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Life wasn’t easy for the disciples, even after the resurrection. They faced challenges every day – but they didn’t give up. They were committed to their mission. We face trials every day, as many of our community face exams in the next few weeks, we have to inspire each other to stay committed and to face the challenges head on. Our House patrons give us incredible examples of commitment, let’s pray that we will be strong like them and can remain committed to our faith.

Notices

  • If you have been confirmed since 25th May last year then sign up in the Chapel for our Confirmation Retreat which is taking place THIS FRIDAY!
  • All forms for the Y9 Briars Trip should now be handed into the Chapel, if you’ve not given yours in yet then make sure you do so ASAP!
  • Don’t forget to keep working on your entries for the DT House Competition which is due in next Friday. Further information can be found on the posters around the school or by seeing Mrs Brown.
  • Entries for the Psychology House Competition (as advertised in last week’s prayer resources) should be handed into the Chapel or to Mrs Byrne.
  • Faith in Action Award projects must be submitted this week so that they can be moderated.
  • Y7 House Board deadline is Thursday this week.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

There are so many examples of commitment within our school community and one of the clearest examples of commitment in our faith is Mary’s commitment to being a servant of God by loving and caring for Jesus.

Let’s ask Mary to pray for us, particularly in those times when we struggle to keep our commitments as we say:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

In the Catholic Church there are 7 sacraments and each shows a commitment to your faith. Can you name them all?

Click below for the answers

 

The Answers

In order of the pictures from left to right:

Baptism

Confirmation

Holy Communion/ the Eucharist

Reconciliation

Marriage

Holy Orders (becoming a deacon, priest or bishop)

Anointing of the Sick

The sacraments are split into 3 categories: 

Sacraments of Initiation

Sacraments of Service

Sacraments of Healing

The 2 Sacraments of Service are: Marriage and Holy Orders.

Both of these Sacraments require a lifelong commitment and both are encouraged by the Church (just as a commitment to single life or other religious orders are encouraged).

This verse from the Book of Numbers reminds us that a commitment made before God should not be broken and this makes decisions about these sacraments very important:

When a man makes a vow to give something to the Lord or takes an oath to abstain from something, he must not break his promise, but must do everything that he said he would.

Numbers 30:2

Think about and discuss the following question:

What do you think is more important – commitment to an individual or commitment to a community?

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Mary is one of the most committed people that we learn about in the Bible. Sometimes other faiths see the devotion of Catholics to Mary and think that we worship Mary but this isn’t the case.

As Catholics we only worship God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit but this video explains why Mary is an important part of that worship and why her example of commitment is so important to our faith.

Could you be as committed as Mary was to say yes to God when it could have been so dangerous for her?

We ask Mary to pray for us and to strengthen our commitments as we say:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As always we take time in our week to listen to Sunday’s Gospel.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.