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    1. Please use the following google form to vote for your favourite masked singer: https://forms.gle/6yLY12n3oquX25CF8
    2. To donate and enter the competition to guess who is behind each mask please donate £1 via SQUID under ‘masked singer’. Once paid via SQUID, an entry form will be sent via email. Alternatively, students can pay £1 in cash to receive an entry form from Mrs Salisbury. All forms completed by hand should be handed into the sixth form office or emailed to barlow@becketonline.co.uk.

    The competition is for both students and staff so please do get involved and let’s raise as much money as possible!

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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 can be traced back to that single event when the disciples, through being filled with the Holy Spirit, went out into the streets and started spreading the Good News in many different languages.

The disciples found the courage and a new mission to spread a new mission to spread Jesus’ message and today over 1 billion people are a part of the Catholic Church.

Without the disciples bravery we might not know about Jesus’ love and forgiveness today.

Think about the Good News in your lives- how can you use your language to share that with others?

Month of Mary

Mary, Mother of the Church 

Leader/Young person: 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.

Today is the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of the Church and Pope Francis has called the Church to celebrate the National Day of the Rosary in schools today.

Today we are encouraged to pray the rosary. The rosary is a collection of prayers that helps us to reflect on key moments in Jesus’ life. When we say the rosary we might focus on one of the four mysteries:

  • Joyful mysteries- Jesus’ childhood,
  • Luminous (Light) mysteries- Jesus’ adult life,
  • Sorrowful mysteries- The events of Good Friday,
  • Glorious mysteries- What happened after Jesus’ Resurrection,
  • In each mystery, there are 5 moments in the scripture in Jesus’ life that we reflect on.

Why do we pray the rosary? It helps us to get closer to Jesus and Mary through reflecting on key events in their life. It also helps us to remember that Jesus experiences the same feelings that we do.

Ask your class: Have you ever prayed the rosary before? If so, when did you last pray it?

 

If you are not sure how to pray the rosary, do not worry, as we have our Trust rosary video below to help. In your classes you can press play on the video and join in with the prayers that make up the rosary. You may see some familiar faces from both secondary and primary school!

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

As we ask for Mary’s support today and throughout the month of Mary, let us say together our Trust Prayer…

God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,

we can have the courage to say yes to you.

Help us to love like she loved, have faith like she had

and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.

Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use

the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,

as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love

and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.

Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

 

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.

Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest, Doctor

Leader/Young person: 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.

As we celebrated the National Day of the rosary yesterday, today we have our word of the week video, led by students at The Becket School, to help us reflect on the theme of Pentecost, as we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday!

 

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

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!

Lord, may we say “yes” to you so that the Spirit in our hearts will once again be set ablaze.

Spirit of Wisdom, guide our actions so they tell of God’s love.

Spirit of Truth, open our eyes to see the world as it really is.

Spirit of Power, enthuse us to work for justice throughout the world.

Spirit of Love, inspire us to respect the dignity of each person.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts.

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.

Saint Philip Neri, Priest 

Leader/Young person: 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 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.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are a wonderful blessing given to us by God to help us to live our lives in the best way possible and to give us the tools we need to be close to Him.

7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

  • KNOWLEDGE,
  • WISDOM,
  • UNDERSTANDING,
  • RIGHT JUDGEMENT,
  • COURAGE,
  • REVERENCE,
  • AWE AND WONDER

Have a look at the scenarios below and see if you can work out how the Holy Spirit might help us in these situations and add your answers to the comments box below. Once you have done your answers, you can check the answers by clicking on the answer box below!

Scenario 1 – You are about to take an exam

Scenario 2 – A friend shares their worries with you

Scenario 3 – You walk into the Chapel where Adoration is taking place

Adoration (or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) is a type of prayer that is done before the Blessed Sacrament (also known as the Eucharist, Holy Communion, the Body of Christ) outside of Mass. The Eucharist is taken from the Tabernacle and placed in a special vessel called a Monstrance (meaning to show) so that the Eucharist can be seen. It is called adoration because in that moment we are in the presence of Jesus Christ and we adore him.

