SVP Lenten resources for Youth SVP and B-Attitudes:

https://sspplincsschuk.sharepoint.com/sites/LivingStonesprovision/SitePages/B-Attitude-SVP-Lenten-Resources(1).aspx

https://sspplincsschuk.sharepoint.com/sites/LivingStonesprovision/SitePages/Youth-SVP-Lenten-Resources.aspx

Click here to visit The Acutis Project website – Lent it up!

Start your Lenten journey reflecting on holiness with the fantastic David Wells:

Follow the link below for resources and information on how we are marking Holocaust Memorial Day

https://sspplincsschuk.sharepoint.com/sites/LivingStonesprovision/SitePages/Holocaust-Memorial-Day.aspx

Our Lent term spiritual theme is ‘discipleship’….

How do we answer Jesus’ call to be His disciple through the theme of Vocation?

Vocation

Deriving from the Latin word vocare meaning “to call” a vocation is just that – a calling.  The person who calls us is God himself. As Catholics we view vocation as a calling wherein God is extending an invitation to us that we have the privilege of answering.

We all have a primary vocation to follow Jesus Christ.  Lumen Gentium, the Vatican II document on the Church, calls this call the “Universal Call to Holiness”. We are all called first and foremost to be holy. St. Catherine of Sienna famously said “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Everything we do must aim to serve this goal – to be holy by following Christ. 

Some people live it out their call to holiness in married life, single life, and some in religious life as either priests, sisters and nuns, or brothers. How we live out our call to holiness through one of these options is our secondary vocation

Discernment

Discernment is a decision-making process that honours the place of God’s will in our lives. It is an interior search that seeks to align our own will with the will of God in order to learn what God is calling us to. Every choice we make, no matter how small, is an opportunity to align ourselves with God’s will. 

Discipleship

Following our focus on ‘Encounter’ last term, Bishop Patrick has asked us to reflect on the theme of Discipleship: 

‘because of that personal encounter with Christ, I would like to encourage each of us to hear and respond to his invitation to be his DISCIPLES, to follow him more closely, and to seek to serve him generously in our daily lives.’ 

(Bishop Patrick’s Pastoral Letter, 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Nov 2018

By reflecting on the example of Jesus’ disciples, who ’left everything, and followed him’ (Luke 5: 28 GNT) we too are called to dedicate our lives to Jesus by answering our call to discipleship. 

Ultimately our goal is to become Missionary Disciples who ‘are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord, who despite our imperfections offers us his closeness, his word and his strength, and gives meaning to our lives’ (Evangelii Gaudium p121). We seek to discern our secondary vocation which will help us to complete this mission.  

Helping us to Hear God’s Call

This acronym G.O.D. helps us to reflect on what God might be calling us to do and allows us to hear His call more clearly amongst the many things that we may feel called to.

Gifts

What are the gifts that you have been given by God?  Remember that grace builds on nature, so the gifts we have been given will be instrumental in how we are called to live.  

Others

What do others say? 

Often others, especially those who are already living a life of holiness can serve as mouthpieces for God.  For example when God calls Samuel it was through the advice of Eli that he finally recognised that it was God’s call. Maybe there is an Eli for you out there who will help you recognise the call of the Lord? Seek out the wisdom of at least one, and perhaps several people, who you feel have the gift of wisdom and ask for their advice. 

Desires

What are your deepest desires? 

Be honest and tell God what your deepest desires and fears are in this situation is. Before you can say the words, “thy will be done,” be sure you are truly in touch with your own will. Pay attention closely to the ways that God is speaking to you. What kinds of thoughts, feelings (especially love, joy, and peace, or a lack thereof), and memories might God be stirring within you to help you make your decision? 

Remind yourself that God has a plan for you and that his plan is driven purely by love. Discernment can help you when you face decisions. Even though making good decisions can be difficult at times, trust that the Holy Spirit is with you to guide you and help you choose what is good and true. 

