Sacrifice – The Becket (11th – 15th March)

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We are in the 4th week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Purple and the Word of the Week is…

Sacrifice

This week we will be thinking about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. His death and resurrection are at the heart of our faith and they are the reason that we have our school and our Church today. We are called to make sacrifices too, not necessarily to give our lives, but maybe to give our time, or our love or our compassion. Think about the people who make sacrifices for you and what that means to you. Think about how you can make sacrifices for others this week.

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Click Here for the Notices

There will be no in person Celebrations of the Word this week due to the Mocks. Friday form time will be a live stream of the Stations of the Cross.

 

Y9 House Board Competition – Please see email from Ruth with details. 

 

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Year 9 Briars Letters, Year 10 Briars Letters and 6th Form Lourdes Letters can all be collected from the letter holder just outside of the chapel doors in the hall

 

6th Form Lourdes

Please check the Lourdes Google Classroom. A meeting will take place on Friday in Becket Reads in B10. Classroom code is: hcirxyf

 

Year 10 Briars – Wed 20th – Fri 22nd March

Your health and consent form and behaviour contracts are due to be returned. Please make sure to complete these with your family and return them to school asap! You will not be able to attend the retreat if these letters are not returned.

 

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STUDENT VOICE

The School Council is setting up a Diversity Action Team. We would like to know which dedicated days, months or events you would like us to consider for school celebration and acknowledgement. i.e. Black History Month, International Women’s Day etc. Please include any ideas shared in your form group. If you have any further ideas on this, please feel free to talk to Mrs Coe or Mrs Ralfe.

Please click on the link below:

https://forms.gle/VZkA2BiuEbGcpCkh9


 

 

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Science Week Poster Competition – Year 7, 8 and 9

Please click below for the details! Remember every entry earns points so make sure your house submits as many entries as possible!

Poster competition powerpoint

 

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Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

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

Ordo

Now that every form group has their own Ordo book displayed on their form prayer board, each week there will be an Ordo quiz question for a member of your form to complete- choose a different student each week so that everyone gets a turn to practice using the Ordo! Remember to get the stop clock ready if you are continuing the timing competition.

Yesterday we celebrated the fourth Sunday in Lent.

Q. Using the Ordo, what is the Liturgical colour for the fourth Sunday in Lent?

 

Ordo Answer

Yesterday we celebrated the 4th Sunday in Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday.

Laetare is a Latin word which means rejoice. It is one of the two occasions in the Liturgical year when the Liturgical colour is Rose.

The fourth Sunday of Lent reminds us that we are over halfway through our Lenten journey and the joy of Easter is not too far away.

Rose is a lighter version of violet, because on this Sunday the Penitential violet of Lent is mixed with white to symbolise us approaching the Easter festival.

 

A prayer for Mothering Sunday

Yesterday the UK celebrated Mother’s Day. This morning we would like to offer a prayer for all the mothers and parental figures around the world and in heaven…

As the word of the week is sacrifice, have a think about who makes sacrifices for you and give thanks to God for their love and support for you.

Heavenly Father,

we offer our thanks and our thoughts for all mothers,

for all motherly figures,

for mums to be,

for people hoping to be mums,

for grandmothers,

for Godmothers,

for mums who are in heaven,

for mums who have lost a child,

for those who have lost their mum,

for those who long to be a mum,

for step mums,

for single mums,

for new mums, 

for expecting mums, 

for those who have strained relationships with their mum,

for mums who are juggling,

for mums pursuing their dreams.

 

For Catholics, Mary is the most inspiring woman and mother to have walked this earth. She sacrificed everything to live a life devoted to God when she said Yes to God at a very young age.

Catholics do not worship Mary or other saints, they believe that Mary and the saints are in heaven with God the Father and are therefore the closest people to God.

We ask Mary and people in heaven for our prayers because we believe that they can help, pray with us and intercede for us.

Let us pray together the Hail Mary prayer as we remember the example of Mary and all mother figures. Please join in with the prayer aloud.

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.

 

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.”

Voluntary Reconciliation Morning – Thursday 11th March 2024

On the morning of Thursday 11th March, Fr John Martin will be coming into school to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation for our annual Lenten Reconciliation Morning. 

If you are interested in receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please ask your form tutor to sign your name and form group below.

If there is a large interest, we will try our best to see if more clergy are able to visit to offer the Sacrament to more people. 

If you show an interest in receiving Reconciliation, in the lead up to Thursday, you will hopefully receive a Reconciliation pass which will state what time your Reconciliation appointment is with Fr John. 

There will be a waiting list in place if lots of students are interested. 

Please sign your interest using the link below, this is open to all year groups!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KTE1phJ_EYJ23ieoQ0w1wUKXPrEWUIWKcCMqeIXBAAg/edit?usp=sharing

 

Let us begin our time of prayer together by making the Sign of the Cross.

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

 

Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments given to us by the Church to help
us to develop and maintain our relationship with God.

Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent is an important part of this penitential season and it gives us an opportunity to change our lives so that we can become better disciples of Jesus.

Let’s find out more about what the sacrament of Reconciliation is and what you do in Reconciliation. This video is led by Fr David Cain, one of the priests in the Nottingham Diocese, who used to work at the Briars.

 

 

Let us pray…

Come, Holy Spirit, into my soul.
Give me the grace to be sorry for my sins out of love for God,
so that through Reconciliation my soul might be healed and strengthened to do good.
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.”

The Lord’s Prayer – Weekly Reflection

Today we continue our weekly reflections of the Lord’s prayer as we focus on the third line “hallowed be thy name”.

We invite you to listen to the meditation below which is from the app “Hallow” that Mr Udoh challenged us to download in the first week of Lent.

Before starting the meditation, make sure that you are sitting comfortably.

Make sure that distractions are put away and there is nothing in your hands.

You may wish to turn the lights off, close your eyes, or rest your head on the desk.

Make sure that you are not distracting the people around you and the atmosphere remains calm and silent.

 

Leader/Young person: Let us begin this time of prayer together by welcoming God into this space 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.”

 

 

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.”

Prayer Journals

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

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

When reflecting on the theme of Sacrifice, the life of Saint Maximillian Kolbe is an incredible example. Is anyone in your form group familiar with the the life of St Maximillian?

Let’s find out more about his story…

 

Not only did Maximillian Kolbe demonstrate the greatest sacrifice of all, (to give his life for someone – something that we will hopefully never have to do) before his imprisonment, Maximilian devoted his life to helping the poor, needy and uneducated.

Maximillian Kolbe inspires us to challenge the way we live today. Being the best version of ourselves might not be the easiest road to take. “There’s never a moment in our lives when we can’t stop and help someone we know, someone we love or maybe someone we have never met before.”

In your prayer journals, write down what sacrifice means to you and maybe an example or two of some sacrifices that others have made for you.

Then, inspired by the life of St Maximillian, write down a realistic sacrifice mission that you are going to complete in the next few days for another person. For example, helping with the jobs at home, giving your time to listen to a friend or family member, giving up sweet treats or a trip to the shop and donating that expense to the CAFOD small change box, or perhaps have a sort through of your clothes and make a charity donation.

 

Let us pray together…

Holy Spirit,
heal Your people’s wounds
and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom,
humility and grace, to act with justice.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and actions.
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

St Maximillian Kolbe, Pray for us 

 

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.”

Stations of the Cross Live Stream 8:40am 

Please refresh page on Friday morning for the live stream link

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