Monday 25th April: St Mark

Today is the feast day of the patron saint of Saint Mark’s tutor group. Happy feast day!

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Reflection

Prayer

God our Father, You helped St. Mark the Evangelist with Your grace so that he could preach the Good News of Christ. Help us to know You well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ. Amen.

Friday 22nd April: Spreading the Good News

The theme of this school week is: The Good News

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

While this clip is aimed at Americans, the message would very much apply to Cumbria, England.

Prayer

Father, show us how we can do our part to spread the light of your kingdom in our part of the world. Show us what we can do to spread the Good News to those we encounter in our day to day lives. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Friday 15th April: Easter – O Happy Day!

The theme of this school week is: Easter.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Yup, it’s still Easter!  It’s one long happy day!!

Prayer

God our Father,
by raising Christ your Son
you conquered the power of death
and opened for us the way to eternal life.
Let our celebration today raise us up
and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Thursday 24th March: Holy Thursday

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

Today, as well as being the last day of term, is the day we remember Jesus’ institution of the Mass at the Last Supper in the Upper Room.

Prayer

Loving God, 
you gather me in this upper room with your son,
to be fed by your love.
At that supper, Jesus told us to “love one another”
and I know that is the heart of his gift,
his sacrifice for me.
I ask that I might find the source of my own heart,
the meaning for my own life,
in the gift you give us at every Mass.
Guide me to the fullness of your love and life.

Amen.

Tuesday 1st March: St David’s Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

Today is the feast day of St David. David was a monk and a bishop in the sixth century, about 1,400 years ago. He is sometimes called Dewi. He lived as an ascetic – that means there was no luxury in his life, but lots of prayer and thinking about God. He was a kind and helpful man, who founded a monastery at Minerva, now St Davids, in Wales, and at least 12 other monasteries.

His rules for living included no alcohol, and no unnecessary speech! He died in 601 and has been the special saint of Wales since the year 1200.

Legends about him include: He was a small man, and once when he was preaching, the people couldn’t see him, so he prayed and the land underneath him rose into a little hill!

Another time he is said to have prayed for water, and a spring came up from beneath the ground.

Prayer

God our Father, You gave the bishop David to the Welsh Church to uphold the faith
and to be an example of Christian perfection.
In this changing world
may he help us to hold fast to the values which bring eternal life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who being God,
lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Wednesday 24th February: My Temptations

The theme of this school week is: Temptation.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

“God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Reflection

The playwright and wit Oscar Wilde once wrote, “I can resist anything except temptation.” The humor of the remark is mixed with a sad recognition that we fail so often to resist the temptations that come our way each day and from every direction.

During Lent, the struggle against temptation and sin is, hopefully, brought into sharp focus. By simplifying our lives and removing distractions, hidden weaknesses are brought to light and sinful habits are recognized for what they are.

What are the temptations that regularly confront me? Why do I give into them? What can I do to avoid giving into temptations? How must I change my ways in order to move away from sin?

Prayer

Loving God,
you call us back to you with all of our hearts.
I feel your call for me deep in my heart
and I know you want me back
as much as I want to return.
Please, Lord,
give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.

Amen.

Tuesday 23rd February: Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert

The theme of this school week is: Temptation

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Prayer

God of Love, 
through this Lenten journey,
purify my desires to serve you.
Free me from any temptations to judge others,
to place myself above others.
Please let me surrender even my impatience
with others,
that with your love and your grace,
I might be less and less absorbed with myself,
and more and more full of the desire
to follow you, in laying down my life
according to your example.

Amen.

Friday 5th February: Hope in Christ

The theme of this school week is: Hope.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Prayer

Father, something inside me wants to believe. To believe that there is more to my life than I currently see. To believe that You care for me and love me. To believe You have a plan and a purpose for my life. Lord, it is hard to believe. Help my unbelief so I may have hope in You.

In Jesus name.

Amen.

Friday 29th January: The Saint of Auschwitz

The theme of this school week is: The Holocaust

The Sign of the Cross

in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

Reflection

The Church officially remembers St Maximilian Kolbe, the Saint of Auschwitz, in August. However, it is fitting this school we to hear about this amazing man.

Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “greater love than this no man has, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” through the example of St Maximilian Kolbe show us the path to true love. May our lives be lived for others.

Amen.

Wednesday 20th January: St Sebastian

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Today the church remembers St Sebastian:

Prayer Said by Atheletes of Whom St Sebastian is Patron

Athlete’s Prayer:
Father, thank you for the abilities you give me to play my sport.
Jesus, be with me as I play that I might do my best.
Holy Spirit, inspire me as I compete.
May I always play fairly and with repsect of my opponents.
Whatever the outcome of this game, bless me, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Sebastian, Patron Saint of Athletes, Pray for us.

Thursday 7th January: Wise Men Still Seek Him

The theme of this school week is: Epiphany.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” -Matthew 2:1-2

Reflection

With the Feast of Epiphany upon us, our attention stays on Jesus, but shifts to that of how the Magi (or ‘wise men’) worshipped the Baby King of Kings. The Bible (Matthew 2:11) does not say there were three wise men, it only list three gifts.

The gifts they presented to the Christ Child are of significance for several reasons:

  • Gold for the royalty of Jesus
  • Frankincense for the divinity of Jesus
  • Myrrh for the humanity (passion and death) of Jesus

Medieval legends state that their bones were put in the cathedral of Cologne, Germany,  the ‘City of the Three Kings,’ brought there in 1164.

Originally they were considered and depicted as astrologers but in about the Middle Ages, or so, the interpretation began to take on more of ‘kings.’ Some traditions hold that St. Thomas the Apostle visited them later on in life, catechized and initiated them fully into the Christian faith and that they later were ordained priests and bishops.

Prayer

Lord, give us the wisdom to also seek you in faith, just as the Magi did, with all our hearts. May our hearts be our gift to you, knowing that our hearts are the only gift you want from us.

Amen.