Following the news that public worship has been suspended, our diocesan Education Service has pulled together some resources to encourage our children and their families to pray at home. This list may be growing over the coming days but we are starting with how to engage with the Mass including links to live streams. Accordingly, please see copies of the letters sent out by our bishops secretary with details of how to access daily live streams of Holy Mass. Our cathedral will also be live streaming Mass at 11am every day.
We would also encourage all staff and families to join in with the Churches Together initiative by lighting a candle in a window of their homes and offering a prayer at 7pm this Mothering Sunday. You are all very much in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to show love and support to each other, especially the vulnerable, during the days and months ahead. May God bless you all and keep you safe.
Canon Mark, Sarah Barreto, Helen Brown, Jeremy Skelton, Jackie Staines
At this time when so many children (and adults) are feeling unsettled making a point of asking for support from one of the many ways in which God directly watches over us and looks after us may help allay some fears:
sdc.me.uk – worksheets and prayer/liturgy resources which can be printed onto A4 paper and can easily be used at home with children without a need for huge amounts of pre-knowledge or information.
Suggestion to look at St Patrick’s Breastplate it gives an excellent summary, through a simple prayer, of how many of us would want a conversation with Our Lord to go;
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ beside me,
Christ be in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left hand,
Christ with me when I lie down,
Christ with me when I sit down,
Christ with me when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me,
Guardian Angel’s prayer –
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day, be at my side,
To light and guard, rule and guide – Amen
Catholic prayers and reflections/Prayer resources from CAFOD
Abundance of prayers for family and elderly
Mainly secondary resources
Hope Together Prayer resources
Lots of resources and activities linked to the Sunday gospels for the coming weeks
Our Lady’s Catholic Primary school proudly present. The OLCS school Chaplains.
Introducing: Bailey Gwynn, Harry Oke, Elliott Barstow,Oliver Lear and Leo Davies
These chaplains are the Guardians of the ‘Gift of Great Price’ which is faith. They will do this in many ways such as supporting younger students in all areas of school life, supporting prayer times in church, the hall or in classrooms, leading assemblies, charity work, outreach to families helping celebrate occasions and offer support, being a helpful support to all on parents evenings and many other things. If you have any questions, suggestions or contributions please let us know. We usually meet every other Friday.