25/06/18 – Sports Day 2018: Celebrating British & JHNCC Values

 

 

 

 

Sports Day is Thursday the 5th July and is a chance for us to demonstrate and celebrate our values as a community.

Current Standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our values are important because they help us to grow and develop. They help us to create the future we want to experience. Every successful athlete demonstrates values.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of others

Altruism & Sportsmanship

Resilience

 

18/06/18 – Misinterpreting God’s Plan – Terror, Radicalisation and Extreme Views

In the last decade, terrorism based on religious extremism has become more prominent across the world.

Groups of people claiming to be part of a religion are carrying out attacks on innocent people.

 

 

These groups encourage young people who share similar beliefs, to accept that their mission is the right thing to do; this is called radicalisation.

 

A prayer for Light in the Darkness

For those who are suffering.
For those who are injured.
For families that are separated.

For firemen, police, emergency medical workers and all public officials.
For those who serve in the armed forces.
For those who answer the call to comfort and give aid.
For those who provide support through their prayers.

For those who are dying.
For those who died while saving the lives of others.
For those who have died from acts of terrorism around the world.
For all who lost their lives.

For those who survived.
For the children who have been orphaned.
For the men and women who have lost their spouses.
For all who mourn and those who comfort them.

For peace in our city and in our world.
For unity among faiths.
For a greater appreciation and love of all humanity.

For patience and perseverance.
For calm in the midst of fear.
For forgiveness and the grace to overcome adversity.

For generosity of spirit.
For hope in times of despair.
For light in the darkness.

Gracious and Loving God,
you are our comforter and our hope.
Hear your people’s prayers as they come before you.
Strengthen us in this time of need.
Inspire us to acts of charity and generosity
and give us hope of a brighter future.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen

11/06/18 – Christianity and Islam

Muslims and Christians think of God – Allah in different ways.

Muslims think of Allah as Creator, Sovereign Ruler, the One and Only, the Holy One so great and far above us that He does not relate to His people on a personal level.

He commands obedience and complete submission to His will. He loves and forgives only those who believe in Him through the Qur’an.

 

Christians think of God primarily as Creator and loving Father, holy and righteous great and far above us – but also loving each one of us personally. He longs for us to love and trust Him and obey his Commandments. He loves all whom He created and forgives all who are genuinely sorry for their sins.

 

Dear God,
Thank you for the prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him,
and all that he taught about peace and looking after each other.
We thank you for all the good things
that Muslim believers have done through the centuries
as they have tried to put the prophet’s words into action.
Help us to do what we can for others,
living in peace with each other.
Amen.

04/06/18 – Celebrating a Culture of Leadership- All Equal in the Eyes of God

Young People and the church

 

We have already started looking at how Pope Francis wants all young people to tell him what its like being a young person today

To bring all our thoughts together we would like all form groups to answer the question below. Your school council representatives will take your answers to the council meeting. The question again is:

In what way can the Catholic Church do more for young people and engage better with them?

 

Everyone can be a leader. It is the vocation of all to lead others to know Gods love better through their actions and words.

Pope Francis has said

‘Vocational ministry, means learning the style of Jesus,  who passes in the places of everyday life, stopping without haste, and looking at his brothers with mercy,

21/05/18 – Human Rights- Idol’s that found their vocation

In reality you don’t ever have to choose your human rights.

Human rights belong to everyone from when they are born.

Although they can sometimes be restricted, human rights can never be taken away from you. There are different laws that protect everyone’s human rights.

Human Right’s Prayer

 

Pope Francis reminds us “human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.” Today we seek to honour the dignity of all peoples. God, you have created us in our own image, inspire in us the courage to stand in solidarity with those who are being denied their basic human rights. May we always remember that to deny others their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

Amen

14/05/18 – Pentecost Week

Pentecost

 

On the Day of the Ascension (celebrated last Thursday), the moment Jesus returned to heaven he spoke to his disciples and friends, he gave them both a mission and invitation: The mission was to “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.” Gospel of Mark 16:15

At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. 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. This is where the Catholic Church started.

 

 

Just share a moment of quiet prayer, thanking God for sending us the gift of Jesus, that he shared our life, suffered, died and rose again, that he returned to heaven in order then to send us the Holy Spirit.

We pray in thanks that we have been anointed, have received the Holy Spirit; there is no better way to do this then to pray together in the words given to us by Jesus himself:

 

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

07/05/18 – Ascension Week (10th May)

Thursday 10th May- Ascension Thursday

 

Celebration of the Ascension of the Lord

On the Day of the Ascension, the moment Jesus returned to heaven he spoke to his disciples and friends, he gave them both a Mission and invitation: The Mission was to “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.”

