Collective Worship In School
Class of 2021 Mass and Celebration
Things don’t always go to plan - living through a global pandemic has shown us that. During this time we have learnt that we are resilient, capable of adapting and still able to do amazing things, even if it’s not in the way we initially planned.
Despite bubble restrictions and a lot of rain, on Wednesday 7th July 2021 Year 6 were able to celebrate our last Mass at Bishop Ellis Catholic School together. A big thank you to all involved in making the celebration so special, especially Father Clement for helping us to prepare and celebrate the Mass.
Here are some of the highlights we would like to share with those who would have loved to have celebrated with us: https://youtu.be/1ZD_453tNLY
14th Week of Ordinary Time
Our word of the week is 'Courage'. As we approach the summer break, we ask God to be with us in our time of need. We think especially about our to experience change - Y6 moving onto new school, staff moving onto new jobs and all the children moving class in the new acadmeic year; may they be filled with courage from the Holy Spirit.
Ss. Peter and Paul - Tuesday 29th June
A big thank you to Father Clement for celebrating this special feast day with us. It was an exciting day for the whole school community as it was the first time we have been able to celebrate Mass in our wonderful new school. To ensure bubbles remained safe, classes watched a live stream of the Mass and Year 5 from Miss Bhakta's class were able to represent the whole school in the hall. It was a beautiful occasion and a fine way to mark the return of Mass into school.
13th Week of Ordinary Time
This week we have been exploring our faith and thinking about how we can share it with others. Mrs Gunton set this week's mission for us to share our faith with our families.
Pope Francis said: "Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone".
Prayer and Praise
As we are in the month of June, we have been looking at devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. One devotion is called the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Using a set of rosary beads, a special set of prayers is recited. We have been saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in our Prayer and Praise groups.
12th Week of Ordinary Time
This week we are thinking about how to be a calming presence in the lives of others. just like Jesus calmed the stormy waters and kept the disciples safe, how can we have a positive impact in the lives of the people around us?
Saint Claude de la Colombiere said: "One of the greatest gifts the Holy Spirit can bestow on us is to give us peace in a time of struggle, calm in the midst of trouble".
11th Week of Ordinary Time
This week we have been striving to build up God's kingdom here on earth. We have been thinking of ways we can reveal God's kingdom including sharing with a sibling, helping our school friends and giving to charity.
Saint Josemaria Escriva said: "Those who pray and suffer, leaving action for others, will not shine here on earth, but what a radiant crown they will wear in the kingdom of life! Blessed be the apostolate of suffering!"
June - Month of the Sacred Heart
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and it allows us the opportunity to focus on the love that Jesus had for us and the love he taught us to give to others. With the help of the Chaplaincy Team, one of our Y5 students made their prayer area in the office come to life, incorporating the signs and symbols associated with the devotion to the Sacred Heart.
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.
10th Week of Ordinary Time
This week the Church celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi. We focus on the Body of Christ, and how we as members of the Church are apart of the Body and work together to build a better community. Our mission this week is to think of ways that we can reach out to those in need, and support our global family.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard said: "The Eucharist is everything, because from the Eucharist, everything is".
What a wonderful day we have had celebrating Pentecost in school! The Chaplaincy Team led our whole school liturgy, everyone made their own Holy Spirit head dress and we each had a treat from the ice cream van (a big thank you to the FOBE who have been so generous in providing our Pentecost treats).
This week, as we celebrate the birthday of the Church - Pentecost, our mission is to go out and spread the Good News just like the disciples did on that first Pentecost Day. Our mission is to share our favourite Bible story with someone else and explain why we think it is important.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa said: "Pentecost is the moment when a heart of stone is shattered and a heart of flesh takes its place".
Crowning Our Lady
Over the past two weeks, each bubble has had the opportunity to come and spend some time thinking about what an important and special lady Mary is to all of us. As we are in the month of May, and would usually have come together to show devotion to Mary. This year, instead, we have done smaller processions and crowned Mary with her beautiful crown.
7th Week of Easter
Our 'Word of the Week' is EXAMPLE. During our Whole School Act of Worship, we looked at Mary as a role model and paid special attention to her virtue of generosity. We explored in the Bible how Mary was always generous with her time and wisdom and how we can still ask Mary for guidance in our lives. Our mission this week is to find an opportunity to be generous each day, and be a good example to the other people in our lives.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: "Joy is a sign of generosity. When you are full of joy, you move faster and you want to go about doing to everyone".
