Remembrance – The Becket (14th-17th)

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We are in the 32nd week of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Green 

Our Word of the Week this week is…

Remembrance

Remembrance is an important part of our faith and November is a month of remembrance in the Church. We remember the saints, those who have died, and the events of our history and we remember loved ones and strangers who have died and  Remembrance helps us to reflect on how those who’ve gone before us have shaped and inspired our lives today.

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Acts of Worship

Monday – Inset day 

Tuesday – form prayer 

Wednesday – Whole School Live Streamed Act of Worship led by the 6th Form Chaplaincy (link on Wednesday’s tab)

Thursday – form prayer 

Friday – form prayer 

 

Youth Mass

On Saturday 25th November there is a Mass at Holy Spirit Church in West Bridgford for all youth! There will be a Mass and then a gathering after Mass with pizza and games! It doesn’t matter if you are from the Annunciation parish or not, all young people are invited and very welcome to join the celebration – bring your friends! There are some jobs in the Mass that we would love young people to help lead:

  • Introduction (Becket students)
  • Greeter (1 Becket, 1 SEC)
  • Readers (1 Becket, 1 SEC)
  • Bidding Prayers (Becket and SEC students)
  • Offertory (2 SEC, 2 from Confirmation last year, 2 from FHC last year)
  • Music group (Becket)

If you can help with reading, greeting, serving, singing or playing an instrument in the band with Beth Richards (who previously worked at the Briars and is now a Trust chaplain) please see Ruth in the chapel or ask your form tutor to pass your name on.

Y11 and Sixth Form

 

This week’s Becket Way theme of the week is…

Good Manners

Having good manners is important. Everyone deserves to feel safe, welcome, respected and comfortable in our community. This means feeling no fear of being pushed, shouted at or hearing unkind comments. Having positive manners such as saying please, thank you, not pushing, queuing in a line, opening doors for people, putting litter in the bin, waiting your turn etc. creates a peaceful, quiet and without worry environment. Having manners shows respect and regard for the feeling and rights of others. It helps to create a calm, safe and respectful school.

Share with your tutor group:

What does having good manners mean?

Why is it important to how we do things at The Becket?

How can you use good manners in the classroom, corridors, in unstructured hours etc?

 

Notices: 

If you are coming to the Youth Mass on Saturday 25th November in Holy Spirit Church at 3:00pm (all are welcome!) and you would like to help with a job in the Mass (reading, music, singing, greeting) please see Ruth in the chapel at break or lunchtime.

Every student and staff member will need a petal for Wednesday’s live streamed AOW. If you did not collect petals for your form on the inset day, please collect your petals from the box labelled in the staffroom.

 

As always, we start our day in prayer, remembering that we meet in the presence of God.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

 

Over the weekend we celebrated Remembrance Sunday which is a national opportunity to take a moment of silence to think about and pray for the millions of people who have lost their lives and showed bravery in the wars that they had no choice in. We remember  their service and sacrifice and give thanks for those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

Burying and praying for the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy which are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. The concept of the Corporal Works of Mercy can be traced back to the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

Corporal works of mercy are directed towards relieving bodily suffering, they include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting those in prison, burying and praying for the dead, and giving alms to the poor.

 

 

These works are not only seen as ways to help those in need, but also as a way for individuals to grow in holiness and to share the love and compassion of Christ.

The act of burying or praying for the dead might involve:

Attending funerals 

Sending cards, prayers or flowers to grieving families

Donating to a cause that is special to a grieving family 

Making food or a care package for a grieving family 

Visiting a grave stone and praying there 

Visiting a grieving family and comforting them 

Regularly praying for those who are dead or grieving

 

Some of these we might have been on the receiving end if we have had a loved one die, some of us may have experienced being the giver of mercy if we have had a friend or family member who is grieving, and some of us might not have experienced any of the above but it’s important to be aware of the ways that we can help one another.

Let us all make the extra effort this week and in the month of remembrance to pray for the people and families who might be grieving or finding things difficult at the moment and we if we personally know people who are suffering, think about how you can offer them the work of mercy.

 

We pray…

Bless those who mourn, eternal God, with the comfort of your love that they may face each new day with hope and the certainty that nothing can destroy the memories they have had and the kingdom of heaven where we too will unite with the Father. May their memories become joyful, their days enriched with friendship, and their lives encircled by your love. 

We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord,

Amen  

 

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Notices: 

If you are coming to the Youth Mass on Saturday 25th November in Holy Spirit Church at 3:00pm (all are welcome!) and you would like to help with a job in the Mass (reading, music, singing, greeting) please see Ruth in the chapel at breaktime.

Every student and staff member will need a petal for Wednesday’s live streamed AOW. If you did not collect petals for your form on the inset day, please collect your petals from the box labelled in the staffroom.

 

Whole School Remembrance Act of Worship 

John 11:25-26 GNT

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

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FORM TUTORS – PLEASE PLAY THE NOTICES VIDEO BELOW ON THURSDAY/ FRIDAY FORM TIME

 

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CHAPLAINCY TEAM RELAUNCH

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW. PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE THE TASK DURING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FORM TIME

PLEASE ONLY CLICK ON THE LINK USING YOUR BECKET EMAIL (otherwise the link will not work)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CsiNy9wJF2-VB92HHN65ABFZJz4EjWnNDT0fmQd6zOw/edit?usp=sharing

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Leader/Young person: “We enter into a time of prayer as we make the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Pope Francis has declared Sunday 19th November 2023 to be the seventh World Day of the Poor, with the theme of “Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor” (Tobit 4:7)

In his message for this World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis reflects on the example of Tobit. He considers how the Book of Tobit teaches us to be realistic and practical in whatever we do with and for the poor, writing that “caring for the poor is more than simply a matter of a hasty hand-out; it calls for re-establishing the just interpersonal relationships that poverty harms.”

