Women’s World Day of Prayer 2017 is on Friday 3rd March. It’s one of the biggest ecumenical prayer events worldwide, and each year, Christian women from a different country write a prayer service for a new theme. This year’s theme , ‘Am I being unfair to you’ is about justice, and was inspired by the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The order of service for 2017 was written by the women of the Philippines. Read more
Lent begins on 1st March, so any help we can get with our preparations is very welcome. Missio and MissionTogether have produced a range of downloadable resources for secondary and primary levels.
Missio has created engaging presentations to help your school journey through the weeks to Easter. Their assemblies employ the relevant Sunday Gospel, highlight Lenten practices, and reference Catholic Social teaching, focusing on a different CST principle each week. The assemblies and available to download at MISSIO
This year, Mission Together’s Lenten resources focus on the theme, Growing in Love. You will find the Lent Calendar, containing a prayer, activity or reflection for each day of Lent. and the primary resources including Lent Liturgy and accompanying activities, which you can download from MissionTogether.
As the refugee crisis continues, CAFOD’s Advent calendar this year has the theme ‘welcome the stranger’ – one of the corporal acts of mercy, and includes scripture and daily actions.
Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and CAFOD have come together to produce a resource to enable the Catholic Community to reflect on the European refugee crisis, drawing inspiration from the famous Lampedusa crosses.
Stations of the Cross in the Year of Mercy, with Fr Nick King SJ, produced by Southwark Catholic Youth Service.
These can be used for individual prayer and reflection via the podcast, or in larger groups using the videos.
Podcasts and videos are here
On Tuesday 8th December, we begin our Jubilee Year of Mercy which will take us through World Youth Day and many other events, before ending in November 2016. Take a look at the prayer written by Pope Francis especially for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; Read more
The Dominican Students of Great Britain have produced videos for the stations of the Cross for Lent that could be a really great way of doing the stations in a different way, or an engaging resource to help young people put together their own set of stations. They can all be found on their youtube page here. Search the page for Stations of the Cross
These are great reflections that you can use in prayers throughout the way through Lent. You can find them on their site here.
Wondering what the readings for the day are? Today, or in a few days? Universalis is here to help! It’s a fantastic resource, there’s also an app (which can more easily adjust to local liturgical calendars)
Biblegateway is incredibly helpful, and saves a lot of time typing out from the Lectionary/Bible… https://www.biblegateway.com
There is a playlist that goes through each of these, you can see the whole playlist here.
If you’re looking more at meditation, there are a series of videos like this here.