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The word of the week is Understanding!

Knowledge is one thing, but unless we understand it we can’t use it to make the world a better place. Understanding helps us take our knowledge and apply it to our lives. Think this week about how you could be more understanding. How could you empathise and really understand what your friends and family are thinking or feeling? It often involves making an effort and really listening. How can you better understand the consequences of your decisions and actions this week?

Click on the different tabs below to explore this week’s prayer resources. We hope you have a great week!

Remember to comment in the comments box below 🙂

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

 

Let’s find out more about the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

Click on the ‘Extra- Ordo-Nary’ video below!

 

 

“Monday 9:30 am Club”

Join Tom from the Briars with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way.

If you missed the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

 

Let us pray…

A Prayer for Understanding

Dear Lord, grant me the gift of understanding.

Help me to understand the feelings of others, to be patient and to be kind.

Help me to understand what you are calling me to do so that I may be the best version of myself.

Help me to always see you at work in my own life and in the lives of others.

Help me to grow in wisdom and understanding through listening to and sharing your Word.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

DON’T FORGET

You can find this week’s missionary discipleship challenge below.

Once you have completed it, send it to your chaplains Ruth and Joe or our acting lead lay chaplain Vicki, mullen.v@allsaints.notts.sch.uk

Each entry will be featured on the ‘Home Time Hangout’ show, which airs every Friday at 2:30pm on NDCYS Live

 

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

Understanding- A gift from the Holy Spirit

In the video below, Susan Timoney, a professor of pastoral studies at The Catholic University of America, discusses understanding as one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Professor Susan believes ‘understanding’ means knowing what God is asking of us and being able to do that.

Thomas Aquinas understands ‘understanding’ as to be able to to see life through God’s eyes.

As a gift of the Holy Spirit, understanding becomes a habit when we practice it more and more.

 

How can we practice understanding?

We can become more understanding by asking the big questions (don’t be afraid!)

We can take time to listen to the scriptures read at Mass.

We can make time to study the scriptures – what do you think they are trying to tell us? How do they relate to our everyday life?

We can ask questions in our RE lessons.

 

In Matthew’s Gospel there is a famous piece of scripture when the disciples ask Jesus “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”

 So Jesus called a child to come and stand in front of them,  and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.  And whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me.

Matthew 18:2-5

During Jesus’ time, children were given little attention or importance. But like the many people who were outcasts or treated badly during this time, Jesus gave time, love and care. Jesus teaches us to be child like because children are precious, honest and curious.

Jesus doesn’t mean to be childish but encourages us to be childlike by asking questions and taking care in learning because it helps us have a greater understanding of the world and God’s plan.

 

Let us pray…

Dear Lord,

Help me to be humble,

to ask questions,

to put my trust and faith in God,

so that I may grow in understanding.

Amen.

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

DON’T FORGET

You can find this week’s missionary discipleship challenge below.

Once you have completed it, send it to your chaplains Ruth and Joe or our acting lead lay chaplain Vicki, mullen.v@allsaints.notts.sch.uk

Each entry will be featured on the ‘Home Time Hangout’ show, which airs every Friday at 2:30pm on NDCYS Live

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

 

Today we celebrate the Birthday of Saint John the Baptist!

In the Catholic Church we call this a ‘solemnity’. Solemnities are some of the most important feasts celebrated in the Church. Whilst some saints are remembered with feast days to remember their deaths, St. John the Baptist, (like Our Lady), is honored with a solemnity to remember both his birth and his death.

Watch the video below to find out more about St John the Baptist…

 

Now it’s time to test your knowledge on John the Baptist with a quiz! Have a pen and piece of paper ready to write down your answers.

The answers will be revealed at the end of the ten questions…

Good luck!