Scenario 4 – You take a few minutes in your day to enjoy the nature and scenery around you

Scenario 5 –  You have to decide which subjects to choose for your GCSEs

Scenario 6 – You see someone being treated unfairly at lunchtime and decide to speak out for that person

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

ANSWERS

Scenario 1 – You are about to take an exam – Knowledge

Scenario 2 – A friend shares their worries with you – Understanding

Scenario 3 – You walk into the Chapel where Adoration is taking place – Reverence

Adoration (or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) is a type of prayer that is done before the Blessed Sacrament (also known as the Eucharist, Holy Communion, the Body of Christ) outside of Mass. The Eucharist is taken from the Tabernacle and placed in a special vessel called a Monstrance (meaning to show) so that the Eucharist can be seen. It is called adoration because in that moment we are in the presence of Jesus Christ and we adore him.

Scenario 4 – You take a few minutes in your day to enjoy the nature and scenery around you – Awe and wonder

Scenario 5 –  You have to decide which subjects to choose for your GCSEs – Right judgement/decisions

Scenario 6 – You see someone being treated unfairly at lunchtime and decide to speak out for that person – Courage

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

Therese3.jpg | St therese of lisieux, Thérèse of lisieux, Lisieux

Holy Spirit you are welcome here

If you have time, we invite you to watch this video of a few talented young people using their gifts to sing the song ‘Holy Spirit you are welcome here’. Spend a moment in the quiet listening to the lyrics and as you listen to the lyrics, think about which gifts you would welcome from the Holy Spirit.

Maybe you need knowledge to help with your exams, maybe you need understanding to help a friend or family member in need.

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Holy Spirit you are welcome here, may we be filled with your Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Reverence, Awe and Wonder. 

Thank you Jesus, for giving us the example of how to use the fruits of the Holy Spirit so that we may become the best versions of ourselves. 

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 Lord Jesus Christ The Eternal High Priest  

Leader/Young person: 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.

Pentecost Pastoral Letter

This Pentecost we have received a Pastoral Letter, prepared by the Bishops of England and Wales, on the Environment.

Every Thursday until the end of term we will be reflecting on a section of the recent Pastoral Letter to help us understand better our responsibility to care for our common home.

Please can we have a volunteer to read the first part of the letter we will be exploring:

Dear Young People,

Pentecost reminds us that everything in existence, every person and the whole of creation, is a gift of ‘God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth’. God our loving Father creates and continues to give life to the world through His Word, Jesus Christ, in the power of His Holy Spirit. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church, which we celebrate at Pentecost, is not something separate from Creation. God’s revelation of Himself in Creation is inseparable from the revelation of His love for us in Christ and in His desire to live in us through His Holy Spirit.

Many of you will remember the letter Pope Francis wrote called Laudato si’ asking all of us in the world to take care of our common home. Pope Francis says that climate change affects us all, but it is the poorest communities that suffer the most.

We all have a responsibility to take care of our common home and we can do this through our choices when we are at home, school, church or in our local community by recycling materials correctly, reducing food waste, not wasting water, switching off lights when not in use and thinking about the way we travel to and from places.

In your form groups over the next couple of weeks, we invite you to plan and create a poster to help raise awareness and reclaim our common home.

Like the Disciples at Pentecost, we need to become Apostles, spreading the Good News of Jesus and building a better future and fairer world for all.

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Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Please choose a reader or two to lead the prayers below. Everyone can join in the response which is ‘Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord.’

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

 

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.

Friday of week 8 in Ordinary Time 

Happy Friday everyone!

Leader/Young person: 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.

Jesus had promised his followers that, although they would not see him after his Ascension, they would receive the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire them.

The Acts of the Apostles describes how the crowds gathered in Jerusalem – representing many nationalities and speaking many languages – were able to hear the disciples preaching in their own language.

As always we take time to reflect on Sunday’s Gospel. This Sunday was the Feast of Pentecost. Today we reflect on Sunday’s Gospel and think about how we can find courage from the holy Spirit to spread the Good News, just like the disciples did.

Leader/Young person – Let us Pray together:

Lord Jesus, you not only taught us how to forgive but set us the greatest example of forgiveness when you forgave those who sentenced you to death. 

May we have the compassion to forgive those who have wronged us and have the courage to recognise when we need to seek forgiveness. 

As you show us that no one is beyond your love and forgiveness, may this day be a fresh start and clean slate. 

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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