KS1 – OLoL May Mission Week

Welcome to the Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT May Mission Week!

‘We are inspired by Mary’s love for God’

This week we are celebrating the Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT May Mission Week to mark the month of Mary. For hundreds of years, May has been a month dedicated to Mary. Catholics all around the world make a special effort during the month of May to spend time with Mary, to look to Mary for inspiration, to celebrate Mary’s example of discipleship, and to pray through Mary with the rosary.

The theme for our mission week is: We are inspired by Mary’s love for God.  Each day, this week, there will be a variety of resources for you to use and explore in your schools. As we unpack the different pieces of scripture where Mary is present in the Bible and reflect on the words of our Trust prayer, we will think about how we can use the example of Mary to inspire us in our mission to be followers of Jesus and to share the joy of Christ beyond our school communities.

 

God Our Father,

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

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

Collective Worship - Opening Liturgy

Join some of the Our Lady of Lourdes team of Chaplains for our Mission Week Opening Liturgy below!

Preparation before the opening Liturgy:

Before you join us for the opening Liturgy you may want to make some changes to the atmosphere to help prepare the space for prayer, for example you could:

Encourage the children to tidy their tables quietly by playing some reflective music and ensure that there are not any objects out that might be distracting during the Liturgy Lay out some liturgical cloth that is central in the room- we are still in the season of Eastertide so you could use gold or white. As we are celebrating Mary, you might want to put some blue cloth on the prayer focus too. Light some candles or switch on some electric candles – candles remind us that Jesus brought light to the world Open the Bible on the Annunciation of the Lord scripture (page 1574 in the St Mary’s Catholic Children’s Bibles) Place an object or image of Mary on your prayer focus to help remind the children that we are celebrating Mary and spending time with Mary this week

Trust Prayer

Part 1

Each day this week we are going to reflect on the words that make up the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer that unites us a community and asks for God’s strength to follow Mary’s example. Today’s prayer reflection is led by Joe, as we take a look at the first line of our Trust prayer…

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.

Trust Prayer

Part 2

Each day this week we are going to reflect on the words that make up the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer that unites us a community and asks for God’s strength to follow Mary’s example. Today’s prayer reflection is led by Luke, as we take a look at the second line of our Trust prayer…

Collective Worship - The Magnificat

Yesterday, we thought about how brave Mary was when she said YES to God! The angel Gabriel visited Mary and gave her a special message. Gabriel told Mary that she would give birth to a baby boy, and the baby boy would be the Son of God!

In the Bible, we learn that after Mary had been visited by the angel Gabriel, Mary sang a joyful song of praise to God to thank God for all the good things he has done for her and for choosing a normal girl like her.

When Mary was a young woman, people wouldn’t have thought that Mary was very important or special, that’s why Mary was so shocked that God chose her to do a very important and special job!

Sometimes we might feel like we aren’t brave enough, or we aren’t clever enough, or we aren’t strong enough. Can you think of a time when you have thought “I can’t do that!”

In the eyes of God, we are all special and important. When we think that we can’t do something, try and think “what would God say?”

God the Father would be cheering us on in heaven! “I love you” “I call you” “You are special” “I have a job for you” “I need you”

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When Mary sang her song of praise to God, she was thanking God for all the good things He had done for her.

Can you think of some of the good things God has done for you? What would you like to say thank you for?

We are going to spend some time in open prayer together as we listen to the song that Mary sung, The Magnificat. Pass round the room an electric candle and give all people in the room an opportunity to hold the candle and share something that they would like to thank God for.

You might want to start your prayer by saying “Lord I thank you for…”

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Even during those times when we feel sad or we don’t feel good enough, there are lots of things we can still be thankful to God for. God loves us. God made us. God gave us his only Son, Jesus, to walk on the earth like us so that we could get to know Jesus and learn how to love one another.

God loves us and loves to listen to us when we pray to Him. Thank you for sharing all those beautiful prayers today.

Let us pray

Heavenly Father, we thank You for loving us and for always doing good things for us, even when we feel like we don’t deserve it.

May we always listen to you and spend time with you.

Thank you for always being there for us, for never giving up on us and for keeping us safe.

Amen.

Songs of praise

Today we are reflecting on how Mary praised God through song and now we are going to take inspiration from Mary to praise God through song too! Using the wise words of St Augustine “Singing is praying twice!”

