Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

Week 11 – 2023/24

Day 1 – Head

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

On Sunday we celebrated the beginning of Advent. Advent is the time of waiting and preparation before we reach Christmas, and the birth of our Lord Jesus. Today we are going to look at a piece of scripture from the Old Testament, from the book of Micah. The theme of Micah is judgment and forgiveness. The Lord, the Judge who scatters his people for their sins, is also the Shepherd-King who through covenants and faithfulness gathers, protects, and forgives His people.

Today we hear from Chapter 5 of Micah, where Micah tells us that God promises a ruler from Bethlehem.

The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.”
So the Lord will abandon his people to their enemies until the woman who is to give birth has her son. Then those Israelites who are in exile will be reunited with their own people. When he comes, he will rule his people with the strength that comes from the Lord and with the majesty of the Lord God himself. His people will live in safety because people all over the earth will acknowledge his greatness, and he will bring peace.

Micah 5:2-5

Even in the Old Testament, we are hearing about the coming of Christ. Interestingly, Micah is saying that this child will come from an area that at that point was under the control of the Assyrians, enemies of the Jewish people. So this also offers a glimmer of hope to the people of the time that God will not abandon them forever, that there will come a time when they will be rescued.

People hearing this scripture before the time of Jesus thus began a period of waiting, and of hope. They now knew that one day this Saviour would come, but unlike us they had no idea of when this would be. Imagine being in a period of Advent for your whole life, waiting and preparing. How might this feel?

Take a moment of quiet to reflect on this time of preparation. Are there things in your life that you would like to change? Advent is a perfect time for us to start anew, and to reflect on being the best version of ourselves that we can be.

We pray together:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


Day 2 – Heart

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

First of all let’s see what we can remember about the scripture from yesterday!

  1. Which prophet wrote the scripture that we heard?
  2. What was the name of the people who at that time controlled Bethlehem?
  3. What was the scripture prophesising?

As we mentioned before, we are now in this time of Advent, preparing for the arrival of Jesus. Today we are going to help ourselves prepare by taking part in an Examination of Conscience. This is something that people often do before they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and helps us to reflect on our lives and how we are living them. You can do a simpler version of this called a Daily Examen, and today we are going to watch a short video about a simple reflection that you can do.

Take some time now in silence to complete the 3×5 Examen. Remember, it’s:

  • 5 things to give thanks for
  • 5 things you might have failed at or done wrong
  • 5 things that you feel you may need help with

Once you have done this, finish your time of prayer independently with a prayer to God and then the Sign of the Cross. Make sure that you are silent and respectful until everyone has finished.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


Day 3 – Hands

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

On Thursday 14th December we will be offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation in school for anyone who would like to receive it. If you are interested then please ask your tutor to email your name to Issie or Kieran.

Prayer is an important part of our faith, and a great way to prepare during Advent. This morning we want you to take some time as a form to pray for those who might need our support. This could be individuals that you know or groups of people around the world. Take some time to pray, and if you feel brave enough share those prayers with your form out loud. Finish your prayers with our school prayer to remind you of the wonderful community that we are a part of.

Below is a poster for a new prayer group that we are starting this Friday! If you would like to come along then please see Mr Oakley (or Issie if you can’t find him!)

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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  • We discussed that we would like to change our bad habits for example staying up late, not putting enough effort on homework, eating late at night, staying on your phone for too long and not praying enough.

  • What people might want to change about their lives during advent:
    – Give up bad habits
    – Give more to charity
    – Stop war and make there peace on Earth

  • our form got 2/3. Today we learnt from this scripture that we should give thanks to God, in prayer. We should also reflect on our wrongs and learn from our mistakes.

  • To prepare for Christmas we decorate our homes, this puts us in a festive spirit to enable us to celebrate the first coming of Jesus. We also have Advent calendars to help us count down the days. Each Sunday, we light a new candle on the Advent Wreath to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.

  • As a form we decided to pray for those who are in Palestine and Israel and pray that both countries find peace and hope.

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