  • What is the difference between a vocation and a job? Can a job be a vocation? What jobs can you think of which may be classed as a vocation? Think about jobs which serve other people and make the world a better place. 
  • Prayer Ideas
  • Asking Prayers:
  • For more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
  • For our seminarians and priests.
  • For guidance to know what God is calling us to.
  • Thanksgiving Prayers
  • For our priests, deacons, nuns, sisters, friars and monks.
  • For calling us and giving the skills to live His call.
  • For those who work in vocational professions, particularly medical professions.
  • Discernment/Choices – Discernment is an important part of vocation. Discernment is carefully and prayerfully considering the choices we have, to see which vocation God is calling us to. An activity to consider is how we make choices: follow this LINK to a resource that can be used to do this. This can be used with a class or as part of a Collective Worship.

Diocesan Prayer for Vocations – this prayer is prayed by schools, families and parishes across our Diocese. It is available as a prayer card, contact the Nottingham Vocations Team for more information.

God Our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom, as Priests, Deacons, and as Religious Men and Women.

Send you Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call. May we continue to support and encourage vocations in our families and in our Parish community.

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one god forever and ever.

Amen

Mary Immaculate: Pray for us.

St Hugh of Lincoln: Pray for us.

All the Saints of our Diocese: Pray for us.

How do we answer Jesus’ call to be His disciple through the theme of  Reconciliation?

What is Reconciliation?

Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments given to us by the Church to help us to develop and maintain our relationship with God. As humans, we all do things wrong and make mistakes from time to time. The important thing when this happens is to say sorry and try not to let it happen again. 

When we act in a way which God does not want us to and sin against him, we fall out of communion with God and with the Church. God is always there waiting for us to turn back to Him, as demonstrated in the parable of the Prodigal Son;

‘And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” 

But the father said to his servants, “Bring quickly the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.”’ Luke 15:21-22

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as the Sacrament of confession, forgiveness and conversion, is the way by which we as Catholic’s can reconcile our relationship with God and, through the priest, receive absolution of our sins. 

How do we answer Jesus’ call to be His disciple through the theme of  Reconciliation?


Edgar, an adorable young dragon, is so excited about Christmas that he cannot control the flames from his mouth. He even burns the village Christmas tree, dampening everyone’s Christmas spirit. But when his best friend Ava gives him a thoughtful gift, just right for an excitable dragon, he realises how much she cares for him. She forgives him time and time again.

A son visits his father in prison and forgives him for all that he has done to him in the past.

This video offers the story of Nelson Mandela, how he forgave, and good things that can come from forgiveness.

Fr. David Cain offers insights into what reconciliation is, what happens during the sacrament, and its benefits

An Examination of Conscience

Responsibilities to God:

Have I prayed every day?Have I prayed my morning prayers and night prayers?

Have I prayed with my parents and family?

Have I been moody and rebellious about praying and going to church on Sunday? Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me whenever I have been tempted to sin?

Responsibilities to others:

Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?

Have I lied or been deceitful to my parents or to others?

Have I been arrogant, stubborn or rebellious?

Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults or been grumpy?

Have I been selfish toward my parents, brothers, and sisters, teachers, or my friends and schoolmates?

Have I become angry at them? Have I hit anyone?

Have I held grudges or not forgiven others?

Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them names?

Have I used bad language?

How do we answer Jesus’ call to be His disciple throughout the Lent and Easter seasons?

What is Lent?

Lent is the period of 40 days and 40 nights that precedes Easter and is a time of preparation for the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The season encourages us to remove the things that cause us to be distracted from our relationship with God and the contrast between the Lenten and Easter seasons help us to recognise that Jesus’ resurrection is the biggest cause for celebration in our faith. Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen’. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer.

Lent is characterised by 3 pillars: prayer, fasting and almsgiving (Matthew 6: 1-18)

The Liturgical Colour for the season of Lent is violet (apart from where feasts and solemnities specify white or red) which signifies the penitent and reflective atmosphere of the season. Purple (or violet) is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, but purple is also the colour associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ’s kingship and sovereignty.

Why 40 days?

40 is a significant number in Jewish-Christian scripture:

  • In Genesis, the flood which destroyed the earth was brought about by 40 days and nights of rain (Genesis 7:17)
  • The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land promised to them by God.
  • Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:18)

Twelve spies were sent to scout out the land of Canaan for 40 days (Numbers 13:25)

Elijah spent 40 days journeying to the holy mountain of Horeb (1 Kings 19:8)

Jonah warned Nineveh that it had only 40 days left before destruction (Johan 3:4)  Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry.

