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Prayer for the COP26 climate summit
We praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.
Day of the Dead - Building the Kingdom
Books to read to support your child when talking about All Souls
The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. It is known there as Día de los Muertos. People who are from Mexico celebrate the festival in other countries as well. The festival is celebrated to remember loved ones who have died. It also helps people accept and deal with the idea of death. It takes place over two days, on November 1 and 2.
Saints Feast Days during Autumn Term
Saints to Reflect on Each day:
Black History Month
Through the eyes of Christians
- KS 2 English Martyrs' House Groups -
Let's Celebrate how many points your house scored this week?
Classroom Prayer Areas
Prayer area cloths should be green to reflect the Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time. You could also include items reflecting harvest and the wonders of creation. This could include food items, sticks, pinecones, leaves and images that show the awe and wonder of God’s creation. These could be used in a prayer service for the thanksgiving of creation.
Appropriate prayers that you may wish to display are St. Francis’ Canticle of Creation, Psalms of Creation (8, 19, 29, 104) and Canticles of Daniel (3: 57-88, 56). October is the month of the Holy Rosary and therefore a rosary should be displayed on your prayer focus. You could explore religious artwork related to the Mysteries of the Rosary.
BUILDING THE KINGDOM
November: Feast of All Saints and All Souls
The Solemnity of All Saints has been transferred to Sunday 31 October. The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls) is on Tuesday 2 November. This time of year is always a very poignant time. During this month we will continue to pray for all those who have died and especially those members of our own families, our friends and school communities. It is also a time when we pray for those unknown souls for whom there is no one to pray for them. At this time we also offer up prayers for those who mourn those they have lost. In addition to this, on Remembrance Day (Sunday 14 November) we pray for all those who have died as a result of conflict around the world.
Seasons of Creation
The Season of Creation begins on September 1 which is the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation. The season runs until October 4 on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Within this season, the Day of Prayer for the Thanksgiving of the Harvest is Sunday September 26.
The theme this year is ‘A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God’. (Oikos is the Greek word meaning home). This is an ecumenical event which means all Christian traditions around the world are invited to pray and participate throughout this time. Throughout his Papacy, Pope Francis has highlighted the need for all the world to actively engage in the care for the environment. He wrote the encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’ which means ‘care for our common home’.
This theme also links to the Catholic Social Teaching ‘Stewardship of God’s Creation’. Pope Francis not only asks us to look after our environment at a local level, but to petition those in power to care for the needs of all, especially the poor and marginalised.
Click on the link below to access a number of resources linked both to Laudato Si’ and Catholic Social Teaching.
Month of October Devoted to the Holy Rosary
The rosary is a form of meditative prayer. It’s a reflection on the life, ministry, and death of Jesus and of His Blessed Mother. Mary shared the Rosary with St. Dominic as an aid to convert sinners. For hundreds of years, it consisted only of the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries. St. John Paul II added the luminous mysteries to the Rosary in 2002. Mary has asked us to pray the Rosary in several apparitions, so it’s important that our children know how.
Important Dates and Events Coming Up for Autumn Term!
November: Dedicated to All Saints and All Souls
Day (week) of the Dead
The Day of the Dead - Spanish: Día de Muertos or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. It originated and is mostly observed in Mexico but also in other places, especially by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. Although associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls', it has a much less solemn tone and is portrayed as a holiday of joyful celebration rather than mourning. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. These celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.
Traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased using calverdas and marigold flowers known as cempazúchitl, building home altar called ofrendas with the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these items as gifts for the deceased.
Wednesday 3rd November Whole School Mass for All Souls in Church 10:00am
End of November: Feast of Christ the King - National Youth Sunday & the beginning of the Season of Advent
Tuesday 7th December Year 3 children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Church at 11:00am
Tuesday 14th December Whole School Nativity and Carol Service in Church at 2:00pm
Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Pupil Profile
The Catholic Schools Pupil Profile supports our pupils' spiritual, moral, vocational, social and cultural development. It is used as a basis for policy and curriculum development and thus underpins the whole of the Catholic life of the school. The Jesuit Institute and in particular Fr. Adrian Porter have kindly allowed us to use not only the profile but also the visual images which bring the virtues based profile to life.
The values and virtues of the Profile support the faith life of the many faith communities who attend English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School. In celebrating them, we find that it brings us together in our mutual pursuit of a faith-filled life.