Witness – The Becket (29th – 3rd April)

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He is risen, alleluia!

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

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.

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Celebrations of the Word Rota:

Mon – Y7 Chapel, Y8 – Hall

Tues – Y9 Chapel, Y10 Hall

Wed – Y12 Chapel

Thurs – Y11 Chapel

Friday – Y11 and Y13 Leavers Celebrations 

Remember that Monday 6th May is a bank holiday so school will not be open!

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Year 9 ‘Eastertide’ House Board Competition

Please complete your Eastertide house boards if you haven’t already asap! All houses will receive points for their entry and the winning house will receive house points and a treat!

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Water Machine Expectations for Students
The expectation is that you treat the machine respectfully. This machine is rented and the privilege of access to this chilled, filtered water could be lost if it is not used appropriately.
You should aim to use a reusable bottle to refill rather than a single-use one.
Please do not bring in glass bottles.
Students can refill before school, at break time and at lunch time.
Please consider access similar to the toilets in terms of zones. You may need to leave your year group’s zone to refill (i.e. if you’re not Year 11) but shouldn’t spend time hanging around the machine after queuing and refilling.
If it is busy when you go to refill, please form a queue back towards the main doors at the front of the atrium (the front of the school) – away from the canteen queues.
There will be School Council members monitoring the use of the machine before school, at break and at lunch. They will have green school council badges soon so you can identify them.
Staff who are on duty near the machine will ensure the queue is going the right way and sanction any poor behaviour as normal.
There is CCTV on the area.

Extra info:

We are in communication with Aspens about the meal deal as currently you get water with a main meal and for many students this may no longer be needed, so we are enquiring about a new price / deal.  Hopefully I can update you on this detail when we have more information.

Many thanks for your fundraising efforts and contributions! The Council have more exciting projects planned for summer term so you’ll hear from them again soon.

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Extracurricular Clubs Information Pentecost 2024

Extra Curricular Clubs

Please have a look at the newly updated Extracurricular Timetable to see the range of activities you can get involved in this term. Your tutor will display the timetable for your year group in your tutor room.

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Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

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

This week we are reflecting on the theme of Witness. Bishop Patrick is the tenth bishop of Nottingham, who was appointed by Pope Francis in 2015 and on Tuesday he celebrates his 70th Birthday!

Bishop Patrick is a brilliant example of someone who is a witness to the Catholic faith. Bishop Patrick serves as the shepherd of the Nottingham Diocese and he gives pastoral care to all clergy, Catholic schools, parishes and people in Nottingham. For nine years Bishop Patrick has worked hard to lead clergy and faith leaders in our diocese to encourage and support more and more people to encounter Christ and come to know that they are loved by God.

To help celebrate Bishop Patrick’s Birthday and to thank him for his ministry and leadership in our diocese we would like each form to write a Birthday message to Bishop Patrick on one A5 coloured card on behalf of your form. It would be lovely to thank Bishop Patrick and perhaps include a prayer for him. Be as creative as you like!

There are some postcards in the staffroom or the revision cards in reprographics that can be used for your message. Please write in your neatest handwriting and decorate your form’s A5 card if possible.

At the end of form time or in Becket reads, please send a student down to the chapel with your form’s Birthday message asap so that we can add it to Bishop Patrick’s Birthday card. Fr Simon Gillespie, the Bishop’s secretary will be visiting The Becket this afternoon so we would like to have the card ready to pass on to Bishop Patrick to open tomorrow!

 

Let’s keep Bishop Patrick in our prayers this week and let’s pray St Patrick’s Breastplate prayer for protection…

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who
thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who
speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

St Patrick, prayer for us

 

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.”

Thank you to everyone who sent a message down to the chapel on Monday for Bishop Patrick’s 70th Birthday on Tuesday! 

There is a Justice and Peace meeting during TUESDAY BREAKTIME in the chapel to plan for Thursday’s cake sale in aid of CAFOD’s emergency appeal for Sudan – all are welcome who are able to help make, bake and sell cakes!

Leader/Young person: Let us begin this time of prayer together by welcoming God into this space as we make the Sign of the Cross.

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

During Friday’s Vocations panel on the year 8 retreat day we heard from Will Cruddace, who is the Community Participation Coordinator in Nottingham for CAFOD.

Will touched our hearts when sharing some shocking statistics regarding the current situation in Sudan. Many of us were unaware of the situation due to it not getting a lot of coverage in the media.

The war in Sudan has forced millions of people to flee their homes, creating one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. The situation is quickly  getting worse, and people caught up in the middle of the conflict are now facing yet another crisis – hunger. A famine is looming. People are running out of food, water and medicine and many families continue to risk their lives fleeing their homes to escape the fighting.

The UNHCR estimates that almost 25 million people – around half of Sudan’s population – are in urgent need of help. Unless the violence ends and humanitarian aid is increased, according to recent research 8 million people could be at risk of famine by June 2024.

