Friday, 26 November 2021

CCP: Remembrance Tree

During November, the children and staff have been remembering and praying for our loved ones who have died. All the children have decorated a leaf and on it, written the names of people they know who have died. These leaves have been placed on our ‘Tree of Remembrance’ for November.  CD

Cathedral Catholic Primary School's Remembrance Tree

Thursday, 18 November 2021

#RedWednesday Day 4

Day 4

Today we pray for the people of Nigeria. The Catholic Church in the north of Nigeria is under siege. The militant extremist group Boko Haram is committed to using force to drive Christians from northern Nigeria and turn the region into a hard line Islamist state. These campaigns by the extremists can target a variety of people, but Christians have been frequently been singled out. Towns and villages have been destroyed. People have been forced to flee their homes. Women and girls have been kidnapped and forced to marry and bear children for the extremists who have taken them. Despite this, many stand strong in their faith. 

Father Joseph Fidelis Bature describes the situation of Christians
around Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. 

"Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Yes, all who are incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” [Isaiah 41:10-13, NRSVCE]
 REFLECT: We pray that one day the people of northern Nigeria who have been displaced will be able to return to their home towns and villages and rebuild their lives there. We do not understand why so much hatred and violence exists in our world, but we know that you keep your promises and that you will bring some greater good out of all evil. 

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

#RedWednesday Day 3

Day 3

Today we pray for the people of Mozambique. The people of the Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique often live in fear. A rebel army in the region has been staging terrorist attacks since 2017. Christians in this area are particularly scared. Christian villages have been attacked, buildings have been destroyed and men, women and children are being kidnapped, injured and killed. This has meant that many Christians have had to leave their homes behind and become IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons). Towns and villages hundreds of miles away are becoming their temporary homes. Sister Monica of the Congregation of Our Lady of Fatima's Sisters of Reparation said all displaced people are at the centre of her concerns: "They are people with nothing, who depend entirely on solidarity. They're empty-handed people".

Victims of the violence in Cabo Delgado at a camp for displaced people
in Lichinga, in the province of Niassa. © ACN
 “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” [Psalms 32:7-8, NRSVCE]. 
REFLECT: Lord, we pray for the Christian people of Mozambique. We pray for those who have lost their lives in the violence and for those who mourn them. We thank you for the people who have welcomed others into their community, and pray for all those who live in fear. Today we pray the Lord’s Prayer for peace, for every person suffering for their faith and for tolerance for all people of faith. 

Follow with Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be plus your personal intentions.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

#RedWednesday Day 2

 Day 2: 

Today we have a short video where we are led in our Novena Day 2 by Patricia from Aid to Church in Need. 

Today we pray for the people of Syria. They have suffered through war and fighting for over a decade, and are still in the midst of crisis today. Many Christians say that today’s economic crisis is worse than the many years of war they have endured. The high and rising costs of rent, medicine and food have left many households unable to cover their basic costs. Now nine out of ten Syrians do not have enough money to buy the food and clothing they need and to pay for somewhere to live. The effect of the war on the local Christian community has been immense. Today Christians comprise around 3.6% of the Syrian population, down from 10% before 2011.

"When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 5:1-10, NRSVCE] 

REFLECT:  We pray, Lord, that the people of Syria are able to access the help they need, and we thank you for those who are there to deliver aid and provide support. We pray for peace in Syria, and ask you to bring peace to the hearts of your people there. Please continue to give them strength and courage to face the challenges of each day.

For copy of full Novena for RedWednesday from Aid to Church in Need

Monday, 15 November 2021

#RedWedesday Day 1

Today we start a novena prepared by Aid to the Church in Need where we are guided to reflect and pray for those persecuted for their faith.  We shall post extracts each day, but for a full copy of the Novena.  

Day 1: 

Today we are praying for freedom and tolerance for all religions and people of faith. We are praying for the freedom to believe in God, to practise our faith and for the religious freedom of those of other faiths and none. We pray for peace in our world, especially in places where it may be difficult for people to practise their faith. We pray that our world may become somewhere where all faiths are respected.

We pray especially for those who live in places where they may be hurt or killed for their religious beliefs. As we get closer to #RedWednesday, we pray for the strength and courage to speak up for those who are discriminated against for their faith.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” [Isaiah 43:1-2, NRSVCE] 

Follow with Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be plus your personal intentions.

God speaks to his children a Lock Down project sharing the Bible 

Religious Freedom Report 2021 (ACN)

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Remembrance Sunday

Today there will be many services of remembrance ... this year the British Royal Legion have captured the stories of many people from different countries who gave their lives, these have been collected and put together with some familiar music that provide a powerful reflection as we remember those who have died.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them,
may they rest in peace, Amen

Saturday, 13 November 2021

CCP: Class Mass and St Leo the Great.

Class Mass and St Leo the Great

This week, pupils at Cathedral Catholic Primary School enjoyed spending time with Father Steve who celebrated Mass with the Year 6 children and teachers in their classroom on the feast of St Leo the Great. Father Steve told the children all about the life of St Leo and what we can learn from him. It is wonderful to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist in school and we appreciate the time our priests give us to help us prepare and celebrate this important part of our faith.

To learn more about Pope St Leo the Great you may want to watch the following short video which includes some words which seem very apt as COP 26 comes to an end and we take time to think about what we can do to see the wonders of creation.

From a sermon by St Leo the Great given on Christmas day:
Rouse yourself and recognise the dignity of your nature remember that you were made in God's image, use creatures as they should be used, the earth, the sea, the sky, the air, the springs and the rivers give praise and glory to their creator for all that you find beautiful and wonderful within them.

He says we should see not just with our physical eyes but with eyes of our soul.