Passion – The Becket (25th – 28th March)

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We are in the 6th week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

This week is known as Holy Week. 

The Word of the Week is…

Passion

The passion of Jesus Christ is the story of his suffering and death – a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption. Jesus’ courage and perseverance gives us hope, strength and inspiration to carry on during difficult times. It reminds us that he truly understands us when we struggle and encounter hard times.

Think of a difficult situation you are facing at the moment and ask Jesus to be with you and to give you courage.

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Click Here for the Notices

Notice for all tutor groups – All actors, singers and musicians who are leading the Celebrations of the Word on Thursday need to come to the hall at the start of period 5 on WEDNESDAY please.

 

Achievement Assemblies:

Mon – Y7 Chapel, Y8 Hall

Tues – Y9 Chapel, Y10 Hall

Wed – Y12 and Y13

Y11 to take place during a Becket Reads – Day TBC*

 

Maundy Thursday Celebrations of the Word Rota:

Form time and half of P1 – Y12 and Y13

Half of P1 and Becket Reads – Year 9

P2 – Year 8

P3 – Year 10

P4 – Year 7

P5 – Year 11

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Year 9 ‘Eastertide’ House Board Competition

The deadline is the Thursday 28th (the last day) Please see email from Ruth with details and email Ruth/Joe with the colour backing paper you would like.

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6th Form Lourdes

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


 

A notice from Mrs Ralfe and the School Council:

The water machine is being installed over the Easter break.

All being well, it will be in the Atrium on your return but it will not be up and running until a few weeks into next term. The School Council are working with SLT and will inform everyone about expectations and routines, so please wait for further information before use.

In the meantime, if you don’t already have a reusable water bottle and are able to invest in one, we would encourage you to do so as we accelerate the School Council’s aim to reduce our school’s reliance on single-use plastic. These are sold from around £3 in supermarkets so please don’t feel the pressure to spend a lot.

Thanks to your excellent fundraising efforts, we should be a well hydrated community this summer!

 

The school council would like to hear from you!

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


 

Notice for all tutor groups – All actors, singers and musicians who are leading the Celebrations of the Word on Thursday need to come to the hall at the start of period 5 on WEDNESDAY please.

 

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.”

Holy week is the most important week of the year for Christians. During Holy Week, we remember the days leading up to Jesus’ death on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Holy Week begins with the joy and excitement that had greeted Jesus as he processed into Jerusalem on a donkey. Within days, friendships were betrayed and joy turned to sorrow as Jesus was given his cross to bear and the people turned against him.

The events of Holy Week can be sad and difficult to remember and reflect, it’s not nice hearing of another’s suffering, but we know that soon the sorrow will turn to joy as we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Christ at Easter that is getting closer.

 

 

A quick Holy Week quiz…How well do you know Holy Week and how closely were you watching the video?

 

What were the crowd shouting as Jesus arrived into Jerusalem?

 

2. What does “The Triduum” mean in Latin?

 

3. Which of the disciples denied Jesus three times?

 

4. Which special candle is lit for the first time during the Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday?

 

5. On Easter Sunday, what will the Liturgical colour be?

 

Holy Week Answers

What were the crowd shouting as Jesus arrived into Jerusalem?

Hosanna! – Hosanna is a statement or exclamation of praise. It comes from a Hebrew phrase meaning “Pray, save us”

 

2. What does “The Triduum” mean in Latin?

Triduum is Latin for “the Great Three Days”

The three great days in Holy Week are:

Maundy Thursday at the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 

On Good Friday we read the Passion and remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death 

On Holy Saturday we wait in hope of the resurrection after the sorrow of Christ’s death 

 

3. Which of the disciples denied Jesus three times?

Peter denies Jesus three times

“I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” John 13:31–38

 

4. Which special candle is lit for the first time during the Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday?

The Paschal Candle is lit during the Easter Vigil. It symbolises the light of Christ’s resurrection overcoming the darkness of his death. The Paschal candle is also lit during baptisms (quite often people will receive the Sacrament during the Easter Vigil) signifying new life in Christ. 

 

5. On Easter Sunday, what will the Liturgical colour be?

Easter Sunday marks the start of Eastertide where the Liturgical colour changes to gold/white

 

Let us pray…

As we begin Holy Week, we draw near to the one who loves us and suffers with us. As we approach Jesus in his passion, let’s also stand in active and loving solidarity with those who suffer today – with people who are poor, marginalised, grief-stricken and abused.

Lord Jesus,
we entrust to you
all who feel abandoned.
Inspire and transform us
to stand in solidarity
with all who suffer.
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.”

Notice for all tutor groups – All actors, singers and musicians who are leading the Celebrations of the Word on Thursday need to come to the hall at the start of period 5 on WEDNESDAY please.

 

This resource is for 6th form to engage with on Tuesday morning in preparation for the Maundy Thursday celebrations that will take place during Thursday form time and in the first part of lesson 1 (Wednesday morning is 6th form’s achievement assembly)

 

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.”

On Thursday, as part of our Maundy Thursday Celebrations of the Word, we are going to have a live re-enactment of some of the key events that take place in the lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion with live music and theatre.