Most Christians regard Jesus’ time in the wilderness as the key event for the duration of Lent (Matthew 4:2)

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. On the 4th Sunday of Lent we celebrate Laetare Sunday- the liturgical colour is rose (pink) and some of the austerity of Lent is lifted to help encourages on our Lenten journey towards the joy of the Resurrection. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week and Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, when the Church enters into three days (sacred Triduum) of Jesus’ passion, death, and finally resurrection, which marks the start of Eastertide. During Holy Week we commemorate the events leading up to Jesus’ death and Resurrection including: Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), the Last Supper, with the command to wash the disciple’s feet and Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist (Maundy Thursday), Jesus’ Crucifixion and death (Good Friday), and then the stillness of Jesus’ dead body living in the tomb (holy Saturday) until the glories of Jesus’ resurrection are celebrated on Easter day.

Throughout Lent we are encouraged to reflect on the Stations of the Cross (prayers, images and reflections that depict Jesus’: trail, journey to the cross, crucifixion and death) in order to truly appreciate the great sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us.

During the penitential season of Lent certain words and prayers are omitted from our celebrations. For example, the Ordo states that there is no Penitential Act during an Ash Wednesday Mass, the Gloria is omitted from all Masses (apart from feasts and solemnities as outlined in the Ordo) and the word ‘Alleluia’ is always omitted.

Lenten and Easter timeline 2021

Tuesday 16th February – Shrove Tuesday

Also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras (French for ‘Fat Tuesday’).

The earliest date that Shrove Tuesday can fall is February 3; the latest is March 9.

Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which means to hear a confession, assign penance, and absolve from sin. In the Middle Ages, especially in Northern Europe and England, it became the custom to confess one’s sins on the day before Lent began in order to enter the penitential season in the right spirit. In previous centuries the fast during Lent was quite severe. Christians abstained from all meat and items that came from animals, including butter, eggs, cheese, and fat. That is why Shrove Tuesday became known as Mardi Gras, the French term for Fat Tuesday. In the countries that speak Romance languages (languages derived primarily from Latin), Shrovetide is also known as Carnivale – literally, “farewell to meat.” Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

Wednesday 17th February – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Season of Lent.

Ashes are placed on the forehead of all those who wish to show that they are beginning upon their preparations during Lent. 

It is encouraged to attend Mass on this day to receive ashes but ashes can also be distributed outside of the Mass as part of a Liturgy. The same readings are as at Mass.

The mark of ashes

During Ash Wednesday the congregation is offered the opportunity to be marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes as a sign of penitence and mortality whilst one of the following phrases is used:

Remember, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return  Or,  

Repent, and believe in the Gospel

The ashes are made by burning blessed palm crosses or olive branches from the previous Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, so when the crosses used in the Palm Sunday service are converted to ashes, the worshippers are reminded that defeat and crucifixion swiftly followed earthly (but not Heavenly) triumph.  

Using the ashes to mark the cross on the believer’s forehead symbolises that through Christ’s death and resurrection, all Christians can be free from sin. It is an outward sign of an inward change.

Friday 26th February – CAFOD Fast Day

An opportunity to fast and to give up foods/ luxuries we might usually enjoy so that we can give that money to CAFOD instead to make a life changing difference to our neighbours around the world. See the CAFOD websitefor more information and resources about the focus of the Fast Day this year.

Sunday 14th March – Laetare Sunday

Liturgical Colour: Rose or Violet

On this Sunday the Entrance Introit (antiphon) in

Latin is “Laetare, Jerusalem” which translates as ‘Rejoice O Jerusalem’. Much like Gaudete Sunday mid-way through Advent, the midpoint of Lent is the Thursday of the third week of Lent and therefore Laetare Sunday has traditionally been viewed as a day on which the austerity of Lent is briefly lessened. The passage from Isaiah continues, “rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow,” and on Laetare Sunday, the purple vestments and altar cloths of Lent are set aside, and rose ones may be used instead. The point of both days is to provide us encouragement as we progress toward the end of each season.