CAFOD have launched an emergency Sudan crisis appeal and have contacted Bishop Patrick asking for Nottingham’s support of this urgent appeal. You may have noticed additional collections at Mass this weekend for CAFOD.

 

On Thursday, the Justice and Peace Chaplaincy Team will host a cake sale in aid of CAFOD’s emergency appeal for Sudan. If you are a baker or are able to buy some shop bought cakes or treats to donate to the sale, they would be hugely appreciated! Please come to a meeting in the chapel on Tuesday breaktime.

We will send members of the J&P team round to collect in any outstanding small change boxes that were filled during Lent. Please make sure your boxes are labelled with your form for the friendly fundraising competition!

“CAFOD is on the ground in Sudan and neighbouring countries, working tirelessly alongside local partners. The situation is dire. Countless women and children, starving and traumatised, face unbearable circumstances.”

From this news that has been shared today, we hope you will feel fired up and motivated to do whatever you can to support the innocent lives being affected by war and famine.

 

Let us pray…

Listen to us, Lord,
hear our prayers as we cry out to you.
Comfort and sustain your people.
Open the paths of peace.

At this time of conflict in Sudan,
we pray for those
who have been forced to flee their homes
and search for safety.

Open the paths of peace, Lord.

We pray for those
who face hunger and disease,
who have lost friends and family,
who endure in this time of crisis.

Open the paths of peace, Lord.

We pray for those
who are working tirelessly
to support our sisters and brothers
as famine looms and violence persists.

Open the paths of peace, Lord.

Guide us to stand alongside one another
and through our prayers and actions,
keep the people of Sudan
always in our hearts.

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.”

THURSDAY – CAFOD BOXES WILL BE COLLECTED IN FORM AND THERE WILL BE A CAKE SALE AT LUNCH IN AID OF CAFOD’S EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR SUDAN. PLEASE LABEL YOUR CAFOD BOXES. 

 

Prayer Journals

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

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

This week we have been reflecting on the theme of witness. In our Celebrations of the Word we have reflected on examples of people in the scripture who were witness to Jesus, and through their encounter were filled with a burning desire to share the Good News.

We also reflected on the challenges and joys of witnessing something and then sharing it with others, as exemplified in “what’s in the box?”

In your prayer journals we would like you to reflect on something positive that you have witnessed this week and something that you are grateful for witnessing.

In this season of Eastertide, you will notice that our prayers are generally more celebratory and you will notice ‘thank you prayers’ being used more in our worship.

Perhaps you have witnessed something wonderful linked to your faith like a moment in prayer or lightbulb moment in an RE lesson.

Perhaps you have witnessed some kind actions of another person like a peer, teacher or parent.

Or perhaps you are simply grateful for some of the sunshine and warmth you have witnessed this week or the growth of plants and trees!

Write, draw or doodle something that you have witnessed that you are thankful for and write a thank you prayer to God.

Your thank you prayers could start: “Lord, we thank you for…”

And finish: “Lord we thank you”. If these prayers were read out loud in a celebration, everyone would respond “Lord we thank you.”

Listen to the song below as you complete your prayer journal task.

 

 

Let us pray…

On Wednesday, we entered into the Month of May. In the Catholic Church, May is a month dedicated to honouring and celebrating Mary. Mary is the greatest witness and disciple to have walked this earth. She bravely said “yes” to giving her life to God, by carrying Jesus as a baby, supporting him in his childhood, ministry, suffering and after his resurrection.

In May, we celebrate the life of Mary and ask for her prayers and blessings.

As we reflect on what we are grateful for this morning, let us give thanks to God for Mary’s example as a disciple as we pray out loud altogether…

 

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.”

THANK YOU to everyone who donated and brought in cakes for our CAFOD cake sale yesterday, the cake sale continues this lunch time!

 

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

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

In the Catholic Church, May is a month dedicated to honouring and celebrating Mary. Mary is the greatest witness and disciple to have walked this earth. She bravely said “yes” to giving her life to God, by carrying Jesus as a baby, supporting him in his childhood, ministry, suffering and after his resurrection.

In May, we celebrate the life of Mary and ask for her prayers and blessings.

Please can we have ten volunteers to read each of the prayer intentions? Everyone will then join in with the Hail Mary prayer together.

 

Reader 1: We pray for our family. 

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 2: We pray for our friends and peers. 

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 3: We pray for those who are suffering.

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 4: We pray for all who are affected by war and conflict. 

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 5: We pray for all who give aid to those in need and the charities we support such as CAFOD. 

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 6: We pray for all children and young people across The Becket and our feeder primaries who are receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 7: We pray year 11 and year 13 who are preparing for their exams and celebrate their final day today.

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 8: We pray for vocations and an increase to vocations in the priesthood.

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 9: We pray for all who are affected by climate change.

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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.

Reader 10: We pray for our community and that everyone has a relaxing and blessed bank holiday weekend.

Everyone: Hail, Mary, full 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/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.”

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