CATHOLIC LIFE 2020-2021

 

CAFOD The World We Want Assembly - Thursday 10 September

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The Season of Creation 1 September - 4 October
Jubilee for the Earth

The Pope’s Prayer Intention for September: Respect for the Planet’s Resources
The Season of Creation 1 September - 4 October

October The Month of the Holy Rosary
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for October: The Laity’s Mission in the Church


The Season of Creation is an Ecumenical season during which “we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales).

This year the season has even greater significance as the Church is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si by having a focus upon it for a whole year (running from May 24 2020 - May 24 2021). 

 

The Catholic Pupil Profile Virtues- Autumn 1 Curious and Active
This half term the two Virtues that are a focus for us and the other Catholic schools in
the Archdiocese of Birmingham are to be ‘curious’ and ‘active’. The challenge is to be
curious about the universe and all human activity, and to take increasing responsibility for
their own learning, and by providing opportunities for them to be active in the life of the
school, the Church and wider community.



TEN TEN

We continue to work alongside the organisation TEN TEN which provides collective worship and prayer resources to Catholic Primary schools. Ten Ten produce a letter for parents each half term. In the September newsletter you will find information and ideas for discussing new beginnings with your child. You can read the newsletter below.

 

Parent Newsletter

September 2020

 

The ‘New Normal’

 

Going back to school after the summer holidays can feel like a very busy and often stressful time for many families. It’s a time of new beginnings: new classrooms, new teachers, new lessons, new schools, new uniform…the list goes on. But this year, school will feel even more different with a ‘new normal’ after the extended period of school closures. With new start times and new year group bubbles, there will be a lot of ‘new’ things for children and parents to get used to.

 

In September every year, we at Ten Ten take time to refocus on Jesus - the reason for doing what we do. Our resources for the start of term often invite children to consider Jesus’ invitation for them to follow Him through everything known and unknown that the year will bring. This seems more pertinent than ever this year, and so for this newsletter, we share with you an imaginative meditation that children will experience in the first week back of term.

 

Click to play the recorded meditation below, and then why not discuss it with your child.

 

https://vimeo.com/448834887

 

In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus says: “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him...take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16: 24

 

Children heard how Jesus will help us every step of the way and help us to carry our 'cross'. We don't have to carry an actual cross but it's like the bag in the meditation -  we carry it on the path and when it gets too heavy, Jesus helps us.

 

Children learned that Jesus longs for us to follow Him, because He knows we will be happiest when we follow the path He lays out for us.

 

Space was made for children to consider the questions below, which you might like to discuss with them:

 

Will you follow Jesus this year? Will you let Him help you and guide you?

 

 

 

Prayer

 

Dear Jesus,

We don’t know all that this year holds, but you do.

Help us with our schoolwork and our friendships.

Help us remember that you are with us in the good times and the bad.

Amen