Below you will find some music resources to help you praise God through song! There a selection of songs and hymns that you can have a go at learning, some of these songs may even be featured in your Ascension Day celebrations on Thursday!

Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective and The Ascension – Phil Wickham

You Are My Vision – Rend Collective

You’re Beautiful – Phil Wickham

The Magnificat – CJM 

 

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.

 

Trust Prayer

Part 3

Each day this week we are going to reflect on the words that make up the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer that unites us a community and asks for God’s strength to follow Mary’s example. Today’s prayer reflection is led by Ruth, as we take a look at the third line of our Trust prayer…

The Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana

Today we are going to reflect on another piece of scripture where Mary is present in the Bible. Before we read this piece of scripture I want you to imagine that you are at a wedding party! All of your friends and family are there, there is music playing and there is a feast of delicious food!

To help bring your imaginary wedding to life you could play the following background music and pretend to chat, drink, cheers cups and eat tasty food!

What can you see? What can you hear? What can you touch?

Now imagine that you see Jesus arrive to the wedding!

 

We are going to listen to today’s piece of scripture and will find out what happens next at our wedding party!

John 2:1-12

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Everyone: Glory to you O Lord

There was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus; mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

When they ran out of wine, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They are out of wine.”

Jesus replied, “You must not tell me what to do,” “My time has not yet come.”

Jesus’ mother then told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill these jars with water.”

The servants filled the jars with water to the brim, and then he told them, “Now draw some water out and take it to the man in charge of the feast.” They took him the water, which now had turned into wine, and he tasted it. He did not know where this wine had come from (but, of course, the servants who had drawn out the water knew); so he called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have drunk a lot, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now!”

Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

The Gospel of the Lord

Everyone respond: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

 

 

Hot Seating Challenge

Choose 3 or 4 volunteers to play hot seating at the front of the classroom acting as 4 of the people we hear about in the scripture: Mary, Jesus, a servant, a wedding guest.

Have the rest of the class put their hand up and ask the characters questions to find out more about them and how they were feeling at the wedding?

For example,

To the servant: “What do you think Mary means when she says ‘Do whatever Jesus tells you”?”

To Jesus: “how did you feel when you performed your first miracle, were you nervous, were you excited?”

To Mary: “How did you feel seeing Jesus perform his first miracle?”

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CAFOD

Today we are looking at CAFOD, and our Missionary work through charities. Watch the animation below that explains all about CAFOD’s current campaign, and then try the activity after it.

There are lots of people who are hungry in the world, and it isn’t fair when some people have so much food when others have no food at all.

Like Jesus we need to make some noise and tell people about this!

We would like you to use paper plates (or plate templates drawn on paper) and decorate them with reasons why people are hungry.

You might draw some coins because people don’t have money, rain clouds because sometimes the weather ruins food or maybe a digger because companies are cutting down rainforests. These are all reasons why some people are hungry in the world and have an empty plate.

Once you’ve assembled your plate(s) send your photos to i.mcelhone@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk or r.cotter@becketonline.co.uk so that we can see all the amazing drawings and messages. Then send them to your local MP and post them all over your schools social media to promote the campaign! You can use the template below if you would like too.

Step up to the plate Action Template

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.

Today is the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord, on this joyful celebration we rejoice knowing that Jesus loves us, Jesus is with is in heaven and there is a place in heaven for us all. As today is a Holy Day of Obligation, your school will be marking today in a special way, you might be celebrating with a Liturgy or with a Mass.

You are very welcome to join the St Francis of Assisi Hub virtually to celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday 26th May at 11:25am, live from Holy Spirit Church in West Bridgford.

Holy Spirit YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTbklEiu8J0cKGKCWnyYgSw/videos

Trust Prayer

Part 4

Each day this week we are going to reflect on the words that make up the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust prayer that unites us a community and asks for God’s strength to follow Mary’s example. Today’s prayer reflection is led by Luke, as we take a look at the third line of our Trust prayer…

Feast of the Ascension

Today is the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord, on this joyful celebration we rejoice knowing that Jesus loves us, Jesus is with is in heaven and there is a place in heaven for us all. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, he spent 40 days with his beloved disciples. Before Jesus went to heaven, he gave his disciples important instructions. He tells the disciples to share the Good News about his resurrection and teach people Jesus’ teachings. It was the disciples job to help other people become Jesus’ new disciples. Over two thousand years later, Jesus still wants his followers to bring other people to him. We can do this by learning more about Jesus and showing Jesus’ teachings in our actions. Jesus promises to be with us always in our mission as we try to live as his disciples and lead other people to encounter him.

