Happy Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Happy Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus
On Monday 24th June we celebrated the birthday of one of the most highly respected and valued people ever to walk through the doors of our school – Mrs Cloherty!
Mrs Cloherty has a long association our school. She taught here for many years before beginning her voluntary phase. For over 30 years Mrs Cloherty has volunteered her amazing talent at the piano at Our Lady’s RC School. As well as hymn practice, she has come in twice each week to teach Nursery and Reception songs new and traditional as well as teach recorders to KS2 children Her eagerness to bring new music to the children is inspiring. Over the years of volunteering, she has played for all the plays in all key stages at Christmas and Easter as well as big productions such as Oliver and Joseph.
Mrs Cloherty has talked to the children in Key Stage 2 about life during World War 2 and being an evacuee etc. She really has remarkable stories!
So thank you Mrs Cloherty and enjoy your birthday!
An icon is not simply an artistic representation. Once it is blessed, it becomes a window to heaven, a point of contact, “so that in praying before it, one is in the spiritual presence of the person represented. Reverently kissing the icon, one kisses the personage; bowing before it, one bows before the personage”
(Robert Lane, “Russia and the Icon,” The Reign of Mary #117, p. 5).
This is the most special feast day for our school. Our school is named after the sacred icon of Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour (help).
How many of us know about this image and the story behind it? The image is on our school uniform, letterheads and you can find copies of this image in various forms around our school. As members of her school we should learn and know about this image and afford Our Lady the devotion she deserves. The image is so powerful in our times of need when we pray requesting help.
Reception class have been learning about the image which is far more than just a badge.
The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is painted on wood, with background of gold to represent heaven. It is Byzantine in style and was painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are Greek letters which form the abbreviated words Mother of God, Jesus Christ, Archangel Michael, and Archangel Gabriel.
To find out more about the meaning and history of this most sacred image, check the link below.
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Pray for us.
Year 3 children have been practising poems which they will be reciting in Loreto High School as a part of a poetry competitions.
In Latin, Corpus Christi means Body of Christ. Corpus Christi Sunday allows us to focus on celebrating the real presence of Christ – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the bread and wine.
During the thirteenth century, a Belgian nun named Sister Juliana, had a great devotion to the Eucharist. Through visions, Our Lord told her to establish a Feast dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament. Through the influence of Sister Juliana, the importance of spreading devotion to the Blessed Sacrament reached the future Pope Urban IV. Sister Juliana died in 1258 and is now recognized as a Saint.
In 1263, a German priest Father Peter, stopped to celebrate Mass in Bolsena, Italy while he was on his way to Rome for a pilgrimage. Father Peter was having doubts at the time as to whether the Eucharist was truly the Body and Blood of Christ. However, as he celebrated Mass, when he prayed the prayer of Consecration, blood emerged from the consecrated host, spilling onto the altar.
Father Peter reported the miracle to Pope Urban IV, who sent delegates to investigate the miracle. Today, the Cathedral of Orvieto, Italy, is the resting place of the relics from this Eucharistic miracle.
The message of Sister Juliana and the Eucharistic Miracle in Bolsena, greatly affected Pope Urban IV. In 1264, through a papal bull called Transiturus de hoc mundo, Pope Urban IV instituted the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on the Thursday after Pentecost. Under Pope Clement V, Corpus Christi became a universal Feast.
On this feast day there are processions in some churches. This day is often chosen to celebrate The First Holy Communions. The children celebrating their First Holy Communion accompany the Blessed Sacrament in procession.
Today at the church of English Martyrs four children from our school celebrated their First Holy Communion. They took part in the procession for the feast of Corpus Christi and then to conclude with a Marian devotion, beautifully sang Salve Regina.
We went back in time to Victorian England for a school day.
I don’t think the children enjoyed school as much then as they do now!! The teacher was VERY strict, we had to wear a Dunce hat and do lots of work from the chalk board.
The teachers enjoyed coming in to see them as the class had to stand every time an adult entered the room.
Luckily in the afternoon we did lots of old crafts and games like, marbles and push penny.
Pope Francis has decreed that “the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost and be celebrated every year in churches throughout the world.
Honouring Mary as Mother of the Church on the day after Pentecost highlights for Catholics that Mary was present with the disciples on Pentecost, praying with them as the Holy Spirit descended. Mary, “from the awaiting of the Spirit at Pentecost, has never ceased to take motherly care of the pilgrim church on earth.”
The disciples were together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and some other women, when they suddenly heard a noise like a strong wind. Then they saw flames of fire over each of them. “And they were all filled with the holy Spirit.” (Acts of the Apostles, 2:4) The Holy Spirit filled the disciples with courage and faith, helping them to share the Good News with others. They began to tell others about Jesus, and that He died for us and rose to new life. On this day, the gift of the Spirit allowed the disciples to talk to everyone, even with those who spoke different languages.
On Pentecost, Peter spoke to the crowd. He asked the people to be baptised and receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Many people were baptised that day approximately 3,000!
The Holy Spirit came to the disciples on Pentecost. God the Father and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help and guide the Church. The event of Pentecost changed the world and is the birth of today’s Church. The Holy Spirit is still with us today.
Source: Teaching kids about Jesus
In Catholic churches and homes, one of the most popular images of Jesus is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the image of God’s love revealed in the pierced heart of His Son. It is the symbol of a love that conquers sin and transcends death, the symbol of the One who loved us to the end.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus spread when Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun, began to receive apparitions from Jesus starting in 1673. On December 27, 1673, Jesus appeared to Margaret Mary as she knelt before the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus told her of His great love for mankind and expressed His desire for her to make known His great love to all. Margaret Mary wrote that Jesus revealed to her, “the marvels of His love and the inexplicable secrets of His Sacred Heart.”
Jesus continued to appear to Margaret Mary and made revelations to her until 1675. It wasn’t until 1856, that Pope Pius IX decreed that the feast should be regularly celebrated throughout the world.
Jesus is saying, look at My Heart and see what I am feeling.
The thorns around His heart are a representation of our sins and how our sinning pierces His heart. The flames and the cross serve as a reminder of the suffering He endured for our salvation and of His burning love for us. The blood represents the blood Jesus shed for our salvation.
Prayer to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (for children)
Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus,
I love You so much
and I give You my heart.
Help me to love God.
Help me to love my neighbor
as a child of God.
Help me to love myself
as a child of God.
Feast Day of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 28th 2019