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“And when you fast, do not put on a sad face as the hypocrites do. They neglect their appearance so that everyone will see that they are fasting. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. When you go without food, wash your face and comb your hair, so that others cannot know that you are fasting—only your Father, who is unseen, will know. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18

This week we’re going to look in more detail at fasting, what it means, and how we can do it!

We often give up things for Lent but fasting is not just about going without chocolate. It’s about going without something you don’t need in order to focus on the things you do. You might fast from watching TV or going on your phone and spend more time with your family and friends. What can you give up for Lent that will help you understand the really important things in your life?

Notices

NOTICES- PLEASE READ TO WHOLE FORM

  • AOW Rota for this week: 
  • Monday- Y7 and Y8 in Chapel
  • Tuesday- Y9 and Y10 in Chapel
  • Wednesday- 6th Form
  • Thursday- Y11 in Chapel
  • Year 9 please return your Briars letter ASAP
  • We have a voluntary Mass in the Chapel on Friday at 12:15, celebrated by Fr Paul Newman. All students and staff are welcome to attend! You can collect a Mass pass from the chapel. See you there!
  • Faith in Action group- we are meeting in the Chapel after school on Wednesday. Make sure you bring your journals! Write this in your diaries so that you remember!
  • Start thinking about how you and your form will raise as much money as possible for Lenten Fundraising – don’t forget, it is a House competition! Our fundraising afternoon is an incredible opportunity to be sponsored for a fun activity and the money raised will make a huge difference to our school charities: Building Hope in Bunkpurugu, CAFOD, Faith in Families and Emmanuel House! Think of creative ways to raise your money- you can ask your family, friends, parish Church, even your neighbours!
  • Patrick House Mass will take place on Monday 16th March period 5! Make sure that your whole form group is contributing to create your Mass part (which has been sent to your form tutor). If you have any questions or want to be involved with altar serving, music, singing or helping set up the Mass- let us know!
  • If you are 13 years and older and have the permission of your parents, you can follow our Chaplaincy Instagram @be.inspirational.becket and Twitter @b3inspirational for the latest posts and photos!
  • Make sure your Liturgical Colour Charts are pointing to Lent in your form rooms!

    Have a great week everyone! 🙂

IMPORTANT: Students and staff please watch this video from Issie and Vicki, Chaplains within our CMAT, who explain some of the temporary changes we will experience in our Masses to prevent the spread of germs.

If you have any questions, do come and speak to Joe and Ruth in the Chapel! 🙂 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Let us know in the comments below anything that you are fasting from this Lent!

And how have you found your first week of fasting?

On Friday 6th March it was CAFOD Family Fast Day, as we reflect on fasting this week, please join us in saying CAFOD’s Family Fast Day prayer…

God of all wholeness,
heal our hearts
of all that prevents us responding
to our sisters and brothers,
excluded by poverty
and prevented from living a full
and healthy life.
This Lent, may we:
implore justice through our prayer,
stand in solidarity through our fasting,
and reach out through our giving.
Send your life-giving power
to revive the weary,
restore the broken
and renew the face of the earth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

  • Faith in Action group- we are meeting in the Chapel after school on Wednesday. Make sure you bring your journals! Write this in your diaries so that you remember!
  • Year 9 please return your Briars letter ASAP to secure your place on the trip. 
  • We have a voluntary Mass in the Chapel on Friday at 12:15, celebrated by Fr Paul Newman. All students and staff are welcome to attend! You can collect a Mass pass from the chapel. See you there!

IMPORTANT: Students and staff please watch this video from Issie and Vicki, Chaplains within our CMAT, who explain some of the temporary changes we will experience in our Masses to prevent the spread of germs.

If you have any questions, do come and speak to Joe and Ruth in the Chapel! 🙂 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we’re going to look in more detail at what fasting actually means. It’s easy to think about it in the traditional, non-religious sense, but what does it mean for us in Christianity?