Part of our celebration will involve everyone to be invited to take part in a type of prayer called Adoration.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is when the Blessed Sacrament (the body of Christ, a consecrated host, the Eucharist) is placed ‘on show’ in a monstrance on the altar. In Adoration, Catholics believe that Jesus is truly physically present in the Eucharist and adoring the Blessed Sacrament is a way in which we can spend time with Jesus and consequently grow closer to Jesus.

If you don’t believe in this type of prayer, that’s ok, however, there will be lots of students and staff in the room who do believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist and it is important to be respectful and tolerant of other people’s religious beliefs.

No matter what faith or belief you have, time spent in Adoration will allow you a time of silence and quiet reflection that is beneficial to our mental and spiritual well-being.

Please watch the video below to learn more about what Adoration is and some similarities of what adoration will look like on Thursday.

 

In Adoration, we pray the O Sacrament Most Holy Prayer. Please have a go at saying this prayer out loud three times together as a form…

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!

All praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!

 

Concluding Prayer 

Lord Jesus Christ,

You gave us the Eucharist

As the memorial of Your suffering and death.

May our worship of this Sacrament

Of your Body and Blood

Help us to experience the salvation

You won for us

And the peace of the kingdom

Where You live with the Father

And the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.

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.”

 

 

Notice for all tutor groups – All actors, singers and musicians who are leading the Celebrations of the Word on Thursday need to come to the hall at the start of period 5 on WEDNESDAY please.

 

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.”

On the Monday of  Holy Week, in the Gospel we hear when a woman anointed Jesus with an expensive oil.

Please can we have a volunteer to read the Gospel from Monday in Holy Week?

 

John 12:1-11

‘She had to keep this scent for the day of my burial’

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John, 

Glory to You O Lord

Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at table.
Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was full of the scent of the ointment.
Then Judas Iscariot – one of his disciples, the man who was to betray him – said, ‘Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor?’ He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he was in charge of the common fund and used to help himself to the contributions.
So Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone; she had to keep this scent for the day of my burial. You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.’
Meanwhile a large number of Jews heard that he was there and came not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.
The Gospel of the Lord 
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ 
In the scripture, we hear that Mary gave Jesus the most precious thing she owned—with no hope of any return in this life. Yet only One noticed the value of her extravagant gift: Jesus. Where the disciples saw a fool, Jesus saw a worshiper. What the disciples called a waste, Jesus received as a gift.
Think about the gifts that you have that you can offer Jesus and others during holy Week?
Draw a jar in your prayer journals and write down what gift you will be offering Jesus and others during Holy Week and throughout the Easter Holidays…
For example, you might give the gift of prayer and dedicate more time to pray for others.
You might give the gift of time to help your family with the house work more over the holidays.
Perhaps you want to give the gift of Easter joy and want to pledge to be more positive and joyful during Easter.
Let us pray…
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you: give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever.
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.”

Notice for all tutor groups – All actors, singers and musicians who are leading the Celebrations of the Word on Thursday need to come to the hall at the start of period 5 on WEDNESDAY please.

 

The Lord’s Prayer – Weekly Reflection

Today we continue our weekly reflections of the Lord’s prayer as we focus on the fifth line “thy will be done”.

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 throughout.

 

We prepare our hearts, minds and bodies for a time of prayer…

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.”

Maundy Thursday Celebrations of the Word Rota:

Form time and half of P1 – Y12 and Y13

Half of P1 and Becket Reads – Year 9

P2 – Year 8

P3 – Year 10

P4 – Year 7

P5 – Year 11

 

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.”

 

Today is Maundy Thursday. The first part of the Easter Triduum. In today’s Celebrations of the Word, we are going to have a live re-enactment of some of the key events that take place in the lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday (tomorrow) with live music and theatre.

Part of our celebration will involve everyone to be invited to take part in a type of prayer called Adoration.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is when the Blessed Sacrament (the body of Christ, a consecrated host, the Eucharist) is placed ‘on show’ in a monstrance on the altar. In Adoration, Catholics believe that Jesus is truly physically present in the Eucharist and it is through adoring the physical Blessed Sacrament in which we can spend time with Jesus, get to know Jesus better and allow Him to know us better.

If you don’t believe in this type of prayer, that’s ok, however, there will be lots of students and staff in the room who do believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist and it is important to be respectful and tolerant of this type of Catholic worship in our Catholic Schools.

No matter what faith or belief you have, time spent in Adoration will allow you a time of silence and quiet reflection that is beneficial to our mental and spiritual well-being. Adoration traditionally takes place after The Last Supper Mass that is celebrated on Maundy Thursday evening. Time ‘keeping watch and praying’ with Jesus’; invitation to his disciples to keep watch and pray with him in the garden of Gethsemane before he was arrested and led away to be crucified.

To prepare us for today’s worship and performances, please watch the video below to learn more about what Adoration is and some similarities of what adoration will look in our prayer.

 

 

In Adoration, we pray the O Sacrament Most Holy Prayer. Please have a go at saying this prayer out loud three times together as a form…

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!

All praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!

 

Concluding Prayer 

Lord Jesus Christ,

You gave us the Eucharist

As the memorial of Your suffering and death.

May our worship of this Sacrament

Of your Body and Blood

Help us to experience the salvation

You won for us

And the peace of the kingdom

Where You live with the Father

And the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.

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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