Catholic Ethos During school Closure
It is really important, now more than ever, that whilst we are away from our school family, that we continue to celebrate and take comfort in the strong Catholic ethos that we at St Patrick's take pride in.
During these extremely worrying and most difficult of times for us all we can still maintain our faith using our prayers and Church in a number of different ways.
Our Living and Learning Statements
It is really important to always keep in mind our living and learning statements and continue to practise these qualities in our daily lives, whilst we remain at home.
St Patrick’s children are…
Respectful of others and our differences, and they listen and discuss for deeper understanding.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Generous for the good of others, and they take pride in their own work.
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
Loving in their actions and words, and they are confident in their own strengths and abilities.
“He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.”
Courageous about the choices they make, and they are curious about the world we live in.
“Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.”
Honest to themselves and others, and they show independence by thinking for themselves.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
Hopeful for the future and each other, and they show resilience to be better and keep on improving.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Special Message from Father Paul for Holy Week & Easter
Dear Families, we are getting close to Holy Week and Easter. This is normally such a special time for us - celebrating the wonderful things Jesus did for us in our special ceremonies in church. We go through the giving of the great gift of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) on Maundy Thursday, through the sadness of Good Friday to the joy of Easter morning when the bright light of Jesus shines again. We can't celebrate in church this year in the way that we want - but we can still go through the story ourselves over the days of Holy Week and wake up with joy on Easter Sunday knowing that Jesus has brought us hope again by rising from the dead. The great message of Holy Week and Easter is that love, life and hope always triumph - and nothing can take that away from us!'
This Sunday's Gospel
We are asking all our families to share the Gospel's each Sunday.
5th Sunday in Lent
Special Message from Father Paul
Dear Children and Families,
We are all a bit stunned by everything going on, none of us have known anything like it. But once the fuss has settled down a bit and life becomes calm again we will start to see what is really important. We need each other - and everybody can be helpful, young and old.
We are very lucky - we have our faith. This faith has seen people down the ages safely through difficulties much worse than the Corona Virus. We place our faith in Jesus. He saw people in their need, sick people, anxious people and he brought them healing and peace. Pray to Him every day. And pray also to Our Lady - saying the 'Hail Mary', she can always be relied on!
I will be praying for you, and I ask you to remember me in your prayers.
All will be well!
This Sunday's Gospel
We are asking all our families to share the Gospel's each Sunday
As a family share this Sunday’s Gospel.
John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-36
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. After he said this, Jesus spat on the ground and made some mud with the spittle; he rubbed the mud on the man’s eyes and said, “Go and wash your face in the Pool of Siloam.” (This name means “Sent”.) So the man went, washed his face, and came back seeing. His neighbours, then, and the people who had seen him begging before this, asked, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “He is the one,” but others said, “No he isn’t; he just looks like him.” So the man himself said, “I am the man.” Then they took to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. The day that Jesus made the mud and cured him of his blindness was a Sabbath. The Pharisees, then, asked the man again how he had received his sight. He told them, “He put some mud on my eyes; I washed my face, and now I can see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “The man who did this cannot be from God, for he does not obey the Sabbath law.” Others, however, said, “How could a man who is a sinner perform such miracles as these?” And there was a division among them. So the Pharisees asked the man once more, “You say he cured you of your blindness – well, what do you say about him?” “He is a prophet,” the man answered. They answered, “You were born and brought up in sin – and you are trying to teach us?” And they expelled him from the synagogue. When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man answered, “Tell me who he is, sir, so that I can believe in him!”
Consider how Jesus treated this man. Compare this with the Pharisees’ response. What can we learn from this?
The Pharisees thought they were doing what God wanted but ended up working against God. How can we avoid doing this ourselves?
Does the Gospel remind you of any other stories from The Bible?
Choose one of the reflection questions above and write this in your home learning journal.
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Be it done unto me according to Your word.
Hail Mary . . .
And the Word was made Flesh:
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your grace into our hearts;
That we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Your Son,
was made known by the message of an angel,
may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection,
through the same Christ Our Lord.