This weeks theme is ‘HAPPY’!

Jesus tells us how to be happy in the Beatitudes. These form the heart of Catholic Social Teaching and they remind us that real happiness is found in the way we treat those around Think this week about what and who makes you happy.

We can all bring a bit of happiness to the people around us and your challenge this week is to do just that!

 

 

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely weekend!

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 All Saints’.

 

Discuss and Comment below! :

What makes you happy?

Who makes you happy?

What can you do to make other people happy?

 

Let us Pray together: 

O Father, please help me to find rest within your happiness. Make my smile linger upon my lips as I think back to an amazing memory of a sunlit place. Help me to awaken each morning with hope for everything that the world has to offer. Guide me so that I can discover life in all of its infinite varieties. Help me to discover the joy in each day and the beauty of your creation. As I go through each day, help me to touch each soul I encounter and be thankful for every person in my life.

Amen.

 

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.

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.

During our faith in action lessons here at All Saints’, we have been considering what are the important things in life and if we only had five minutes top choose one procession form our house, what it would be and why!

 

 

Discuss and Comment below! :

If you had only five minutes to take one possession from your home, what would you take and why?

Let us Pray together:

Heavenly Father, help me to sing out my faith and trust in you. Help me to carry your truth with me within my heart and to rejoice within a new life. As I age, bring me peace and serenity. Help me to remember the importance of love and to indulge in it. As I grow, help me understand the kindness of friendship,  the warmth of a loving embrace. Guide me so that I do not miss out on a single drop of heaven and can drink in the joy of everlasting life.

Amen.

 

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.

Today’s Act of Worship is going to be led by you again, it gives you a chance to step up and make others happy by leading!

 

Gather

We begin our Act of Worship today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today we are thinking about happiness and being happy! There are lots of things that might make us happy; food, holidays, friends, games…and hopefully our faith makes us happy too. Watch the video below to learn about a woman who decided that the world needed ‘a bit more happy.’

The Word

The piece of scripture for today’s liturgy is a favourite of Fran’s! It’s a scripture passage that makes her happy, and we’ll reflect on it afterwards.

A reading from St Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky, as you offer them the message of life. If you do so, I shall have reason to be proud of you on the Day of Christ, because it will show that all my effort and work have not been wasted.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

So this piece of scripture talks about us shining like stars. When we are happy, our happiness radiates to others and becomes infectious. A smile can go a long way, and once it is passed on to one person often then makes its way around lots of people. In the same way, we should allow our faith to spread and radiate like stars. Our faith is an incredible thing, and it can help to make people happy. Without our faith we would not be at this school, and we therefore wouldn’t have met the people sat next to us or been afforded the opportunities that we have. Our faith creates communities that support and love one another, and this is all definitely something to be happy about.

 

Response

So we’ve talked a bit about how our faith can make us happy, but how does it make you happy? We’re going to spend a few minutes talking about how our faith has helped us in our lives and made us happy, either in pairs or as a form.

We join all our thoughts and prayers about our faith and happiness together with this prayer:

Lord, we pray that happiness be at our doors. May it knock early, stay late and leave the gift of your peace, love, joy and good health behind. Thank you, Lord, for all the things that bring happiness to our lives. Amen.

 

Mission

Our mission today is to pass the smile around in our forms and classrooms. Maybe even try playing it as a game during form time this week! It may seem silly, but you’ll be surprised how much it makes you smile, even if it’s out of embarrassment! As an extra mission, why not subscribe to The Happy Newspaper that we watched the video about? It brings us joy and makes us smile which are both very important.

We finish our Act of Worship today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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 celebrate the feast day of Mary Magdalen. There is a lot of controversy about who Mary Magdalene was exactly. Some people say she was a friend of Jesus. Some people say she was a prostitute or someone Jesus had healed, or both. Some people say she might have been Jesus’ wife. Some people say she was the most loved of all the disciples. Some people say that Jesus taught her things that he didn’t teach to the other disciples. The truth is that no one knows because we don’t have very much information about her. But, she shows up in the Bible during some of the most important times in Jesus’ life. At the very least, it seems like she was a very important person to Jesus.

Crises of conscience plague contemporary society. Mary Magdalene’s example to us as individuals is two-fold.
First, she reminds us to allow God to transform our lives. Second, she shows us what it means to be a faithful
follower and friend. In a world where so much seems temporary and fleeting, Mary teaches the contemporary
reader to stay plugged into our relationship with Jesus. Mary’s example to our churches is not to be hasty and
walk away from the empty tomb. Today’s churches often find that they are bombarded with statistics of how
people in younger generations are less likely to attend church. These statistics sometimes lead us to change or
dilute our message to suit changing times. Mary reminds the church to remain steadfast. There is yet hope.

Discuss and Comment below! :

How will you be a good friend this week?

How can you be a good friend to Jesus?

Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins, who by conversion
became the beloved of Jesus,
thank you for your witness
that Jesus forgives
through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness
in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that some day
I may share in the same everlasting joy.

Amen.

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: 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.

 

As we reflect on the past week…

Find a quite space over the summer holidays.  Reflect, give thanks and really think about what brings you and those around you happiness.

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

You are the light that drowns out all darkness. You are the refuge I turn to when I feel hopeless. When I am overcome by difficulties, you are the fortress that guides me and protects me. May you light my way and guide me during the day. May each step I take be always along your path for me. I pray that you bring me happiness and joy in my life as I work toward fulfilling your plans for me. May my joy light up the world and bring happiness to others so that they may see the good that you do and give glory to you. Through your mercy, keep me free from sin and guide me through all adversity.

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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