This week, the Liturgical Season of Advent began. Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of Jesus. We gathered with our school community to learn about the importance of Advent. We listened to Matthews Gospel about staying awake. We discussed how we can stay awake and get ready for the coming of Jesus.
God of hope, we cling to you, for your renew the face of the earth.
Through the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus, we follow you on the path of dawn.
Enlightened by your love and wisdom, help us to lead each other and all creatures
back to your open arms.
This week we celebrated Red Wednesday. Red Wednesday is when we think about those Christians who have been persecuted for their beliefs. We learnt about the life of Maximilian Kolbe who devoted his life to God and set up monasteries in Japan and India.
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day in the 11th month we remember those who have died in service. As a school, we gathered together to pay our respects. We remember how service men and women fought gallantly to allow us to live in freedom. In OLOL, we are servants of God and aim to please him in our work and actions.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead.
Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, Though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
All Souls Day
On Wednesday, the church celebrated the feast day of All Souls. This is a very special feast day as we remember those people in our lives who have sadly died and have gone to God into the Kingdom of heaven. As a class, we held a prayer service where we wrote a prayer to those we wish to remember. Our prayers will be present on the altar, in next weeks mass for the Faithfully Departed.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light
shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
Relic of St Bernadette
This week we joined schools around the Archdiocese of Birmingham for a live stream of a rosary to celebrate the relics of St Bernadette being in our Archdiocese. Some children in the class visited St Chads over the weekend to visit relic in person.
On Thursday morning, our Liturgy Leads led us through a decade of the Rosary. We remember Mary the mother of Jesus during the month of October. Whenever Our Lady appeared, she always held a pair of rosary beads and encouraged those she visited such as St Bernadette, St Dominic, St Francisco and St Jacinta to pray the rosary. Throughout the month of October, we will continue to remember Mary by saying decades of the Rosary.
I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
(Our Lady to St Dominic)
This week we have concluded our week with a prayer service led by one of our students. Each week, a child in the class takes home the prayer bag and is encouraged to participate in activities outside of school that involves the teachings of God and Jesus.
Our prayer service focus this week was about Reconciliation. We listened to the parable of The Prodigal Son and explained how the father was able to forgive his son although he had done wrong. In Year 3 we make the sacrament of Reconciliation, so this was a very poignant topic for us to focus on. It is important that we always find the opportunity to forgive others as this is something God would want us to do.
Deacon Tim Blesses Our Classroom
On Friday afternoon, we were visited by Deacon Tim who blessed our classroom and us. He reminded us that during Baptism we were blessed with Holy Water and joined God's family. Belonging to God's family is our current topic in R.E We were reminded about the importance of year 3 as we prepare for our First Holy Communion.
Thank you Deacon Tim.
CAFOD National Assembly
This week we have been fortunate enough to watch an assembly by CAFOD. The topic of the assembly focused on how we an fix the food system. As a class we have discussed about how we will limit our food waste. We remind ourselves of the words Jesus said
"For I was hungry you gave me something" Matthew 25.
Prayer Service for Queen Elizabeth II
On Thursday afternoon, we learnt the sad news that Queen Elizabeth II had sadly passed away. As a class, we held a prayer service for Queen Elizabeth and the family members she has left behind. We will keep the royal family in our prayers during this sad time.
Eternal rest grant unto her,
and let perpetual light shine
May she rest in peace. Amen.
Welcome back to a new school year. Tuesday morning we gathered together as our school family for the first time of the academic year. It was beautiful to be able to reconnect with our peers, and school community and prayer together through hymns. We are looking forward to a successful Year 3.