Journey – The Becket (18th – 22nd March)

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We are in the 5th week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

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

Journey

Lent is a time of journeying with Jesus Christ. It is a time of reflecting on our lives, repenting our sins, and growing in our faith. The journey of Lent is a challenging one, but it is also a rewarding one. It is a journey that can help us to grow closer to God so that we are ready to truly celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection at Easter.

Spend some time in prayer thinking about your Lenten journey so far and what you want to do with the journey ahead.

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Click Here for the Notices

Celebration of the Word Rota:

Mon – Y7 Chapel, Y8 Hall

Tues – Y9 Chapel, Y10 Hall

Wed – Y12 and Y13

Thurs – Y11

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Y9 ‘Eastertide’ House Board Competition – The deadline is the Thursday 28th (the last day) Please see email from Ruth with details. 

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Y10 Briars Retreat is taking this week after school on Wednesday and will return by the end of the school day on Friday. 

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6th Form Lourdes

Please check the Lourdes Google Classroom for updates regarding bursaries. Classroom code is: hcirxyf

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STUDENT VOICE

The School Council is setting up a Diversity Action Team. We would like to know which dedicated days, months or events you would like us to consider for school celebration and acknowledgement. i.e. Black History Month, International Women’s Day etc. Please include any ideas shared in your form group. If you have any further ideas on this, please feel free to talk to Mrs Coe or Mrs Ralfe.

Please click on the link below:

https://forms.gle/VZkA2BiuEbGcpCkh9


 

 

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Science Week Poster Competition – Year 7, 8 and 9

Please click below for the details! Remember every entry earns points so make sure your house submits as many entries as possible!

Poster competition powerpoint

Entries need to be handed in to a member of the science department by Tuesday 20th March 3.05pm

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The Stations of the Cross

If you missed the Stations of the Cross live stream during Friday form time, please watch it one morning this week and pray the stations as a tutor group. There are prayers for everyone to read out loud for each station.

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.”

Ordo

Now that every form group has their very own Ordo book which should be displayed on the 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! Remember to get the stop clock ready if you are continuing the timing competition.

Q. In the 5th week of Lent there is a Lenten custom that some Churches might do which involves crucifixes and sacred images. Does anyone know what this custom is? (The answer is under Sunday 17th March, Passion Sunday in the Ordo)

 

Ordo Answer

From the 5th Sunday of Lent, Churches may observe the practice of covering their crucifixes, sacred images and statues with purple cloth. 

This is a kind of visual fasting period that ends on Good Friday when we humbly venerate the wood of the cross. On Holy Saturday, our fast from seeing the other covered images ends at the Easter Vigil when they are unveiled.

The veiling of the Crucifixes also produce a heightened sense of anticipation for Easter Sunday. This symbolism is another reminder that we are in the Lenten season and we focus our attention on Jesus’ passion and how we can be more loving, forgiving and generous with what we have.

 

St Patrick

On the weekend, we celebrate the feast day of one of our House Patrons, St Patrick. As his feast day fell on a Sunday this year, the feast was omitted. There was a celebration of Mass for St Patrick at the Cathedral on Saturday which was celebrated by our own Bishop Patrick and attended by some of the students from our feeder primary school, St Patricks in Wilford. You can see in the back of the photo that the crucifixes and statues in the Cathedral have been veiled.

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St Patrick was most likely from Great Britain, and was kidnapped by Irish pirates when he was a teenager. In Ireland, which was a pagan country at the time, Patrick was enslaved as a shepherd for six years. While he endured cold and hunger, he turned to God and prayed unceasingly. According to his autobiography, St. Patrick prayed one hundred prayers every day, which helped him to forget his suffering.

Eventually, Patrick escaped from Ireland. Upon returning home, he studied to become a priest, and he was ordained a bishop when he was 43. Patrick had an unshakable desire to bring the Gospel to his brothers and sisters in Christ in Ireland. He didn’t move on and forget all about Ireland after his liberation. Instead, he acted on God’s call to return and evangelize.

As Patrick responded to this call to holiness and action, he converted countless people, ordained priests, and established dioceses in Ireland. He’s known for using the image of a shamrock to explain the mystery of the holy trinity. The three leaves of a shamrock represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but the stem that they share reminds us that they’re one.

St Patrick’s incredible life inspires and encourages us to trust in God and seek God in times of trouble. He also inspires us to have the confidence to share our faith with others and not be afraid to express what is important to us.

St Patrick’s breastplate is a well-known prayer and hymn that reminds us of God’s presence, especially in difficult times. If you have any worries or burdens yourself this morning, share them with God as we pray St Patrick’s prayer together…

Christ be with me,
Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me,
Christ be in me,
Christ be beneath me,
Christ be above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears 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.”

Let us begin our time of prayer together 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 Tuesday 19th March, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Why does the Church honour St Joseph? Catholics do not worship saints, but ask for their heavenly intercession before God and seek to copy their virtues here on earth. The Catholic Church honours St. Joseph as the foster father of Jesus. He is invoked as the patron saint of the Universal Church. He is also the patron of workers, fathers, and a happy death.

