Click here for notices

Welcome back everyone! The word of the week is Pentecost!

The Feast of Pentecost is one of the biggest events in the history of the Church. The Church we are a part of today can be traced back to that single event when the disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, went out into the streets and started spreading the Good News in many different languages. They found a new courage and a new mission to spread Jesus’ message and today over 1 billion people are part of the Catholic Church!

Think about the Good News in your lives – how do you share that with others?

Click on the different tabs below to explore this week’s prayer resources. We hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

Remember to comment in the comments box below! 🙂

Watch this video to recap what Pentecost is all about. (We celebrated Pentecost on Sunday 31st May this year, the video was made a few years ago so it says that Pentecost is next weekend!)

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

 

Welcome back everyone, we hope you had a great half term! 🙂

Before half term we were still in Eastertide, this Sunday we celebrated the feast of Pentecost and we are now back in Ordinary time. Pentecost is one of the biggest events in the history of the Church because it is known of the birth of the Church.

Let’s find out more about this amazing feast and the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

Click on the ‘Extra- Ordo-Nary’ video below!

 

Monday 9:30 am Club

Join Tom from the Briars 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 🙂

 

Let us pray…

Fill us with justice

Holy Spirit, give us

tongues of fire and inspire us to

speak of justice without fear or prejudice.

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

 

Holy Spirit, change us

so that the language of liberation may spread from our lips

as we challenge the economics of oppression.

 

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

Holy Spirit, teach us

to understand the sufferings of workers who are

forced to labour in sweatshops round the world.

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

 

Holy Spirit, guide us

to recognise the temptations of consumer choice

and to dedicate ourselves to universal human rights.

Make us raise our voices by shouting out loud the good news

and proclaim global justice for all.

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

 

Tony Singleton/CAFOD

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

 

DON’T FORGET… to sign up for the second Big Schools Get Together on Friday 5th June at 10:00 am!

They’ll be even more guests, quizzes games and activities to bring us all together.

It was great to hear some Becket shout outs and team names last time and we’d love to hear even more for round 2- we hope to see you there! 🙂

Register here: https://ndcys.com/gettogether/

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

 

Today we have a great song to listen to called Burning In My Soul! 

The symbols of the Holy Spirit can include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove.

We sometimes think of the Holy Spirit as being flames of fire because in the scripture it says…

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2: 1-4

The song Burning in my Soul is a brilliant song for Pentecost because it is all about the Holy Spirit being with us and ‘burning in our soul’.

We believe the Holy Spirit gives us lots of gifts to be good Christians and spread the Good News!

 

 

Bishop Patrick has invited us to pray the prayer below every morning…this prayer is a particularly good one to say as we celebrate Pentecost.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our words and actions, just as the Holy Spirit guided the disciples many years ago. We are modern day disciples and it is our job to share the Good News today!

You can print it off the prayer below, colour it in, and place it somewhere in your home or you can create your own poster/artwork with the prayer yourself.

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

DON’T FORGET… to sign up for the second Big Schools Get Together on Friday 5th June at 10:00 am!

They’ll be even more guests, quizzes games and activities to bring us all together.

It was great to hear some Becket shout outs and team names last time and we’d love to hear even more for round 2- we hope to see you there! 🙂

Register here: https://ndcys.com/gettogether/

 

 

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

 

Making sense of it all: This week we look at the power of an example.

How can we set an example to others and inspire people through our words and actions?

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

DON’T FORGET… to sign up for the second Big Schools Get Together on Friday 5th June at 10:00 am!

They’ll be even more guests, quizzes games and activities to bring us all together.

It was great to hear some Becket shout outs and team names last time and we’d love to hear even more for round 2- we hope to see you there! 🙂

Register here: https://ndcys.com/gettogether/

 

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

 

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that the Holy Spirit gives us 7 gifts. Theses are traits that Jesus himself shows but he shares them with us and encourages us to live a life that embraces these gifts.

Over the final weeks of term we will reflect on each of these gifts and how they influence and guide our lives.

See if you can match the gifts with their explanations and add your answers to the comments box below – over the next few weeks of reflections we will find out if you’re right!

Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Reverence, Awe and Wonder

Image result for 7 gifts of the holy spirit symbols

1. This gift helps us to value spiritual things more than worldly things. It drives us to see things from God’s perspective and through the light of our faith.
2. Also known as piety. This gift is our obedience to God and our willingness to serve him – not because we have to but because we love God and devoted to Him.
3. Also known as counsel. This helps us to know right from wrong and inspires us to speak up and to encourage others to do the right thing, even when it is a difficult situation.
4. This gift helps us to grasp the truths of our faith more easily and strengthens our insight of prayer, the scriptures and the sacraments.
5. Also known as fortitude. This gift sustains our decision to follow the will of God in any situation. It allows us to stand up and defend our faith, even when threatened by bodily injury or death.
6. This gift is an awareness of God’s plan. It helps us to consider what we should do when we are tempted and helps us to understand how we should live our lives in the way that God would want us to.
7. Also known as ‘Fear of the Lord’. This gift makes us aware of the glory and majesty of God. We fear displeasing God and losing our connection with him because of our love for Him. It increases our desire to draw closer to God and to depart from sin.

