Advent

Posted: December 3, 2018 in Advent, the World

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The word Advent means coming or arrival. In our lives, we all constantly seem to be waiting for things. For the newest pair of Nike Air Force ones, for lunch, for a championship game, or an opening night. Whatever the situation may be it might be safe to say that this is a universal thing. That at one point or another in our lives our desires and longings lead us to wait.

The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.

Ideas for Advent:

Join us in the Chapel every morning at 8:10am

Get involved in the Mary’s Meals collection

Organise “Advent Angels” with your friendship groups

Read the Bible

Advent Action: Send a card to a friend or loved one who lost a family member during this year. Let them know you are praying from them and thinking of them this Christmas.

Prayer: Lord, help me welcome You once again and make room for You in my daily life, that You may make Your home in my heart.

Welcome back

Posted: September 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

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Welcome back to St James

Unfortunately the Chapel is currently out of action due to our building works. We hope to start extra curricular clubs again next week.

Do look in your planners for the additional prayer reflections each week.

God bless,

The Chaplaincy team

World Environment Day

Posted: June 19, 2018 in CAFOD, the World

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Matthew Offord MP visited our school on World Environment Day to answer questions about litter, climate change and the melting ice caps. Student from all year groups lobbies him on both local and national issues.  Having studied Environmental issues as part of his degree his answers were excellent.  He is going to take two of our questions to parliament.  We look forward to his response.

Happy New Year

Posted: January 9, 2018 in Papal, Prayer

New year 2018Welcome back to school.  2018 is well upon us and we begin another year with good intentions and resolutions.  Pope Francis has another excellent list of ideas fir small changes in your life.  Like a yacht heading off to Australia, these small changes in direction can have huge consequences in the future. One change in degree now can be the difference in reaching or missing your destination.

At St James, we will be running our Year 8 retreats this term and carrying on with the Faith in Action Awards.

Let’s begin this year with prayers based on the Epiphany:

Lord,

We pray that we may be like the star of the Epiphany, drawing others closer to you;

We pray that this year we imitate the goodness of God in our relationships with each other;

We pray that we may carry the joy of the Gospel in everything we do.

We ask these in Jesus name,

Amen

 

Advent

Posted: December 4, 2017 in Advent

candle1Happy New Year.  Advent is the start of the Liturgical year for us as Catholics.  Having celebrated the feast of Christ the King, we now start our preparations for the coming of Jesus. The word Advent, derives from the Latin word meaning “coming” so Advent is a great time to get our house in order.  Whilst Lent is traditionally a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are encouraged to do similar acts during Advent.

According to the Catechism:

When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent  each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviours first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating John the Baptists birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: He must increase, but I must decrease (Catechism, no. 524).

At St James’ we will be participating in various time-honoured traditions, such as making Jesse trees and participating in Advent Services during the last week of term. Some of our staff will be going to Bethlehem this Christmas and will place your prayers and petitions at the place of Jesus birth.  The whole school will also be collecting for the Colindale Foodbank as part of our Advent almsgiving.

Have a look at the Chaplaincy News and get involved, so that this you are ready for December 25th.

God bless,

Miss Whelan

Mary’s Meals

Posted: October 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

This month we are joining forces with Blessed Dominic’s primary school and St Margaret Clitherow Parish to collect clothes for Mary’s Meals.  LAst year, between the three communities we collected enough clothes to feed 88 children for a year.

Mary’s Meals is a excellent charity based in Scotland.  The video below tells you all about the work of the charity and follows the story of several people whose lives have been transformed by their work.

To contribute to our clothes drive, bring in unwanted clothes and leave them in a bag at the collection point in the chapel.  The deadline for the collection is Friday 17th November 2017.

 

October – the Rosary

Posted: October 2, 2017 in Our Lady, Prayer

October is a month in the Catholic Church dedicated to praying the Rosary. The Rosary itself is an opportunity to meditate on the life of Jesus.  The Rosary is broken down into 4 Mysteries and then 5 decades for each Mystery:

On the large bead, meditate on the first mystery and pray the Our Father.

You pray mysteries for each of the five sections (decades) of the rosary according to the day of the week:

Mondays and Saturdays:

The Joyful Mysteries remind the faithful of Christ’s birth: The Annunciation (Luke 1:26–38); The Visitation (Luke 1:39–56); The Nativity (Luke 2:1–21); The Presentation (Luke 2:22–38); The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41–52)

Tuesdays and Fridays:

The Sorrowful Mysteries recall Jesus’ passion and death: The Agony of Jesus in the Garden (Matthew 26:36–56); The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26); The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27–31); The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:32); The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33–56).

Wednesdays and Sundays:

The Glorious Mysteries focus on the resurrection of Jesus and the glories of heaven: The Resurrection (John 20:1–29); The Ascension (Luke 24:36–53); The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1–41); The Assumption of Mary, the Mother of God, into heaven; The Coronation of Mary in heaven.

Thursdays:

Pope John Paul II added The Mysteries of Light, also known as the Luminous Mysteries, in 2002: The Baptism in the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13–16); The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1–11); The Preaching of the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14–15); The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1–8); The Institution of the Holy Eucharist (Matthew 26).

 

The Rosary

At St James’, we will be saying a mystery of the Rosary every lunch at 1:20.  Please do pop in and join us.