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Prayers and Thoughts for the Week ahead

Week Commencing 27th June 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead - Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.  (unknown)

Prayer for the Week Ahead - Dear Lord.  Bless the week ahead. May its challenges not overwhelm us or its circumstances discourage us.  In all things, may we remember you are with us in our journey, your love our fuel, your word our guide, today and always. Amen

Week Commencing 20th June 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead (linked to Collective Worship theme 'Beauty') - The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart. Hellen Keller (American Author)

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to our Collective Worship theme 'Beauty') - Dear Jesus​, Help us to the see the beauty inside someone else rather than simply judging others on how they look or what they wear.​ Amen​

For the Whit Holiday - May/June 2022

Thought for the Whit holiday - What fills the heart with joy is the Holy Spirit.  Joy is not living while constantly laughing.  No, it is not that.  Joy is not being funny.  No, it is not that either.  It is something else.  Christian joy is peace, a peace that is harbored in our roots.  It is peace of the heart, a peace that only God can give us.  This is Christian joy.  It is not easy to safeguard this joy. (Pope Francis, Santa Marta, 28 May 2018)

Prayer for the Whit holiday - Dear Jesus, Help us to offer our forgiveness to those who are mean to us.  By doing this we hope to help show them that the world can be a better place. Amen.

Week Commencing 16th May 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead -HOLY SPIRIT -  The Holy Spirit helps us view others with fresh eyes, seeing them always as brothers and sisters in Jesus, to be respected and loved.  Pope Francis.

Prayer for the Week AheadHoly Spirit, ​Give our Year 6 the strength of the Holy Spirit to try new things when they are away this week at CMC Pensarn.​  Look after our Year 6 class and staff whilst they are away on their residential trip.  Keep them safe.​  Amen

Week Commencing 9th May 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead - LOVE IS PATIENT. Patience is a quality which makes one act not on impulse, and avoids giving offense. Love leads one to compassionately accept the other person, even when he or she acts differently than I would like, and has the right to live in this world just as they are.  Pope Francis.

Prayer for the Week Ahead - Dear Jesus,​ Please help me to sing with faith,​ to carry the truth close in my heart always,​ to rejoice at new life and​ to show love to all I meet. Amen

Week Commencing 2nd May 2022

Collective Worship Theme - Truth

Thought for the Week - "Loving the truth means not only affirming it, but rather living it, bearing witness to it in your work. … The issue is not that of being or not being a believer. The issue here is being or not being honest with yourself and with others. … In life nothing is black or white. In journalism too, it is necessary to know how to discern between the shades of grey in the events you are called upon to narrate. Political debates, and even many conflicts, are rarely the outcome of distinct and clear dynamics, in which it is possible to recognise precisely and unequivocally who is wrong and who is right. Comparison and conflict are indeed born of this difficulty of synthesis between different positions. And this is the difficult and at the same time necessary job — we might say even the mission – of the journalist: to arrive as close as possible to the truth of facts and never to say or write something that we know, in our conscience, to be untrue.".  Pope Francis when he addressed Journalists in 2016

Prayer for the Week Ahead Dear Jesus​, Help us to follow your example and always tell the truth even when it can be difficult.​ Amen​

Week Commencing 25th April 2022

Collective Worship Theme - Loving

Thought for the Week - Being loving is at the heart of the Christian message, as through loving others, we show our faith.  Estella Eliot

Prayer for the Week Ahead Dear Jesus,  Help us to be loving towards others by remembering that you taught us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Amen

Easter Holidays and Holy Week 2022

Thought for Holy Week - "Dear sister, dear brother, even if in your heart you have buried hope, do not give up: God is greater. Darkness and death do not have the last word. Be strong, for with God nothing is lost!”  Pope Francis, April 2020.

Prayer for Easter - Lord we lift our hearts to you. As the dawn breaks on Easter Sunday, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ.  As the dew air falls, may we breathe the morning in and know that like the earth, you sustain us, keep us and work within us always. May we ever live to praise you! Amen.

