All set for this week’s ASSEMBLY*LIVE for St Joan of Arc School, Rickmansworth! Everyone’s welcome even if you don’t go to JOA – especially if your school hasn’t got something like this. * Each weekly assembly has a GOD BIT – some to reflect and pray. As well updates from the JOA community and some fun features. This week is a PE special as the 23rd June is #OLYMPICDAY and we’re getting ready for our own #SPORTSDAY. * You can join us LIVE at midday today (and every Friday) at my Chaplaincy YouTube Channel – YouTube.com/theChaplaincy/live. * There’s lots more content on the channel so why not check it out and LIKE & SUBSCRIBE if you like what you see! * INSTA: links in bio * @rcwestminster @dowym @stjoape
On 24th JUNE we celebrate THE BIRTH OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST . In the Gospel we hear how John’s father, Zechariah, was struck dumb because he wasn’t willing to name the baby ‘John’ as God had asked. The day he submitted to the will of God, his speech was returned and Zechariah praised God. . Often we don’t recognise the debilitating effects of disobeying God and rejecting the blessings that accompany doing his will. When we choose to do things our own way and remove ourselves from God’s grace we can find that life gets more difficult and things don’t go very well. Ironically it’s then that we then often blame God from the outcome. Zechariah’s family thought John was a silly name for the child – perhaps we fail to follow God because we’re afraid of looking foolish? I’m praying I would be more open to trusting God.
Last Sunday’s Gospel was a bit of two-edged sword. On one hand Jesus tells us three times to ‘do not be afraid. He also tells us of our worth to God, comparing us with sparrows. . But the passage ends with this: “So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.” . It’s hard for me to think about this text and not have some anxiety – do I ‘declare myself for God’ in the presence of others, or do I hide my faith in certain situations and crowds?’. Does this apply to my whole life or just specific occasions? Or perhaps it’s just here to stop us from getting complacent and taking God’s mercy for granted? 🥵🤯 . For me, it’s a reminder to be a bit bolder with my faith . . . . . #gospel #mass #catholic #bible #Jesus #christian #yearoftheword @rcwestminster @dowym @sthelenswatford
When I was at school we had this old priest come in occasionally to say Mass. He was lovely and kind but I didn’t find him particularly interesting or engaging… but what I do remember is that he would always recite the prayer of St Richard of Chichester who feast day it is today (16/6). It is a prayer that I remember because of this priest’s simple repetition. It’s also a prayer of gratitude, which is a great way to start ANY prayer. Here it is: Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, For all the benefits Thou hast given me, For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, May I know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, Follow Thee more nearly. Amen.
Great to talk to Tom from Nottingham Diocese #Catholic #Youth Service @ndcys about #livestreaming. They were in the game long before lockdown, reminding me that #digitalmedia is not an optional extra for the #Church at any level but necessarily integral to all that we do. We talk about the stone age and iron age etc. as times in history. We need to drag our churches – every parish, diocese and movement out of the paper age and beyond the “we have a webpage & facebook” threshold of the #digitalage. I’m looking forward to joining Tom for the 9.30am Club on Monday morning. Join us live on YouTube. @rcwestminster @dowym @sthelenswatford @spec_community