PinboardRespectRespect is a powerful thing. It is however something that not everybody gets and we all know that there are people every day who go unnoticed, unrecognised and unloved. This week we are going to think about how we can show respect to those people who deserve it, to those people around us and also to ourselves. We are all made in the image of God and because of that we all deserve respect.

In the story of Genesis we hear how God looks at his creation and says that it is good. We need to be ale to do the same, to look at the people around us and see what is good, to see what God has created and to show respect to each other.

Also don’t forget there is still time to complete your living stones for around the school!

Living Stones

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

You may have heard about the new living stones project going on in school – today it’s your job to help lay down the first bricks!

Your job is to personalise your brick to celebrate your form – you can draw each other, get everyone to sign it or do anything you like – just make it personal and make it awesome!

Your first job is to collect your blank “brick” from the Chapel. They are in the letter holder by the entrance to the chapel, so go grab one, and while someone has gone to collect it, think about what you want your form’s brick to look like!

You don’t have to finish today – you might just want to talk about ideas but when it’s done bring it down to Tom or Marsha in the Chapel!

If you get chance, have a read of the scripture around the outside and see if it gives you any ideas!

On Friday night th 6th Form chaplaincy team along with our entire trust took part in the “SVP sleep out superstars” Event. Make sure this week on Monday or Tuesday (depending on when your in AoW) you check out what happened!

Sleep Out Super Stars

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Jesus was brilliant at reaching out to the people that everyone else had forgotten. He showed respect where everyone else showed hatred. St Vincent De Paul lived in this example. Born to a rich family, he became astonished that no one was helping the poor and homeless. So he set out to do just that. Every where he went, or was sent by the Church (as he was a priest) he built homes and churches and most importantly built up the people the world tried to forget.

The St Vincent De Paul society (The SVP) carry on this tradition every day reaching out to those people who need it most.

Sleep out superstars aims to help us do two things. 1. To raise money for the homeless 2. To help us better understand and respect those people and their situation.

This year, for the first time, our entire trust decided to get together and do something amazing. Each school volunteered to sleep in nothing but cardboard shelters and get sponsored for it. What happened was one amazing night which you can find out about here:

httpv://youtu.be/APO_rsfq5s8

Think for a moment about the people who need help in our community and across the world right now.

Lord, help us to show respect to those the world has forgotten and help us to be there for them in their time of need. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Monday/Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Respecting the people that have gone before us is a really important part of Catholic Tradition. We look to the Saints for inspiration and show respect for what they’ve done and what we can learn from them. Over the next few weeks we’re going to try and look at the Saints and their stories to see what we can learn from them, but first, how does someone become a saint?! It’s not as easy as you might think, and it certainly does not mean they have been perfect all thier life!

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

Watch this video then have a talk about it.

What do you think of the process? Is there someone you think should be a Saint?

Lord, help us to be like the Saints, not always perfect, but true to you. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

We can show respect in lots of different ways. We can listen to someone, take care of them, even show our respect with a simple handshake. During mass we share God’s peace with a simple handskae and it is just another reminder about how we can all show respect for each other in simple ways.

Watch the video below.

While we may not be able to show respect is such an awesome way every day we can do it through simple actions.

Your task is to create a secret handshake either as a form, or with the people you sit with and then use it throughout the day to show respect to each other!

httpv://youtu.be/3dM1tvykYmY

Lord, help us to respect the people you’ve put in our lives. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

peer-pressureOur focus on Thursday is always our current PSHCE topic. This term it’s all about “Being yourself.” Today we’re going to use the “Key Process” of ‘Think about it’ to reflect on the last 6 weeks of our ‘Be Yourself’ topic.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2WWrupMBAE

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, help us to remember who we are and how we can live our lives to be the best that we can be. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lourdes-5As 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.

Matthew 22:15-21

The Pharisees went off and made a plan to trap Jesus with questions. Then they sent to him some of their disciples and some members of Herod’s party. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you tell the truth. You teach the truth about God’s will for people, without worrying about what others think, because you pay no attention to anyone’s status. Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it against our Law to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor, or not?”

Jesus, however, was aware of their evil plan, and so he said, “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin for paying the tax!”

They brought him the coin, and he asked them, “Whose face and name are these?”

“The Emperor’s,” they answered.

So Jesus said to them, “Well, then, pay to the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor, and pay to God what belongs to God.”

KS 3 /4 – Have a read of the explanation in your planner and answer the questions with your friends.

Finish the morning by praying the prayer you find at the bottom of the page.

KS 5 – Have a read of the piece of scripture above.

The Pharisees were attempting to catch Jesus out by attempting to make him say the wrong thing. He told them that you should give back to God what is God’s and that money and material things do not matter.

Is money important? Is it more important to have money or faith? Can you have lots of money and lots of faith?

Lord help be faithful to you. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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