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  • EVENING ADVENT LITURGY: On Tuesday 15th December at 7pm, we will have our second live OLoL Advent Liturgy whereby students, staff and families are invited to watch from the comfort of their homes. ……There will be input from all the 21 schools which will include music, drama, reflection, scripture, Christmas carols and much more!
  • Students from The Becket School will be opening the Liturgy with an Introduction. The Link for the evening Advent Liturgy can be found here:  http://shorturl.at/pzGHN
  • Spread the word!
  • The Y7 Chaplaincy Team invite the whole school to create and write a Christmas card or letter to one of our local priests and parishes! You can do this individually or as a form. Churches are quite different at the moment and our local priests and parishioners are missing their congregation, let’s make sure that we spread our love and joy this Advent!
  • Make sure you hand your card/letter into your form tutor to pass onto Ruth and Joe or put it in their tray in the staffroom- thank you! 
  • Holy Spirit, West Bridgford: Fr Michael Brown and Fr John McCay
  • St Patrick’s Church, Meadows and Corpus Christi, Clifton: Fr Wilfred and Fr Peter
  • Our Lady and St Edwards Church: Fr Jonathan Cotton
  • Sacred Heart Church, Carlton: Fr Joe Wheat
  • The Church of the Assumption, Beeston: Fr Christopher A Thomas
  • If you altar serve at OUR LADY AND ST EDWARDS Parish Church, they are welcoming back their altar servers to Volunteer for Christmas Masses. We have a letter for yourselves and your parents to explain the procedure for altar serving. There is a Rota for you to sign at the back of OLSE Church or at The Old Friary next door to the Church. 🙂

This week marks the third week of Advent and the theme is JOY! This week we light the pink/rose candle on the Advent Wreath. 

The third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘rejoice!’ The theme of joy comes half way through our Advent journey. We celebrate Gaudete Sunday to remind us of the Joy of Christmas that is almost here.

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

Leader/Student: 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.

 

We are in our third week of Advent and this week’s theme is Joy! This week’s word of the week video is brought to us by Issie and Frances, Chaplains at Trinity School…

“May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the holy spirit”
Romans 15:13

Mission:

Today, lets pray for ‘J.O.Y.’
to Jesus
for Others
for Yourself

By putting yourself last, Jesus first, and others in-between, it brings Joy.

Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

 

I lift my heart up to you, Lord,
to thank you for the blessings
you shower on me each day.

You are the ‘joy of my soul.’
I know that in your great love,
I am held and protected by you.

I pray and listen to the good news you send;
I ask and feel the healing.

I rejoice, I rejoice, down to my soul.
Help me to prepare my heart
to be open and able to receive your immense love.

Leader/Student: 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/Student: 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.

 

“I have not stopped giving thanks to God for you. I remember you in my prayers”
Ephesians 1:16

What are you thankful for today?

 

Mission:

Expressing gratitude spreads joy to others.
Write a note of gratitude/thanks to a member of staff – let them know why you appreciate them and spread some joy!

*If tutors can please collect notes in and pass them to the RE Dept to deliver.

 

Leader/Student- Let us Pray:

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the joy that entered the world when Jesus was born.
Thank you for becoming God with us.
Lord, sometimes it’s difficult to live joyfully, especially in difficult or busy seasons.
Please purify our hearts this week and remind us that You’re in control.
Help us to consider it joy when we experience trails of any kind because we know You’re creating something beautiful and eternal. 
As we fix our eyes and hearts on You, fill our souls with renewed strength, courage, and hope.

Amen

Leader/Student: 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/Student: 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.

    The image below is of course the famous Christmas Carol – The Twelve Days of Christmas!

    Although this carol has a catchy tune, and brings us lots of Joy to sing along to, it actually has a deeper meaning…

    At a time when it was dangerous to be a Catholic, believers used this song as a way of keeping their faith and church teaching alive. Although to most people it would sound as if they were singing about ‘Lords leaping’ and ‘gold rings’ all of these numbers stood for significant parts of their faith. In the song ‘True Love’ refers to God and ‘Me’ represents all Christians. The gifts are all important faith teachings – for example, the ‘partridge in a pear tree’ actually represents Jesus on the cross.

    Can you work out what all the numbers link to? Discuss your ideas in your form and then click on the answers below to see if you were right!

    A partridge in a pear tree

    Jesus crucified on the cross

    2 Turtle Doves

    The two Testaments, Old and New

    3 French Hens

    The three Persons of the Trinity or The 3 Theological Virtues – Faith, Hope and Charity

    4 Calling Birds

    The Four Evangelists – the writers of the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John 

    5 Gold Rings

    The five books of the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)

    6 Geese a-laying

    The 6 days of creation

    7 Swans a-swimming

    The Seven Sacraments

    8 maids a-milking

    The 8 Beatitudes

    9 Ladies Dancing

    9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit

    10 Lords a-leaping

    The Ten Commandments

    11 Pipers Piping

    The 11 faithful Apostles

    12 Drummers Drumming

    The 12 beliefs in The Apostles’ Creed

     

    Think about how you could share the Teachings of the Church this Advent and how you can spread Joy as you do it.

    Did you work out any of the meaning of numbers in the Twelve Days of Christmas? Let us know in the comments box below!

    Mission:
    Sharing joy with people we don’t know is the purest form of charity. We’re currently collecting for refugee roots/Emmanuel house
    Pop a note in your planner to remind you to bring one final item to donate tomorrow!

     

    Leader/Student: 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/Student: 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 scripture video is brought tp us by some of the Chaplaincy team at Trinity School…

      Leader/Student- Let us Pray:

      A prayer of Joy

      Lord, help me to

      cherish the last time I really laughed,

      value the last thing that I achieved,

      respect the last time I did something that scared me.

      Lord, be by my side so that I can

      find joy in the smallest things,

      appreciate the wonder of your creation

      And live my life to the full.

      Amen.

      Leader/Student: 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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