This month includes Sea Sunday (8th July) when we pray for those at sea. The children learned about the work of the Apostleship of the Sea. They watched a video with workers at sea being interviewed which gave them a sense of the difficulties that these workers face in their daily lives. Next, they learned about how the Apostleship of the Sea help these people by providing somewhere to stay when they dock and internet connection to contact their loved ones. The children then made a hand print and wrote a prayer for seafarers all around the world.
The theme for the Year of Mary – June was the persecuted. We discussed what this meant and focused on Mary’s love for us all, especially those who are in trouble or persecuted in some way. The children then thought about those people in trouble, in war zones or those who are refugees because they are escaping persecution. They wrote some prayers on a heart template which will be kept on the class focal point. To finish, we said a prayer together.
The virtue of Mary for the month of February is ‘charitable’. The children considered how Mary is charitable towards others; particularly the sick. With this is mind, the children created prayer cards for the sick; drawing an appropriate picture for the front and a prayer for the back. These prayer cards were then put up in the class as a visual reminder of the Year of Mary. We finished by saying a prayer together.
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.