“..whenever we encounter a poor person, we cannot look away, for that would prevent us from encountering the face of the Lord Jesus.”

World Day of the Poor Message, 2023

Pope Francis reminds us that the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is not simply a story from the past but continues to challenge each of us in the here and now of our daily lives.  He writes: “It is easy to delegate charity to others, yet the calling of every Christian is to become personally involved.”

 

So what can we do to support the world day of the poor? 

Today we are going to pray a novena prayer for the World Day of the Poor which has been created by Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), which is offered as a way to help us to prayerfully encounter in scripture God’s constant care for those who are in various forms of poverty and to prompt in us a desire for more just relations in the community.

A novena is a traditional method of prayer in which we pray for the same petition or devotion for nine consecutive days. Today is day 7 of the novena prayer for the World Day of the Poor.

 

Please choose 7 volunteers to help lead our Novena Prayer and ask everyone to join in with the responses in bold.

 

Reader 1: Thursday 16th November. Today’s prayer intention is for  those who have to leave their countries due to war, poverty or fear of persecution.

 

Reader 2: We will say the Antiphon all together...”You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.”

 

Reader 3: A passage from the Book of Leviticus…

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who resides with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

 

Reader 4: We invite you to pause for a moment of silent reflection and let the Word of God sink into your heart. What is the scripture saying to you? What does it mean for our community? *pause*

 

Reader 5: Imagine having to leave your home with only what you can carry, because of fear of war, violence, intimidation, poverty, climate change.

What would you take with you? *pause*

Imagine having to walk for hundreds of miles in open country, worried about who is getting tired, who might not make it. Imagine encountering the high walls and stony faces of countries who do not want you.

This is the experience of the refugee, the one who is forced to leave their home looking for a life elsewhere, looking for welcome in a strange land, looking for peace and dignity.

 

Reader 6: We pray for the grace to welcome the stranger, to see in them the suffering face of Christ. We pray for an understanding of how we live, of how the choices we make might contribute to the poverty of others, of how our lifestyle might contribute to the damage of the earth, our common home.

 

Reader 7: We finish today’s novena prayer as we say together…

Loving Father, your risen Son sent us out into the world as ambassadors for the kingdom of God; inspire us with your Spirit of compassion, justice and truth to declare the Good News to those who are poor,

to work for the relief, defence and liberation of all who are trapped in oppressive circumstances.

We make this our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

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FORM TUTORS – PLEASE PLAY THE NOTICES VIDEO BELOW ON THURSDAY/ FRIDAY FORM TIME

 

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CHAPLAINCY TEAM RELAUNCH

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW. PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE THE TASK DURING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FORM TIME

PLEASE ONLY CLICK ON THE LINK USING YOUR BECKET EMAIL (otherwise the link will not work)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CsiNy9wJF2-VB92HHN65ABFZJz4EjWnNDT0fmQd6zOw/edit?usp=sharing

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Prayer Journals 

Leader/Young person: “Let us begin our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Mitzvah Day is on Sunday 19th November, and so today we are celebrating Mitzvah day in school via Be Inspirational and year 9 will be focusing on celebrating Mitzvah Day in their RE lessons today.

Mitzvah Day reminds us of the importance of social action and that we have the power to make a positive difference to the world through giving our most valuable possession – our time.

Mitzvah Day is the UK’s largest faith-led day of social action. On Mitzvah Day over 40,000 people in 35 countries around the world, come together to make a difference.

Mitzvah Day welcomes people and communities of all faiths and backgrounds and has longstanding relationships with lots of different faiths including Christianity (Catholicism), Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, as well as people of no faith.

Mitzvah Day is based on three giving good deeds, that do not require money.

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness)

Tzedek (Justice)

 

In your prayer journals, we would like you to split the page into three sections and write the three titles:

Repairing the World 

Acts of Kindness

Seeking Justice 

Under each title, we would like you to write down something that you can and will do over the weekend to celebrate Mitzvah Day.

 

For example you may write,

“Mitzvah Day is on Sunday 19th November, I will celebrate the act of giving over the weekend by…

Repairing the World – I am going to help with the recycling in my house and make sure that my family are using the recycling bin properly. 

Acts of Kindness – I am going to help cook a meal for my family and help with the washing up instead of spending time on my phone. 

Seeking Justice – I am going to pray for justice and peace in the world, especially for the countries that are currently suffering from war and conflict.”

Does anyone have any other examples for how they can do small actions over the weekend to repair the world, give acts of kindness and seek justice?

Play the song below as you fill in your prayer journals:

 

On Monday, make a note to revisit these Mitzvah Day themes and how members of your form repaired the world, showed acts of kindness and seek justice over the weekend. 

 

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father, 

We thank you for the week that has gone by and for all of the people who have shown us kindness this week, the kindness that goes noticed and unnoticed. 

We ask for the Holy Spirit to work in us this weekend and to help us to fulfil our mission so that we might give of our time to help repair the world, give acts of kindness and seek justice. 

We pray that everyone in our community will have a blessed and peaceful weekend and that those who are facing challenges and worries for the weekend ahead may be comforted by your loving presence. 

Amen. 

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Be Inspirational