The Word of the Week is Healing!

This week, in Sunday’s Gospel reading we hear about the power of Jesus’ healing in His ministry. We also reflect on the power of healing and prayer in our lives today.

We all need some healing in our lives, whether that it is physical healing because our bodies feel weak or hurt. Maybe we need a friendship healed because we have fallen out with someone. Or maybe we need emotional healing, for when we are feeling down or upset.

Whatever healing we may need in our lives, we can turn to Jesus for that healing.

Spend some time with Jesus this week, open your hearts to him and let him heal you.

Click on a different tabs below each day and explore the different resources we will be exploring at home and in school this week! There are enough things to do one for every day and more if you wish!

Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms:

Changing the environment and atmosphere that we are in can really help inspire our prayer. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you could move into a different room, clear a space or put away your work to help you have a clear mindset. You could change the lighting or the way you are sitting to help you feel more relaxed or you could have an object or image to look at or hold to help you focus your prayer. 

Liturgical Colour: Green- Ordinary Time 

We are in our fourth week of Ordinary Time and therefore the liturgical colour is green. The colour green signifies hope, life and growth and during this time we explore the life and ministry of Jesus and search to follow in his footsteps and grow as a church. (If you have a piece of green paper or piece of fabric like a blanket, pillow case or cloth you could use the fabric for a prayer focus in your classroom or homes)

Bible“All scripture is inspired by God…” Timothy 3:16

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

Candle or electric candle – (you may have a lamp or fairy lights you could use)

A candle reminds us that Jesus brings light to darkness, and Jesus is the light of the world. Just as a candle burns its wick and sacrifices its body to share light, Jesus gave of his body to save us all and bring light to darkness.

Crucifix – For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

The crucifix reminds us the greatest act of love, Jesus’ sacrifice and death that gives us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

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, on Thursday, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, our Trust Patron Saint.

Our Lady of Lourdes is a name we use for Mary, the mother of Jesus.

In 1858, Our Lady appeared to a girl called Bernadette in Lourdes in France.

Bernadette lived in a very poor house with her parents, two brothers, and a sister.

One day Bernadette was out with her sister and a friend to gather wood for the fire. Bernadette heard a noise over near a cave-like area, and she went to investigate. There, Bernadette saw a beautiful lady dressed in white who had a blue sash around her waist and a rose on each foot.

Bernadette prayed the rosary with this lady before she disappeared. The lady asked her to come back again. The lady appeared to Bernadette a total of eighteen times. Many people didn’t believe Bernadette at the time, some people teased and laughed at her; they believed she was dreaming it or making it up.

When Bernadette was with Our Lady, a spring of water appeared from the rock. Our Lady told Bernadette to bring people to the water because it was holy and healing water.

The holy water kept flowing from the rock and many people who doubted Bernadette began to believe her.

Those who bathed in the water were often cured of sickness or disability.

Eventually, the lady told Bernadette “I am the Immaculate Conception,”. It was then that people realized that it was Mary, the mother of God, appearing to Bernadette.

Today millions of people visit Lourdes looking for peace and healing in their lives. This might be healing for bodies or healing for our minds too.

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To learn more about St Bernadette, who saw Our Lady in Lourdes, watch the video below!

 

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.

Our Lady of Lourdes encouraged people to pray the rosary. 

This week, as we celebrate the Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day, we invite you to pray a decade of the Rosary with our Trust using the video below, you may see some familiar faces!

Have a think about who and what you would like to pray for as you pray the rosary with us…

 

Watch the view below to learn how to say the Hail Mary with Sign Movement!

 

 

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.

In the Gospels, in the Bible, we hear many stories about Jesus healing people. Today we are going to explore the time when Jesus healed a woman who was ill when she touched Jesus’ clothes.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark…

Response: Glory to you O Lord

There was a woman who had suffered terribly from severe bleeding for twelve years, even
though she had been treated by many doctors. She had spent all her money, but instead of
getting better she got worse all the time. She had heard about Jesus, so she came in the
crowd behind him, saying to herself, “If I just touch his clothes, I will get well.”
She touched his cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once; and she had the feeling inside
herself that she was healed of her trouble. At once Jesus knew that power had gone out of
him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

His disciples answered, “You see how the people are crowding you; why do you ask who
touched you?”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman realized what had
happened to her, so she came, trembling with fear, knelt at his feet, and told him the whole
truth. Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be
healed of your trouble.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

Is there someone you need to pray for who needs healing in their life? This might be someone who is ill or someone who is feeling sad.

Where do you need healing in your life right now? Do you need healing at home with your family or at school with your friends or does your body need healing?

What can you do to help heal and bring peace into your life and others lives?

 

Lord Jesus, you heal our hearts and minds when we are feeling weak or sad. May we reach out to you so that you may bring peace into our lives.

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.

We can use and listen to music to help us feel peaceful and have healing in our lives.

Sometimes music can help us to pray and feel closer to God.

As we think about healing, the holy water in Lourdes and Our Lady of Lourdes (Mary) we invite you to listen to some of the songs below.

As you listen to the music, close your eyes or focus on the images on the video, relax your body and say a prayer for the people who need God’s help and healing at the moment.

 

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 video below guides us through a prayer created by Pope Francis for people who are sick.

Get comfortable, put your hands together and listen carefully to the words as we pray…

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.

There are lots of videos and resources created by The Briars team each week to help us to stay connected and explore our faith, below are some of the things they are offering each week!…

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.

Let’s find out more about what’s happening in the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar…

Monday

Join The Briars team with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way.

If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

Tuesday

Tuesday Mornings- P.E with Jesus

Wednesday

Wednesday Evenings Night Prayer at 8pm with The Briars Team- Join us and leave your prayer intentions in the comments as we pray together from our homes every Wednesday evening. 

Thursday

Thursday Mornings – PE with Jesus

Friday

Friday Night Live show – Every Friday Evening

 Get your household together and join the team for special guests, games and challenges, prayer and reflection!

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.

Although we are facing challenging times, we can still take positive steps and find reasons to be hopeful. We need each other more than ever right now!

Join us for #FriendlyFebruary and take action to boost your relationships and be a good friend to others actionforhappiness.org/february

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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.

A prayer for 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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