Paris-(34)This week is a special week as Monday is Remembrance Day. November is traditionally a month when we remember those who have died and those who are in need of our prayers. It’s also a month where we can focus on the saints and the family of the church.

Monday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today is Remembrance Day. A really important day when we recognise all those who have lost their lives and been affected by conflict in our world. War is still something that affects so many families and today we can unite with them in our thoughts and prayers.

This video really helps us understand why it is important to remember.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imrJ4s1N9uU

If the video is not working – I know we are still having YouTube issues – then spend a few moments thinking about why we wear poppies and about why it is important to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict.

At 11:00 Today a bell will ring and a one minutes silence will be observed to think and pray for those who have lost their lives.


Lord, help us not to forget those who gave their lives for our freedom.. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you taken time to remember today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Angelo_Bronzino_-_St_Sebastian_-_WGA3290The Saints are a great place to look for inspiration and hope. Throughout November we are going to look at a different Saint each week and learn a bit about their life and example.

This week it is St Sebastian – Patron Saint of the Armed Forces.

Sebastian was the son a nobleman who was a Christian. He joined the Roman army in the year 283 and kept his Christian beliefs secret so he could be a spy in the army.

Some Christians who knew the truth about Sebastian brought a woman named Zoe to him. She had lost the power of speech. Sebastian prayed with her and she quickly recovered. As a result, many people who knew her became Christians.

Around the same time, Emperor Diocletian promoted Sebastian to be guard of the Praetorian Guard, a regimen that acted as the emperor’s own bodyguard. Diocletian hated all Christians and had no idea someone in his trusted office was leading a double life.

Some time later, the authorities discovered Zoe and some of her friends were Christians. They were arrested and sentenced to death. It was too much for Sebastian. He went to see the emperor and announced he was a Christian too. Diocletian was furious. He ordered that Sebastian be put to death in a terrible way.

Sebastian was shot with arrows – but despite the pain and injuries, he survived and ever since has been symbol of strength and bravery to all soldiers to stand true to what they believe in!

What can we learn from St Sebastian? Write your answer in the comments box.


Morning Prayer: Lord, help us be brave and true to you. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you had to be brave today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Something we’ve been exploring over the last few weeks is conflict and prejudiced. It’s often a lot easier to fall out than it is to make up! Today for our AOW we are going to do a simple action that we do every time we celebrate mass. The action in itself my be simple but what it calls us to do is often a a lot more complicated.

Take a few moment to share with each other the Sign of peace. Shake hands with the people around you and say “Peace be with you.”

Have a look at the effect that it has on everyone and how much happier it makes people feel. You can have the same effect simply by bringing peace to other people today.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to bring peace to the people we meet. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you given somebody a second chance today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today is a little bit different! As you can probably notice we’re all in noon uniform, and at Lunch time today there will be a special liturgy and frugal lunch for those people effected by the Typhoon in the Philippines.

We will do our PSHCE Tomorrow as today we need to remember that our prayers as well as our actions can help those affected today.

Watch this video and spend sometime thinking about why we are doing what we’re doing today.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqYYhC4dCu0#t=31

 

You can also view the video on CAFOD’s website if YouTube is not working.

http://www.cafod.org.uk/Media/Files/Resources/Secondary/resource-pages/Typhoon-Haiyan

Join us in the chapel today for our liturgy at 12:15.

 


Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to be there for those who are in need. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

How have you helped today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

100979216614710146GCuqyrjjcThis week for our PSHCE We are going to use the Key process of Numb3rs.

Make a line and vote on what you think the answer to the following statistic is:

In the 3400 years of documented history that exist, how many years of world wide peace are there estimated to have been?

Make your line from 1 – 3400!

The answer is right at the bottom of this page!

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to give peace a chance. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you been peaceful today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Answer to the Numb3rs question

Research suggests that there have only been 250 Years of world peace in all of recorded history.

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