Year of Faith… ideas please!

Don’t you love it how I use this blog to mine all of your amazing ideas and then use them to my own (or my school’s) advantage?? One of the perks of being a ‘being frank’ blogger!

To recognise the Year of Faith at my school we want to do 3-4 things each term that celebrate some of the unique things about belonging to the Catholic faith. We’ve begun compiling a list of what these things could be, but I’m hoping some of you might be able to add to the list. The idea is to give the children the chance to experience some of the things they have never had the opportunity to experience before (eg: Benediction), but also to encourage them to experience more often those things which are on offer, but neglected (eg: the Sacrament of Reconciliation).

Here’s what we have on the list so far…

  • Whole-school Rosary
  • Senior Retreat at Tyburn Monastery
  • Benediction
  • A Latin Mass (any priests willing to offer the Extraordinary Rite for us, please contact me!)
  • Exposition/Adoration (perhaps one class at a time)
  • A visit from Our Lady of Fatima pilgrim statue (thank you Teresina for suggesting this last year and giving me the contact details – it’s all booked!)
  • A visit to our Cathedral and a time to meet and talk with┬áthe Bishop
  • A visit to the Cemetery for All Souls’ Day
  • Reconciliation (our priest won’t celebrate Reconciliation with classes or as a school but we might be able to twist his arm if it’s for a special occassion)
  • Prayer of the Church? (not sure how this would work as we’re only at school from 9am – 3pm but we could maybe do morning and evening prayers? Or do these have to be done at specific times?)
  • A visit from the lovely Fr Chris Skinner and the wonderful Andrew Chinn to share their music with us
  • A liturgy where the children all renew their Baptismal Vows
  • Stations of the Cross

Anything else you can suggest?? I’d be very grateful for any other ideas and thoughts.

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    Comments: 8

    1. Benedicta February 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I suggest some film sessions – you could have it monthly throughout the year – perhaps with a shared meal and a question answer discussion the next day or just after. I’m not sure what time of day.

      Ignatius Press has some great DVDs. Saints are great – Joan of Arc, Fr Damian, St Therese, 13th Day (Fatima) –

      I think they really show the love of the Saints for Our Lord and mission to all people.

      Also some teaching on the Apostolic Fathers or subjects that might interest.

    2. bamac February 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Benedicta,

      Good suggestion … what about something on life in the mission fields and work and lives of some of the good religious in todays world if there are DVDs on such topics?

      Mrs Mac.

    3. John Whyte February 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      With prayer of the church there are seven ‘hours’ of prayer. Lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers, compline, and the office of reading. Morning, midmorning, noon, mid afternoon, early evening, late evening, anytime, respectively.
      So you could do terce => none. Check out http://www.universalis.com which gives you the texts for each one.

      Also with the extra-ordinary form, you could ask Fr Gerard from St Pius X. If you want an introduction find the young man with tie + 2 blond kids (me) and I’ll introduce you.

    4. bamac February 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      MaryandMartha,

      If there is a resthome near your school , maybe the different classes could have turns in visiting the residents on different days … maybe sing them a song or two and/or bring them a small contribution for their morning tea with goodies that the children have helped their mothers make … a sort of combined home and school effort, thus sharing with the elderly residents some of the love that God wants them to share with everyone.

      Shalom

    5. withhope February 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Teaching them the Pater Noster, Ave Maria, to say or sing Kyrie eleison. During the consecration of a Church they used to trace the Greek and Latin alphabets on the floor of the Church – the language of the Church being part of the fabric of the Church itself. How about an afternoon on reliquiae – how many children have a clue what a relic is? Why they were part of the altar? What a first class relic is, a second class etc. What relics exist in this country or others and what miracles are associated with them? This gets to the crux of what the Church and hope in the ressurection is about. the macabre and miraculous all in one.

    6. Dominican February 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Teach the children well!
      Some theologically authentic music eminently suitable for Mass would be a great start

    7. bamac February 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      MaryandMartha,

      Thank you for the post which, along with the link below, has brought back so many memories of many things I was taught about Faith and the way we should live it with God’s help during my years at school.We were taught that there was no way that we could grow in the gift of Faith that God had planted in our souls at Baptism if we relied only on our own efforts , that Faith was not something that we could learn off by heart like our times tables ( now doesn’t that age me as they were done away with a long time ago me thinks) .. we should learn about the gifts that God has given us in the teachings of the Holy Church He had founded , along with the depth of meaning and richness of the Sacraments and liturgies that were part of it .. particularly the Holy Mass and the miracle of the Holy Eucharist …. Sisters assured us that we would never stop learning more about God’s Love even when we were old ( how true that is ,I have found as the years passed by!)

      Am not sure if your school is near the church or not, but if it is ,then encourage them to pop in and visit Jesus in His Tabernacle home, be it only for a couple of minutes on their way past … how they too enjoy it when friends pop in at home … they can share a quiet secret with Jesus about their day or their hopes and something that might be concerning them.

      Maybe none of my ramble gives you any food for thought but maybe there will be something in the words of our Holy Father in the link that will as you read it ,

      God Bless all you and all you are doing for the children in your care,

      Shalom,

      Mrs Mac

      http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=10160

    8. Teresina February 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      That’s a great list and some more good suggestions here. To add a few thoughts: Perhaps you could get the children to write a little bit about the saints they are named after and encourage them to celebrate their saint’s day. For the senior class perhaps invite one of the sisters to give a talk about religious life, and one of the priests to talk about priesthood if you consider some of the children are old enough. You probably already do this but if not you could arrange a nativity play for Christmas in the school hall and invite the parents. Create holy cards for the Holy Father and send them to him for his 85th birthday on 16 April. Organise a mission day for Lent and have a discussion on the missionary work of the church. If you have several churches close by arrange a mini pilgrimage on the feast day of the school or parish, walking from church to church, singing hymns and praying the rosary.

      Martha and Mary, as Mrs Mac says, God bless you in your work of increasing the life of Faith of your school children – they are the future.