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This week, on Wednesday we begin the Liturgical Season of Lent – a very special and important time in the Catholic Church. On Wednesday, we will start our journey towards Easter with our Ash Wednesday liturgies and it is at this point that we are reminded that God’s forgiveness and mercy is unending. The Ashes remind us that we can begin again and let go of the mistakes we have made.

Think this week about what the season of Lent will mean for you, what will you do and how will you experience God’s mercy?

Notices

  • It’s STC P4 on Tuesday – Y11 should head to the Chapel when the bell goes and Yrs 7-10 should go to their form rooms.
  • It’s the Y7 and Y8 Interform competitions this week at lunchtime so make sure your form has a team so you can win points for your House!
  • We are still looking for your thoughts and ideas for our House Prayers which we hope to reveal in House AoW next week! If you have any thoughts/ sentences/ suggestions then please see: your Head of House/ House Captains/ Joe/ Marsha.
  • This week you will get the chance to sign up for your Lenten Fundraising activities! Our fundraising afternoon is an incredible opportunity to be sponsored for a fun activity and the money raised will make a huge difference to our school charities: Building Hope in Bunkpurugu, CAFOD, Faith in Families and Emmanuel House. Make sure you sign up as soon as possible and start thinking of ways that your form can make the most money and the most House points!
  • We have Mass on Friday so come and join us for our celebration at the end of the week – you can collect your Mass Pass from the Chapel.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today is an important day in the Church’s calendar but not because we may eat pancakes – it’s because it’s Shrove Tuesday!

Today is the last day of Ordinary Time before Lent so it’s worth thinking about what you might do for the next 40 days and 40 nights to try to become a better person and stronger in your faith. Discuss in your form the challenges you may take on throughout Lent and today make the most of this last day of feasting before our time of fasting begins!

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

You’ll be hearing more about the Liturgical Season of Lent throughout your Ash Wednesday Liturgies today but for now let’s look at some of the things that you may see that will be a different about Lent.

Watch this video to learn about the different Liturgical Colours used throughout the Church’s year. You’ll need to stop the video at 2:10 as it was filmed at a slightly different time of year than we are in now!

In your tutor wallets you should have received a Liturgical Colours chart and an arrow. These should be stuck up somewhere at the front of your form room (perhaps on your tutor board?) and we will be using these throughout the year to indicate the different colours that are used during the Liturgical seasons.

Using a whiteboard marker label the arrow ‘Lent’ and point it to the relevant purple section of the chart.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

Don’t forget, for your Ash Wednesday Liturgy you should go to your usual lesson to register and drop off your bags and then your teacher will bring you down to the Chapel.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today is the feast day of 2 early Christian Martyrs, Saints Felicity and Perpetua.

These 2 women followed the example of Jesus and endured great suffering, all because they listened to God’s call and chose discipleship.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and throughout Lent there will be a focus on a variety of Prayer themes and one of them is women.

Think of the important women in your life and pray for them as we say this feast day prayer together:

Father,
your love gave the saints Perpetua and Felicity
courage to suffer a cruel martyrdom.
By their prayers, help us to grow in love of you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
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.

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