We asked students and members of staff how does God speak to you?
“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.”
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. Although people are strongly encouraged to attend Mass that day in order to begin the season of Lent in a proper and positive way, it is not a holy day of obligation. We mark Ash Wednesday by having the sign of the cross made on our foreheads. The ashes symbolise sadness and death, and the cross reminds us that we belong to Jesus who died for us. Palm branches from previous Palm Sunday are burned to make the ashes. As we receive the ashes, we pray that we will turn away from sin and grow closer to Jesu during this special season.
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.