Question 1: Who was John the Baptist’s Father?

a) Joseph

b) Zechariah

c) Malachi

 

Question 2: Who was John the Baptist’s mother?

a) Martha

b) Mary

c) Elizabeth

 

 

Question 3: How was John the Baptist related to Jesus?

a) His brother

b) His second cousin

c) His uncle

 

Question 4: What did John the Baptist eat?

a) Bugs and honey

b) Seeds and leaves

c) Pizza and chips

 

Question 5: What kind of clothes did John the Baptist wear?

a) Buffalo hair

b) Sheep’s skin

c) Camel’s hair

 

Question 6: Where was John the Baptist when the Word of God came to him?

a) In the temple

b) In the desert

c) On a boat when he was fishing

 

Question 7: What is the name of the river where John baptised Jesus and lots of other people?

a) Trent

b) Nile

c) Jordan

 

Question 8: What did John call people to do to prepare for the arrival of the Messiah?

a) Eat locusts and honey

b) Repent their sins and be baptised

c) Worship lots of Gods

 

Question 9: What day do we celebrate the solemnity of the birth of John the Baptist?

a) 24th June

b) 25th December

c) 1st July

 

Question 10: How many Gospels is John the Baptist mentioned in?

a) 4

b) 3

c) 2

Click the tab below to reveal the answers!

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ANSWERS!

Question 1: Who was John the Baptist’s Father?

b) Zechariah

 

Question 2: Who was John the Baptist’s mother?

c) Elizabeth

 

Question 3: How was John the Baptist related to Jesus?

b) His second cousin

 

Question 4: What did John the Baptist eat?

a) Bugs and honey

 

Question 5: What kind of clothes did John the Baptist wear?

c) Camel’s hair

 

Question 6: Where was John the Baptist when the Word of God came to him?

b) In the desert

 

Question 7: What is the name of the river where John baptised Jesus and lots of other people?

c) Jordan

 

Question 8: What did John call people to do to prepare for the arrival of the Messiah?

b) Repent their sins and be baptised

 

Question 9: What day do we celebrate the solemnity of the birth of John the Baptist?

a) 24th June

 

Question 10: How many Gospels is John the Baptist mentioned in?

a) 4 (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)

 

Spend a moment thinking about how you share your faith with the people around you.

Your mission this week is to put your faith into action in a way that you haven’t in a while!

You might…

Read and study some scripture

Share a prayer or piece of scripture with someone who needs it

Talk to your family about your faith

Spend some time in prayer

Raise awareness for a charity close to your heart

Write a letter of thanks to someone you are grateful for or someone who is lonely

 

Let us pray…

Dear Lord,

We ask for wisdom and understanding so that we may hear and fulfill your call.

Help us to be courageous like St John the Baptist was, who shared the Word of God and his faith with the people he met.

Help us to repent for our sins so that we can have a clean start with God.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

DON’T FORGET

You can find this week’s missionary discipleship challenge below.

Once you have completed it, send it to your chaplains Ruth and Joe or our acting lead lay chaplain Vicki, mullen.v@allsaints.notts.sch.uk

Each entry will be featured on the ‘Home Time Hangout’ show, which airs every Friday at 2:30pm on NDCYS Live

 

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

“Making sense of it all”

We try to make sense of the issues affecting our world by turning to our faith.

 

 

If you haven’t already, please check out our Liturgy called ‘Do everything with love’ by clicking on the link: https://beinspirational.co.uk/do-everything-in-love/ 

This Liturgy explores our responsibility as Christians to stomp out racism, support and stand by victims of racism and create positive change in the world through actions of love.

Following that link you will also find a really helpful and powerful topic talk on racism with Fr Jonathan Cotton as well as some resources to help us learn more about racial injustice. Make sure you check it out!

“As far as God is concerned, each of us is an awe inspiring miracle” Youcat

 

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

Morning everyone, happy Friday! 🙂

We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…

 

 

…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross

 

DON’T FORGET…

Follow the link below to see some of the places you can live stream Mass in the Nottingham Diocese over the weekend and throughout the week!

Live Stream Mass and the Re-opening of Churches

 

NEW SERIES: Join Naomi from The Briars for the NDCYS Home-Time Hangout at 2:30pm Every Friday afternoon!

 

 

“Friday Night Live”

Hang out with Naomi and special guests as they chat about hot topics form the week, take part in challenges and start the weekend!

Video link coming soon! You can watch last week’s episode below!…

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