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  • Thank you to everyone who joined in with the St Joseph’s school Mass on Friday! We hope you felt inspired to listen to God’s voice and follow your dreams just like St Joseph did.
  • Form reps please make sure that the Liturgical wheels in each classroom are up to date!
  • On Tuesday we are commemorating the National Day of Prayer and Reflection to mark one year since we entered national lockdown.
  • Act of Worship available from Wednesday under the Wednesday tab- thank you 9P for a wonderful reflection on the theme of Journey!
  • Thank you and well done to everyone who has added steps, got sponsors, made a donation or shared the justgiving page for CAFOD’s walk for water campaign to help put an end to water poverty…If you haven’t heard about it yet, or want to learn more, ask your form tutor to click on the link: https://www.beinspirational.co.uk/olol-virtual-pilgrimage-lets-walk-for-water-with-cafod/
  • Keep sharing and raising awareness!

The word of the week is Journey

5th week of Lent

A journey is something that we are all on. Something that we cannot stop being on. We are all going at different speeds on our journey. Many of us have different stops on our journey and will meet different people along the way…but we all have the same destination…eternal life with God.

This journey to God is a path that we are all walking down together. We might take different turns and discover different things but we are all searching for God and that is what truly unites us as a community.

Lent is a special journey in itself that helps us to walk with Jesus and grow closer to God.

An important part of our faith journey is being vulnerable and putting our trust in God. All we need is God’s angels protecting us and an open heart.

This this week reflect on your faith journey- what you’ve done, how far you’ve come, where do you see yourself going next…

Leader/Student: Let us start 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.

On Saturday it was the International Day of Happiness. 

We have all been on a challenging journey throughout this year, with many unexpected hurdles. In a time when it is so important to look out for another, ‘Action for Happiness’ give us ten keys for happier, kinder living.

The theme of these ten tips is ‘Great Dream’. On Friday, during our Mass for St Joseph’s day, we were reminded by Bishop Patrick that we are inspired by St Joseph to follow our dreams, just as Joseph heard and responded to God’s call in his dreams. St Joseph is a perfect example of someone who worked silently and selflessly for others.

Have a look through these ten tips to happier living in your form groups and discuss examples for each. How can we take action to be happier and kinder?

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DISCUSS AND COMMENT:

Do you have any tips for happier living that you have learnt this year?

Tell the person next to you at least one thing that has helped you during this challenging year and why…

For example, you may say exercise, talking to your friends and family, prayer or learning something new like playing a musical instrument!

Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

Lord, help us to listen to your word and hear your voice in our lives.

May we be inspired and filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and know how great your love is for us.

May we share your love and kindness with others so that may get to know you.

Thank you for everything that brings us joy and happiness in our lives.

Amen

 

Leader/Student: 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.

 

*Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer and Reflection*

 

Extra – Virtual Pilgrimage- Walk for Water CAFOD Campaign 

Leader/Student: Let us start 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.

Today (Tuesday 23rd) is the anniversary of the first national lockdown, which will be marked with a minute’s silence at midday. At 8pm, people are encouraged to create a ‘beacon of remembrance’ on their doorsteps by beaming phones, candles and torches into the night sky. Prominent buildings and landmarks will also be lit up across the UK.

For people of faith, today will mark a day of prayer and reflection as prayer and reflection go hand in hand. Throughout this year so many of us have been inspired by prayer and relied on prayer.

May Tuesday 23 March be a day of prayer that this pandemic comes to an end and that the gift of God’s Holy Spirit will carry us all forward to a new and better life, both here and in the world to come.

Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop McMahon say: “March 2020 was the first time our churches had to be closed. It is our hope that on this day, every one of our churches will be open. We invite everyone to enter a church on this day, to reflect and pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us pray…

*Volunteers can read the prayers of intercession aloud and everyone can join in with the responses below*

1.We pray for those who have died, whether family members, friends or those unknown to us personally. May God our Father, welcome them into his heavenly home.