 

Our understanding of the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit comes from the book of Isaiah:

The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom
    and the knowledge and skill to rule his people.
He will know the Lord‘s will and honor him,
    and find pleasure in obeying him.
He will not judge by appearance or hearsay;

Isaiah 11: 2-3

Have a look at the scenarios below and see if you can work out how the Holy Spirit might help us in these situations. Add your answers to the comments box below.

 

The 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Reverence, Awe and Wonder

 

Scenario 1 – You walk into a Church where Adoration is taking place

Scenario 2 – You are about to take a test

Scenario 3 – You have to decide which subjects to choose for your GCSEs

Scenario 4 – A friend shares their worries with you

Scenario 5 – You take a few minutes in your day to enjoy the scenery in the sunshine

Scenario 6 – You have to deliver some bad news

Scenario 7 – You are giving a friend some advice to help them with their worries

 

Let us pray…

May the Holy Spirit inspire us to be courageous and to tackle the issues that face our world with confidence. May we never lose the hope or enthusiasm to do what is right for all of creation.

Amen.

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

DON’T FORGET… to sign up for the second Big Schools Get Together TOMORROW at 10:00 am!

They’ll be even more guests, quizzes games and activities to bring us all together.

It was great to hear some Becket shout outs and team names last time and we’d love to hear even more for round 2- we hope to see you there! 🙂

Register here: https://ndcys.com/gettogether/

 

Morning everyone, we hope you are all keeping safe and well!

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Many of you will have seen a lot in the news and on social media about George Floyd and the racial injustice that continues to happen across the world.

As Christians it is important to remember that Jesus’ teachings of love and compassion to our neighbours are at the heart of everything we do.

Jesus was no stranger to showing love and compassion and bringing justice to the oppressed. And as a Christian community we aspire to be the face of Christ each day.

In times of trouble we can turn to the Bible, the Word of God, for advice. In the Old Testament, in the book of the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 1:17 calls us to “learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression, bring justice”.

In the New Testament, in the first letter to the Corinthians we hear about how the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth to give them advice on how to live because they were not united. Instead, they were arguing and forming different groups. So Paul reminded them to act as one body. The most important thing Paul told them was to love one another and “Let all that you do be done in love”. 1 Corinthians 16:14

There are lots of ways our community can seek to do this:

  • Prayer
  • Show love and kindness – live by the Gospel values Jesus taught us
  • In our conversations and our actions – Do what is right and not just what is easy
  • Be open to learning – There are lots of books and resources out there to help us all learn more about racial injustice and what we can do to ‘seek justice and correct oppression’ Isaiah 1:17.

Nelson Mandela spent his whole life striving for justice and freedom for those who were disadvantaged by the system of racial segregation. He once said…

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

No matter how young we are, we can strive to the change the world, we can make small steps in our everyday lives to help make the world a peaceful loving place.

Let us pray…

Dear Lord,

We pray for all those who have died from racism and injustice. May we open our eyes to the injustice that exists in our communities and our world and may we work for justice and promote dignity.

We pray for peace in our world, that this world may be a safe and dignifying home for every life and for future generations.

We pray for our world leaders, may those who are guiding countries be leaders of love, integrity and empowerment, recognising the dignity of each human in their care.

We pray for all those that suffer because of the injustice that exists, may God comfort them and bring them strength.

We pray for the power to be gentle and loving; have the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding and the courage to do what is right and not what is easy.

Amen

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

Remember that your Chaplains are on call as usual to support you. If you worried or concerned about anything and would like to contact us, you can do this via our work emails:

Joe- [email protected] and Ruth- [email protected]

Take care and stay safe!

 

Click here for Resources on Racial Injustice

One way in which we can start making positive changes to the world is by being open to learning and educating ourselves.

Below are some helpful videos to get us started! These resources will continue to be updated next week so keep checking the resources for more useful videos.

Systemic Racism – Here is a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.

The Black Curriculum is a project that go into schools to:

  • teach black history all year round 
  • empower youth
  • increase a sense of belonging and raise attainment

Find out more about who they are and what they do below!

 

The Black Curriculum have lots of video resources to help us gain a greater understanding of Black History and iconic figures within Black History!

 

Click here for NDCYS Resources

Today is the day for the second Big Schools Get Together at 10:00 am! (If you missed the live stream you can still watch it on demand on the NDCYS YouTube Channel)

They’ll be even more guests, quizzes games and activities to bring us all together.

It was great to hear some Becket shout outs and team names last time and we’d love to hear even more for round 2- we hope to see you there! 🙂

Register here: https://ndcys.com/gettogether/

 

 

NEW SERIES: Join Naomi from The Briars for the NDCYS Home-Time Hangout at 2:30pm Every Friday afternoon!

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!