Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor

Posted: September 19, 2017 in Remembrance

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor lost his battle with cancer on September 1st.  Two Year 9 students represented the school at the funeral.  The procession took 20 minutes as over 350 deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals joined together to celebrate the life of a remarkable man.  The cardinal’s nephew talked with fondness about the whit and dry sense of humour portrayed by uncle Cormac  throughout his life.

Cardinal fineral

The singing was incredible and the liturgy beautiful in both action and word. Bishop George Stack expressed the loving pastoral care that the cardinal exhibited throughout his life in funeralan inspiring homily. Members of the Murphy-O’Connor family took part in the offertory as they remembered their uncle.

The service ended with the coffin being processed to the 10th Station of the Cross where his body will be laid to rest in the Cathedral.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

 

Welcome Back

Posted: September 19, 2017 in Prayer

September is a month of new beginnings. On the first day of term Fr John helped us welcome our new Year 7 students with our first Mass of the year.  Through the parable of the sower and St Pauls analogy of the Church as the body, students were invited to reflect on the fact that they are an important part of our community. We will be supporting and walking along side one another through the ups and the downs.

Bishop John Sherrington joined the Year 8 students to welcome them back to school. After Mass he joined the Student Council members for lunch.

Bishop sherrington

Our VI form students started the year with a Mass celebrated by Fr Brian. Father is a great support to the school and will be joining us at least once a month for our Community Masses.

Other changes this year include class liturgies and the start of the Justice and Peace group. You will be able to follow the work of these groups in this blog.

Prayer for the start of the year:

Heavenly Father, unseen Companion of our life, give us faith and eager expectancy as we begin this fresh stage of our journey.

Take from us all fear of the unknown and teach us to wrest treasures from the darkness.

As the days come and go, may we find that each one is laden with many opportunities and enriching experiences; And when this year is ended

May our best hopes be more than ever fulfilled.

Amen.

Bridge over troubled waters

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Prayer

This week students are raising money for the Grenfell tower disaster. We are holding a none uniform day on Friday and have been collecting spare change throughout the week.

A charity single has just been released and could be used in forms as a reflection and prayer.  You can find the video via this link:

 

We pray for all who have suffered because of the dreadful Grenfell Tower fire.
We pray that those who have died and been taken from us are remembered and treasured.
We pray for healing and support for those who have survived, and for everyone affected by this tragedy.
We pray for physical healing for all those injured, especially those in hospital, the elderly, and infirm.
We pray for emotional healing, recognising the shock, trauma and grief to be lived through.
We pray for the revival of human spirit, with faith, hope and love surrounding each in peace.
We pray for justice to help us accept mistakes made and warnings ignored, for lessons to be learned.
We pray that all who suffer are granted the opportunity to cry out in their pain and be listened to.
When all is lost, all is lost, no words can ease the pain.
But we are carried through that pain by those who come around us, helping us back onto our feet, walking with us, listening to us, or just being there with us.
We see the presence of God’s love through them.
And so we give thanks and pray for all those who have offered healing, support and comfort:
For the emergency, medical and social services, working sacrificially and with courage
For those in authority, responsible for taking a lead in facing the challenges this fire has revealed;
For local residents, churches and charities, for the community itself, expressing such tangible love.

May

Posted: May 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

May - The month of Mary

This month is a month dedicated to Our Lady.  At St James we will be going on our annual pilgrimage to Walsingham with the Dominicans.  The pilgrimage takes place on 14th May.  For more information please contact our Chaplain.

May is also a month where we say goodbye to our Year 13 students.  Masses of thanksgiving take place towards the end of the month.  Let’s keep all those taking exams in our prayers:

Father,

Be with me as I take this exam.
Keep my mind alert and my memory sharp.
Calm my nerves and help me concentrate.
I know that you walk with me,
Guiding my path and inspiring my heart.
I pray that I would feel you with me,
And that your friendship would soften the pressure I feel.
I pray that I would pass this exam and go on to new things with you.
Thank you for your peace and your love in my life.
Thank you for your kindness and care for me.

Amen

Mary’s Meals

Posted: March 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

This week we are pondering the power of giving.  When you give, you often receive as much as the gift through the joy it brings by the act.

Over the next 4 weeks each form is putting together a backpack in order to give a gift of education to students in Malawi.

marys-meals-wanted-item

A box will be in the staffroom in order to swap doubles of items.  The final backpack is to be handed in as part of the Advent Liturgy.

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.

(St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Repent it is Lent

Posted: March 7, 2017 in Lent

Lent has now started, and we begin this weekend’s readings remind us of the temptations that we may face over the next 40 days.

Let us pray the Our Father, placing out Lenten journey in God’s hands, and asking for strength and protection.

Lead us not into temptation

Amen

 

 

Christian Unity

Posted: January 24, 2017 in Prayer

christian-unity

 

This week we will be praying for unity between all Christian denominations.  This year is particularly special, because it is the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation.

Both the Lutheran Church and the Vatican have created some superb resources for this week. These can be found on the Churches together web page:

https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2017

I have put the themes for each day into this Powerpoint: christian-unity to be used in form classes.  Do look at he reflections for each day.

Events taking place this week can be found on the  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall . Updates about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity can also be found on Twitter by following the #wpcu2017 hash tag.

Have a peace filled week

The Chaplaincy team