This morning we are going to take part in a quiz to see how much you know about Saint Joseph…

What was Joseph’s occupation?

Teacher 

Carpenter 

Doctor 

 

2. How many times do we heard Joseph speak in the Gospel?

Never

Once

Twice

 

3. Who was an ancestor of Joseph?

King Herod

King David

Pontius Pilot

 

 

4. Who makes up the Holy Family with Joseph?

 

 

5. What year (in the 21st century) did we celebrate the year of St Joseph?

Dec 2003 – Dec 2004

Dec 2017 – Dec 2018 

Dec 2020 – Dec 2021

 

6. Do you know any symbols associated with St Joseph?

 

St Joseph Quiz ANSWERS

How many times do we heard Joseph speak in the Gospel?

Never

There are no records of Joseph’s speech in the Gospels. You may have heard Joseph called a silent saint. The silence of Joseph shows his devotion to listen to God’s calling and reminds us of the importance of silence and listening.

 

What was Joseph’s occupation?

Carpenter 

We know from Matthew’s gospel that Joseph was a carpenter by trade (Mt 13:55) but carpentry would not have been all he did. As a tradesman, Joseph would also have kept a garden and some animals for food and perhaps do some farming to make a comfortable living in rural Galilee. Townspeople may have come to Joseph when they needed some objects made or some help with labour. Jesus would have grown up in this trade and learnt a great deal from his foster father.

 

Who was an ancestor of Joseph?

King David

King David was an ancestor of Joseph as we read Luke’s Gospel: ‘Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David’ (Lk 2:4). It is significant that Joseph was a descendent of King David and Jesse because this means that the prophecies in the Old Testament would be fulfilled as Jesus was his from his ‘line’ or ‘house’ (2 Sam 7:12–16; Is 11:1; Jer 23:5–6).

 

Who makes up the Holy Family?

The Holy Family consists of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. While this is the holiest and most extraordinary of all families, it is also an ‘ordinary family’ sharing joys and trials like every other one. There is so much that we can learn from St Joseph and the Holy Family.

Joseph by duty and privilege was the rabbi of the Holy Family to teach Jesus the Jewish faith and practices. Joseph would have led his family in the worship of God in their home at Nazareth. 

 

What year (in the 21st century) did we celebrate the year of St Joseph?

Dec 2020 – Dec 2021

In 2020, Pope Francis said the coronavirus pandemic has heightened his desire to reflect on St. Joseph, as so many people during the pandemic have made hidden sacrifices to protect others, just as St. Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus.

‘Each of us can discover in Joseph — the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence — an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble,’ the Pope wrote.

 

Do you know any symbols associated with St Joseph?

White flowers or lilies – these are a symbols of integrity and purity which Joseph remained whilst loving and caring for his wife Mary.

Carpenter’s Square of tools – Joseph was a carpenter by trade and would have taught Jesus lots of skills in his upbringing.

Baby Jesus – Saint Joseph was Jesus’ earthly, foster Father who had the privilege of raising the Son of God.

The flowering staff – God had chosen and prepared Joseph with special graces to care for the Holy Family. The symbol of a flowering staff calls upon the imagery of the flowering staff of Aaron showing he had been chosen by God. (Numbers 17:23)

Sleeping Saint Joseph – Reminder of the occasions God appeared to St Joseph in a dream. Joseph was a hard worker, even in his dreams, he worked to pursue the will of God.

Star of St Joseph – ‘Son of David’ – Joseph was faithful to his tradition and law of his ancestors.

Pair of turtle doves – recalls the doves that Mary and Joseph offered as a sacrifice when Jesus was presented to the temple as a baby.

 

 

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father, inspired by the life of St Joseph we pray that we too will have the strength and courage to work hard at everything we do, care for others, share our skills and talents and listen to your calling. 

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord,

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.”

The Lord’s Prayer – Weekly Reflection

Today we continue our weekly reflections of the Lord’s prayer as we focus on the fourth line “thy kingdom come”.

We invite you to listen to the meditation below which is from the app “Hallow” that Mr Udoh challenged us to download in the first week of 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.

 

Leader/Young person: Let us begin this time of prayer together by welcoming 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.”

 

 

 

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.”

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.”

 

If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.”

Isaiah 30:21

 

As we reflect on the theme of Journey this week, we would like you to reflect on your journey or a part of your journey that has brought you to today.

Draw the outline of a road in your prayer journals, listen to the music and write or drawer answers to the following questions.

Choose a journey to reflect on. This could be your whole life journey so far, your Becket journey, your faith journey or your journey through this academic year.

(Form tutors may wish to give students a minute or so to reflect on each question before reading the next question aloud. )

 

What hurdles, barriers or struggles have you encountered on this journey?

 

Who has been there to support you on this journey?

 

What is something you have learnt on this journey?

 

What are you thankful for from this journey?

 

What is your destination? Where do you see yourself going to?

 

 

Let us pray…

Lord, please protect all people who are embarking on a journey during this time, spiritual and physical. Support us with Your strength and grace when we are weary. Give us your love and warmth when we feel lonely. Guide us to make our time together meaningful and memorable. 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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