Our new Come and See topic is called ‘Promises.’
Our lives are marked by many different experiences of being welcomed into new situations and groups.
We recognise the importance of welcome, of feeling comfortable with new situations and belonging to new groups.
We belong to families, to work places and to social groupings.
Christians believe that everyone is invited to share in the lifeand work of God through Baptism.
The Bible recounts God’s invitations to people to share in his life and work: among them Moses, Samuel, the prophets, Mary and the apostles.
“Through Baptism, men and women are incorporated into Christ. They are formed into God’s people and they obtain the forgiveness of all their sins. They become a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence they are called andare indeed children of God. Signed with the gift of the Spirit in Confirmation, Christians more perfectly become the image of their Lord and are filled with the Holy Spirit. They bear witness to him before all the world and eagerly work for the building up of the body of Christ.” (General Introduction to the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults)
Year 3 & Year 5 Mass
Being God’s People
On Friday 8th October, Monsignor Maguire celebrated mass with our classes and pupils in Y3. This was extra special for the school community as Monsignor Maguire was the priest who established our parish and helped build St. Philip Evans Church. In his homily he talked to us about the early days of our Parish and how he had worked with some of our parents and grandparents to establish the school, church and parish.The theme of our Mass was how we are called to be God’s Special People.
We kindly asked pupils to donate some food or toiletries to show how we are being 'God's People.'
We have been inspired by work of St Vincent de Paul and his compassion towards the poor. We want to work together to help shape a more just and compassionate society. We want to raise awareness for those people who are living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage.
In Cardiff over 80,000 people live below the poverty line. 18,000 are children. Cardiff food bank offers food and support to these people.
This is our faith in action.
What makes a house a home?
In this topic we have been exploring how God is present in every home. This is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home through good times and bad times.
We have been discussing how our families are all different but we all share joys and sorrows. Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development in love and life.
As part of our learning we answered some Key Questions:
- What makes a house a home?
Avleen- “We share our joys and love for one another.”
- What makes home a special place for you?
Oscar- “It feels warm and cosy and everyone is there.”
- What do you like to do at home, on your own and as a family?
Aliza- “I like to play with my little sister but I also like to spend time in my room.”
- What is sometimes difficult about sharing and being part of a group at home?
Jemi- “Sometimes I find it hard to share my toys because they are mine, but I always like to play with others.”
Lets share this together
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3: 12-15)
Through the letters of St Paul, he gives advice on how we should live as people of God. In his letters to the Romans, it states:
You should live…
Do not pretend to be good
Love one another
Have enthusiasm in all that you do
We have also been learning how the Holy Family; Mary, Joseph and Jesus give us an example of a happy and caring family.
We have been learning of the examples that the Hoy family give us as a happy and caring family. Using this image, we added speech bubbles and thinking bubbles and emotion symbols to share what we think they might have said to each other. We thought of a variety of words to describe the Holy Family and how we can be more like them in our lives. We said; Compassionate, truthful, loving, eloquent, giving, patient, honest, helpful and many more. We discussed how parents and children should show mutual respect and love to one another, just as God wants us to. We listened to this important letter from Paul to the Ephesians.
Since you are God’s dear children, you must try to be like him.
Your life must be guided by love just as Jesus was guided by love.
It is wrong for you to use bad or rude language.
Instead you should give thanks to God.
You must not be greedy.
You must be like people who live in the light.
Let the light of your goodness and truthfulness shine out for everyone.
We have also been learning what Jesus said was most important
I give you a new rule
Is is this: love on another
You must love one another just as I have loved you.
If you have love for one another then everyone will recognise that you are my disciples.