Today we marked the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven. Whilst we couldn't all gather together in one room, we were able to join in prayer together virtually. The account of the Ascension is taken from the Acts of the Apostles and it is also the second Glorious Mystery of the Holy Rosary. Today we said a decade of the rosary, focusing particularly upon the Ascension.
If you would join our prayer and reflection, please visit: https://youtu.be/BJeay7BaJ5Y
6th Week of Easter
This week in Gospel worship we explored Mary as the first missionary disciple. We learnt that Mary was both resilient and hopeful when it came to saying "yes" to God's plan. God also has a plan for all of us, we need to be courageous and answer the individual call he has for us. Our mission this week is to spend some time with God so that we can be the person that He wants us to be.
May the Month of Mary
As we continue through the month of May, we have found some interesting ways of celebrating with Marian devotions. The Chaplaincy Team have created lovely artwork that has been displayed around school, in classes we have been joining in with The Angelus and Miss Hickey has set everyone the task of finding the 19 images and titles of Mary that have been hidden around school.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta said "If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit, this prayer has never failed me."
5th Week of Easter
This week our word of the week is 'Vocation'. This is a special word that reminds us to look at God's plan for each of us. This week's mission is to spend some time listening to God in our hearts so we can be the amazing people He wants us all to be!
May - The Month of Mary
We are now in the month of May, traditionally a month that focuses on Marian devotion in the Church. We take the time, each May, to thank God for the gift of our Heavenly Mother and turn to her in our hour of need. This week we have been focusing on the Hail Mary prayer. Each class has the opportunity to learn the prayer in British Sign Language. Our Prayer and Praise groups have also been focusing on the Hail Mary prayer and asking Mary to guide us throughout this month.
4th Week of Easter - Mission
This week we have been exploring the term, 'Trust'. Sunday's Gospel reading was all about the Good Shepherd, and how if we have complete trust in the Lord, he will provide for us. Pope Francis said, "It is important to have friends that we trust. But it is essential to trust the Lord, who never lets us down".
Saint George's Day
This dragon was made by Josh in Year 4.
Saint George is the patron saint of England and we have all spent time learning about who he was and prayed to him. Saint George stood up to a powerful person and told them what they were doing was wrong. We hope to be like Saint George by being brave and standing up to injustice.
Prayer & Praise Groups
In our bubbles this week, we met and learnt about Sunday's Gospel reading on having faith. Jesus came back from the dead, and shared a meal with him. The disciples were very happy to have their teacher back. We prayed for children all over the world that can't go to school and asked God to look over them.
CAFOD National Assembly
Today we joined schools from across the United Kingdom to learn about CAFOD's latest campaign 'Eyes of the World'. We learnt that the climate is in crisis and it affects us all and it's the poorest communities who are suffering the most. The eyes of the world are on us this year as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nations' climate change talks – COP26. The assembly shared how we can come together to look after and care for the world which is crying out for our help, and tackle the climate crisis.
3rd Week of Easter - Mission
This week we are exploring 'Faith' by considering what we believe. Our mission this week is to spend time with our families, thinking about how we can grow in faith. Saint Augustine said, "Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe".
2nd Week of Easter - Mission
We returned to school after our two week break and we started to think about how we can continue to celebrate Easter throughout the liturgical season. Mrs Gunton has asked that we try to encourage someone else this week.
Our Lenten Challenge
During the season of Lent, we set ourselves the challenge of walking as a community to the Holy Land! We have been walking, running, cycling and swimming to reach Jerusalem by Easter. As well as adding miles with our families outside of school, we have also been collecting miles in PE.
Walking with Jesus
As we approach the end of Lent, and prepare for the glorious celebration of Easter, each class has taken time to walk with Jesus through exploring the Stations of the Cross. Time for reflection and prayer, we have been thinking about what Jesus' final journey means to each of us and in the silence of our time together, spoke to God about what is in our hearts.
Harvey (Y2) said: "I felt sad for Jesus because he died for us. The twelfth station (Jesus Dies on the Cross) reminded me of God's love".
We prayed together:
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
National Day of Reflection
On March 23rd , we took some time for stillness and silence as we reflected upon our lives over the past year. We had an opportunity to think about those people in our community that have been ill or died and we started to think about our hopes for the future.
Thank you to NDCYS and Tom, our Lead Lay Chaplain, who shared videos that were wonderfully prayerful and really made us stop and think.
We continue to pray for everyone effected by the Corona virus and ask Mary, our Heavenly Mother to pray with us and for us:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
5th Week of Lent - Mission
On Monday, we came together as a school community for our weekly whole school Act of Worship. We shared the Gospel reading from Sunday and reflected upon how we, as disciples, can follow Jesus in our daily lives.
