Pentecost – All Saints’

We are in the 7th week of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Liturgical colours this week are red for Pentecost (celebrated on Sunday) and green, as we are return to Ordinary Time after Pentecost.

The Word of the Week this week is…

Pentecost

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles in the form of tongues of fire, and they were filled with the Spirit and began to speak in other languages. This day is often referred to as the Church’s birthday as it marks the moment when the disciples were inspired to go out into the world to share the good news, bringing over 3000 people to follow the way of life that Jesus had proposed on that day alone.
The Holy Spirit gave the disciples special gifts: wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe.  When we use these gifts in our daily lives, they become ‘fruits’, which are virtues of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
This week, focus on these gifts and fruits.  Think which gift you need to call on the Holy Spirit to support you with and which gifts and fruits to be thankful for.
The young people of the parish began their Confirmation journey this week.  Please pray for the Holy Spirit to work in each one of them too.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and the time when we’re reminded of the gifts given to us all by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gave the disciples special gifts: wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe. When we use these gifts in our daily lives, they become ‘fruits’, which are virtues of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 Today, we think about what Pentecost means to us and how the Holy Spirit can have an impact on our lives. 

Let’s see Mr Cuomo’s response to the gifts of the Holy Spirit in his life:

Think: How will you use the Spirit’s gifts this week?

Let us pray:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your fire, so that we may go out and live lives that are enriched by your love and filled with your strength and courage.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your fire, so that we may go out and live lives that are graced by your wisdom, so that we may make wise choices that help and heal.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your fire, so that we may go out and live lives that are enshrined in goodness and fruitful in gentleness, patience, truth, faithfulness and self-control.

Amen

Prayer notice to pray with Bishop Patrick TODAY:

Bishop Patrick will be leading schools in a time of prayer for peace on Monday 20th May at 11:50am.

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The chapel will be open at break for anyone who wants to pray with Bishop Patrick.

The prayers to be prayed can be found here: Prayer for Peace (2)

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Let’s find out today why Pentecost and the events that follow afterwards are so central to the development of the Church:

Let us pray:

Spirit of Christ, stir me;
Spirit of Christ, move me;
Spirit of Christ, fill me;
Spirit of Christ, seal me.
Consecrate in me Your Heart and Will, O Heavenly Father.
Create in me a fountain of virtues.
Seal my soul as Your own, that Your reflection in me may be a light for all to see.
Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Our thanks to all who have returned their Pentecost flames, reflecting on the prayer to the Holy Spirit, at the end of last week.

Your beautiful designs have contributed to another addition to the chapel prayer wall:

If anyone still has theirs, please send them down as the Chaplaincy Team will continue to display them.

Let’s continue to develop our understanding of the Holy Spirit’s impact in our lives: 

Let us pray for these gifts, fruits and charisms together now:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise

and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Please ensure any designs have been submitted by today for the parish logo design competition:

A reminder that ice pops will be on sale outside the chapel, as part of the 6th Form Lourdes Fundraising mission:

Let’s think of all the ways we can invite the Holy Spirit into our lives to inspire us, over half term, to use the gifts we’ve been give to do God’s work.  

Think of something extra you can do, for the benefit of others. 

Perhaps you might like to fundraise for the 11 students volunteering to live out our school motto, ‘We Shall Serve’ by giving up their time for the pilgrims (the sick, elderly and infirm) of the Diocese, as they journey in faith to Lourdes.

Find out more about what they’ll be doing:

Perhaps you’d like to do more in another way, for your House Charity?

Maybe you’ll invite the Holy Spirit to guide you to have greater courage in something you’re pursuing.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to invite the Holy Spirit into your lives.  All you have to say is, ‘Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart.’

Spend a few moments reflecting on your mission and play this music to inspire you.  This will be our prayer today:

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Be Inspirational