Witness – All Saints’

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We are in the 5th week of Eastertide in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Liturgical colours are white and gold.

The Word of the Week is…

Witness

Witness is the sharing of our faith with others. It is a way of testifying to the truth of Jesus Christ and the Gospel message. Our witness can be a way of celebrating the hope and joy that we have in Jesus and a way of powerfully sharing the good news with those around us.

Find one way to share what your faith means to you with someone else this week.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

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 in the 5th week of Eastertide in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Liturgical colours are white and gold.

The Word of the Week is…

Witness

Witness is the sharing of our faith with others. It is a way of testifying to the truth of Jesus Christ and the Gospel message. Our witness can be a way of celebrating the hope and joy that we have in Jesus and a way of powerfully sharing the good news with those around us.

The Bible teaches us the importance of being witnesses to our faith in so many ways.  In the Book of Acts, in particular, we hear so many examples of how Jesus himself instructed the disciples.   He taught them to go out into the world and make disciples of all the nations, sharing God’s word and teaching others by handing on their faith, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s read a few of these pieces of Scripture now:

 

Acts 1:4-5
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 5:30-32
The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 

Acts 4:8-11
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.

The disciples bore witness to their faith.  Think today about your faith and the faith of our school. 

How can you be a living example, a witness, to this today and each day?   

Find a way to share what your faith means to you with someone else this week.

Find a way to reach out to someone else and encourage them to share with you what their faith means to them. 

Let us pray…

Loving God,

You call us all to be witnesses to our faith; the faith you taught the disciples, which was handed on to us.

Help us to use your teachings in our daily lives, so that by word and deed, we may live as today’s disciples, handing on our faith as witnesses.

Help us to use the example of others to inspire our actions and choices, so that we are all working as one family of witnesses, showing love, respect and peace to all we meet.

Amen.

Bishop Patrick is an excellent example of someone who witnesses to their faith each day.  This Tuesday, it is his 70th birthday.  We’d love it if you’d sing happy birthday to him as a form, or send him a birthday message.  Let us know what you’ve done and any birthday messages (added in the comments box below) can be forwarded on to him, to help him celebrate his special day and to give thanks for his life of service as a witness to the faith.

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.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

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.

Throughout the world, people bear witness to their faith, through a specific vocation or simply through the ways they live their lives each day.

In our parish and across the Diocese of Nottingham, there are so many people who follow in the footsteps of Christ, loving and serving others and bearing witness to their faith.  These witnesses work in our local community and in our schools.

Bishop Patrick, Canon John and Sister Susan are a few examples of people we see in our local community and in our diocese who put their faith into action, using their vocation (calling) from God to love and serve others.  They are witnesses to their faith, missionary disciples, who use the teachings of Jesus each day to ‘go and make disciples of all the nations’.

The Bishop is the chief teacher, sanctifier, and shepherd of God’s people. Most Bishops are given a diocese to govern spiritually, making sure the priests, deacons, pastoral workers and catechists in their diocese are preaching the Gospel and teaching sound doctrine to the flock. He is the principal teacher.​  Monsignor McKinney was appointed tenth bishop of Nottingham on 14 May 2015, and was consecrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols,  Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on Friday 3 July 2015. ​  Bishop Patrick, on his appointment as bishop, spoke of his awareness of ‘God’s mercy’, and that he always intended to do his best in ‘whatever God asked’. ​ Bishop Patrick is an example of a witness to the faith, as he has given his life in service of God and in his full ministry as a servant leader to all in the Diocese.​

Bishop Patrick’s motto is to ‘Seek the face of Christ’ so we are all inspired by him to look for Jesus in others – to be like Christ and to see Christ at work in others.  Think about ways that you can be a witness, through whom others encounter Christ (seeing the face of Jesus in you). 

This Tuesday, it is Bishop Patrick’s 70th birthday.  We’d love it if you’d sing happy birthday to him as a form, or send him a birthday message.  Any comments you add below can be forwarded on to him, to help him celebrate his special day and to give thanks for his life of service as a witness to the faith.

As a form, find out a little more about Bishop Patrick, the tenth bishop of Nottingham, via: Our Bishop (dioceseofnottingham.uk)

Canon John Kyne serves as Parish Priest to the parish of Our Lady and All Saints, which comprises the four church communities of: St Philip Neri in Mansfield, St Patrick’s in Forest Town, St. Joseph’s in Langwith Junction and St Teresa’s in Warsop.  Canon John also serves all the schools within the parish, including All Saints’.

He was born and brought up in Mansfield and was himself baptised in St Philip Neri Church.  As a child, he attended St. Philip Neri primary school and then the Becket School in West Bridgford.  He said: ‘I now have the privilege of ministering here as parish priest…I feel immensely privileged to be back “at home” and to serve the people among whom I grew up.’

Here are a few more words from Canon John’s story:

‘My parents encouraged me to think about priesthood from my school days. An uncle and great-uncle were both priests of the Diocese of Galway in Ireland. However, as a young person, I simply didn’t feel I had what it takes to be a priest.

