Understanding – 2020/21


As you can see from the image at the side, understanding has so many different meanings and interpretations! We are going to focus on the idea that understanding is the application of knowledge this week, but have a think about how the other definition of knowledge could be applied to our faith and let us know in the comments!
Can you think of times in the Bible where people have to be understanding, or show an understanding of something? There are lots of examples, let’s see who can manage to get the most!


Chaplaincy Notices

No Year 8 or 9 Chaplaincy Team this week.
All other Chaplaincy Teams back on as normal this week.


We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

This week we are looking at the word understanding.

It is one of those words that we use a lot, but how much do we really understand the word understand? Confusing, right?

Well here are some of our Year 7 students who have spoken to us about what they understand the word ‘understanding’ to be all about.

We hope it helps you to understand!

Let us say this prayer together;


Lord Jesus Christ,

grant me the gift of understanding.

Help me to understand the feelings of others.

At the same time, help me to understand myself in my actions and reactions.

 Help me, Lord, to always see you at work in my own life and in the lives of others.

Bless me with insight, acceptance and love that is shaped by you

who are all things to all people.

Help me to understand, Lord.


We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

Understanding is all about taking the knowledge that we have and actually applying it to our lives. When we learn about our faith, we gain knowledge, and we prove our understanding through our actions and how we show that faith. You may have seen the video below before, but it is a perfect example of how our actions can spread love and kindness.


When we realise that our actions have consequences, we begin to understand how important it is to live out our faith. Pope Francis said

“It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.”

Understanding is about those actions, about spreading that kindness. How can you show your understanding of God’s teachings this week? Let us know in the comments below!


Dear Lord,

Help us to live out our faith, showing our understanding of your teachings and growing with you every day. Allow us to share our knowledge with others, and gain a deeper appreciation for your love.


We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

This week’s AoW is led by Miss McGrath.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross.


Our main way to try and understand our faith is through the Bible. God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful) and omnibenevolent (all-loving) so we cannot truly understand Him, but the Bible allows us a window of understanding and opportunity.

Every day at Mass we hear multiple readings from the Bible. Sometimes we hear three, sometimes four, sometimes old testament and sometimes new, but always a Gospel reading. The Gospels allow us to hear the teachings of Christ and are fundamental in the Church. Today we’re going to watch a video that explores what the word Gospel actually means.

Have you learnt anything from that video? Has it helped you to gain a deeper understanding of the Gospels? Let us know in the comments below.

Take a moment in silent, contemplative prayer. Talk to God, and ask him for his guidance on your journey of understanding.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we are going to hear Sunday’s Gospel. These videos fit perfectly with the word understanding, as that’s exactly what they are created for! They allow us to hear other people’s ideas and how they understand the scriptures to inform our own understanding and opinions. Miss Stapleton from Trinity is reading our Gospel today.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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