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Ash Wednesday

Posted: March 19, 2019 in Lent, Prayer
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Father in Heaven, Protect us in our struggle against our weaknesses.  As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen

What is Lent? 

 Lent is a preparation time before Easter. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert before he started his public ministry.  We in the same way, spend 40 days fasting, abstaining, praying and doing something extra.

Reader 1: We pray for the Church and her members,  Let them not neglect the grace they have received, but turn again to the Lord in prayer and repentance.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 2: We pray for the leaders of the world, Let them understand that man does not live by bread alone, and seek, by their laws, a deeper meaning to life by reconciling all men to each other.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 1: We pray for those who are caught up in sinful habits, Let them be faithful to the Gospel, which will bring about in them a change of heart, and turning again to the light of grace, let them abandon the ways of sin.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 2: We pray for the members of our school, Let the giving of ashes today be a sign to us that material things will disappear, and help us to give more attention to the things of the spirit.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 1: Mary’s life was filled with prayer, with her we pray. Hail Mary.

Reader 2: We pray for a moment in silence for our own intentions.

Miss Whelan: Father, complete your work of spiritual renewal during Lent, and throughout the years ahead, as we spend our lives in your loving, prayerful service. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Why Ashes?

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

SENDING FORTH: Dismissal with Blessing

May God, who has forgiven and fed us,
now make us strong for these days ahead.

May Jesus lead us, and we be found faithful to follow.

May the Spirit drive us into the wilderness,
burning away the chaff of our lives,
and purifying our hearts for all to see
and be blessed.

Pastor: And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Be with us and remain with us always! (more…)

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

 

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.

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.

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

 

 

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