St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus

Catholic Life - News

15th December 2019

Sunday 15th December 2019 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday 15th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Morning reflection is issued every week by our Chaplain and is available on the school’s website: https://www.smcsc.org.uk/spirituality.php-

The Chaplaincy and Faith in Action teams have been busy cutting and sticking this week to turn our entries for the Education Commission’s Christmas card competition into Christmas cards for our local prisoners.  Fr. Paul will deliver them to the prisons at Banstead over the next few days.  It was lovely to see the joy on the children's faces as they worked together to bring hope to others.  A sample of the cards is shown.

Table
Talk Topic for this week: Could you ever learn too
much?
–Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer
intention book in the Reception area of each school. Please feel free to write
your intentions in as you wish. Thank you to those who have added to it. Please
take the time to read it when visiting the school.

8th December 2019

Sunday 8th December - 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday 8th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Morning reflection is issued every week by our Chaplain and is available on the school’s website: https://www.smcsc.org.uk/spirituality.php-

All children at the Junior school had the opportunity to walk with their year group to the chapel at St Philomena's this week.  Deacon Errol (Chaplain of St Philomena’s) and Mrs Norbury (our chaplain) led us in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  The children sang together, prayed together and spent some time in silent, personal reflection.  Back at school, we reflected on how this had made us feel, and for many of the children they said they really enjoyed the time they had spent with Jesus in such a peaceful and calm environment. A Y5 child told us that he "felt really close to Jesus there, and I could share anything."

Advent started this week in school and we have lit the first candle on our school Advent Wreath.  Children in the Junior School will each have a turn to take home a 'travelling crib'.  Please let your child show you what is in the gift bag they bring home from school: a crib with figures, a candle, a prayer book and a card explaining what to do.  The children have been told NOT to light the candle without an adult.  They know too that prayers written in the book can be shared in their home language.  Thank you for sharing this time with your children as we prepare for Christmas and for ensuring that the bag is put with their school shoes so that it is not forgotten the next day!

                        Table Talk Topic for this week –Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer intention book in the Reception area of each school. Please feel free to write your intentions in as you wish. Thank you to those who have added to it. Please take the time to read it when visiting the school.

29th November 2019

Sunday 1st December - 1st Sunday of Advent

Spirituality              Sunday 1st December - 1st Sunday of Advent

Morning reflection is issued every week by our Chaplain and is available on the school’s website: https://www.smcsc.org.uk/spirituality.php-

Over the past few weeks, the junior classes have been reflecting upon Pope Francis' Beatitudes for Young People and how they are our Christian 'identity card', identifying us as followers of Jesus and showing us the way when we fail.   

In addition, we have a wonderful collection of backpacks ready for Mary's Meals to collect next week.  More details coming soon.

Table Talk Topic for this week – Would you rather be able to fly or be super strong? Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer intention book in the Reception area of each school. Please feel free to write your intentions in as you wish. Thank you to those who have added to it. Please take the time to read it when visiting the school.

22nd November 2019

Sunday 24th November - Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

Spirituality              Sunday 24th November - Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

Morning reflection is issued every week by our Chaplain and is available on the school’s website: https://www.smcsc.org.uk/spirituality.php-

In their Chaplaincy Sessions Y1 and Y2 have been thinking about Pope Francis's message in his encyclical Laudato Si to live simply, live fairly and live together with each other in our common home.  In a time of quiet they reflected upon how they could do little things to make a positive difference in our world.  Perhaps they have shared some of these with you at home.

?Reception's Chaplaincy Sessions were a reflection on the Our Father, explaining some of the tricky language and using props and actions to help the children learn the words.  Please do pray this important prayer together at home.

Table Talk Topic for this week – Can a dog be kind? Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer intention book in the Reception area of each school. Please feel free to write your intentions in as you wish. Thank you to those who have added to it. Please take the time to read it when visiting the school.

15th November 2019

Sunday 17th November - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Spirituality              Sunday 17th November - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Morning reflection is issued every week by our Chaplain and is available on the school’s website: https://www.smcsc.org.uk/spirituality.php-

This year we will again be taking part in #RedWednesday on Wednesday 27th November 2019. This is organised by an international charity called Aid to the Church in Need https://acnuk.org/? and they help millions of people every year. They stand up for people who are forgotten, and they make a stand for the things that everyone should have: justice, peace and freedom to be whatever religion you want to be without risking persecution. On #RedWednesday we invite the children to show support by wearing one item of red clothing (eg socks /tights /ribbon/ scarf), to pray the Angelus at 12 o’clock in school and to have a minute’s silence afterwards. This is to show our solidarity with those who are suffering and to make a stand for faith and freedom. We know that thousands of other people will be doing this at the same time as us, so we will be united in our prayers. There will be the opportunity to make red stickers for those who do not have an item of red to wear.

Look out for buildings, which are lit up red for #RedWednesday: last year these included the Houses of Parliament in London, the Colosseum in Rome and the Vatican.

Table Talk Topic for this week – Is it possible to ever stop thinking? Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer intention book in the Reception area of each school. Please feel free to write your intentions in as you wish. Thank you to those who have added to it. Please take the time to read it when visiting the school.