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.
We are enjoying the start to the summer term.
We have been doing lots of singing….The aardvark drinking cans of coke!!!…I am sure that has been driving you made.
We enjoyed trying the May Pole we had lots of fun and a few tangles!!
We have continued with our Habitats, we had a great time looking for mini beasts around our school grounds.
We have also started our topic on Manchester and have made time lines.
In art we also made some bees.
Matthew from Zoolab talked to us about the different creatures he had brought with him. He began with a Giant African Snail. It has around 10,000 teeth! Some children who wanted to, were able to hold the snail in the palm of their hands.
The millipede crawled over hands with an almost tickly feeling. It does not have a thousand legs, but near to 200 when fully grown.
We saw a tarantula in its tank. This is a very delicate mini beast with its bones on the outside. The famous sting is no more than a quarter of the strength of a bee sting.
We handled a snake. We were surprised at how dry and warm it felt.
Matthew gave us lots of information and answered all our questions. It was great to see the children confidently handle the mini beasts and show such great interest in them.
On Thursday 15th March Year 4 visited Tatton Park to experience life as a Viking.
We were greeted by an Anglo-Saxon lady named Eta who led us into camp called Tatters Tun. We were shown items that Vikings used in every-day life, such as cow horn cups, reindeer antler buttons and sheep skin clothes. We even had a go at weaving some jewellery by creating woollen bracelets.
The most enjoyable part of the day was learning how to be a Viking warrior. We used shields, held axes and worked as a team to form a strong, intimidating wall. Our trainer was called Ragnar, he was very grumpy and loud!
At the end of the day, Maretta taught us how to make bread. We had to grind the wheat into flour and decide where to get the other ingredients from, such as clean water, salt and lard. We realised Viking life must have been very difficult.
Year 4 had a great day out and looked fantastic in their costumes.
Joy Day was fun. We learnt through play with our toys, play with our friends and ‘play’ learning about and handling some amazing animals. Please enjoy our pictures.
Easter is coming. As well as learning about Jesus during Holy Week, the pupils have made Easter cards for family members and a cone shaped gift for them to enjoy.