to celebrate our faith, Easter joy (and the fact that it is a Friday)! Open your classroom doors and remember to do it just after the bell has finished ringing so that you can be heard. See if you can hear any other forms nearby!

“ALLELUIA!”

 

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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