Gospel of Mark 16:15

Pope Francis continually invites us to share in this really important mission, he simply wants everybody to be a ‘Missionary Disciple.’

Here within the College Community of John Henry Newman Catholic College we share the Mission of the Church and the important invitation of Pope Francis.

Invocation’ Prayer

 

Like the Disciples on the day of the Ascension we await the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit. Between the Feast of the Ascension and the Pentecost, (the outpouring of the Holy Spirit) the Church begins a Novena (nine days) of prayer inviting us to wait and pray, may we do so with Pope John XXIII’s (23!)

‘Invocation’ Prayer:

“Renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace.

Amen.

 

This prayer has so much beauty and power, both when it was first written and prayed, also for the Church today as it is prayed by so many in preparation for Pentecost Sunday!

30/04/18 – Mission of our school and Heart Values

Our School Mission

 

The community of John Henry Newman Catholic College, believing that ‘Heart Speaks to Heart’, trusts firmly in God’s unconditional love for us and constant presence in our lives.  We believe that we each have a ‘Definite Purpose’ and unique vocation, which we are called to discover and live out.  This enables us to live in hope.  With God’s help we seek to follow Jesus more closely through developing virtues of grace.

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

School Motto:

 

HEART speaks to HEART

Heart speaks to Heart can be unpacked in many different ways but, at its simplest level, it’s a phrase that invites us to make time to be with God in prayer. A conversation to allow us to communicate with him. We do this by also using our Heart Values.

John Henry Newman chose “Heart speaks unto Heart” as the motto to go on his coat of arms when he became a Cardinal in 1879. Inspired by these words spoken by St. Francis de Sales, Newman calls us to hear God speaking to our hearts and to listen for our mission from God. At JHNCC we have embraced and adopted virtues that help us to fulfil our mission and guide us on the right path.

These virtues and personal enablers have become the basis of everything we do in the college in and out of the classroom, in the way we interact with one another and in the way we plan for our futures.

23/04/18 – Month of Our Lady- Mission of Mary’s life

Mary realises her Mission in life and follows her Vocation

 

Mary realised in this moment that it was her mission in life to follow God. Mary chose her true vocation in life.

God has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives, and He desires to use us to do His will. If like Mary, we desire to please God and offer our lives to be His instruments, He will do wonderful works in and through us.

We need to trust God when He calls us to do something for Him, even if it seems strange or impossible. God can do the impossible. Let us be like Mary in our response to God the next time He asks us to do something for Him. We need to follow our true mission and vocation in life.

 

M         is for Mother, Mother of God

A          is for affectionate, loving and kind

R          is for righteous, one of few

Y          is for youthful, youthful at heart

S          is for subtle, quiet in her ways

 

V          is for valiant, extremely courageous

O          is for open-minded, open and willing

C          is for caring, she took pain of many

A          is for admirable, a figure we respect

T          is for tender, fragile is she

I          is for inspiring, many look to her

O          is for optimistic, always seeing best

N         is for nurtures, many have been

 

 

The Magnificat

 

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
Amen.

16/04/18 – The Risen Christ – Disciples of Christ – Walking with Christ

Why did Jesus die on the cross?

Jesus died knowing that you would do things wrong (that is what a sin is) — things that you’re not supposed to — not obeying your parents, saying something mean to your sister or brother, or not telling the truth.

He knew what you would do when He died so many years ago. Jesus died for everybody’s sins, so now when we ask God to forgive us, and we are truly sorry for what we’ve done, He will act like it never happened. He forgets what we did!

Now that doesn’t mean we should ever make the same mistake again, because by doing that it’s like we’re hurting Jesus all over again. So, next time you do something you’re not supposed to, remember to say sorry to Jesus, and remember what He did for you!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

 

Disciples of Jesus- Following in Jesus’ footsteps

 

People made fun of Jesus and called him mean names, but he didn’t call them names back. He only said good things to people. People beat Jesus up and threw rocks at him, but he didn’t start a fight with them or threaten to get even. He left it up to God to judge them for the wrongs they did. He forgave them when they hurt him.

We all make mistakes and do wrong, but if we are sorry for what we have done and ask God to forgive us, he will. If you have a hard time being like Jesus, you can ask God to help you.

How can you follow in his footsteps?