There are many examples of fasting in the Bible…

Daniel 10:2-3

“At that time I was mourning for three weeks. I did not eat any rich food or any meat, drink any wine, or comb my hair until the three weeks were past.”

 

Have a watch of the video below to find out more about fasting in Catholicism:

Comment below one thing that you have learnt from the video/one thing that you think is important to remember about fasting.

We pray for all our sisters and brothers around the world: particularly those without access to the healthcare they need in order to flourish. Through our Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving, may God renew our resolve to work with them to end poverty and injustice. Amen.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

  • Faith in Action group- we are meeting in the Chapel after school on Wednesday. Make sure you bring your journals! Write this in your diaries so that you remember!
  • Year 9 please return your Briars letter ASAP to secure your place on the trip. 
  • We have a voluntary Mass in the Chapel on Friday at 12:15, celebrated by Fr Paul Newman. All students and staff are welcome to attend! You can collect a Mass pass from the chapel. See you there!

IMPORTANT: Students and staff please watch this video from Issie and Vicki, Chaplains within our CMAT, who explain some of the temporary changes we will experience in our Masses to prevent the spread of germs.

If you have any questions, do come and speak to Joe and Ruth in the Chapel! 🙂 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we’re going to take a moment to spend time with God. In three of the four Gospels, Jesus talks about fasting, and about how we should not make it obvious that we are fasting. It should be something that is between us and Our Heavenly Father. One thing that we don’t fast on in Lent is the Eucharist. Holy Communion is the pinnacle of our faith, and we should think about that when we are fasting from other earthly foods. When we fast, we make room for Jesus in our lives.  Listen to the song/watch the video and spend some time with God, ask him for what you need help fasting from. Remember this doesn’t just need to be food, you can fast from gossip, harmful words, social media…

How does it feel to spend this time with God? Let us know in the comments below.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

  • Year 9 please return your Briars letter ASAP to secure your place on the trip. 
  • We have a voluntary Mass in the Chapel on Friday at 12:15, celebrated by Fr Paul Newman. All students and staff are welcome to attend! You can collect a Mass pass from the chapel. We will have visitors from Class 4 and Reception from St Patrick’s School. See you there!

IMPORTANT: Students and staff please watch this video from Issie and Vicki, Chaplains within our CMAT, who explain some of the temporary changes we will experience in our Masses to prevent the spread of germs.

If you have any questions, do come and speak to Joe and Ruth in the Chapel! 🙂 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

When we fast, we often give up foods that we like. Through fasting we learn to truly appreciate what we have and how fortunate we are. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Paul writes:

“The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful.”

Watch this video :

In the video American children try traditional British foods. Most of dishes we’d happily eat, but some of them we don’t like at all. In today’s society it is easy to be picky when we eat, but fasting allows us to have that appreciation for what we have, and to be grateful for the food that God has given us. Some people aren’t able to fast because they don’t have enough food in a day to not eat some.

Have a discussion about this in your forms and come up with a form promise linked to fasting that you are going to complete over the weekend. This might be to donate some money to charity, to give a person who is homeless a food item, or simply pray for those who are less fortunate than us. Let us know your promise in the comments below!

We pray that our school community may be moved by God’s love to reach out to others in our turn, especially to those who are poor, so that no one may feel abandoned, forgotten or alone.

Amen

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

  • Year 9 please return your Briars letter ASAP to secure your place on the trip. 
  • We have a voluntary Mass in the Chapel TODAY at 12:15, celebrated by Fr Paul Newman. All students and staff are welcome to attend! We will have visitors from class 4 and Reception from St Patrick’s School. You can collect a Mass pass from the chapel during first break. We will all eat our lunch after our celebration of Mass. See you there!

IMPORTANT: Students and staff please watch this video from Issie and Vicki, Chaplains within our CMAT, who explain some of the temporary changes we will experience in our Masses to prevent the spread of germs.

If you have any questions, do come and speak to Joe and Ruth in the Chapel! 🙂 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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