As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. They worshipped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great Joy, and spent all their time in the temple giving thanks to God”.

Luke 24: 51-53

It’s not the End, it’s the Beginning!

Today we have a short reflection from Fr Lim to help us begin our Ascension celebrations…

As Fr Lim says, we are Jesus’ hands on earth and it is up to us when we meet people and spread the love of Christ with them and to remind them of Jesus’ words. Jesus’ ascension into heaven gives us lots of reasons to be happy and it is now up to us to share this joy and light to other people’s lives so that they too know that Jesus is with us, Jesus loves us and Jesus is waiting for us in heaven, heaven is real!

We know that heaven is a perfect place where God Father, God the Son and the Mother of God, Mary are waiting for us.

Pause for a moment to think and share what you picture heaven to look like?

How do you imagine the most perfect place?

What can you see in heaven? What can you touch? What can you smell? What can you hear?

Is it colourful? Who is there? Is there music playing? Is it bright or dark? What can you do? Are there things to play with?

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Let us pray…

Prayer on the Feast of the Ascension
Lord Jesus, you became man and came to live among
us.
For love of us, you suffered and died for us.
Because you are God, you conquered death and rose
on the third day.
Today you return to your Father and our Father,
But you promised to remain with us till the end of time,
And to send us the Holy Spirit.
We rejoice and thank you, Lord Jesus.
Come Holy Spirit, transform us,
inspire in us your burning love.
Amen.

 

Mass Live Stream

You are very welcome to join the St Francis of Assisi Hub virtually to celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday 26th May at 11:25am, live from Holy Spirit Church in West Bridgford.

Holy Spirit YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTbklEiu8J0cKGKCWnyYgSw/videos

The Ascension of the Lord live stream will appear on the Holy Spirit YouTube channel labelled with a red live box, the stream will be called ‘The Ascension of the Lord – OloL School’s Mass’. The stream will remain on the Holy Spirit YouTube channel if you would like to watch the Mass back at a later time in the day.

If you would like to become familiar with or practise some of the hymns that will be played during the Mass, you can listen to some of the hymns below:

Entrance Hymn – The Ascension – Phil Wickham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23u5t5__WPc Lamb of God (Mass of St. Timothy) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YaB9Jcmxng Communion Hymn: – Taste and See – CJM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lCo9GhLLGk The Magnificat – CJM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs8QVxw9eBI You are my vision – Rend Collective – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMmSPOF-6Xo

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We are coming to the end of our Mission Week…thank you so much for getting so involved and thank you to everyone who shared photos of your schools celebrating! If you have more photos to share, please tag us on twitter or email Chaplains Ruth r.cotter@becketonline.co.uk or Issie i.mcelhone@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk

Please find Friday’s closing Liturgy below the photos.

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Closing Liturgy

 

Let us say our whole Trust Prayer together…

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

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

 

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Your Mission - Trust Competition for Pentecost

Your mission is to create an invitation, a leaflet or poster for someone in the wider community to invite them to be a follower of Jesus and to teach them about Jesus and what it means to be a part of Church. You need to take Jesus to the people, just like Mary did! You may even have a school or church event, Liturgy or celebration that you can invite them to, so that they can experience the joy of belonging to a Catholic community. 

There will be some different templates that you can use for your invitations or posters that can be found on the be inspirational may missions week post, or you may have your own designs and ideas for how you can bring Jesus to the people! 

It doesn’t have to be a poster, leaflet or invitation, if you have some other ideas for how you can share the Good News and help others feel welcome then be as creative as you like! You might prefer to write a song, write a poem, or create a dance.

Another exciting thing about this mission is that it is also a Trust wide competition across our schools, so once you have created your invitations or posters, we would like you (/with the help of your school teacher) to take a photo and send your entries to one of the OLOL Chaplains – Ruth (r.cotter@becketonline.co.uk ) or Issie (i.mcelhone@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk ) by Monday 13th June, so you have lots of time over half term to create your invitations and posters that share the Good News of Jesus!

Every submission will be awarded in each school too, with house points, positive points etc!

Good luck in your mission!

KS1 Template Coming Soon

 

Be Inspirational