We are in our 5th week of Lent and next week is Holy Week!

This week we will be thinking about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. His death and resurrection are at the heart of our faith and they are the reason that we have our school and our Church today. We are called to make sacrifices too, not necessarily to give our lives, but maybe to give our time, or our love, or our compassion.

Think about the people who make sacrifices for you and what that means to you.

Think about how you can make sacrifices for others this week.

 

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We start with the Sign of the Cross.

During this difficult time we are so fortunate to have so many workers sacrificing not only their own time and health, but their families’ time spent together and health in order to save as many lives as possible. These people are our heroes.

Like many of us, last Thursday you may have joined the country in a mass round of applause for all the key workers who are working on the front line of the corona virus crisis. It was a particularly powerful and special moment as the whole country came together in unity to show their support and appreciation to all of our key workers…

Our prayer this morning is going to be simple but powerful. Simply spend a few minutes in silence talking to God. What help do you need to ask God for during this time? Is there anything you need to say sorry for in order to move on? Is there something you are grateful for that you want to thank God for?

We now invite you to say this prayer for all of our heroes who are working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19. For our NHS staff, everyone in the emergency services, our doctors, nurses, police, fire service, paramedics, supermarket staff, teachers, social workers, care workers, religious staff, delivery and transport workers…

Dear Lord, 

Bless and guide our health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being. 

Look after them and their families and keep them safe during this difficult time.

Hep us to play our part in society, help us to be kind, put others needs before our own and support the vulnerable.

Amen

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We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As Christians, we try to be more and more like Jesus every day. However, this doesn’t mean that we are expected to sacrifice our own life as Jesus did.

So do small sacrifices matter?  Sometimes we can think that we should only try to do great things.

During these difficult times, we may feel like we are helpless but actually it is the small sacrifices that we can still do that will often make the biggest difference.

We are all making our own sacrifices by staying at home during this time. It can be hard to keep hope but these are the sacrifices that are making the biggest difference by are saving lives. During times of need we can turn to God and ask for his strength.

Find somewhere quiet, close your eyes, listen to the song below and spend some time in prayer asking for God’s support and guidance.

Your mission this week is to try and make some small sacrifices to help others and share some positivity, here are a few ideas:

  • Help someone at home with their school work
  • Be more patient with a sibling or play a game with them, when you might normally say no
  • Pray for our world, for the key workers and for the vulnerable
  • Help with some housework at home- cook lunch or dinner, wash the dishes, do some vacuuming or cleaning
  • Talk to your family, ask them how they are, ask them if you can do anything to help them
  • Organise something fun for your family who may be struggling- a quiz night, a board game, a sing song night.
  • Take the time to call or FaceTime someone you can’t see at the moment

These small sacrifices could make a big difference to someone’s life right now.

Offer all these actions and prayers to God as he sees all of our sacrifices, no matter how large or small they are.

Dear Lord, 

Help us Jesus to appreciate the things that we have and the sacrifices that other people make for us.

Give us love in our hearts that is strong enough to help us to make sacrifices for people in need around us.

Amen.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Lent is a season of spiritual retreat for Christians. In these 40 days we are invited to journey into the desert with Jesus and to enter a time of stripping back before we celebrate the miracle of Easter. It is a time to reflect, repent and surrender ourselves to Jesus as journey with Jesus through the suffering and victory of the cross.

Every week Issie (our friend and Chaplain at Trinity School and their feeder primaries) is going to teach us a new song! You can learn this song on your own or with your family as a household! Remember to warm up your voices before we begin…

This week the song is called ‘Surrender’ by Vineyard Worship. Watch the video and let us know how you get on at home?!

Now you know the tune and the lyrics, you can have a sing along with Vineyard Worship by clicking the on the video below!

 Dear Lord,

During this difficult time may we surrender ourselves to you. Help us to use this time to share positivity and deepen our prayer life and relationship with you. 

Amen

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As always we take time in our week to listen to Sunday’s Gospel, this week it’s going to be read by Mr Hitchin…

 

Lord Jesus be my strength when I feel weak,

be my bravery when I am scared.

Lord be guiding light in the dark times.

We pray for everyone who is lonely during this time and need your unconditional love and friendship.

Amen

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

Good morning everyone!

Let us start our morning prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Sunday 5th April will mark two years since our much loved 6th Form student, Alphin Abraham passed away.

The below photos were taken last year at The Becket School after Alphin’s one year memorial Mass. Today we would have celebrated a memorial Mass in our Chapel at lunchtime with Alphin’s family and friends. Unfortunately we are unable to do this, however we will still gather in unity and prayer as we pray for Alphin and her family and friends.

Please click on the photos below to view them:

Alphin had so much love and joy to share, she had the kindest heart and was so passionate about helping others. Written below is a Memoir on Alphin’s Second Anniversary that has been shared with us from Alphin’s parents.

Two months ago I stumbled upon a piece of paper tucked in Alphin’s laptop bag with her bucket list. Her wish list included the following – being an organ donor, getting high grades in Maths, learning to ski, and setting up a charity. It was not possible for her to be an organ donor. Skiing did not happen either. However, Alphin’s love for learning found momentum in the hearts of her teachers and fellow students. Alphin not only obtained a grade A in advanced Mathematics but was also posthumously awarded the 2017-18 Canon James Monaghan Trophy for outstanding commitment to academic progress.

To honour Alphin’s passion for Mathematics, in 2019 The Becket School inaugurated The Annual Alphin Abraham Award for outstanding achievement in Maths. Mary and I had the honour of presenting the 2018-19 award to Alex Stocks at the annual Becket School award evening. It was heartening to see Alex’s humility and learn about his love for Maths. We know that Alphin smiles at every success that is witnessed at her Alma mater.

Across the world, in the tiny village of Baliganapalli in India, Alphin’s heart resides with the underprivileged children of Shanti Bhavan; a non-profit organisation committed to education in rural Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India. Two years ago we initiated The Alphin Elizabeth Memorial Fund to honour Alphin’s vision of setting up a charity. Through the fund and the generous donations by each one of you, we have cumulatively reached the threshold for sponsoring a classroom at Shanti Bhavan School. ‘The Alphin Abraham Memorial Pre -K Classroom” at Shanti Bhavan will stand as a befitting tribute to her memory. Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude to each one of you as you have stepped out of your comfort zones and given generously to a cause with eternal rewards.

As for Mary, Ashley and myself (Abraham) – a part of us remain in a standstill with memories of Alphin and the other painfully moves forward as we create a new life and new memories without our darling daughter. Alphin’s ability to cope with adversity continues to inspire us as we move ahead with a strong purpose of keeping Alphin’s vision alive.

The students of Shanti Bhavan echo this gratitude: Alphin Elizabeth Abraham Memorial Fund – Thank You!

To support the children of Shanti Bhavan please visit: https://shantibhavan2.org/projects/alphin-elizabethmemorial-fund

As we remember and celebrate the life of Alphin this weekend we invite you to wear Alphin’s favourite colour (red) in your homes and say a prayer for her and her family and friends.

Dear Lord, we pray for Alphin, who blessed our school community and who shared her hope and joy with us and everyone she met. May her example of faith and resilience continue to inspire others.

We pray for Alphin’s family, may they be surrounded by God’s love so that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in God’s goodness, and have strength to continue the legacy of their inspirational Alphin.

Lord help us to continue Alphin’s happy and positive attitude in all that we do. May we strive to make the world a better place and to treasure every moment and every breath of our lives.

Eternal rest, grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.

Amen.

We end our morning prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

 

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