Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

Week 13 – 2023/24


This week is a little bit different. We have one prayer for you to complete on Day 1, and then the activity needs to be completed over the course of the week in time for Friday and our final Liturgical Prayer.

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

Today we hear a piece of scripture that many of us will have heard before. It is the same piece of scripture that we will look at it in our final liturgical prayer, but it is good for us to have a reminder of what it means.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.

Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown.

Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

In this third week of Advent we reflect on the theme of Joy. We know that when Christ was born joy was brought to Earth as never before, after all this event gave us the holiday season we know and love as Christmas! Take a moment in prayer to thank God for all that he has done for us. Sometimes we may not feel the joy of Christmas, it isn’t everyone’s favourite time of year, and if this is the case maybe spend some time asking God to help bring you some joy this year.

Together we give glory to God as we say:

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.

For our final celebration on Friday, we want to spread Christmas joy through some cards. Each form will have a card in their wallet, some are A4 and some are A5. These cards need to be decorated as joyfully as possible please! Inside you should write a joyful Christmas message from your form. These are going to be displayed in school so please make sure they are done well. You will notice that on one side of your card there are pen markings/drawings already. Please do not touch these! Just leave that side of the card alone and use the other side to decorate.

These cards then need to be brought to our final Act of Worship during Period 3 on Friday. Either your form rep or your tutor should be in charge of bringing the card with you as we will need to use them.

We end our prayer this morning 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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