Fasting – The Becket (26th- 1st March)

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We are in the 2nd week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Purple and the Word of the Week is…

Fasting

Fasting is a way of showing self-discipline and of focusing on our relationship with God. Fasting can also be a way of expressing solidarity with those who are less fortunate. Fasting is an important part of Lent, as it allows us to follow the example of Jesus in the desert, and to grow in our compassion for others.

What can you go without this Lent? Think of something that you can give up to leave more time and space for what’s important.

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Celebration of the Word Rota:
Mon – Y7 Chapel, Y8 Hall
Tues – Y9 Chapel, Y10 Hall
Wed – KS Y12 and 13
Thurs – Year 11
Friday – Becket’s Family Fast Day – Soup and a bread roll will be sold for £1 by the Tech doors on A floor near the astro!

Form Tutors – Collection from the staff room

There will be a fasting poster with an image of Pope Francis available to collect from the front of the staff room from Tuesday to use for this week’s prayer resources.

 

Year 10 Briars

  • An email was sent home to parents last week with the second letter for the year 10 Briars retreat for those students who have secured a space on the retreat. 
  • The second letter includes payment information, a packing list, travel arrangements, a health form that needs to be completed and returned and a behaviour contract that needs to be completed and returned. 
  •  If you would like a physical paper copy of the letters, please collect them from the letter tray at break or lunch which is just outside the right-side chapel door (in the hall) and make sure to return your forms asap!

 

Science Week Poster Competition – Year 7, 8 and 9

Please click below for the details!

Poster competition powerpoint

 

Abi Newman in 9R is running for MYP (Member of Youth Parliament) for Broxtowe district!

Abigail was successfully elected 2 years ago and is hoping to retain that in the re elections, she has even voiced and acted upon her passions when invited to speak in the House of Commons with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak representing the young voice of the East Midlands. She is an inspiring figure to all of our pupils and a real credit to have in our school!
Please show your support for fellow peer Abigail and vote for “Abigail” for “Broxtowe” District via the link below:
All of the candidates and their speeches are embedded in the link.
6th Form tutors can allow students to vote on their personal devices at their own discretion.

 

Ordo

Now that every form group has their own Ordo book displayed on their form prayer board, each week there will be an Ordo quiz question for a member of your form to complete- choose a different student each week so that everyone gets a turn to practice using the Ordo!

We are in the second week of Lent and on Friday, we celebrate the patron saint of one of the countries in the UK…

Q. Which UK country celebrates their patron saint on Friday and what is the name of their patron saint?

 

Ordo Answer

On Friday 1st March we celebrate Saint David, patron saint of Wales! 
Did you find the answer correctly?
Does anyone have Welsh heritage in your 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.”

On Friday we are observing Lent Family Fast day to support the brilliant work of CAFOD.

This year, CAFOD’s lent campaign focuses fishing and the use of technology, their campaign reminds us that technology, when used for good and in the right way, it can help others to live in dignity.

Let’s find out more about this year’s campaign by watching the video below…

 

Your support for CAFOD this Lent will help hardworking people like Mary and her family to return home safely from work each day, work efficiently and help to feed their family.

How can you support the work of CAFOD this Lent? There are many ways…

1. On Friday, we are selling Tomato soup and soft bread rolls for £1 by the tech department doors. We challenge you to eat simply so that others can simply eat!

 

2. We are relaunching our small change CAFOD boxes appeal! (New boxes can be collected from the staffroom if you cannot find yours). Your challenge is to raise as much money as possible in your CAFOD box this Lent – perhaps you have some small change in your blazer you can offer or perhaps you could ask your family at home if you could make a donation. The form who raise the most money, will win an Easter prize!

 

3. Explore the CAFOD website to learn more about the work they doing this Lent – there are lots of resources on offer! On their website you have the opportunity to make an online donation if that is something your family would be interested in doing. 

 

 

Let us pray together…

Compassionate God,

you are always with us. Help us to walk alongside one another in challenging times, and to ease one another’s burdens.

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.”

Justice and Peace Team – Please meet Ruth in the chapel on Thursday lunchtime!

Form tutors – Please pick up a Pope Francis Fasting poster and mission together Lent calendar from the front to the staffroom for form time this week.

 

 

Leader/Young person: We remember that God is with us 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.”

 

Religious fasting has been around for thousands of years. As we hear in the scripture, there are references to fasting in both the Hebrew scriptures and the new testament. Even Jesus demonstrates fasting during his time in desert.

Fasting isn’t just a Christian thing, there are many other religions that observe fasting. For example, in Judaism, Jewish people of faith do not drink or eat for 25 hours during Yom Kippur.  Yom Kippur is a day to reflect on the past year and ask for God’s forgiveness for anything that people may feel they have done wrong.

In Islam, Muslims do not eat or drink during the hours of daylight during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan remembers the month the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

How well do you know Catholic Fasting and feasting? Today, you are going to play a little quiz called fast or feast. Below you will see a selection of days in the Church’s Liturgical calendar and your form tutor will ask you to raise your hand if you think it is a day of fasting or feasting. Bonus points if you can tell your tutor why you might be fasting or feasting on that day!