Week Commencing 4th April 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead - "In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the “living water” of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ." Pope Francis (Lenten message in 2021)

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to the Easter Story - our theme for Collective Worship this week) - Dear Jesus,​ School closes for Easter this week.​  Keep everyone safe during the holiday.​  We pray that everyone will return to school safe and well.​  Amen​

Week Commencing 28th March 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead - Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier (Amercian author of self help books in the early 20th century)

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to Spring - our theme for Collective Worship this week) - Dear Jesus, Spring is a time of new life.  Help us to use this time to look forward rather than look back.  At what we can do, even if only in small steps.​ Amen

Week Commencing 21st March 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead (Ukraine) - All this is inhumane, indeed it is also sacrilegious because it goes against the sacredness of human life. Especially against defenceless human life, which must be respected and protected, not eliminated, and which comes before any strategy, let's not forget, it is cruel, inhuman and sacrilegious. Pope Francis during his weekly Sunday address and blessing

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to Mothers - our theme for Collective Worship this week) - Dear Jesus,​ thank you for our family, our mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers.​  For our sisters, aunts and our friends’ mothers.​ They all help guide us.​ Amen

 

Week Commencing 14th March 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-7)

Prayer for the Week Ahead - Dear Jesus, Please comfort the people of Ukraine and keep them safe.  Help and protect the people in Russia who are protesting against the war.  Bring your peace, love and understanding into the rooms where decisions are being made.  Jesus, please be merciful to the world.  Shine your light of love and hope.  Help us to seek peace and bring an end to war.  Amen.

Week Commencing - 28th February 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead - Expressing great sadness at the worsening situation in Ukraine, Pope Francis asked world leaders on Wednesday to “make a serious examination of conscience before God.”  Speaking at his live-streamed general audience on the 23rd February, the Pope said;  “I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace."

Prayer for the Week Ahead - Loving God, We pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need. May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. Amen.

 

Week Commencing - 7th February 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead (linked to our collective worship theme of Friendship) – A friend isn’t just an acquaintance, someone you enjoy passing the time of day with. Friendship is something much deeper.  Patience is needed to forge a strong friendship between two people. A lot of time talking with one another, spending time together, getting to know one another—that’s how friendship is forged. Pope Francis

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to our collective worship theme of Friendship) – Dear Lord,​ Help us to be honest.​ Help us to build trust with our friends.​ Help us to have strong friendships.​ Amen​

Week Commencing - 31st January 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead (linked to our collective worship theme of Good News) – To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us. Pope Francis

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to our collective worship theme of Good News) – Dear Jesus,​Sometimes we feel we have bad days. ​Sometimes we feel there is no good news.​  Sometimes we feel there is nothing to look forward to.​ Help us find the strength to overcome these thoughts.​ Help us to realise that good news will come.​ Amen

Week Commencing - 24th January

Thought for the Week Ahead (linked to our collective worship theme of happiness) – Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us. Pope Francis

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to our collective worship theme of happiness) – Dear Jesus,​Please help me to rest in your happiness,​To allow a smile to linger on my lips, To dwell within a wonderful memory,​To walk back through sunlit places.​  Please help me to awake with hope,​To engage with life in all its variety,​To take in the beauty of others joys,​To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.​ Amen

 

Week Commencing - 17th January

Thought for the Week Ahead - It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions. Pope Francis

Prayer for the Week AheadDear God, Please help us when times are difficult and we feel like a storm is going on inside us. Help us to be brave and to talk to someone who can help us. Amen 

 

Week Commencing - 10th January 2022

Thought for the Week Ahead (linked to Collective Worship theme of Choices) - Choose to make a difference instead of choosing to be indifferent today. Unknown

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to Choices) – Dear Lord,​Thank you for loving us and helping us to make our own good choices.​ Help us to remember that our choices have consequences.​ Please help us when we have difficult choices to make, especially decisions that are helpful to us and to others.​  Amen

 

Christmas Holidays

Thought for the Holiday  From Pope Francis - Dear friends, this is Christmas; don’t let it be polluted by consumerism and indifference. The tree and the Nativity scene introduce us to that atmosphere that is typical of Christmas and is part of the patrimony of our communities: an atmosphere of tenderness, sharing and familiar intimacy.

Prayer for the Christmas Holiday  Holy Jesus,  by being born one of us and lying humbly in a manger, you show how much God loves the world.  Let the light of your love always shine in our hearts, until we reach our home in heaven, and see you on your throne of glory.  Amen.

Week Commencing - 13th December

Thought for the Week Ahead (linked to Collective Worship theme of Joy) - If you are joyful, do not worry about lukewarmness. Joy will shine in your eyes and in your look, in your conversation and in your countenance. You will not be able to hide it because joy overflows. Mother Teresa

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to Advent) – Christ, come into our world of darkness.  Light up our lives with your coming. Fulfil all our longings with the joy of your birth. Strengthen our resolve to work for change in our world.  And to share the hope of your birth that each Advent brings. Amen.   Sr Bridgetta Rooney/CAFOD

Week Commencing - 29th November

Thought for the Week Ahead - The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognise him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord. Henri Nouwen, Catholic Priest and Writer

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to the Collective Worship theme of Hope at the start of Advent) – Father, Thank you that in a world of despair, You are our Hope. In a world of darkness, You are our Light. In a world of sorrow, You are our joy. Amen.