The call of the Lord to service is persistent and finally having reached my middle years – I gave in. I talked to a priest who was a former teacher of mine at the Becket school whose opinion I greatly valued. He supported me through the application process.

I was accepted as a student for the Diocese and went to the Pontifical Beda College in Rome in September 1999. My time at college has left me with happy memories, lifelong friends and the sense that I was where the Lord wanted me to be.

I was ordained priest for the Diocese of Nottingham at St Philip Neri, Church, Mansfield, in June 2003. Since then, life has been an experience of real joy. I ministered at St Barnabas’ Cathedral, then as Parish Priest at Our Lady of the Angels, East Leake, St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth, and St Hugh’s, Lincoln. I have also served as Chaplain at Nottingham Trent University and The University of Lincoln.

For several years, I was also the Coordinator of School Chaplains. In 2017, I was asked to become parish priest of my home parish – St. Philip Neri, Mansfield. Here, I care for the communities that make up this pastoral area. I feel immensely privileged to be back “at home” and to serve the people among whom I grew up.

The life of a priest is full of challenge, but every day I encounter genuine gratitude for who I am and what I do. I often wish that I had responded to the Lord’s call earlier. However, it is my life experience that I bring to my ministry and that makes me who I am.

If you feel that still, quiet, persistent call – talk to someone you trust or approach the Diocesan Vocation Directors or speak to any priest you know. Always remember, it is never too late to respond to the Lord saying, “Come and See.” After all, Jesus was 30 before he started his ministry! Everything you do and experience on your life’s journey will enrich your ministry and the Lord will never be outdone in generosity.’

Sr Susan Richert PBVM serves the church communities of our local parish, supporting Canon John and the team of churches and schools as Pastoral Assistant.  She was brought up in the parish of St Joseph’s, Shirebrook and attended St Joseph’s Primary School, where the Presentation Sisters taught. She attended Presentation Convent High School in Matlock.

Sister said:

‘It was the example of the Sisters that led me to join them. I taught for several years in PCHS, Matlock and in St Mary’s High School, Chesterfield. After several years in leadership in my Congregation, I became a school chaplain – first in St Mary’s High School, Chesterfield and then part-time in All Hallows College, Macclesfield. I still support All Hallows by accompanying students to India. I also organise pilgrimages to the Holy Land. I have experience in accompaniment of others, facilitation, primary chaplaincy, retreats and reflection days. I also co-ordinate the Presentation Heritage Centre, in Matlock. I am also the Vicar for Religious in the Nottingham Diocese.

Along with another Sister, I live in St Joseph’s, Shirebrook. I minister in the Parish Communities along with Canon John.’

Sister Susan works closely with Canon John, Clare and Luke, supporting all of the schools in the formation of faith. 

 

If you haven’t met these wonderful witnesses yet, please remember to say ‘hello’ when they are next in school to visit and to thank them for their dedicated service to God and to us all.

 

Let us pray:

Lord, help us to be inspired by witnesses like Bishop Patrick, Canon John and Sister Susan to go out into the world and be witnesses ourselves.

We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord, 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.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

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 enter May, the month of Mary.  May is especially dedicated to Our Lady as a time when the Church pays tribute to her in prayer, for her dedicated love and faithful service.  During this month, Christians offer up prayers from their hearts to Mary, whether in church or from their homes.  We offer her our prayers and pray that, through her, we receive an abundance of  God’s love and mercy.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Songs, prayers, litanies, Rosaries, Masses and other Marian themed events and liturgies take place to celebrate Our Lady.

Where is Our Lady in your form room?

Make a special space for Mary, our blessed and heavenly mother, by ensuring you have a picture and prayers surrounding her.  

Over the month of May, especially as we enter the season when many of us begin exams and are moving into new chapters of life, make time to talk to Mary, as she is a wonderful listener who takes your offerings and intentions to the Lord and helps you greatly on your journey. 

We offer our prayers to Our Lady, thinking about our own intentions, as we pray…

 

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.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

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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.

Continuing on our diocesan prayer journey, we join our friends across the Diocese of Nottingham in sharing in and celebrating the richness of the prayer, the Our Father. 

Let’s begin by praying this together now:

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

We invite you, as a form, to discuss and pray this special, central prayer that Jesus gave to us, and to create as many A4 versions of the prayer as you can.

We would love to see the prayer in every language, so invite you to create beautiful copies of the Our Father in every language spoken in your family home.

We also invite you to create modern-day interpretations of the prayer, using words that explain the lines in today’s spoken language.

Over the next few weeks, we will come and take photographs of the prayer and invite you to bring your designs to the chaplaincy office so we can photograph and display them collectively.  

Any entries will receive achievement points for taking the time to focus on this special prayer and for celebrating and sharing in our Faith.

Start your design on a piece of A4 paper today and, as you do, play these musical interpretations of the Our Father, to help you reflect: 

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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