Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

5/2/24 – Week 18

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

We are once again going to be performing an Easter Production just after the Easter Holidays. If you are interested in getting involved (we need actors, singers, musicians, dancers, artists, readers and a background team!) then please go and see Issie or Kieran in their office, or drop them an email!

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.

This week is a little different as we are focusing on acceptance and diversity within our community. You will hopefully be taking/have taken part in an Act of Worship led by the Agents for Change this week reflecting on the diversity of our community, and we are going to explore that a little more this week.

Watch the video below about the importance of Diversity:

As Professor Katherine says, think of how incredible the world would be if our diversity was completely accepted! The possibilities are endless if we learn to become a fully accepting and inclusive society.

The book of Revelation talks about the future and the end of the world. In it, it says the following:

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Paul is saying that at the end of the world, all people are accepted as God’s people, not one race or one gender, but from all tribes, peoples and languages. As Catholics we have a duty to ensure that we celebrate and promote the diversity of our communities and those within them.

Take a moment this morning in quiet prayer, praying for the diversity and inclusion of our communities.

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.

As a form we want you to celebrate your diversity. Spend some time this morning sharing the things that make you a diverse form. This could be your ethnicities, your genders, your hobbies or anything else that helps show how unique you all are. Can you share them with us all in the comments?

We had a retreat day with Year 8 last week, based on the theme of ‘Shine Among Them’, which is from a piece of scripture in Philippians. We spoke about celebrating the things that we can do to make ourselves shine within a community, and not hiding away from the things that make us us. As a community, if we come together and celebrate these things we can be united and together. On Monday we heard a song in our Acts of Worship called Unity (The Community Song) and to finish off we want you to listen to the song and spend a moment in prayer.

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.

Today we are going to spend a short time in prayer. People pray in lots of different ways, and often this is reflected by their culture and upbringing even if they are all of the same faith. Some people prefer to pray through chanting, some through singing and some through private conversation with God. Today we are going to just spend some time in silence (or you can play some of the song below, it is up to you) and take time to reflect on our week for two minutes.

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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