Maria Fidelis Catholic School FCJ

Chaplaincy Resources

SUMMER TERM

You can access the school's prayers for justice from the slides here.

Who does God say I am?

You are one in 7.5 billion people.

You are unique; You are God’s masterpiece made in His image for his wonderful purposes.

There is no one like you. The bible tells you that you are marvellously, carefully and wonderfully made.You have been equipped with a unique set of skills, talents and abilities all designed to help you play an important part in making the world a better, kinder place full of people who know and love Jesus Christ and know His will for them.

You are totally loved by your Heavenly Father. He loves you and is always with you.

When He looks at you, He is proud of His handiwork and He celebrates you because He does not see as the world sees or judge as the world judges.

He always Sees the real you, He will always love the real you. The real you is who He made you to be and you are loved by Him. You are unique to Him.

 

Pope Francis  has condemned the recent murder of George Floyd, saying "My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life," he said. "At the same time, we have to recognise that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating."

Jesus taught us: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with your entire mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it; you shall love your neighbour as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two great commandments."

Let us pray together for harmony and unity between people of all races:

Good and gracious God, Who loves and delights in all people, we stand in awe before You, knowing that the spark of life within each person on earth is the spark of your divine life.

Differences among cultures and races are multicoloured manifestations of Your Light.

May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate similarities and differences among our sisters and brothers.  We place our hopes for racial harmony in our committed action and in Your presence in our neighbour.

May all peoples live in peace.
AMEN.

Oh Lord Jesus Christ,

We come before You today, we thank You for the gift of Your Holy Body and Blood through which we get strengthened body, soul and mind. We solemnly pledge that we will offer You our undivided love and also service to our brothers and sisters as it is Your Holy will.

We pray this in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

One of the charities that our school has supported is The Passage which is a Roman Catholic homeless charity based near to Westminster Cathedral. During the Covid 19 crisis The Passage has been tasked with providing meals every day for homeless people currently housed in emergency accommodation in local budget hotels. To help fund this work for the next 10 weeks The Passage need to raise £300,000 from charitable giving. We are asking if you would consider helping to support their work by donating the £10 cost of a day’s meal package for a homeless person. You can do this very easily by clicking on the link below:

https://passage.org.uk/get-involved/dinner/

Thank you for considering this request. We know that it would really help the work of this great charity if you could afford to donate.

 

 

These are the words of a hymn by Sr. Kathy Sherman, CSJ  I just found, and the words can be both comforting and challenging. May they, and God give you peace and grace at this uncertain time.

How the Light Comes

I cannot tell you how the light comes.                                                                                                                                        What I know  is that it is more ancient than imagining.                                                                                                    That it travels across an astounding expanse to reach us.

That it loves searching out what is hidden, what is lost, what is forgotten or in peril or in pain.                     That it has a fondness  for the body, for finding its way towards flesh

For tracing the edges of form, for shining forth through the eye, the hand, the heart.

I cannot tell you how the light comes, but that it does.   That it will.                                                                           That it works its way into the deepest dark that enfolds you,

Though it may seem long ages in coming or arrive in a shape you did not foresee.

And so may we, this day, turn ourselves towards it.  May we lift our faces to let it find us.

May we bend our bodies to follow the arc it makes. 

May we open and open more and open still to the blessed light that comes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jan Richardson

 

You can access the Maria Fidelis prayer slides here.   You may like to use these either on your own or as a family to create a time of reflection each day. These resources may include a passage to be read or a story as a focus, and they will always end with a prayer.   In these difficult times, prayer is so important as a way of bringing hope and relief.

The Church is marking this year as the Year of the Word.  Reflections and prayers can be  found here

The Daily Examen is a fundamental part of the Jesuit and the FCJ life.  At the end of each day, you can spend a short period of time reflecting and getting closer to God during these difficult times.  Click here to access the Examen for young adults.