Voluntary Mass Pass

Trying out this Voki link … Hope you can all come to Mass this term!

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The Pope records Radio 4 Thought for the Day

Click here to hear the Pope’s message to Britain on BBC Radio 4′s Thought for the Day.

Merry Christmas everyone – wishing you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas!

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Papal Visit

For lots of information about the Papal Visit and about Catholicism in the UK, see the BBC website.

To see the official website, click here.

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Advent Calendars

This is what I wrote last year (my, how time flies! Which is what our priest was saying at church today – Advent is a time of waiting, but then we look back and ask where has the time gone?!):

Nativity Advent Calendar

An Advent Calendar is a popular way of counting down the days to Christmas. Nowadays, many Advent Calendars are filled with chocolate, and are decorated with popular cartoon characters, but traditionally they have a picture of a nativity scene, and each window opens to reveal a small image that has something to do with the story of the first Christmas.

Here is a link to the Woodlands Junior School’s Advent Calendar. By visiting this calendar each day, you will learn more about Christmas around the world.

There is also an interactive Advent Calendar aimed at younger pupils – perhaps you have a younger brother or sister who would enjoy playing the games on this calendar?

Finally, you could visit the Culham Institute’s 2007 Advent Calendar When you click on the day, you find out more about St Nicholas, as well as revealing part of an icon of that saint. There is then a link to an Advent activity. For the 2008 Christmas feast, click here. For the 2009 Advent Calendar, the Yule Lads and Lasses, click here.

You can find many more Advent resources on the REEP Advent Resources page.

An historical Advent calendar can be found at the Geffrye Museum.

Have fun – and happy Advent!

(The photo above was taken from the Calendars for Christmas website.)

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Religion and Ethics at the BBC

You can watch TV programmes with a religious or ethical theme, or listen to relevant radio programmes, by clicking here. Leave a comment if you find anything particularly good!

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Happy Easter!

I’m afraid it’s a bit late, but I hope you all had a happy Easter! Click here to read the BBC’s page on Easter. Click here to read the BBC’s school page on Easter, which has other links to help you learn more about Easter.

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Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the day that Christians remember Jesus dying for them on their cross. For more information, have a look at this BBC link.

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A new Archbishop of Westminster

The Catholic Church has named Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who is currently the Archbishop of Birmingham, as the new Archbishop of Westminster. Archbishop Vincent will take over from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor as the new leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. You can read more about this new appointment here, at the BBC website.

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Are you a budding journalist?

The Diocese of Westminster is holding a competition to encourage young people to write about their faith. The first prize is a cheque for £200. The competition is for young people aged 16-19. The Diocese website writes:

On the theme of ‘My Faith Matters’, if you are aged between 16 and 19, it offers you a chance to write about what your Catholic faith means to you and why it is important to the way you live your life in the 21st Century. The Writing Competition is open to all Catholic young people aged between 16 and 19 who either live or study in the Diocese of Westminster.

The rules are:

1. You must be over 16 or under 19 years of age on 1 August 2009

2. The title of your article must be ‘My Faith Matters’ and it should be on the theme of why your Catholic faith is important to you.

3. The article must be no longer than 1,000 words and should be typed, include a word count and be submitted on A4 paper.

4. The article must be sent by post, to arrive no later than 1 August 2009, to: WR Writing Competition, Archbishop’s House, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QJ

5. The article must be accompanied by a completed entry form which can be found below.

6. If you require acknowledgement of your entry, you must enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy!

7. The Diocese of Westminster reserves the right to publish the winning entries in its newspapers, websites or other media/publications.

8. The winning entries will be announced no later than 30 September 2009.

For more information, and to download the entry form, visit the Diocesan Website.

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Snow Day

I hope you have all made good use of your Snow Day today … and I am sure by now you will have heard that there will be no school tomorrow (Tuesday) either. Enjoy! (And if you have GCSEs coming up … Revise!)

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