Flowers may be used to decorate the altar and music can be used in more creative ways than throughout the rest of Lent.

Laetare Sunday is also known in the United Kingdom as Mothering Sunday. Historically, on this day, everyone paid a solemn visit to their mother church, (often the nearest large church or cathedral) and left an offering there at the high altar.

The word “mothering” came to have other associations; it became a feast day for the mothers of families. All the children who were away from home went back on that day to visit their mothers, taking with them “a present of money, a trinket, or some nice eatable, and they are all anxious not to fail in this custom.”

Thursday 25th March – Annunciation of the Lord

The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary’s willing acceptance of God’s holy plan.

We celebrate the Annunciation exactly nine months before the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. For more information about this solemnity go to the Liturgy Office website here or here.

Sunday 28th March – Sunday 5th April – Palm Sunday

At Mass we commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and mark the start of Holy Week. At the main Mass in a parish the congregation may participate in a procession at the start of the celebration which ends in them entering the Church ready to begin Mass. Just as when Jesus entered Jerusalem and palm branches were waved, with the people shouting ‘Hosanna!’. The congregation commemorates this in it’s processions by

carrying palm branches (somethimes shaped as a cross) and singing hymns.

During Mass the Passion is proclaimed – this is the story of Jesus’ betrayal, capture, trial and crucifixion. This is often read by different readers in the congregation who take on different parts (e.g. narrator, Peter etc) and there is the opportunity for all of the congregation to join in as the voice of the crowd. The voice of Jesus is usually proclaimed by the Priest.

‘The Sacred Paschal Triduum’

Thurs 1st April – Maundy Thursday

The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum, which means “mandate.” This word is used in the Latin text for John 13:34:

“Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos.” Or, in English:

“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.”  

Holy Thursday is thus sometimes called Maundy Thursday because it was on this day that Christ gave us the new commandment– the new mandate -to love one another as he loves us.

Mass for this special day is always celebrated in the evening – just as Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover meal together. At Mass we commemorate: The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet, The Last Supper, Jesus’ praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ Arrest.

After the Gospel and Homily the priest may wash the feet of those

men, women and children who have been chosen. This demonstrates the humbling act of service that Jesus made towards his disciples and reminds each of us of that same call to service in our own lives.

Mass continues with the Eucharistic Prayer and Holy Communion but instead of placing the remaining Blessed Sacrament into the usual tabernacle the priest and the congregation process with the Blessed Sacrament to another prepared area of the church where people are invited to spend some time in prayer and Adoration. This movement and time of prayer reminds us of the journey that Jesus and his disciples made to the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus asked them to stay awake and to pray with him during his time of need.

After some time in prayer the church is stripped of altar cloths etc. and all crucifixes are covered with veils in preparation for Good Friday (if this hasn’t already been done at the start of Passiontide).

Friday 2nd April – Good Friday

Good Friday is the only day on which no Mass is celebrated anywhere in the world. The only sacraments that can be celebrated on this day are Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.

At 3pm the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion takes place which consists of 3 parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross and Holy Communion (using the hosts consecrated the day before during the Maundy Thursday Mass). It is a sombre celebration which begins and ends in silence. The priest will wear red to commemorate the death of Jesus that we remember on this day.  

The Passion of the Lord is proclaimed again during this Service (today, always from the Gospel of Saint John) and specific intercessions (bidding prayers) are used for the needs of the world.  

All of the congregation are invited to come forward and to venerate the cross. This usually takes the form of kissing the cross but other signs of respect may be offered such as genuflecting.  

Good Friday is a day of fasting and traditionally those who are able will not eat meat and will limit themselves to one main meal and 2 other small dishes (at most) during the day.

Saturday 3rd April – Holy Saturday leading into the Easter Vigil

Throughout the day the sombre atmosphere of Good Friday is kept and Mass is not celebrated during the day. Once night had fallen the first celebrations of Easter can begin in the form of the Easter Vigil. At this Mass the Paschal Candle is blessed, the congregation renew their baptismal promises and we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the first time since Ash Wednesday we can say ‘Alleluia!’ and from this point for the next 50 days we are in Eastertide.

