Scripture – The Becket (22nd – 26th Jan)

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We are in the 3rd week of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Green

The Word of the Week this week is…

Scripture

Scripture is the Word of God. It is a collection of sacred writings that tell the story of God’s love for humanity. As we read scripture, we learn about God’s plan for our lives, and we are inspired to live a life of faith. Scripture can also be a source of comfort and guidance in difficult times and speaks to us throughout our lives.

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Act of Worship Rota

Monday 
Y7 – Chapel
Y8 – Hall
Tuesday 
Y9 – Chapel
Y10 – Hall
Wednesday 
Y12 and Y13 – Chapel
Thursday
Y11 – Chapel

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.”

The word of the week is Scripture. In the video below, Bible Project take us back to the basics and origins of scripture, that is at the heart of our faith, worship and Catholic Schools. Here you’ll be introduced to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

 

Let us pray together…

God of peace and stillness,
let me be open to your presence
in the Scriptures that I read.
May my heart be turned to you
whenever you call.
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.”

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.”

Scripture is at the heart of our worship. For almost 2,000 years, Catholics have turned to Scripture to guide their prayer lives. The words of some of the best-loved prayers – such as the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Sign of the Cross – come from the sacred scriptures. If we think about our weekly Celebrations of the Word (formally known as Acts of Worship), they always begin with scripture and from that scripture inspires our response and mission.

Speaking of our worship, we have some definitions and new terms to share with you that you will hear being used in our Catholic Schools more…

Can you unscramble the four terms we are going to explore today? (Don’t scroll down too far or you will reveal the answers)

 

Answers Here

Collective Worship

The purpose of Collective Worship is given to us in the Gospel. “For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:20) Collective Worship is a shared experience with God. When we come together we create a tangible experience of God for our young people and we have a responsibility to make those experiences accessible, engaging and meaningful.

Collective Worship is an umbrella term for many different types of worship and celebrations. Here are three categories of Collective Worship…

 

Collective Worship Category Quiz:

Which category (out of prayer, celebration of the Word and Liturgy) do you think the following forms of worship belong to?

Form time prayer

A celebration of Mass

A gathering in the chapel that follows the Gather, Word, Response, Mission structure

Grace before meal times

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Adoration

Staff prayer before a meeting

A prayerful meditation

Praise and worship (Worshiping to music)

 

Answers Here

Collective Worship Category Quiz:

Which category (out of prayer, celebration of the Word and Liturgy) do you think the following forms of worship belong to?

Form time prayer = PRAYER

A celebration of Mass = LITURGY

A gathering in the chapel that follows the Gather, Word, Response, Mission structure = CELEBRATION OF THE WORD

Grace before meal times = PRAYER

The Sacrament of Reconciliation = LITURGY

Adoration = LITURGY

Staff prayer before a meeting = PRAYER

A prayerful meditation = PRAYER

Praise and worship (Worshiping to music) = PRAYER

 

Look at the Collective Worship scale below to see where some of our celebrations fit into the three categories.

Remember our Acts of Worship are known as Celebrations of the Word because they follow a structure of four parts – Gather, Word, Response and Mission. 

 

Let us pray…

We ask our Father to guide us and strengthen us in our worship as we say the Lord’s prayer together,

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.

 

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

Today’s prayer resource is brought to us by the RE department as we prepare to celebrate St Thomas Aquinas’ feast day!

 

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.”

St Thomas Aquinas

The coming Sunday marks the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas which is celebrated every year on January 28th. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of students, Catholic schools, and universities. He is also the saint associated with the RE department at school, which is why you will see a picture of him on the RE prayer poster!

Aquinas was a Doctor of the Church, a title given to a saint who has made significant contribution to theological research and study. His work is still influential today in the Church- so you will probably hear his name in RE lessons from Year 7 up to Year 13.

As a doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas was a great example of what it means to be a leader. Below is a clip which summarises who St Thomas Aquinas is, as well as why he has had a lasting influence on the Church.

 

Prayer Journal Task

St Thomas Aquinas was a leader of faith. His strong love of the scripture rooted his faith, studies and actions. Let’s think about how we can be open and brave like Thomas by letting God’s Word dwell in us and inspire our thoughts and how we treat others.

Turn to the ‘Scripture’ page in your prayer journals. Choose one of the questions below to write in your prayer journals and answer with words and/or pictures.

Do you have a favourite piece of scripture that inspires or calms you?

In what ways does scripture influence your faith, studies and actions? (Remember our mission statement is rooted in scripture)

 

Once you have completed your prayer journal activity, please complete the St Thomas Aquinas Trivia Quiz below!

1. In which century did Thomas Aquinas live?

a) 10th Century

b) 13th Century

c) 16th Century

 

2. What is Thomas Aquinas’ most famous work called?

a) Summa Theologica

b) Confessions

c) The Divine Comedy

 

3. What was Thomas Aquinas’ nickname among his friends?

a) Speedy Thom

b) The Wise Owl

c) The Dumb Ox (could give some context to this answer? Because his speech was a little slow and people did not realise how clever he was!)

