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CAFOD AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
May Procession 2022
Inspirational Women from the Bible
Pupils in our school are Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and Generous with their gifts, becoming global citizens of the future.
(MFL) Spanish Translation of Important Prayers
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.
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - National Youth Sunday - Sunday 21st November 2021
The Season of Advent begins November 28th 2021
Many people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent.
The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus, his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, and his first miracle at Cana. During this season of preparation, early Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.
By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas.
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.
Day of the Dead
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.
Books to read to support your child when talking about All Souls
Saints Feast Days during Autumn Term
Saints to Reflect on Each day:
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.