We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week we are thinking about Understanding, the second gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Word of the Week video today, Issie talks to us a bit more about what it means in terms of our faith.

Below are some quotes from the YouCat. They answer some questions that you might have, and help us to understand a little more about our faith. Have a think about what your answers would be before you take a look at the quotes!

Why did Jesus wait thirty years to begin his public life?

Jesus wanted to share a normal life with us and thus sanctify our everyday routine [531-534, 564]

Jesus was a child who received love and affection from his parents and was brought up by them. Thus he increased “in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52); he belonged to a Jewish village community and took part in it’s religious rituals; he learned a trade and had to prove his ability as a craftsman. The fact that God in Jesus willed to be born into a human family and to grow up in it has made the family a place where God is present and a prototype of a helping community.

What are the three supernatural virtues?

The supernatural virtues are faith, hope and charity. They are called “supernatural” because they have their foundation in God, are directly related to God, and are for us people the way by which we can reach God directly. [1812-1813, 1840]

What is the meaning of the Sign of the Cross?

Through the Sign of the Cross we place ourselves under the protection of the Triune God. [2157, 2166]

At the beginning of the day, at the beginning of the a prayer, but also at the beginning of important undertakings, a Christian makes the Sign of the Cross over himself and thus starts their business “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are surrounded on all sides by the Triune God; calling upon him by name sanctifies the things we set out to do; it obtains blessings for us and strengthens us in difficulties and temptations.

How many did you manage to get right? Let us know in the comments below!

Let us pray:

Lord, teach me how to pray with understanding. Teach me I pray, how to pray into Your will, to pray in spirit and truth, to pray as You would have me pray. Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Tomorrow is the feast of St Peter and Paul, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Church. Today we are going to look at St Peter, and try and understand a little about who he was and why he is so important to us as Catholics. There are some facts about him below, have a read through and discuss them as a form!

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Saint Peter is the first Pope of the Catholic Church and there remains an unbroken line of Popes from Saint Peter to Pope Francis.

Though Saint Peter’s birth date remains uncertain, he is believed to have died in 64 AD. Saint Peter is the patron saint of fishermen, net makers, and ship builders.

He was canonized by Christ as the “rock of the church” described in Matthew chapter 16, verse 18. His feast day is June 29, however several groups honor him on February 22nd and November 18th as well.

Saint Peter was born Simon Peter of Cephas. He was a fisherman who met Jesus while in his boat. He and his brother Andrew had been experiencing trouble catching fish but when Jesus saw the boats, he told them to cast their nets into deep water and He would fill them. Peter and his brother cast their nets and sure enough they caught so many fish their nets began to tear. By the time the nets had been emptied on board, the boats were nearly sinking. When Simon Peter realized what happened, he admitted he was a sinful man and Jesus told him, “from now on it is people you will be catching.” Peter became one of Jesus’ disciples that very day and was present for several miracles.

Following Christ’s death, it was Peter who denied knowing Jesus three times before a rooster crowed twice and following the Resurrection, Jesus gave Peter three chances to make up for the denials by asking Peter if he loved Him. Each time Peter responded that he did love Jesus, and so he was resolved of his guilt.

There are several stories of Peter’s accomplishments following Jesus’ ascension, including the story of how he escaped King Herod with help from an angel. Peter helped spread the Gospel to Gentiles, baptized people, and was eventually martyred.

When he was to be crucified, he admitted he was not worthy of dying the same way Jesus did, and was crucified upside-down. Following his death, Peter was buried on Vatican Hill, where Emperor Constantine I honored him with a large basilica. In 1950, bone shards were discovered and Pope Paul the 6th announced they belonged to Peter.

On November 24, 2013, Pope Francis revealed the relics of nine bone fragments for the first time in public during a Mass celebrated at St. Peter’s Square. Artwork featuring Saint Peter often depicts him as an elderly man holding a key and book, though his symbols also include an inverted cross, a boat, and a rooster.

St Peter is an incredible example for us all, and he reminds us that we don’t have to be perfect to be valued by God. He was a sinful man, yet he was chosen to be the rock of the Church, the first Pope, the role model for all aspiring Christians.

O God who gave to your blessed Apostle Peter
the keys to the kingdom of heaven,
and the power to bind and loose:
grant that we may be delivered,
through the help of this intercession,
from the slavery of all our sins:
Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

St Peter, Pray for Us.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today is the feast of St Peter and St Paul! Yesterday we took a closer look at Peter and his life, and today we will do the same with St Paul. Have a watch of the Bible Project video below and see if there is anything new that you can learn.

 

Paul’s transition from Saul to Paul is one of the most famous in the Church. He shows us that even if we have turned completely from God and our faith, there will always be a place for us in His family. It is reassuring to know that if one is willing to repent and to turn back that you will be welcomed with open arms into a place of love and care. Take a moment now to reflect on times when you have turned from God, and how you might turn back to Him as Paul did.

Dear Lord,

Help us to become apostles like St Paul,
Serving the Church with a pure heart,
Witnesses to her truth and beauty
Amidst the darkness of our days.
With you we praise God our Father:
‘To him be the glory, in the Church
And in Christ,
Now and forever.’

Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we are going to spend some time reflecting. Often, when we pursue knowledge and understanding, we can become distracted and involved with things going on around us. Our focus moves away from God and towards other, less helpful, events and situations. Today we are going to listen to a song called Nothing I Hold on To by Will Reagan. The first line that is repeated is: “I lean not on my own understanding, my life is in the hands of the maker of Heaven.” Take some time whilst you listen to this song to offer everything in your life right now up to God. Ask Him to help you understand the plans that He has for you, and ask Him for guidance in all that you do. At the same time, thank Him and apologise to Him for the times when you have not followed His way. Spend this time in conversation with God, close your eyes, and just take a moment.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We are going to hear the Gospel from Mass on Sunday. Frances is going to read it and talk a little about what it means.

Can you think of any other pieces of scripture that help us to understand more about our faith? Have a discussion in your form and then let us know in the comments below.

Lord, I ask that as I come across various difficulties that people are facing that I hear with Your ears, see with Your eyes and understand with Your heart so that I may speak and pray into the situation as You would have me pray. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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