In some parishes, those young people and adults who have been preparing for Baptism will be welcomed into the Catholic Church and will be baptised so that they enter into new life just as Jesus rose from the dead and brought new life.

Sunday 4th April – Easter Day, the Resurrection of the Lord

The celebrations that were started during the Easter Vigil continue!  

This Sunday begins the ‘Octave of Easter’ – eight days of Easter celebrations where the Gloria is used in every Mass and at the end of each Mass there is a double ‘Alleluia’ at the dismissal. Each day uses the same prayers in the Divine Office, and in a very real way it’s a whole week of Easters. 

For all of the scripture used during the Scared Triduum click here.

The Season of Eastertide

Sunday 11th April, 2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

In a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, our Lord called for a special feast day to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. Today, we know that feast as Divine Mercy Sunday, named by Saint John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000. 

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska recorded these words in her Diary:

‘My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.’

Sunday 25th April, 4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

The readings in all three cycles of scripture use images of sheep and shepherd to compare the relationship of Jesus and those who belong to him. 

While Good Shepherd Sunday is certainly the perfect time to pray for our priests, bishops, and all those who shepherd the Lord’s flock, it is also an opportunity to look at our own lives, and how we can be good shepherds to those in our care. We reflect on Jesus who is the Good Shepherd and reflect on how we can follow His example.

Thursday 13th May – The Ascension of the Lord, *Holy Day of Obligation*

40 days after we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at Easter we remember when Jesus ascended into Heaven. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains why it is such an important celebration: 665 Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (cf. Acts 1:11); this humanity in the meantime hides him from the eyes of men (cf. Col 3:3).

  • Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him for ever.
  • Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday 23rd May –  Pentecost Sunday

Having celebrated Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into Heaven we then celebrate the day on which the Holy Spirit was sent as the promised helper to the disciples in their mission to go out in the world and proclaim the Good News. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.

This celebration marks the end of Eastertide and for the first time since the Easter Vigil the Paschal Candle is removed from the sanctuary and returned to its usual place, in the baptistry (near the font)  within the church.

For the scripture for Pentecost Sunday click here.

How do we answer Jesus’ call to be His disciple throughout the Lent and Easter seasons?

Ash Wednesday and Lent in 2 minutes
You don’t know Jack about Lent
’40 days’

The Paschal Candle

can be seen in the church sanctuary throughout the whole of the Easter Season and each of the images and symbols on the Candle represent a deeper meaning in our faith.

Think

to help reflect on how God may be calling us through different vocations to be a better disciple.

  • Pope Francis’ 10 tips on Lent. How many could you commit to? 
  • Examen Prayer – a daily prayer routine that helps us think about how we have lived as Jesus’ disciple this day. Resources to support you in this can be found here. Thanks to St Martin’s academy in Stoke Golding for providing these. 

 Further information can be found on the Ignatian Spirituality Website.

  • Sorry Prayers 

The heart of preparing for Easter is being penitent, sorry. Encourage times of writing, or sharing sorry prayers, thinking about how we have not lived up to what is expected when being a disciple of Jesus.

For support preparing Sorry Prayers for Collective Worship visit the NDCYS website here.

  • Cycle of Prayer during Eastertide:

                                    New Members of the Church; 

                                    Vocations; 

                                    The Right Use of the Media; 

                                    The Church; 

                                    Human Work

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent is an important part of this penitent season and gives us an opportunity to change our lives so that we can become better disciples of Jesus. 

Although the Sacrament of Reconciliation in schools is only available to those who have undergone the preparation and catechesis for their First

Reconciliation (usually in parishes) you can discuss with your priest if he would be happy to simply talk with those who feel they would like to participate but who are unable to receive the Sacrament at this time. 

A video explaining the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be found here and further resources can be found in the Reconciliation Lent Resources booklet.

Do

Support CAFOD in its Lenten campaign focussed on providing water to those who need it. You can find their latest campaign here.

Pray the Rosary with a focus on the sorrowful mysteries during Lent and then the glorious mysteries from Easter Day.


Special thanks to St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Academy Trust and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust for the Discipleship resources for this term.

Encounter

Last term, our diocesan spiritual theme was ‘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.”