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

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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

 

 

Here I am Lord

Posted: January 16, 2017 in Prayer, Uncategorized

 

Christmas is now over, the Wise Men have made their visitations and two weeks ago, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. We are now beginning ordinary time, and Jesus is preparing to begin his public ministry. John the Baptist sees Jesus coming towards him and speaks to crowds. John tells them that he did not know Jesus until he was revealed by the Holy Spirit as the Chosen One of God at his baptism (Gospel).

We pray that, through the grace of our baptism, we may know the love and presence of Jesus in our lives.

Here I am Lord! I come to do your will (Psalm 39)  here-i-am

I waited, I waited for the Lord

and he stooped down to me; he heard my cry.

He put a new song into my mouth,

praise of our God.

 

You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,

but an open ear,

you do not ask for holocaust and victim.

Instead, here I am.

 

In the scroll of the book it stands written

that I should do your will.

My God, I delight in your law in the depth of my heart.

 

Your justice I have proclaimed in the great assembly.

My lips I have not sealed; you know it, O Lord

pope-2017

Image  —  Posted: January 11, 2017 in Papal, Uncategorized