Inspire – from our friends at The Becket School

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Our Word of the Week this week is

Inspire! 

It is now the 2nd week of Ordinary Time 

The word inspire means “filled with the spirit” and there are times when
all of us take inspiration from the events and people around us. St Paul
was inspired by a vision of Christ to change his ways and be a better
person on the road to Damascus – we too can be inspired by Christ to
change for the better. This week, think about how you can be
inspirational. How can you give others a great example or show others
how to live their lives in a better way?

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.”

Today we are going to reflect on where we can find inspiration in the Bible, as well as who inspires us in today’s society. This week’s wotw video has been created by students at The Becket School!

WORD OF THE WEEK VIDEO COMING SOON

 

Your mission this week…

Think of a gift or talent you have or something you enjoy doing. How can you use this gift to inspire others?

This can be anything from being a good listener to being a talented musician or sportsperson.

If you are an aspiring…

  • Artist – create a poster, piece of artwork or a card to give to someone in school or outside of school to cheer them up and spread joy
  • Musician – Could you play your family a piece of music, volunteer to play music in an act of worship or Mass or could you get involved with a club at school
  • Sports person – could you inspire your family or friends to do some exercise with you or could you lead them through a sports game
  • Organiser – could you help with the housework at home – ask your family if there is a job you can help with or surprise your family with some vacuuming or cleaning
  • Reader – could you volunteer to lead form time prayer, help with an act of worship or do some reading aloud in lessons when asked

These are just a few ideas. What are your talents and how are you going to use them to inspire those around you?

God made each one of us unique, no one is the same. We are beautifully different. It’s not always the easiest thing to be ourselves, it’s often easier to follow the crowd.  But if we have the confidence to be ourselves we inspire others to do the same.

Let us know in the comments below which gifts you will be using this week to make a difference?

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Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…” 

Heavenly Father, help us to use the gifts you have given us to do good and inspire others that they have the power and ability to do the same.

May we appreciate and celebrate everyone’s differences and treat everyone with respect as we strive to build an equal and loving community.

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.”

On Sunday, the church celebrated Peace Sunday. The title Pope Francis has chosen for the 55th Message for the World Day of Peace is

Dialogue between Generations, Education, Work and Dialogue: Tools for Building Lasting Peace”.

Download the powerpoint below and go through the different slides in your classes- whenever you spot a question, discuss what you think possible answers could be in your classes and if you have time complete the peace quiz near the end of the powerpoint!

There’s lots of parts to read aloud so please volunteer and help your peers to learn more about peace.

Click the text below to view the powerpoint:

Peace Sunday Powerpoint

 

Peace Sunday 16 January 2022 – Pax Christi England and Wales

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…” 

GOD OF LOVE
show us our place in this world as
channels of your love for all the
creatures of this earth, for not one of
them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and
money, that they may love the common
good, advance the weak, and care for
this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O LORD, seize us with your power and
light, help us to protect all life, to
prepare for a better future, for the
coming of your Kingdom of justice,
peace, love and beauty.
 AMEN.
Pope Francis (adapted from Laudato Si’)

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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.”

Today we are going to try a different form of prayer called Visio Divina which translates to “Divine Seeing”.

Visio Divina is a slow, prayerful examination of a work of art as a tool for lifting your heart and mind to God and His mysteries. Gaze at the image and use it as an inspiration to pray and meditate. You may want to play some calm music to help create a prayerful atmosphere. 

There are four stages of Visio Divina. Choose someone to clearly read aloud the 4 steps of visio divina to help familairise everyone with the different stages of the prayer. Press play on the music below. Then the leader can start from the beginning and read aloud the first step again, allowing time in-between each step for everyone to think and meditate on the piece of art.

  1. Lectio
    • Read the image– Slowly examine the content, look for details, notice what stands out to you. Work to understand the meaning or story told by the image.
  • 2. Meditate
    • Meditate on the image– Connect to what you know about the background of the image. Imagine yourself present in the events. Consider expressions, colors, and symbolise
    • 3. Oratio
      • Pray with the image– Dialogue with God about what you see in the image and what you think. Ask Him to reveal what He wants to understand through the art.
  • 4. Contemplatio
    • Contemplate the image– Quietly examine the image again. Note what God taught you through your prayer

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Between three and six o’clock in the morning Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water. When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and screamed with fear.

Jesus spoke to them at once. “Courage!” he said. “It is I. Don’t be afraid!”

Then Peter spoke up. “Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you.”

“Come!” answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. “Save me, Lord!” he cried.

At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, “What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?”

They both got into the boat, and the wind died down. Then the disciples in the boat worshiped Jesus. “Truly you are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

The Gospel of the Lord 

Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ 

Music to accompany Visio Divina prayer time: 

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…” 

Dear Lord,

Help me to have faith and trust in you, especially during the times I feel challenged this week. May I remember not to be afraid, that you are with me and that you know all my thoughts, needs and worries.

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.”

20 Questions Challenge

Nominate someone in your form to think of an inspirational figure in their head. This should be someone that the majority of the people in the room will know. This could be a saint, celebrity or person in history – choose someone who has done something inspiring in their life or someone who inspires you!

The rest of the group then need to take it in turns to ask questions to try and guess who the inspirational person is. The person who has chosen the inspirational figure can only answer yes or no. See if you can guess the inspirational figure in 20 questions or less! If you’re not sure on who to choose, maybe your teacher can have the first go or give you a couple of examples.

Let us know in the comments box below which inspirational figures you come up with in your form groups and how many questions it took to guess them!

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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.”

Spend a couple of minutes in silent prayer in your classes praying for those people who are an inspiration to you – who is someone in your family, school, friendship group or on the news who inspires you to be a better person? Who is someone who inspires you to not give up and achieve your dreams?

Say a prayer for those inspiring figures in your life and give thanks to God for giving you that person or those people in your life.

You can either write your prayers on a post-it-note and stick them at the front of the classroom or you could spend some time in quiet prayer whilst listening to the hymn below.

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Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…” 

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us those people in our lives who inspire us to be better people, to not give up, to try our best, to do the right thing, to fight for justice, and to not be afraid to share our faith.

Today we remember those good people who bring joy to our lives and the world around us. We ask you to bless and give them peace in their lives, may they know that they are loved and appreciated.

Lord we thank youResponse: Lord we thank you

 

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.”

Happy Friday everyone!

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 morning we are going to take time to listen to the Gospel that was read during Sunday’s Mass. Imagine that you are there in the scripture. What do you think each person in the scripture is thinking and feeling? Why is the scripture particularly significant to Jesus’ ministry?

GOSPEL REFLECTION VIDEO COMING SOON

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As written in the Gospel, Mary instructs us to do whatever Jesus tells us.

Jesus is asking us to follow him. To love one another as he loves us. To forgive each other and reach out to those who are less fortunate than ourselves or need our help. 

How can we follow Mary’s example, reach out to Mary for help to be a disciple of Jesus. 

How can we follow in the footsteps of Jesus and inspire others to do the same?

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…” 

Let us gather all our thoughts, prayers and the people we love in our hearts as we say our Trust prayer together. We ask Mary, our mother and friend, to be with us and pray with us as we say…

God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has

and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use

the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,

as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love

and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.

Amen

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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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