 

4. Where was Thomas Aquinas from?

a) Italy

b) France

c) England

 

5. What was Thomas Aquinas’ favourite subject?

a) Maths

b) Art

c) Philosophy and Theology

 

 

Answers Here

The answers are highlighted in bold! Let us know in the comments below how many answers you got right!

1. In which century did Thomas Aquinas live?

a) 10th Century

b) 13th Century

c) 16th Century

 

2. What is Thomas Aquinas’ most famous work called?

a) Summa Theologica

b) Confessions

c) The Divine Comedy

 

3. What was Thomas Aquinas’ nickname among his friends?

a) Speedy Thom

b) The Wise Owl

c) The Dumb Ox (This was an unkind nickname used for Thomas. Some people judged him because his speech was a little slow than others. Little did they know how intelligent he was and how he would change the world! This teaches us not to judge others and also not to be harsh on our unique quirks and abilities that make us, us!)

 

4. Where was Thomas Aquinas from?

a) Italy

b) France

c) England

 

5. What was Thomas Aquinas’ favourite subject?

a) Maths

b) Art

c) Philosophy and Theology

 

We pray the Prayer by St Thomas Aquinas

Grant to me: keenness of mind,

capacity to remember,

skill in learning,

subtlety to interpret,

and eloquence in speech.

May You guide the beginning of my work,

direct its progress,

and bring it to completion.

You who are true God and true Man, who live and reign, world without end.

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.”

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

 

Complete the quiz below on scripture. Make sure to put your scores in the comments!

1. What is the first book of the Bible?

a) Genesis

b) Exodus

c) Matthew

 

2. Through what did God speak to Moses in the desert?

a) A windy mountain

b) A burning bush

c) A camel

 

3. When Daniel prayed to God after it was not allowed, where was he thrown into?

a) The sea

b) A lions den

c) A snake pit

 

4. What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

a) “Lord God.”

b) “It rained for 40 days and 40 nights.”

c) “Jesus wept.”

 

5. What is the last book in the Bible?

a) Revelation

b) Acts of the Apostles

c) St Paul’s letter to the Romans

 

6. How many books are in the Catholic Bible?

a) 66

b) 73

c) 80

 

7. In a Celebration of the Word or in Mass, what introduction and responses would you use for the following piece of scripture?

Jeremiah 29:11

 

8. In a Celebration of the Word or in Mass, what introduction and responses would you use for the following piece of scripture?

John 10:10

 

9. In a Celebration of the Word or in Mass, what introduction and responses would you use for the following piece of scripture?

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

 

 

Answers Here

The answers are highlighted in bold! Let us know in the comments below how many answers you got right!

1. In which century did Thomas Aquinas live?

a) Genesis

b) Exodus

c) Matthew

 

2. Through what did God speak to Moses in the desert?

a) A windy mountain

b) A burning bush

c) A camel

 

3. When Daniel prayed to God after it was not allowed, where was he thrown into?

a) The sea

b) A lions den

c) A snake pit

 

4. What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

a) “Lord God.”

b) “It rained for 40 days and 40 nights.”

c) “Jesus wept.”

 

5. What is the last book in the Bible?

a) Revelation

b) Acts of the Apostles

c) St Paul’s letter to the Romans

 

6. How many books are in the Catholic Bible?

a) 66

b) 73

c) 80

 

7. In a Celebration of the Word or in Mass, what introduction and responses would you use for the following piece of scripture?

Jeremiah 29:11

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

8. In a Celebration of the Word or in Mass, what introduction and responses would you use for the following piece of scripture?

John 10:10

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John, 

Glory to You O Lord 

The Gospel of the Lord 

Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ

 

9. In a Celebration of the Word or in Mass, what introduction and responses would you use for the following piece of scripture?

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians

The Word of the Lord 

Thanks be to God 

 

 

 

How did you do?

 

Let us pray:

Lord, feed us with your Word,

so that we may be enriched, nourished and strengthened

to live it out and proclaim it to others,

in our thoughts,

in our words

and in our actions each day.

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.”

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

Prudence – do not complain and think your way through difficulties

Prudence is using good judgment and wisdom in making decisions. People who are prudent do not complain but think their way through difficulties. For example, there might be times in our lives when we come upon explosive and angry situations: we can react, sometimes without thinking, out of our emotion and create further drama and problems as a result. A prudent person can step back from the moment and use their wisdom to work out the best long term decision and outcome.

They might ask questions like: How will this affect the relationships with the people around me?

Is this the best way to respond?

Is this the right way to respond?

Will this get me into further problems?

A prudent person thinks about the long-term consequences rather than just the short-term emotion e.g. I might want to kick this person because they have upset me, but I’ll be suspended from school and other people might think I’m someone who easily wind up.

This can be difficult at times, however people who are more willing to listen to the advice of others, teachers and other adults, are more likely to be able to make more positive decisions. In summary – To be prudent is to make wise decisions for the long-term and not act without thinking. This is hard, because as humans we do sin. If we are humble and recognise our sins, we can start to fight against the sin. By doing this, we can become better AND more successful people.

· Share with your tutor group – Why this is important at The Becket School? Why can prudence sometime be difficult? Why is it important for their success?

· Incorporate it within your conversation with students during lesson or unstructured time.

· Include in any roll call that week.

Be Inspirational