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Week 6 TenTen resources
As May is the month when we honour Mary, you might like to pray The Rosary at home. We would normally do this in school, each day.
What is The Rosary?
The Rosary is a set of prayers to God, Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. As we repeat the familiar words, we allow our minds to think about a wonderful part of Jesus’ life here on earth - a mystery.
There are four parts to the rosary, known as “mysteries”:
- The Joyful Mysteries
- The Sorrowful
- The Glorious Mysteries
- The Luminous Mysteries
Each set of mysteries is divided into five elements(known as 'a decade') which allow for reflection on different passages from Scripture. A decade is a set of prayers including the Our Father, ten Hail Marys and a Glory Be.
You could say the entire rosary over a period of 4 weeks as follows:
- Each week you could choose one of the 'mysteries' of the Rosary.
- Each day you could say one ‘decade’ of the rosary.
Decide for yourself how many times to say the prayers each day, for example:
- Option 1: 1 x Our Father, 10 x Hail Marys, 1 x Glory Be (this is ‘a decade’)
- Option 2: 1 x Our Father, 3 x Hail Marys, 1 x Glory Be
- Option 3: 1 x Our Father, 1 x Hail Mary, 1 x Glory Be
If the children are saying 10 Hail Marys, they can use their fingers to count.
TenTen resources to help prayer 🙏 at home
We are very fortunate that we can share our Religious Education resources with you, at home. Please find below the links to these resources.
- Sunday Liturgy for Families - https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/sunday-liturgy-for-families
- Daily Prayers for Home - https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/daily-prayers-for-home
- Assembly Video for Home - https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/living-your-best-life
Holy Week 2020
This year, it has been so unusual not preparing as a school for Holy Week with our assemblies and liturgies. Luckily, the Archdiocese of Cardiff have provided a means of keeping us updated with our faith, during this pandemic, with resources, messages and information to help through a period on no public worship.
If you log onto rcadc.org you will find a timetable of live streamed masses and prayer resources to help us through this unprecedented time.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Holy Easter.
Our Catholic School
Christ and his teachings are very much at the heart of all that we do at St Philip Evans. Together with parents and parish we seek to develop and nurture the Catholic faith of our children and bring them to a fuller understanding and knowledge of Catholic teaching and tradition. The vital partnership of home, school and parish provides the context for the lifelong process of religious formation
At St Philip Evans we recognise the importance of parents as the child's first teacher and their role in faith development.
We aim to work in partnership with parents and seek ways in involving them in the religious life of their children by providing opportunities for them to engage in school life.
Parents are invited to attend class assemblies, whole school and class Masses. They are kept informed of what their child will be learning in Religious Education lessons and the events taking place in school through weekly newsletters and termly Religious Education newsletters.
Prayer is central to life in our school. The day begins and ends with a prayer in each class. Children participate in various forms of prayer throughout their school life (spontaneous prayer, traditional prayer, modern prayer, biblical and liturgical, silent prayer, hymns and praise.) Prayer can happen anywhere and should be a true relationship between God and the child.
Learning traditional prayers begins in the Nursery. As the children move through the school they learn new prayers each year, these prayers can be found in the class prayer books.
Children attend Mass in our parish church on Holy Days of Obligation that fall in term time, and at the end of term. Whole school and Class Masses are celebrated in school at regular intervals throughout the year as is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During other times of the liturgical year children visit the church for an Advent Service, Stations of the Cross as well as visits that link to the current RE topic.
Father John Boye visits the school to celebrate Mass and children take part in parish liturgies acting as altar servers. The school supports the First Reconciliation and Holy Communion programme in the parish and this special day in the lives of our children is celebrated by both the parish and school communities.