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!

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The word of the week is Happy!

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Liturgical Colour: Green

 

Welcome back and hope you had a lovely weekend!

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.

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?

 

Leader/Young person – 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.

 

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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Saint Apollinaris, Bishop, Martyr

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.

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 to 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 procession from your home, what would you take and why?

Leader/Young person – 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.

 

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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Saint Laurence of Brindisi, Priest, Doctor

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.

Did you know that Jesus gave us a recipe for living a happy life? In the book of Matthew, the Bible says, “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them.” He taught them a lesson we call “The Beatitudes.” Each one of the beatitudes starts with the words, “Blessed are they…” Some translations of the Bible use the word happy instead of blessed. So this is Jesus’ recipe for us to be happy.

I like that the word “beatitudes” has two parts to it: be and attitude. The Beatitudes are ways that we can be and attitudes we can have. Let’s look at a few of these be-attitudes. Jesus said to…

Notice that Jesus didn’t say, “BLESSED/HAPPY are they who have a lot of money” or “Blessed/Happy are they who have plenty to eat and dine in fancy restaurants.” He didn’t even say, “Blessed/Happiness is a warm blanket.” What he did say was, “When you follow me, happiness will come. Leap for joy! A great reward awaits you in heaven.”

Discuss and Comment below! :

What do you think the world would look like if everyone lived by these words from Jesus?

Which is your favourite beatitude and why?

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Dear God,

thank You for the beatitudes. Please help us follow Your recipe for a happy and blessed life. In Jesus’ name we pray,

amen.

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The feast day of SAINT MARY MAGDALEN 

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.

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?

 

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

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.

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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The feast day of SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN, PATRONESS OF EUROPE.

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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