Marian Procession 2018

On Saturday morning 6th October by approximately 10 am, 18 children and their parents from Our Lady’s RC Primary School assembled in St Edward’s RC Church for the Marian Procession. Many children and adults decided to miss other activities to go to the procession instead. Very small children in buggies attended too with their families.  This showed real love for Mary and commitment from these children and their families. What wonderful role models for the rest of the school!

Bishop Arnold talked to us in church and blessed our rosaries. The children and adults from the different schools and parishes were excited. Even though the forecast was rain, it did not put off the faithful.

This year Our Lady’s RC School had the honour of holding the ribbons on the smaller Our Lady statue. The children took it in turns to proudly hold the ribbons during the procession. As we walked in procession we said the Holy Rosary and sang hymns in honour of Our Lady.

We finished off in Platt Fields Park were we had special prayers for Mary with readers from the different schools. Bishop Arnold concluded the liturgy with a special blessing for all those who attended. We had a fantastic day!

The children were invited to comment about their experience.

“I like the Marian Procession because it is fun and the flowers for Mary are beautiful. I also like it because I like the music and the band. I like seeing the balloons at the very end and throwing pretty petals. It makes me happy. I would love to go again in my new school and I really think that you should go!” Taeyana

“I like to go to the Marian Procession because it is a time to worship Mary and a time to pray. It is something that you can look forward to every year. This year was special because we were holding the ribbons on the little Mary statue and I was holding a red flag at the front. The flag represented the Holy Spirit. I really liked the music too.” Martyna

“I like going to the Marian Procession because it is a beautiful procession and lots of fun. This year was my last year at Our Lady’s before high school, so I really wanted to go. We were doing a special job, it was holding ribbons from the smaller Mary statue. I hope I can go again. It made me feel proud that I’m Catholic when all the people were looking at us.” Natalia

I like going because it is a great time to look back at the year and all that Mary has done for you and others in your community. This year is my last year and it was great to hold the ribbons from the statue. I recommend going, it is great! I hope that I can go again in my high school. It was really good to have Mary beside me. I feel proud that I am a Catholic. Oliwia

 “It was the first time I went to the Marian procession. I was so excited! We had to miss Polish school so that I could go. I really enjoyed holding the ribbons. I felt proud. Wiktoria 

I enjoyed the Marian procession because we got the opportunity to hold the ribbons on the smaller statue of Mary. I also liked the beautiful flowers around Mary, there were different flowers and not just roses. I had fun walking in the procession from St. Edward’s RC Church to Platt Fields Park. Ruvimbo

I like going to the Marian Procession because it is a chance to profess our faith. We also pray the rosary as we walk. I like throwing the petals to honour Mary. I missed my tap and ballet dancing classes but it was a good cause. Isabel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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.

Holy Days of Obligation

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 Lady of Perpetual Succour

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.

The icon contains many symbols that represent the Christian mystery of redemption.

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.

Happy Feast!

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Feast Day 27th June

 

Sacred Heart by Reception class

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.

Reception children wrote a message of love to Jesus on a heart which they decorated. Reception children are proud of their display. Take a look at it in the hall.

Pentecost

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.

Ascension

 

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

Luke 24:50-53