May is the Month of Mary
We are especially thinking about Mary this month. We had a special assembly in which we looked at some of the different statues of her we have in the school and some of the things they remind us of when we look at them. We then made a “Human Rosary” with PE hoops and used it to pray a decade of the Rosary
Who Can Pray the Rosary
Anyone who knows six easy prayers can pray a Rosary; you will also need to know twenty Mysteries to meditate upon as you pray. You do not have to be a Catholic.
The Order of Prayers
The Rosary begins with the Apostles Creed, followed by one Our Father, three Hail Marys (traditionally offered for an increase in faith, hope, and charity for those praying the Rosary), a Glory Be. Next come five mysteries, each consisting of one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, a Glory Be. Conclude with the Hail Holy Queen.
If you do not have Rosary beads, it is perfectly okay to count with your fingers. Counting beads frees your mind to help you meditate.
Prayers for Praying the Rosary
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Leader: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,
All: That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
The Twenty Mysteries
The Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation: The Archangel Gabriel “announces” to Mary that she shall conceive the Son of God.
- The Visitation: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist.
- The Nativity: Jesus is born.
- The Presentation: Mary and Joseph “present” Jesus in the Temple where they meet Simeon.
- The Finding in the Temple: After losing Him, Mary and Joseph find young Jesus teaching the Rabbis in the Temple.
The Luminous Mysteries
- The Baptism in the Jordan: The voice of the Father declares Jesus the beloved Son.
- The Wedding at Cana: Christ changes water into wine, his first public miracle.
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom: Jesus calls to conversion (cf. Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him.
- The Transfiguration: The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ.
- The Institution of the Eucharist: Jesus offers the first Mass at the Last Supper with his apostles, establishing the sacramental foundation for all Christian living.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden: Jesus sweats water and blood while praying the night before his passion.
- The Scourging at the Pillar: Pilate has Jesus whipped.
- The Crowning with Thorns: Roman soldiers crown Jesus’ head with thorns.
- The Carrying of the Cross: Jesus meets His mother and falls three times on the way up Calvary.
- The Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies before His mother and His apostle John.
The Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection: Jesus rises from the dead.
- The Ascension: Jesus leaves the Apostles and bodily “ascends” to heaven.
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit: The Apostles receive the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire in the upper room with Mary.
- The Assumption: Mary is taken bodily–assumed–into heaven by God at the end of her life here on earth.
- The Coronation: Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Easter Story Liturgy
Key Stage Two children helped us to reflect on the Easter story as we watched them act different parts of it out during our end of term whole school liturgy.
Year 3 enacted the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, when people waved palm branches and shouted Hosanna!
Year 4 retold the part of the story when Jesus washed the disciples feet.
Year 6 explored the Last Supper and the Crucifixion.
Year 5 completed the liturgy with the story of the Resurrection and Easter Sunday.
This Lent we have launched a project to raise money for CAFOD. We are taking part in their “turning little fish into big fish” initiative. Mrs Savelli from CAFOD came and lead an assembly for us on the work which CAFOD does. She explained how our fundraising will help people to farm fish and make better lives for themselves.
If you would like to know more please follow the link below.
Each class have decided on their own fundraising activity. They are as follows:-
Nursery – sponsored walk
Year R – £1 fish
Year 1 – Egg painting (fishy designs)
Year 2 – 10,000 starfish jumps
Year 3 – Sponsored Silence
Year 4 – Sponsored “Fishy” Spellings
Year 5 – Sponsored Read (water and fish based texts)
Year 6 – Easter Egg Raffle
Thank you so much to all parents, family members and friends who supported our children with sponsoring them for the different Lent Challenges that took place in each class. Altogether, the children raised a whopping £1129.83 which is just amazing. It was particularly impressive to learn that Y2 raised £318.05 by completing over 10,000 star jumps! Thank you so much indeed.
The 2nd of February is traditionally the day we celebrate Candlemas in the Church. It is 40 days after the birth of Jesus and we remember the story of Jesus being taken as a baby to the Temple. The special story we think about is that of Simeon and Anna and how they recognised the Baby Jesus as the Light of the World.
If you would like to read the story the following link will take you to a child friendly version of the story.
Have a look at these lovely images of a modern day version of the Nativity story. They have been produced by the Salvation Amy. We are using them to help the older pupils have a deeper understanding of the Christmas Story.
Lots of children have contributed to this nativity scene. Children are using it to help them prayerfully think about the Christmas Story.
We are now into the season of Advent. Here is a short video that will help you understand a little of what Advent in the Church is all about.
We had a visit from Cafod. We learnt about how worms can help make a difference to soil and how good soil can make crops grow well.
Diocesan Schools Mass to celebrate the Year of Mercy
On 29th of September Year 6 went to St John’s Cathedral in Norwich to celebrate Mass with schools from across the Diocese. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hope. During the mass we received a special Year of Mercy candle to take back to school with us. After Mass we were lucky that the rain had stopped and we were able to enjoy a picnic lunch in the gardens.
May – the month of Mary
May is the month when we traditionally honour Mary, the Mother of God. From Scripture, we learn that she was a strong woman and a loving mother. In addition, numerous legends and customs contribute to our appreciation of Mary. During May as a school we hold a simple May procession and crowing of Mary. The Video clip below helps to explain why Catholics honour Mary.
We were fortunate to have Father Philip come and help us think about the Easter Story. The children from KS2 help to dramatize the story for us.
What is Lent all about?
Lent is the most important part of the Liturgical Church year. At St. Mary and St. Peter we work with the children to help them understand the importance of this season in the church’s year and support them in exploring some of the practices that Christians take part in during this time.
Some useful links
Our Lenten Fundraising Project
This Year, for our Lent fundraising we are supporting a project in a very needy and often overlooked area of the world, Tambogrande, which is situated in Peru.
We have had an assembly where a visitor from a local charity who works with a school, church, convent and health centre in Tambogrande shared a little about life and culture in Peru. We were also given information about how the money we will raise through our Lenten fundraising will help to fund a teacher for the school so that as many children as possible will have a chance to learn and make a better future for themselves. The children learnt about how few opportunities and facilities for basic healthcare and education there are in Tambogrande – including electricity and water!
To help us fundraise we have asked each class to come up with their own fundraising idea. Through this activity we aim to support the children in developing many of the school values, such as challenge, resilience, kindness and patience. In addition they will be strengthening their experiences and skills in thinking about others and helping those more needy than themselves.The link below is a power-point of pictures of Tamogrande
These are the ways in which the classes are hoping to raise money. Please be generous in your support of their projects.
- Nursery – Stay and Play event
- Reception – Stay and Play event
- Year 1 – Tricky word Spell
- Year 2 – Walking Challenge
- Year 3 – Sponsored Silence
- Year 4 – Cake Sale
- Year 5 – Reading Café
- Year 6 – Easter Egg Raffle
Some of our fundraising activities
Together we raised an amazing amount of money. So far the total stands at £1,347.49! If you have any further monies still to bring in please return them as soon as possible. A very big thank you for all those who supported this fundraising initiative.
Sarah the lady who was supporting the fundraising project wrote to thank us saying;
“I’m completely overwhelmed by your fundraising efforts- thank you so much. Of course I’ll forward the pictures. What a fantastic achievement!!”
She also sent us a translation of a letter from the people we were helping in Tamogrande, it said:
“Thank you for your support, it is a smile for other children like you. They will be able to eat better.”
“Thanks to you I shall be able to have a better education, and when I am big( older/ grown up) help other children, just as you are helping me today.”
“You and I together make the distances shorter between those who have, and those who do not have enough to live,thus we shall make a better world.”