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The theme of the third week of Advent is JOY.  On Sunday we celebrated ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, Gaudete in Latin translates to rejoice! This week we are reminded of the Joy that is to come, as Christmas approaches. The birth of Jesus is near!

It is a great opportunity to think about what brings us joy in our lives and what we need to give thanks for. It’s also a great opportunity to reflect on how we can bring joy to those around us and make the world a more joyful place for everyone!

Notices

  • Y12 and Y13 if you are still interested or thinking about going to Lourdes please come down to the Chapel to collect a letter or ask Joe and Ruth any questions you have! It’s an amazing experience and opportunity.
  • There is a Lourdes google classroom for the Lourdes group- please keep checking it for updates! If you’re not in the google classroom and are coming to Lourdes please tell Joe and Ruth and they’ll add you!
  • Spread some Christmas Joy with the Christmas Card House Competition! Get your Christmas cards into Ruth and Joe in the Chapel. Deadline: Wednesday 18th!

We start our Collective Worship with the Sign of the Cross.

In the comments below let us know what it is about our school community that brings you JOY!

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start our Collective Worship with the Sign of the Cross.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Response: Glory to you O Lord.

This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes? Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds? Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?

The Gospel of the Lord

Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

 

What can you do this Christmas to ensure that those around you experience joy? Please comment below! 🙂

We end our Collective Worship with the Sign of the Cross.

 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

It’s easy to get caught up with all of the presents, food and parties during Christmas and to forget what we’re really celebrating, the birth of Jesus Christ!

Charlie Brown is a programme that your parents/carers might remember –  it perfectly sums up the true meaning of Christmas.

If you could sum up the true meaning of Christmas in word, what would that word be? Comment below! 🙂

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Be the best FOR the world!

Joy comes when we do what we love. Joy comes when we use our God given talents.

What talents have you got that brings joy to those around you?

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Scripture Reading 

In our final Advent liturgy today we will be listening to the Gospel reading which will be read on the Christmas Day Mass this year.

Before we hear the Gospel in the final liturgy we would like you to listen to the scripture in your form groups also, to give you more time to reflect and discuss what we think the scripture means.

This year, the Catholic Church has launched ‘The Year of the Word- The God who Speaks’. Our faith and everything we believe in, comes from The Word. The primary aim of The Year of the Word is to celebrate, live and share God’s Word. We can encounter Christ through reading the scripture and by having a deeper understanding of it.

In your form groups we invite you to participate in a form of meditation called ‘Lectio Devina’, in this meditation, we will experience praying with scripture. Feel free to get comfortable, close your eyes and play this calm and reflective music to help with the atmosphere:

Below are some steps to follow for Lectio Devina:

  1. Read the scripture- have the scripture read a loud 3 times. Take your time.
  2. Meditation. Think about the word or words that the Holy Spirit is calling to your attention. It might be a word, a phrase, or line God wants you to hear. Hold onto these words in your head.
  3. Prayer- silently or out loud respond to the words God is speaking to you with a prayer. What questions do you have for God, do you need to ask God for guidance, do you need to thank God for something that has brought you joy this week?
  4. Contemplation- rest in God’s presence and listen for God’s response to your prayer.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
Glory to you O Lord.

In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. This was the real light—the light that comes into the world and shines on all people. The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children. They did not become God’s children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father. The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

Poster Preparation for Final Liturgy: 

As our piece of scripture is all about THE WORD in our liturgy we are going to be reflecting on the importance of words.

  • In your form groups, you have the challenge of describing your form with as many words as there are people- students and staff (for example if you have 29 students and 2 staff you will need to write 31 words). Write these words in the middle of the piece of A3 paper that your form tutor will have.
  • Around the description of your form please have everyone sign their names and decorate the poster (students who are absent or who are having their achievement reward will need their name signed by other students).
  • Please be as creative as you like with your words and decorations!
  • Each form group will need 1 or 2 students who are willing to read out some of the words you have used to describe your form in the liturgy. Please make sure you know who is reading and who is bringing the poster down for the liturgy!
  • We look forward to seeing you all and your wonderful words!

Additional activity:

This week we are celebrating JOY! As many of you may have seen on the news or heard on the radio, a young boy called Aylan has been spreading joy to thousands of people with his singing!

This morning in your form groups you have the challenge of re-writing the words to the Christmas song Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. This will be ran as a House Competition! Extra points will be rewarded for creative and religious content. The lyrics can be found below. Please leave your entries in the comments box below! (We will approve all the comments after form time is over!)

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”