On 17th SEPTEMBER the Church remembers SAINT ROBERT BELLARMINE . Robert Bellarmine was the Cardinal that was responsible for dealing with ‘the Galileo situation’. Before the 1600s many people believed that the sun and all the ‘heavens above’ moved around the earth. Galileo supported the work of Catholic scientist Nicholas Copernicus, that it was in fact the Earth that moved around the sun. . Many protestants rejected this as it contradicted the literal reading of some passages of the Bible. Bellarmine asked Galileo to be patient and to gather more empirical evidence before publishing his theories. Galileo ignored this request and presented his unproven theories as fact – this annoyed the Pope who was an old friend of Galileo and saw his disobedience as taking advantage of their friendship. . Galileo was tried for his bad science, NOT bad theology, and sentenced to ‘house-arrest’ in a Tuscan villa with his family and all the materials he would need to complete his research. . Robert Bellarmine was a believer that scientific discovery would deepen and enrich our understanding of scripture. . Let us ask God to open our hearts to all truth as we pray: Our Father… Saint Robert Bellarmine: Pray for us. . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
OUR LADY OF SORROWS (15/9) . Watch the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy . When Mary & Joseph presented their child, Jesus in the temple, Mary was warned that his life would lead to suffering and that she would suffer too. In the Gospels we read how Mary was present throughout Jesus’ torture and execution. . The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is remembered the day after we celebrate The Exaltation of the Holy Cross so as to remember the different type of suffering that Mary also endured. . Today let us pray for all mothers, and all parents, that suffer with their children. We especially pray for those whose children are sick, or who have died as we say Hail Mary… Our Lady of Sorrows: Pray for us. . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
I REALLY miss doing assemblies properly. Standing in front of 400 teenagers and trying to crack some smiles and give them some nugget that will make their life just that little bit better. . Instead stuck talking to a camera and screen again (until it died!). Simply hoping what I’m saying makes sense without any faces to read! . Looking forward to a bit more of the old normal in the new normal. .
THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (14/9) . It’s strange to think that an instrument of torture and execution would become something so fashionable! We don’t see people wearing a hang-man’s noose, as a necklace, or an electric-chair on a set of earrings. Yet so many people, whether they’re Christian or not, wear a symbol of the Roman execution method known a crucifixion – to be fixed to a cross (crux). . This method of torture was so horrific that it became its own reference to pain – the word ‘excruciating’ literally means ‘like the cross’. The Cross of Jesus Christ, was and remains a difficult concept to understand – how can an event of such suffering and pain, become a symbol of victory? St Paul wrote: ‘the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’ . Unlike many other religions, Christian’s believe in a definitive and historical event in which God intervened in human history in such a way to once-and-for-all deal with evil, sin, suffering and death, and win for us the hope of everlasting life. This is why the Church exalts (celebrates) the Cross on this special feast day. . Let us pray that we would know the hope and joy that has been won for us through the Cross as we say: Our Father… . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
24TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME . See the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy . Throughout SUNDAY’S MASS READINGS we read a lot about FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness, or more specifically UN-forgiveness is a really big deal that affects so many people. Many find it really difficult to let go of the hurt caused by other people. . The First Reading from Ecclesiasticus says this: “Resentment and anger, these are foul things… He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord… Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven… If a man nurses anger against another, can he then demand compassion from the Lord?… Remember [what is important], and stop hating… Remember the commandments, and do not bear your neighbour ill-will.” . God commands these things for our own good. The truth is that unforgiveness hurts the victim more than it affects the offender. It’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to suffer. In reality, forgiveness it not so much about the other person, but about freeing ourselves from the burden and heaviness – from the imprisonment – that resentment, anger and unforgiveness traps us in. . In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that our forgiveness should know no limits, not so that we get walked all over – but so that Jesus can free us from the burdens that unforgiveness brings. . Let us pray that God would help us to forgive those who have hurt us so that we might known the peace and freedom that forgiveness offers us as together we say Our Father… . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
Thought I’d swing by OXHEY ACTIVITY PARK for the first time. Apart from being a coronavirus petri dish it looked quite cool. There were 90s throwback skaters complete with Nirvana t-shirts over their long sleeved Ts! Dad’s in their 40s trying to show their kids how to halfpipe their Apollo wannabe BMX. It was even great to see ‘those lads’ who usually wheelie without a care in the world down the middle of your road trying to ride their Carreras properly on the MTB track. The only thing more shocking than the amount of weed being openly smoked was the amount of parents who let their kids ride & scoot without a helmet! These features are made of concrete with steel edges! The mega pump track had kids going in every direction whilst the Tony Hawkers tried their best to observe the anticlockwise rotation. But the best/worst moment was the bail caused by the scuttle bugging toddler going the wrong way on the intermediate MTB trail – whose parents then shouted down the mountain biker for going too fast! So to conclude this review – Oxhey Activity Park HAS a playground but is NOT a playground. It’s a great place for proper skill development in skating, scooting and mountain biking. If your kid is not ready to mix it up with the big kids, or remain under constant supervision whilst you coach them about one-way systems and skate park etiquette (not the weed and grunge-look), then it would be best to stay away. The kids on micro-scooters (and scuttle bugs) are better off and safer at your local park – to be honest they’d probably be safer riding round the Magic Roundabout in Hemel! Wherever they ride WEAR A HELMET!
