Year of Mary – Star of the Sea

This month, we remember Our Lady as the Star of the Sea.

This chosen title for July is Star of the Sea because on the second Sunday of July we celebrate Sea Sunday. On Sea Sunday, the Catholic Church, along with other churches, remembers seafarers and prays for them, their families and those who support them.

Pray with us.

Dear Father,

You chose Mary to be the mother of your son and so our mother.

This month we remember her as Star of the Sea, a guiding light,

a beacon, showing us the way through the storms of life to safely reach her son, Jesus.

We hold in prayer all seafarers who often have dangerous journeys

as they work to supply our needs.

We hold in prayer the work of the Apostleship of the Sea who support them.

We make these prayers in Jesus’ name.

Amen

 

To commemorate those at sea, we reflected together quietly and listened to the sounds of the ocean while we made origami boats, to symbolise our thoughts being with those at sea.

God will Provide

Well done to the children of Year 2, who today held their final KS1 Liturgy. Parents, friends and families joined us to celebrate the Word of God and how He will provide for us. Thank you for all those who attended.

CAFOD refugee talk

Today, Margaret from CAFOD visited Year 3 and Year 4 to talk about life as a refugee. The children took part in activities which involved them working in groups and imaging they were a group of refugees. They learnt that lots of families have been separated which has caused distress and upset. The children emphasised with refugees and the lives they currently lead or have led. We then gathered together to reflect and pray for refugees around the world.

 

Evening of praise and worship

Thank you to all of the mission team members from Year 5 and their parents for attending the evening of worship at St. Patrick’s School, Dipton. The evening was a fantastic success full of singing, dancing and reflection and was a perfect opportunity to go forward together in hope. We also enjoyed a selection of food and drinks along with all of the other children, parishioners and parents across the partnership.

 

 

 

CAFOD visit

Margaret from CAFOD visited Sacred Heart School to promote the fantastic work CAFOD do all around the world. Margaret got all of the children involved in learning about how to save precious water and to save on electricity to ultimately save our planet. We also discussed our Lenten promises for this special time of year and took on board the important message Pope Francis has given us, ‘Live wisely, think deeply and love generously’.

 

 

 

Stained glass windows

This week, we have been discussing responses and how important they are in the Catholic faith.

We talked about when and why we say litanies and what they mean, and spent some reflective time creating stained glass windows, which we decorated with popular responses.

Join us in prayer.

Loving God, in the midst of our daily lives, we remember.
We remember, O God.
As we worry about getting to stay up late, having to share our room, or needing a bigger closet to hold all of our toys, we remember children who don’t have a room, a place to sleep, or even a shelter to call home.
We remember, O God.

As we worry about buying name-brand clothes, sports shoes, compact discs, and computer games, we remember families who have no money to buy clothes, shoes, music, or toys.
We remember, O God.

As we worry about taking out the bins, doing the dishes and getting told off, we remember kids who have been abused, abandoned, or don’t
have a family to call their own.
We remember, O God.

As we worry about homework, taking quizzes, and turning in science projects, we remember children who don’t have a school, pencils, papers, books,
or other opportunities to learn.
We remember, O God.

Lenten Reflection

To celebrate and recognise this Holy time of Lent, Year 2 have been discovering Jesus’ journey through the desert.

“We give up things because Jesus gave himself up for our sins.”

“I am going to help my Mammy more to make God happy.”

“I am going to make a quilt with my Mammy and give it to charity.”

Please join us in prayer.

I Will Turn

Lord, I will turn,
Turn my face towards you.
I will lay before you the desert areas I hide
And turn to soak in your refreshing words of life.
I will cast aside the barren, selfish pursuits
And turn to rest in the tranquil warmth of your love.
I will draw back from the harsh pull of media
And turn to bathe in the gentle power of your Spirit.
Lord, today I turn my face towards you.

I will turn
To soak in your words of life,
To rest in the warmth of your love,
And to bathe in the power of your Spirit.

Lastly, we completed some Lenten promises to mark this liturgical season, and have displayed them on our prayer tables. These promises will also be offered up in Mass this week  from all classes.

Year 6 Healing Liturgy

Thank you to all who attended the Year 6 Liturgy based around our theme of Healing. This  fitted in with the Sunday Gospel and the February Year of Mary theme of being charitable towards the sick. The children reflected on how lucky we are to get medical help when we need it. This is not the case all around the world where people do not have access to medical supplies or doctors. The children then shared why they are thankful for their health; reflecting on the nice things that they are able to do.

The children read and sang beautifully. Well done Year 6!

Year of Mary

As part of our celebration of the Year of Mary, Year 2 have today created their class focal point.

The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next two years’ World Youth celebrations, culminating in Panama in 2019. Pope Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as ‘a role model to be imitated’.

This month, we have discussed what we already know about Mary:
‘She is Jesus’ Mother’
‘She is a very holy lady’
‘We say prayers for her’
We also worked during quiet music to create celebration cards, featuring Mary, to show our love for her. We then added scripture to our selections and our teacher transformed them into a wonderful prayer chain! This has been added to our focal point in class and will help us to remember Mary and her many virtues.
Please join us in this month’s prayer:

Lord Jesus, We remember how you healed the sick, the lame, the blind.

Send your love and mercy to all people who are suffering.

Give them courage, healing and strength.

We thank you for all doctors and nurses and for all who look after the sick.

Give them wisdom, skill and patience as they bring help and care to those in need.

Help us to share your love and mercy through our prayer and support.

We ask Our Lady of Lourdes to be with those in pain, that they may feel her comfort and love.

Amen

Mini Vinnies Food Collection

Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection this Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies have been collecting all the food and making a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class was Year 3 with 52 items donated who will now receive an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances on Friday morning who collects food for Stanley Food Bank. We brought all the food over to Church where we helped Frances count and move the food into her car to drop off. This will make a real difference to lots of families this Christmas.