Pope Francis said, "To follow Jesus means to share his merciful love with every human being".
Our mission this week is to try and be more like Jesus by following his example by showing kindness, being generous and praying for people in need.
Solemnity of Saint Joseph
March 19th was the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. This is a really important day in our liturgical calendar as we take some time to thank God for the witness and example of Saint Joseph. In school, we joined all of the Catholic schools in the diocese to celebrate Mass with Bishop Patrick. We were able to reflect upon Joseph's part in God's plan to share love with us all. Saint Joseph is the patron of the universal Church and so we ask him to look over us no matter what is happening in our lives.
Saint Joseph, pray for us!
Stations of the Cross Liturgy
Thank you to everyone that was involved in such a thought provoking liturgy. As we journey throughout the remainder of Lent, let us remember those who have sacrificed for us just as Jesus died on the Cross for all. It is a gift of love from God, let us share love with the other people in our life.
4th Week of Lent - Mission
This week's challenge is to pray for someone who has made a sacrifice for us. I have attached a mission poster for your classrooms. It's pink, because yesterday was Laetare Sunday, and is one of only two Sundays the colour rose (not pink) is used in the liturgical year. The other is in Advent.
Stations of the Cross Door Displays
With the return of all children and staff to school this week, our corridors have to come to life with the retelling of Jesus' journey to the Cross through the Stations of the Cross. Each class has taken ownership of a station and after exploring what it means to them have created thought provoking artwork, beautiful prayers and reflective writings.
3rd Week of Lent - Mission
DISCIPLESHIP MISSION: This week challenge yourself to do something for someone else - something extra that you can do to help someone. This is known as 'almsgiving'. Remember to send your photos or videos of you completing your challenge to email@example.com so that you can feature on ‘Friday Night Live’ on YouTube and on the Truespirit blog.
2nd Week of Lent - Mission
DISCIPLESHIP MISSION: The mission for you this week is to challenge yourself to give something up - this is also known as 'fasting'. Remember to send your photos or videos of you completing your challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can feature on ‘Friday Night Live’ on YouTube and on the Truespirit blog.
Thank you to the children from EYFS and KS1 that have really set the tone for the season of Lent. They did a great job of being involved with our Lent liturgy which included launching our Lenten Challenge. Saint Augustine said, “Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God? Make for it two wings: fasting and almsgiving.” Watch the liturgy at: https://youtu.be/GuvUqM9F1DI
1st Week of Lent - Mission
DISCIPLESHIP MISSION: The mission for you this week is to challenge yourself to pray in a different way. Remember to send your photos or videos of you completing your challenge to email@example.com so that you can feature on ‘Friday Night Live’ on YouTube and on the Truespirit blog.
Our Lady of Lourdes Liturgy
Today our Year 6's from Mrs Franklin's class did a beautiful job of leading our liturgy for Our Lady of Lourdes. They shared what they knew, created amazing artwork and read reverently. Our Lady said to Saint Bernadette, “I do not promise you happiness in this world, but in the next.” Watch our liturgy at: https://youtu.be/rjCbh5mSigU
Thank you to our wonderful pupils from Miss Mentzel’s class who have led a beautiful celebration for our Candlemas Liturgy. They have read, written prayers and created artwork. Watch the liturgy at: https://youtu.be/sd1xdXNVUMw
Blessed Cyprian Tansi Liturgy
January 20th is the feast day of Blessed Cyprian Tansi. He has a special connection to our diocese as he moved from his native Nigeria to learn about life as a monk at Mount Saint Bernard monastery in Leicestershire. Blessed Cyprian said: “If you are going to be a Christian at all, you might as well live entirely for God.” Watch the liturgy at: https://youtu.be/eAYASS7VW3Y
The theme of today’s liturgy is ‘Discipleship’. Over the Lent term, Bishop Patrick is asking each of us to consider what being a disciple means and how we can answer God’s call to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Saint Irenaeus said, “God did not tell us to follow Him because He needed our help, but because He knew that loving Him would make us whole.” Watch our liturgy at: https://youtu.be/ZgAmPzIUyIg
Feast of the Epiphany
Today is the twelfth day of Christmas and we celebrate the visit of the Three Wise Men. Usually, we would have a celebration in school but as we cannot all be together we have put this video together instead sharing what the Epiphany is, some traditions for the day and an Epiphany blessing prayer.
St. Francis de Sales said: “Faith is like a bright ray of sunlight. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.” In uncertain times, let us look to the Light as the Wise Men looked to the star to find God and know that we are always surrounded by love and joy. Watch the liturgy at: https://youtu.be/tjw4U5kUvLo