SAINT PETER CLAVER (9/9) . Watch the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy. . Saint Peter CLaver could be considered one of the first members of the Black Lives Matter movement. He was born in Spain but was sent on mission to the Americas. When he arrived in Cartagena (now Columbia) he was appalled by the treatment of African slaves. . St Peter would care for the slaves from the moment the ships docked, and would continue to serve them in any way he could. Many other Europeans refused to enter his Masses because of his association with black people who were welcome in his churches. . Saint Peter Claver is the patron saint of African Americans and so we ask his prayers for all black people and all who are mistreated because of their race. Saint Peter Claver: Pray for us. . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym #blm #blacklivesmatter #blmmovement
THE BIRTHDAY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 8/9 . Watch the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy . For the most part we commemorate a Saint on the day of their death – the day they left this world and entered fully into the Kingdom of God. We also celebrate the births of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist. . The nativities of John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary are celebrated because of their important role in our salvation. Elizabeth and Zechariah conceived John the Baptist in their old age as a sign to Mary that she two would conceive miraculously. Mary’s role in our salvation is pretty obvious and we even celebrate her conception separately on the feast of The Immaculate Conception. . The celebration of Mary’s birthday reminds us that we are all born into a great story, that our lives matter and that we should live in a way that brings life to others. . Let us ask Mary to pray for us, that through our birth and existence, others would be know the love of God as we say: Hail Mary… . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
23RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME . See the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy . IN SUNDAY’S GOSPEL Jesus gives us simple and clear advice on how to deal with conflicts. When someone offends us there can be many different responses that we are tempted with. Some people moan and complain to others, perhaps even taking revenge on social media or through gossip. Others might bottle it up and do nothing but feel terrible on the inside. . Jesus gives us a three-step approach to dealing with the problem. 1) Speak to the person alone. This is an opportunity to explain how we feel. Often people don’t realise that they’ve hurt us and a bigger issue can be avoided by simply speaking to the person one-to-one. Here we might discover that we did something first that hurt them. 2) If they won’t talk it through with you, try and address the issue with two or three neutral people, perhaps shared friends. This isn’t about taking sides, but about resolving the issue. 3) Here Jesus says that it should be reported to the community. This doesn’t mean broadcast it on WhatsApp, but this would be the time to get a trusted adult involved. . Jesus also recognises that unfortunately there is no getting through to some people, but if we’ve taken these steps we can be sure that we’ve not made matters worse and done our best to resolve the issue. . Let us pray that God would guide us when dealing with people that have offended us, that he would give us peace and help us work for reconciliation as we say Our Father… . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
The new way we start each day at JOA! . We’ve changed the day around to make our community COVID safe-er which means we no longer have tutor-time at the start of each day. Instead, pupils will head straight to their first lesson, with a period of tutor time in the middle of the day to offset the new staggered lunch break. . Whilst this means there will be time each day for our pupils to stop, reflect and connect with God, an essential element of Christian life is the Morning Offering – dedicating our life to God at the start of each day and opening ourselves to his will and his grace. Therefore the whole community will begin each day in this way, wherever they are, whatever lesson they’re in, and whoever they’re with. . I invite you to consider making a morning offering each day – it’s a powerful act! The words of this prayer use many of the intentions of traditional offerings which can be found throughout the ages. It addresses our need for protection in this time of danger, and peace amidst the many reasons to be anxious. . Please pray for us and all schools.