Malcolm McMahonWe start week three with some big news! Bishop Malcolm, our bishop for 13 years, is moving to become Archbishop of Liverpool. It’s a great honour that Pope Francis has asked Bishop Malcolm to move into such an important post, but it is also a great shame that he will no longer be part of our diocese.

This week we should keep Bishop Malcolm in our prayers as he prepares for this new chapter of his ministry.

One of the most powerful parts of any priest’s ministry is that of the sacrament of reconciliation, or as we sometimes call it “confession”. Many priests say that it is one of things they find most rewarding about their ministry. Reconciliation also happens to be one of the core themes of Lent – the reason that we use purple so much is to symbolise this.

This week there will be the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in the Chapel, every lunchtime – just like we did during Advent. There will also be a special session for those in Yr 10 to help prepare for it.

The prayer resources this week will look at how we are forgiven by God, but also how we can forgive others too.

Monday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Going to confession is sometimes a bit scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Often it’s just because we don’t know what its about, or just how much it will help us. Have a look at this image (click on it to enlarge)

Confessions-gallery

In this art installation people where encouraged to a write a confession on the wall – anonymously.

Do you think that people felt better after getting things off their chests?

Talk about as a form:

Do you think it is important to confess the things you’ve done wrong?

Can going to confession can make you feel better?

Lord, help us to find forgiveness in our lives. 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 forgiven anyone today?

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

778_Sign_Of_Peace_ImageThere are lots of places in our world that need peace right now. However one place we need all need to find peace sometimes is in our hearts. Holding on to grudges or feeling guilty can often be at the root of conflict on a bigger scale. Today we’re gong to think about how we can find peace in our lives so that hopefully we can find peace in our world. Don’t forget that there is the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation at lunch time today in the Chapel too!

One way we experience peace is through the sign of peace we share during mass. Your job today however is to think of a new way/action that you can make the sign of peace with others.

Now we’re not saying that there is anything wrong with the handshake, but we can give and share peace in other ways too. You might want to go for a High-5 or just give people a hug, it’s up to you!

Think of a new action that you can do as a form and then share that sign of peace with each other! Don’t forget to say “Peace be with you” as you share the sign with each other!

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us bring peace to others through our actions. 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 made the school more peaceful today?

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

This clip is from a film called Inviticus. It documents part of the life of Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela changed the world through his courage acts of forgiveness.

httpv://youtu.be/HHqi6ZB_F0U

The reconciliation Nelson Mandela talks about means forgiving those who once persecuted him – loving his enemies.

Think about the places in the world that need reconciliation at the moment in a few moments of silence. Ask God to give those involved the courage to forgive.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help those people who face conflict and war to find peace again in their lives. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Think for a moment of a place in our world that needs peace.

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

For our PSHCE today we are going to use the Key Process of “Roleplay” to look at the different people involved in a very relevant situation.

Explore in your role plays the following scenario and think about how the different people might react.

Roleplay scenario: A family who have had to leave their home because of war.

As we explore “rights and responsibilities” this term, this scenario not only helps us think about  those who have had their rights taken away, but also about our responsibility to help them if we can.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to help those who are not as fortunate as us. 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 helped someone today?

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

In this classic gospel passage Jesus is asked how many time we should forgive others.

Forgiveness

Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22 Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

Matthew 18: 21-22

The 77 times is not a literal amount but rather a way of Jesus telling us that we should ALWAYS forgive others. The question is how easy is that to do?

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to make forgive others and you have forgiven us. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Can you be more forgiving this weekend?

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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