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Almsgiving means simply giving to those in need, much like the 7 corporal works of mercy.

This lenten challenge is something we do brilliantly during Lenten fundraising but maybe this week we can think about how the little choices we make every day can make a difference too.

Buying a Fair Trade chocolate bar makes a real difference to people in the developing world and giving that small bit of spare change to CAFOD can actually save lives. Decide today what you can give and make a difference!

Monday/Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

It’s time for our “Word of the Week” watch the video above and check out for the notices at the bottom of the screen – don’t forget to leave your comments below!

In your forms  – talk about the extra things you can do for someone else – what are you going to to for Lenten Fundraising to make a difference?

Lord, help us to be generous and give to others. Amen

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday/Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Giving to others is what Almsgiving is all about. It’s the little actions that remind other people that the are loved and that they are lovable.

Give everybody a small piece of paper and ask them to think about someone who needs a reminder of their amzing-ness!

Take a few moments this morning to write a message of love or support and then some time today try and give it to that person either in secret or face to face.

Lord, help us to give a little love to those who need it. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Wednesday/Thursday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

We’re moving on to a new topic in our PSHCE this half term – Peoples rights and responsibilities.

We’re going to think about why we do the things we do and what we are called to do by our society, by our laws or even by our faith. The consequence for breaking the law ultimately in this country is imprisonment but often that is avoided if possible. You may have read recently about a review into the state of our prisons in this country and the complaints of staff working in the system.

Using the key process of “Put Yourself on the Line” to debate the following statement about rights and responsibilities.

A refugee or asylum seeker should have the same rights to access health care and benefits as someone from this country.

Read the answer below and think about why this may be the case!

Lord, help us to recognise our rights and responsibilities. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Friday

NEXT STEPSWe begin with the Sign of the Cross

As you know, we are going to use the Scripture from this Sunday’s Gospel to reflect on every Friday. If you are in KS 3/4 You can use your planners to to help you understand the scripture.

This year we want to bring the Word of God to life on a Friday morning to help us reflect and understand scripture a little bit better, so with the help of our school community a different person each week will read our Gospel and share what it means to them. Use your planners to help you discuss and explore the story further.

Matthew 17: 5

While he was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased—listen to him!”

What do you do that makes others pleased? What inspiring words and messages could you share with others that they would want to listen to?

Lord, help us to listen to and follow your word. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross