Peace – The Becket (6th – 10th Dec)

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Our Word of the Week this week is

Peace

2nd Week of Advent

God gave himself to the world, not as a powerful king but as a tiny baby. He brought a message of peace and humility to a world that needed it more than ever. Think this week about the peace in our world. Does everybody live in the peaceful communities that we do? This week let’s try and remember that during Advent we are called to bring the peace of Christ to everyone we meet.

Notices

This week’s live AoW Peace, skip to 4:50 on the video timeline:

On Friday morning we have 2 visiting priests to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the season Advent. Please ask your tutor group if anyone would like to receive the Sacrament and add their name onto the google doc either during period 2 or period 3: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K_a123_qWWeXnu4UQ_kQ-bhYJimfo1ArA25k9hRke6I/edit?usp=sharing

Please make a note of your time for Reconciliation in your planner and remember to come down to the chapel by this time (bring your coats and bags if your slot is near end of the lesson). Timings are subject to change if students take shorter or longer than scheduled. 

We also have our voluntary lunchtime Mass on Friday at 12:20pm (Class 4 and class 1 are visiting from St Patrick’s primary school)– if you would like to attend Mass please visit the chapel at break or lunchtime to receive a Mass pass and reserve a lunch if you require one saving.

    • The Becket’s Family Advent Liturgy will be premiered at 4pm today on the Be Inspirational youtube channel which has been planned and prepared by some of our brilliant chaplaincy team – make sure you check it out and use at as an opportunity to gather the family together in prayer!
    • Keep bringing in donations for this year’s Advent Appeal! Boxes are being gathered on the stage in the hall.
    • The Chapel is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Lourdes meeting), Thursday, Friday (lunchtime Mass) lunchtime
    • During lunchtimes we will be doing Advent themed activities e.g. art and crafts, filming, music, Mass prep
    • Friday lunchtime Mass on Friday 10th December with two visiting classes from St Patrick’s primary school (Y4 and Y1) – all students and staff are welcome! Make sure you sign up for a Mass pass in the chapel and reserve your lunch from the canteen before Friday
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Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

On Sunday we entered into the 2nd week of Advent. This week we light the second purple candle on the Advent wreath and reflect on the theme of Peace. 

WORD OF THE WEEK VIDEO

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Heavenly Father, 

We pray that we may recognise the importance of Peace this Advent and make time in our busy lives to be still with you. 

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.

This week’s live AoW Peace, skip to 4:50 on the video timeline:

Y12 and 13 – Lourdes meeting today (Wed) at the start of lunch in the chapel

On Friday morning we have 2 visiting priests to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the season Advent. Please ask your tutor group if anyone would like to receive the Sacrament and add their name onto the google doc either during period 2 or period 3: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K_a123_qWWeXnu4UQ_kQ-bhYJimfo1ArA25k9hRke6I/edit?usp=sharing

Please make a note of your time for Reconciliation in your planner and remember to come down to the chapel by this time (bring your coats and bags if your slot is near end of the lesson). Timings are subject to change if students take shorter or longer than scheduled. 

We also have our voluntary lunchtime Mass on Friday at 12:20pm (Class 4 and class 1 are visiting from St Patrick’s primary school)– if you would like to attend Mass please visit the chapel at break or lunchtime to receive a Mass pass and reserve a lunch if you require one saving.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

Synod 2021/2023 #listeningchurch

Today we are going to continue our Church voice that we started discussing in form groups on Friday.

During today’s form time we are going to be answering some of the questions posed to our schools for the synod. The synod is a journey the Church is embarking on, a opportunity to ask questions, answer questions and listen to one another. Pope Francis and Bishop Patrick are very passionate about hearing what our young people in our schools have to say. We want to know what you dream the future of the church to look like.

Each tutor should have received a stapled pack of coloured questions to answer – if you haven’t received yours yet please type up your form’s response and send it to Ruth.

There are 6 questions we will be answering over the next couple of weeks. The first four questions that we are answering are:

  1. Who are the people who feel left out and excluded in the Church?
  2. How can we reach out, listen to and love them? Think of two ideas, one for now and one for the future, to help include these people in the Church. 
  3. What is your dream for the Church and your school?
  4. How can we make this happen?