 

Fast or Feast?

 

Shrove Tuesday – fast or feast?

Shrove Tuesday - click here

Shrove Tuesday, also known as pancake day or Mardi Gras (which is French for Fat Tuesday!) has been a day people have used to feast on all the things that you wouldn’t be using during the season of Lent, which begins the following day.

Ash Wednesday – fast or feast?

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday we fast and give up eating meat. Catholics fast to mark the start of their Lenten journey which mirrors the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert. We start Lent on Ash Wednesday as we mean to go on…we live life simply, we give up worldly things and devote more time to our relationship with God.

Sundays in Lent – fast or feast?

Sundays in Lent

Some Catholics feast on Sundays during Lent because every Sunday is a feast day and ‘mini Easter’, not all Catholics do this though and many will continue with their Lenten promises.

The season of Lent is actually longer than 40 days, because the 40 days doesn’t include the Sunday ‘feast days’. If you include the Sundays in your fasting, Lent lasts for approx. 46 days.

Fridays in Lent – fast or feast?

Fridays in Lent

As Jesus sacrificed his flesh for us on Good Friday, many Catholics give up eating meat on Friday.

The Catholic Church defines meat as the flesh of warm-blooded animals, so eating fish is permitted on Fridays.

Father Marcus: “It’s about recognising that a wrong was done when our Lord was crucified and killed,” …”It’s linked to almsgiving and concern for the poor and to bring to our minds that we have responsibilities – all of us.”

St Patrick’s Day in Lent – fast or feast?

St Patrick's Day in Lent

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th March each year and therefore usually is celebrated during Lent. As St Patrick’s Day is a Feast Day in the Church’s calendar, Catholics are not obliged to fast on this day and may feast on the things they have given up during Lent.

Good Friday – fast or feast?

Good Friday

Good Friday and Ash Wednesday are the only two obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. Catholics will not eat meat on either of these days.

Good Friday commemorates the last hours of Jesus’ life before he was crucified. Many Catholics pray the stations of the cross on this day and journey with Jesus through those last hours.

Though Good Friday is a solemn day and it is sad to think think of the suffering of our Lord, Good Friday is a ‘good’ day because it led to Jesus’ resurrection and humanity being saved through sacrifice.

Easter Sunday – fast or feast?

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is of course a day of feasting! On this day and throughout the season of Eastertide (which lasts 50 days) we say the A word (a lot!) and we rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

 

Let us pray together…

Living God, may our words and actions be in tune with each other as we strive to live out our faith and follow your Son Jesus every day. Let us not seek glory but the quiet satisfaction of knowing that you see all that is good. 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.”

Justice and Peace Team – Please meet Ruth in the chapel on Thursday lunchtime!

Form tutors – Please pick up a Pope Francis Fasting poster and mission together Lent calendar from the front to the staffroom for form time this week.

 

Prayer Journals

Leader/Young person: We welcome God into this space 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.”

In this week’s Celebration of the Word we have been reminded that fasting doesn’t have to involve food or drink. There are lots of other things that we can give up that could help us to deepen our faith and grow to be better people.

Pope Francis gives us some brilliant examples that can be seen below.

In your prayer journals, we would like you to write down your own five ideas for things that you could fast from during Lent and something that you could do instead. Can you think of any ideas that are different to Pope Francis?

Do you want to fast this Lent? This is what Pope Francis says: - St Senan's Parish, ShannonDo you want to fast this Lent? This is what Pope Francis says: - St Senan's Parish, Shannon

 

Using the poster that can be found in the staffroom, we would like you to choose ten of your favourite ideas as a tutor group, write them up and put them on your form prayer board as inspiration for fasting in Lent.

 

Let us pray together…

Lord,

Help us to refrain from indulging in things in life that bring temporary happiness or joy.

Help us to focus on what truly matters in life and to never lose sight of the value and beauty of family, friends, education, heath, creation, prayer and self-belief.

Fill us with your peace and give us strength to spend time each day without technology, so that we may enjoy the beauty of life, people and the world around us.

Feed us with your word, so that we may be filled with your grace and blessing to love and serve others.

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.”

Soup and a bread roll will be served in the food tech corridor on Friday lunchtime for family fast day!

 

Year of Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer 

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.”

Today we begin our weekly reflections of the Lord’s prayer as we focus on the first line “Our father”.

We invite you to listen to the meditation below which is from the app “Hallow” that Mr Udoh challenged us to download and try out this Lent.

Before starting the meditation, make sure that you are sitting comfortably.

Make sure that distractions are put away and there is nothing in your hands.

You may wish to turn the lights off, close your eyes, or rest your head on the desk.

Make sure that you are not distracting the people around you and the atmosphere remains calm and silent.

 

 

 

The Year of Prayer

Each week in Lent we are going to have a reflection on the Lord’s Prayer, if you need a reminder why, please see a reminder below in this tab!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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