Today 16th July is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Bishop Turner the first bishop of the Diocese of Salford placed the diocese under the protection of our Lady under this title, and promoted the brown scapular devotion. In 1251 Our Lady appeared to Saint Simon Stock and gave him this scapular as a sign of devotion to her through the prayers and words of the Carmelite Order.
Reception Class went to Stockley Farm for their end of school year trip. It was a very hot sunny day and we were all very exited to go. We had a great time!
Holy Days of Obligation
In England and Wales the Holy Days of Obligation are:
Sundays throughout the year, the Epiphany, the Ascension, Ss Peter and Paul, the Assumption, All Saints and Christmas.
A holy day of obligation is a specific feast day when Catholics are obliged to go to Mass and mark that feast day by celebration. On these days Catholics are also to abstain from such work or business that would prevent the worship that is due to God and the joy that is appropriate to the Lord’s Day and the great feasts.
We should treat a holy day of obligation as a Sunday as far as possible, with holy joy and holy feasting. Let the Church’s celebrations guide those of the world.
The obligation of attending Mass on a holy day of obligation can be fulfilled by going to Mass on the day itself or on the evening of the previous day. Ss Peter and Paul (Friday 29th June) is just such a Feast Day.
Our school is named after Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. This is a Byzantine icon from the 13th century. This icon is known for being miraculous; over the centuries countless healings and special graces have been attributed to it, so much so that the image has been honoured and venerated by many Popes.
Receptio Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. We learned about the icon and the meaning of the many symbols. We walked around our school looking at the images of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
We enjoyed celebrating the feast day with party food and an ice lolly.
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Feast Day 27th June
Reception Class are learning about Jesus’ love for us. During the month of June, we as Catholics, have a special devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus as it represents Jesus’ love for us. The Heart is Jesus’ real heart as a sign of His divine love. God’s Light shines from the Sacred Heart. A Wound from the spear that pierced Christ is present and a Crown of Thorns is around the Sacred Heart, both representing the sins that hurt Jesus. A Cross sits on top of the heart. It represents how Jesus died. The Fire represents the power of God’s love.
Happy birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church!
The word Pentecost is Greek and it means “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations.
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. Jews from all over the world were gathered with Peter, the leader of the Apostles and the Eleven. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another.
Peter then called all those present to be baptized and about three thousand people were baptized that day.
These people were among the first Catholics, and Peter is the first pope of the Catholic Church.
The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind, and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit. The color of Pentecost is red and the priest wears red vestments on this day. Parishioners are also invited to wear red on this day. Red decorations as well as celebrations are appropriate, similar to any other birthday. Special prayers are often said just for Pentecost.
Today children from Reception to Year 6 walked to St. Alphonsus RC Church to celebrate Holy Mass on the feast day of the Ascension of the Lord. It is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation when the faithful are expected to attend Holy Mass.
In Reception we learned how Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Olives near Bethany to say goodbye. He told them that He had to go back to His Father and sit at His right hand. The disciples were sad and worried but Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. He instructed the disciples to baptise others and teach them how to live a good life loving God and showing His love to others (Father Pat reminded us that we must continue to teach those that do not know our God’s love by showing them how we live our faith). As the disciples were looking up, two men dressed in white talked to them. They told the disciples that one day Jesus would return the same way that He left.
HAPPY Feast Day
At Our Lady’s RC Primary School we crowned Mary, the Queen of May.
It is a Roman Catholic tradition to honour the Virgin Mary as ‘Queen of the May’ during the month of May.
Each class had a prepared reading and a Marian hymn which they presented to Mary to honour her. Two groups of children sang in Latin, whilst one class sang a hymn in Polish. The singing was beautiful, it must have made Mary very happy.
Mrs Wasowska kindly made a crown of real flowers which was placed on the statue of Mary.
The children loved the occasion and look forward to the celebration each year.
Today was an opportunity to celebrate Our Lady and thank her for her many blessings on our school.