This week we took part in Red Wednesday on 23rd November to break the silence on the persecution of Christians and all faiths, globally. We came to school dressed in red and attended a whole school assembly focussing on the work of Aid to the Church in Need.
We pledged our prayers and recognised how blessed we are to be able to share and practise our faith openly. We prayed and lit candles for all those who couldn't. As a school, we wore red glasses so that we could see the world in red.
The Faithfully Departed
This week we led whole school mass to remember all of the faithfully departed who have sadly gone before us. As we are in the month of November, we pray that those who have been reunited with Christ, will have eternal rest in heaven. We also shared in a special whole school assembly of Remembrance where we pray for all those who have lost their lives due to war and conflict.
Eternal rest, grant unto them o Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace, Amen.
All Saints and All Souls
On Tuesday we joined together as a whole school to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. We took time to reflect upon the work of the saints who have gone before us and asked God to give us the strength to follow in their footsteps. Following this, as we have entered the month of November, the month of All Souls, we joined as a class to gather our own private intentions for close loved ones who have departed before us. We created prayers that we will take to our class mass next week where we will remember the faithfully departed.
Prayer in the Presence of the Relics of St Bernadette
On Monday 10th October we Joined Archbishop Bernard Longley and schools from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham and beyond, for a time of prayer and reflection in the presence of the relics of St Bernadette. We were able to reflect on the life of St Bernadette and explore her apparitions. Our Lady said yes to the Lord, and just like Our Lady and St Bernadette, we welcome God into our lives and try our best to please him in the same way that they did.
The Month of The Holy Rosary
This week our Liturgy Leads led our class in a decade of the Holy Rosary to signify the beginning of October. We said the the first joyful mystery- The Annunciation when we remember how Mary said yes to God. We took time to reflect upon ways in which we can listen to God and also say yes to his great plan for us.
Whole School Mass (29th September)
This week we joined the whole school to celebrate the Feast of the Archangels.
We listened to the word of the Lord shared during mass and recognised that through prayer, we can ask the angels to bless us each day and to keep us safe.
This week we were visited by Deacon Tim for our classroom blessing. This marked the new beginning of the school year and we were reminded how we were all given a new beginning when we entered into God's family. The children reflected upon their Baptisms when Holy water was placed on the heads in a similar way and they shared great discussions about being filled with strength and love from God. The children recognised their opportunities to reach new goals this year as they have God by their side.
CAFOD National Assembly
This week Year 4 joined in with the CAFOD National Assembly. The children listened to ways in which we can help our global family avoid hunger. The children were able to reflect on how we as a family of God can ensure that human kind are treated fairly and we can support others in need.
Remembrance Collective Worship
Today we shared a child led liturgy in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II. We also offered our prayers for other sick members of our parish community.
Prayers Of Thanks For Our Talents
During collective worship time this week, we introduced our Liturgy Leaders to the class and they led us in prayers of thanksgiving. The children gave thanks for their talents and asked the Lord to help them achieve their goals and aspirations for this year. The children created a prayer chain for our classroom prayer table.
Our Class Charter
This week we discussed what roles and responsibilities we needed to include in our class charter in order to put Christ at the centre of our daily lives and follow in his footsteps.
Class Based Liturgy
This morning we gathered in our classrooms to listen and reflect on the Bible scripture, The Prodigal Son. The children were able to identify feelings and actions of different characters, making links with our Jesuit virtue, Compassionate and Loving. The children discussed who's actions were correct and how God would want us to act in our daily lives.