Lord in your mercy 

Response: Hear our prayer 

 

2. We pray for all those who have suffered during this last year, whether through illness, stress, financial disaster or family tensions. We pray for their ongoing resilience, courage and capacity to forgive.

Lord in your mercy 

Response: Hear our prayer 

Hero by Glenn Dene

3. Lord we thank you for the generosity, inventiveness, self-sacrifice and determination shown by so many in this difficult time. We pray for them, thanking God for their gifts and dedication, whether they are scientists, politicians, health workers, public servants of every kind, community leaders or steadfast family members and friends who continue to show such love and compassion.

Lord we thank you 

Response: Lord we thank you

4. We pray in hope that, as the pandemic is controlled and we open up our lives again, we will gather in the lessons we have learned and build our society into a better shape, more compassionate, less marked by inequalities, more responsive to needs and deprivation. We ask for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us in this endeavour, whether we are focusing on overcoming family breakdowns, economic recovery, or building political consensus.

Lord in your mercy 

Hear our prayer 

 

If you have chance in your form groups, take a look at this photo gallery which highlights the highs and lows of the past year: ‘A PORTRAIT OF OUR NATION IN 2020’

https://www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/

 

Coronavirus and the UK kids- A Newsround survey…what have you learnt this year?…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/nfpahaz8or/newsround-survey 

Leader/Student: 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.

 

Leader/Student: Let us start 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.

We are now going to prepare to join this week’s Act of Worship which has been planned and led by 9P.

In your classrooms, maybe you could adjust the lighting or close the blinds to help change the atmosphere to remind us that we enter into a time of prayer.

 

Thank you to 9P for leading the school beautifully through this week’s Liturgy and for helping us to reflect on our journey’s throughout life and Lent this year!

Remember to write down this week’s mission in your planners so that you remember to complete it!

 

Leader/Student: 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.

Extra- OLoL Virtual Pilgrimage- Walk for Water CAFOD Campaign 

Leader/Student: Let us start 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.

Today is the Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord

The Annunciation of the Lord marks the announcement made by the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and bear a son who would be the Son of God, and she would call him Jesus. It is celebrated today because today it marks 9 months until Christmas day.

What Gabriel said to Mary must have startled her, and yet she maintained her composure and accepted the challenge and said Yes to God. Catholics regard this as a decisive moment in the history of Christianity, for it was the first time that someone would say yes to Jesus as savior.

“”I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said.””

LUKE 1:38

What are you going to say “yes” to today?
Does this “yes” involve God’s plan for you?
What do you need to help you say “yes” to God?

As we celebrate the day that Mary said Yes to God, We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette, as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness to others.

We invite you to join in with all the schools in our Trust as we say a decade of the Hail Mary, the video will guide you through how to say a decade of the rosary and you may recognise some of the places and faces in the video…

Hail Maryfull 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/Student: 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.

 

Extra- OLoL Virtual Pilgrimage- Walk for Water CAFOD Campaign

Leader/Student: Let us start 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.

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we take time to listen to and reflect on Sunday’s Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent.

This week’s reflection is by Fr Simon Gillespie who is a past Becket Student! Fr Simon also helps organise the pilgrimage to Lourdes which we hope many of you will get to experience in sixth form or in your lifetime.

 

In the Gospel reading we hear about what it means to be a disciple, through the good times and the challenging times. During the pandemic we have experienced first hand some of those challenges.

The Gospels tell us to share the good news with people we meet and this year we have learnt how we can do this in creative ways whilst being unable to meet in person!

Let us pray…

Lord Jesus, you taught us what it means to love, 

may we show others how to love too. 

Help us to be modern day disciples and inspire others to do your work on earth. 

May we show mercy and compassion, give a voice to the voiceless,

forgive those who wrong us and ask for forgiveness when we have done wrong. 

Amen 

 

Leader/Student: 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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