Discuss the questions in your form groups and write up your answers. Either your form tutor could your answer or you could nominate a student to write on behalf of your form (everyone must contribute some ideas though!)

Once you have filled the green pages, keep your questions somewhere safe (pin them onto your prayerboard?) so that they are ready to use next week when we answer our final set of questions.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

Leader/Young person – “Let us pray an excerpt from the prayer for the Synod…”

Synod.va a Twitter: "As we prepare for the opening of the #synod this Saturday and Sunday, together, we invoke the Holy Spirit for a fruitful synod on synodality. Have you seen the

 

Leader/Young person – “Let us pray…”

Dear Lord,

We pray that we may find peace in our lives. May we have the strength to take a step back from the business of life and be in the quiet with you. We ask the Holy Spirit to come down on us and fill our classrooms with the gift of peace this Advent.

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.

On Friday morning we have 2 visiting priests to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the season Advent. Please ask your tutor group if anyone would like to receive the Sacrament and add their name onto the google doc either during period 2 or period 3: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K_a123_qWWeXnu4UQ_kQ-bhYJimfo1ArA25k9hRke6I/edit?usp=sharing

Please make a note of your time for Reconciliation in your planner and remember to come down to the chapel by this time (bring your coats and bags if your slot is near end of the lesson). Timings are subject to change if students take shorter or longer than scheduled. 

We also have our voluntary lunchtime Mass on Friday at 12:20pm (Class 4 and class 1 are visiting from St Patrick’s primary school)– if you would like to attend Mass please visit the chapel at break or lunchtime to receive a Mass pass and reserve a lunch if you require one saving.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

“Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!”

Matthew 5:9 GNT

Reader: In a week where we are thinking about peace and the visitors that we welcome into our lives it is important to reflect on those times when there has not been peace and there has instead been war, fighting and anger.

It can be difficult to imagine how peace could be found in the midst of a war but there is a Christmas advert that helps us to see that, even in the darkest, most troubled times there can still be space and an opportunity for peace.

Reader:

How does the story shown in the video make you feel?

If you had been one of the soldiers in those trenches do you think that you would have been able to make peace with the other soldiers?

Reader: Making peace with someone isn’t always easy, especially when we would call that person our ‘enemy’ and we know that they have been persecuting the people we love.

Even in today’s world we hear lots of stories in the news and the media about people we should call our enemy and that we should be at war against.

The story above goes to show that even in the midst of war and destruction there are good people who can make good and peaceful choices.

Reader: The question is, will that person be you?

  • Where can you bring peace this Advent?
  • Is it by leaving someone in peace and quiet?
  • Is it by reconciling with someone and forgiving them?
  • Is it by encouraging those around you to make peace with one another?
  • Is it by choosing to make peace with people rather than to fight and argue and blame?

 

Think of someone you would like to make peace with and make it your mission this week to reach out to them by Sunday. Either by saying sorry, asking for forgiveness or offering them peace and friendship.

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Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Help us Jesus to bring peace to the world just like you did.

Even in times where there are arguments and there is fighting help us to be the people who make the right choices and bring peace to those around us.

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.

Our final Friday lunchtime Mass of the term is TODAY. Make sure you come down to the chapel at break to sign up for a Mass pass and reserve a lunch if you need one reserving. We will be joined by class 4 and class 1 from St Patrick’s school.

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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 Gospel reflection is led by Mr Turton. Listen carefully particularly to the second half of the passage – what do you think it means by prepare the way for the Lord?

GOSPEL REFLECTION – 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

A brief summary or fundamental lessons of the Bible

 

What preparations can we make in our hearts, homes, classrooms and wider school to prepare the way for the Lord?

 

Leader/Young person – “Let us pray…”

God of mercy,
help us to listen to your voice,
a voice that speaks of peace to all people.

Let the sound resonate within us,
until a whisper becomes a shout
which cannot be ignored.

Move us with your love,
so that our actions echo your peace,
and we may bring tidings of comfort and joy
to those touched by conflict.

Fill us with your hope, O Lord, and
quiet the fear and hatred which divides us,
as we seek to build a future together,
of true and lasting peace.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Prince of Peace,

Amen.

Have a great Friday everyone!

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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