Happy new year! Welcome back to 2016 – hopefully you had a brilliant holiday and you’re still enjoying a brilliant Christmas. Whilst our trees may be put away and the festive season might seem like a distant memory – it’s still Christmastide in the church – until Wednesday that is! That means it’s still time for rejoicing, sharing love and celebrating the birth of Jesus.

On Wednesday we remember another important feast – the feast of the Epiphany. This is the day we remember the visit of the ‘Wise Men’ or ‘Magi’ to the newborn baby Jesus bearing the now famous gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This feast is the reason we give our own gifts at Christmas and the story which we know so well continues to be an example to us of generosity, kindness and right judgement.

This year is also a special year in the Church – The Year of Mercy. You might have heard about it before we broke up – and you’ll certainly hear about it this coming year in school. It’s an amazing opportunity for our church to show the kindness and generosity of the Wise Men to those in need and to make a real difference in the world. As we are inspired to give this week by the story of the Epiphany let’s think about the things people actually need and the things we can do to really make a difference to people’s lives.

Monday/Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

It’s time for our “Word of the Week” watch the video above and check out for the notices at the bottom of the screen – don’t forget to leave your comments below!

If you’ve not made your form door a door of Mercy yet then make a sign and put it up – if you can, think about how you can be merciful this year and how you can get more involved in school life.

Lord, help us to be merciful and help us to give of ourselves to those around us. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday/Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

What does mercy actually mean? It can make us think about all sorts of different things and to help us think about putting Mercy into action the church gives us 7 corporal acts of mercy to think about they are:

  1. To feed the hungry.
  2. To give drink to the thirsty.
  3. To clothe the naked.
  4. To shelter the homeless.
  5. To visit the sick.
  6. To visit the imprisoned.
  7. To comfort the mourning.

You were given a mission in the Advent Liturgy to do some of these 7 acts on your Gold coin – how did you get on?

Some of these things are more straightforward than others and each person is going to find different ways to be merciful throughout the year. This morning we want you to think about what mercy actually means to you. We’re going to be filming a special project on Mondays the in the Chapel where we’re going to collect as many ideas and opinions on what mercy is throughout the year to help inspire others to be merciful and make a difference. Here is an example from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle who some of you met at the Flame Congress last year:

Talk with the people next to you – what does mercy mean to you.

In your planner – on a Monday this term – write down your definition and a reminder to come to the chapel and capture your ideas on film. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy being on camera – still write your definition anyway!

Lord, help us to understand what Mercy is. Amen.

Thursday

_87452757_getty_flackWe begin with the Sign of the Cross

This whole term is about Networks and how we connect with those around us.

This week use the Key Process of “Breaking News” to explore the following story from the holidays.

Lord, help us to understand how we connect with other people and to form positive and healthy relationships. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Friday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

As you know, we are going to use the Scripture from this Sunday’s Gospel to reflect on every Friday. If you are in KS 3/4 You can use your planners to to help you understand the scripture.

This year we want to bring the Word of God to life on a Friday morning to help us reflect and understand scripture a little bit better, so with the help of our school community a different person each week will read our Gospel and share what it means to them. Use your planners to help you discuss and explore the story further.

Lord, help us to know who we are. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

 

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