Encounter

This term, our diocesan spiritual theme is ‘encounter’.

  • Acts of collective worship will be not only based on our virtues, but include scripture and activities from the encounter resources.
  • These will also be linked to our upcoming charity projects.
  • All encounter resources will be available on SharePoint and on the school website in the Catholic Life Section.

This term we will be looking at the following areas of Encounter.

How do we encounter Jesus through the theme of Youth?

National Youth Sunday is a unique opportunity to celebrate the role and significance of young people in the Catholic Church in England and Wales today.

We will be launching our Faith in Action Award

This term we will be launching the Faith in Action award.  It is a great way of encouraging our young people to Encounter Jesus, serve others and make use of the vitality and energy of their youth through the ‘Faith in Action programme’.

How do we encounter Jesus through the theme of Advent & Christmastide?

A Voice cries out,

“Prepare in the wilderness a road for the Lord! Clear the wait in the desert for our God!”  Isaiah 40:3

During the season of Advent, we will continue with our charity projects supporting Faith in Families, CAFOD and The Lincoln Community Larder

Students and staff will be offered Reconciliation, opportunities for reflective prayer in the cycle:

Sorry prayers

Asking Prayers

Thanks Giving Prayers

Advent Liturgy

Living Wreath

How do we encounter Jesus through the example of Mary and the Saints?

Think

How can we use the example of Mary and the saints to help us to live in the right way? They give us the example of trusting God, even if we do not fully understand or are scared; how we can trust God more in our lives.

This term we will be learning about:

Mary Mother of God

St Vincent de Paul

Saint John Bosco

Blessed Carlo Acutis (National youth Sunday)

Saint John Henry Newman

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

We asked students and members of staff how does God speak to you?

They said…..

“with nature.”

“By being helpful.”

God speaks to me through the love of my family and friends and all the blessings that he has given to me.”

“Through life experiences.”

"Others peoples happiness."

“When I pray.”

“God Speak to me through the bible.”

“God speaks to me at my lowest points and gives me the strength to carry on, even when I think can’t”

“God speaks to me in the times he makes me smile and the times he gives me a chance to help others. A pretty flower, a song on the radio, a chance to step in and make things better for someone else. Those are the times that he speaks to me; look at this beauty, pick up this challenge. He speaks to me in the opportunities that he gives to me to make me happy and the ways that he helps me to push my own boundaries. Then I feel he sits back and says “See I told you that you could do it! Believe in yourself!”

“God speaks to me in the silent time of reflection that I try to take each day.”

 

STUDENT VOICE

How does the Living Stones programme help you to understand the Gospel message?

“It lets me hear other peoples thoughts and opinions on the Gospel for example forgiveness.”

“The Living Stones programme helps me access and understand the Gospel through simple and modernised ways.”

“Explaining the Gospel and morals to younger years gives me patience and experience.”

“It’s hard to understand the message of the Gospel from just reading it.  to make it more accessible the Living Stones simplifies the Gospel and applies it modern life, to make it important and relevant to us students.”

“It teaches us about morals.”

What do you enjoy most about coming to St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy?

“I enjoy that I am not afraid to be myself and no one judge that.”

“The sense of community.”

“Good atmosphere around the school which makes you feel comfortable.”

“The most I enjoy about St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy is that we have nice people and teachers in this school.  I feel safe and happy in this school.”

“I love coming to chaplaincy because you learn about God.”

Why is Living Stones Called Living Stones?

Some of you may have wondered why our Living Stones programme is called ‘Living Stones’.  It got its name from the reading 1 Peter 2:4-9 In this reading Peter tells the Gentile converts that Jesus is the cornerstone of their lives and that they become living stones to help build God’s church on earth.  The stone which builders rejected turned out to be the most important.  He tells them that they are all God’s people, chosen to tell people, how God wants them to move from the darkness to the light.

just as we are the stones which help build God’s church, we are all the stones which help build our school community, each one of us unique, yet equally important.

Come and Visit Our New Chapel

Student Voice September 2020

We asked our students some questions based on their return to school, our new Living Stones resources, the SSPP way and our new virtues. here is what they had to say…..

Which Virtue do you think you are going to try and achieve this term?

“I think it is important to be kind because that is how we make friends.”

“Compassion and kindness.”

” I am going to try to love learning.”

“Forgiveness because we should all forgive.”

How do you feel about our new virtues?

“The are a good guide.”

“They help me to have to a personal target.”

“We feel the virtues are easy to understand because of Living Stones.”

What do you think of the new living Stones resources?

“I can access them on the school website. I like the videos.”

“They are slick!”

“They are modern.”

What do you enjoy most about attending SSPP school?

” I have enjoyed making new friends and playing with them at break-time.”

“I like it here because it’s small. You don’t have to worry about getting lost.”

“I enjoy the way we talk about things from the real world.”

“The thing I enjoy the most is all the different subjects.”

“Everyone is really close to each other because we are small.”

“We are a tight knit family.”

How do you feel about being back at school?

“It’s good being in routine.”

“I prefer our new tutor groups.”

What does the SSPP way mean to you?

“The SSPP way means you are a person inside school and outside school.”

“Community for everyone.”

“it helps us make friends and helps us to help people when they need it.”

“It lets me hear other peoples thoughts and opinions for examples forgiveness.”