Week Commencing - 22nd November

Thought for the Week Ahead Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness or despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.  Unknown

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to the Collective Worship theme of Unity) – We pray for the teachers that they have wisdom. We pray for the children that they show kindness. We pray for all the staff that they have patience. We pray for the parents that they continue to support and guide their children. Lord, educating the next generation is so valuable and we want to be faithful with this responsibility. O Lord, bring unity to all we do. Amen.

Week Commencing - 15th November

Thought for the Week Ahead  Pope Francis talking about the environment - “In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.” 

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to the environment) – Heavenly Father, You have taught us, through your servant St Francis, that all creation is your handiwork. Grant us your grace that we may exercise wise stewardship of this Earth; tread lightly upon it; and cherish its resources; that our children may enjoy its riches, throughout all generations, and your name be glorified through all that you have made. Amen. 

 

Week Commencing - 8th November

Thought for the Week Ahead Pope Francis talking about COP26 - “We can confront these crises by retreating into isolationism, protectionism and exploitation. Or we can see in them a real chance for change, a genuine moment of conversion, and not simply in a spiritual sense.”  Let’s hope that world leaders do use it as a real chance for change, a genuine moment of conversion.

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to this week’s Collective Worship Theme of Saints) – Ever-living God.  We remember those whom, you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Week Commencing - 1st November

Thought for the Week Ahead Life is a journey. When we stop, things don't go right. Pope Francis

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to this week’s Collective Worship Theme of Saints) – Prayer of Saint Benedict.  We pray, Lord, that everything we do may be prompted by your inspiration, so that every prayer and work of ours may begin from you and be brought by you to completion. Amen

 

Week Commencing - 18th October

Thought for the Week Ahead If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa 

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to this week’s Collective Worship Theme of Courage) – Dear Father, I ask You to give me strength to pursue that which is just and right in life and not what is easy or popular. Help me to do the right thing without expecting any kind of gratitude or reward. Amen​ 

 

Week Commencing - 11th October

Thought for the Week Ahead  Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone. Pope Francis 

Prayer for the Week Ahead (linked to Collective Worship Theme of Light) – Our School’s Mission Statement is ‘In the light of Jesus, we learn to shine’.  Dear Jesus, help us to accept and use your light to guide us in your ways. Amen​ 

Week Commencing - 4th October

Thought for the Week Ahead - It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.  Pope Francis 

Prayer for the Week Ahead - So many shades of gold. Autumn. Another miracle we take for granted. Another expression of the artist's vision. The blending of the autumn hues with the setting sun. Warm. Comforting. Perfect. Thank you for autumn, Lord.​  Amen​

Week Commencing - 27th September

Our Collective Worship theme for this week is Water

Thought for the Week Ahead - When Jesus stepped into the waters of the Jordan and was baptized by John the Baptist, he did so not because he was in need of repentance, or conversion: he did it to be among people who need forgiveness, among us sinners, and to take upon himself the burden of our sins. – Pope Francis 

Prayer for the Week Ahead - God of rain and river, of stream and storm,​ of sea and silent pools,​ of waterfall and waterhole,​ of wells and waves.​ Hear us as we pray​ for water fresh and pure for all.​ And guide us to use your water​ wisely and well,​ ensuring that all your creation​ can share in your bounty.​ Amen​ 

 

Week Commencing - 20th September

Our Collective Worship theme for this week is Rules

Thought for the Week Ahead - I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. – Pope Francis 

Prayer for the Week Ahead - We stand together.  We pray for all who are suffering and bereaved. At this time of sorrow, incomprehension and tragedy, we stand together.  In this crisis, we pray for God’s mercy and healing for the sick and for health and strength for all who care for them. Amen 

Prayer: Adapted from a message from Sister Bridget Tighe of Caritas Jerusalem

 

Week Commencing - 13th September

Our Collective Worship theme for this week is Friendship

Thought for the Week Ahead - It is decisive even for all of us today to rediscover the beauty of being children

of God, to be brothers and sisters among ourselves, because we have been united in Christ, who redeemed

us. – Pope Francis - 8th September 2021

Prayer for the Week Ahead - Father, Thank you for being beside me. Thank you for this new school. Please be

there to hold my hand.  Please help me to relax and enjoy the day. Amen

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