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Chaplaincy Blog 23rd February 2024
As we return to Hope Academy for the second half of the Spring Term, we have arrived at the start of Lent. Lent is a time when we should ask ourselves – what pulls me away from loving God, loving others, and loving myself well? How can I incorporate acts of sacrifice, acts of giving, and acts of prayer that will help me love as God loves?
Spending time thinking how you can observe Lent is important. Whether you wait until the last minute to decide or you’ve known your Lenten sacrifice since last Lent, it’s worth spending time to thoughtfully consider how to make the most of your experience this year, because observing Lent is so much bigger than what you “give up.” Lent is about Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving. It involves not only what we’re willing to give up, but what we’re willing to take on.
When we hunger–whether it be for food, technology, comfort–it can be a reminder that Jesus is the bread of life:
‘Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”’ John 6:35
When we sacrifice things that this world tells us we need, it can remind us that only God can truly satisfy our spiritual hunger. When we think about what to give up for Lent, we should also think about what sort of commitment to prayer and ability to be charitable that we can hold ourselves.
“Charitable giving makes us more human, whereas hoarding risks making us less human, imprisoned by our own selfishness” Pope Francis, Lent Message 2020
Anyone can practice almsgiving, which is not limited to simply donating money. This year at Hope Academy we can practice almsgiving by donating to our food pantry, our clothes bank, and our coat collection. All items can be taken to the chapel. You can donate your time in helping to sort the donations brought to the chapel!
We are also taking part in the Cafod Big Lent Walk, raising money for people in need around the world. Perhaps make a short journey by foot rather than car. Park further away at the shops, or get off the bus a stop early. The extra time walking can be spent praying for the people who need most help in the world.
There are many things you can do to pray, to fast and give up something, and give to others in one way or another. If you want some ideas of what you can do. Please see Kasia in the chapel!
Loving and compassionate God,
We believe that change is possible, and we believe that we can help to change the world.
As Lent begins, we pray that, through our Lenten journey,
You will change our hearts and help us to build a better world for those we are serving through love,
where every person’s dignity is respected, and everyone can live life to the full.
Help us to pray, to fast, and to give to others, so that this Lent can be a meaningful experience.
We make this prayer, with faith, through Christ our Lord.
Catholic Confirmation - Pupils in Year 8 and Above
If you are a Catholic student in Year 8 and above, you have been asked if you would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. A letter has been handed out to students during Inspire sessions.
Young people are asked to register via the online portal at www.liverpoolcalled.co.uk
This website has details of how the preparation scheme fits into the life of the Diocese for anyone wanting to know more.
The Archbishop has also written a letter that can be given to young people asking them to register for the Sacrament.This letter can be found here: Archbishop's Letter
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Chaplain Kasia, who is part of the St. Helens Confirmation Preparation team. Registration must take place before the 15th March.
WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Confirmation is a Sacrament in the Catholic Church in which the one who is confirmed receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the imposition of hand and anointing with oils by the bishop. It is considered a sacrament of initiation, which means that it brings you deeper into communion with the Church.
Who Can Receive Confirmation?
In the Catholic Church, anyone that has been baptized properly can and should be confirmed.
Tackling Racism Award Programme (Article from 24th January 2024)
Our Y8 Ambassadors were at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool on Tuesday 23rd January 2024 for a fuul day's workshop with the Anthony Walker Foundation. They learned how to talk about racism with their peers, and what we can do to report it and stop it happening. All the students were honest, thoughtful and enthusiastic. They can't wait to begin their new roles!
We are one of nine schools to have committed to being part of the Anthony Walker Foundation’s Tackling Racism Award Programme. The programme will help us in our aim to promote anti-racist practices, whilst fostering harmony through the power of education in our schools. We hope this will become a movement which creates a larger regional network of Anti-racism Ambassadors. Our ambassadros even got to spend time with Dr. Gee Walker.
Christian Worship in the Chapel Twice a Month: Catholic Mass and Anglican Holy Communion (Article from the 4th October 2023)
On Wednesday 4th October we had our first Catholic Mass in the chapel! As a Joint Denominational Academy we want to give space to staff and students to celebrate their faith as well as respecting each others. Fr. Benedict from the parish of St. Mary and St. John came to celebrate Mass with us, where we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. We will be having an Anglican Communion Service on the 18th October with Rev. Chris from All Saints church. All are welcome to both services regardless of faith. It is a beautiful way to get to understand the different Christian denominations that our community serves, and to start a conversation about it.
Faith in Action at Wargrave! (article from 3rd October 2023)
On Tuesday 3rd October, six of our Year 10 Faith in Action Gold group led a Whole School Collective Worship at Wargrave Primary school!
Pupils had planned the worship session on the theme ‘I am The Vine’, which is one of Jesus’ ‘I Am’ statements. They included grape tasting and dramatic re-enactments with audience participation, so that pupils could understand the message that we need to stay connected to Jesus in order to be the best version of ourselves!
Pupils at Wargrave loved the Collective Worship session, and headteacher Mrs Epstein thought the Year 10s did a wonderful job to speak and lead a session in front of the whole school. Pupils were also overwhelmingly positive about the worship and their behaviour in the hall reflected this. Well done!
St. Paul of the Cross Feast Day 19th October 2023
On Thursday 19th October we celebrated the feast of St. Paul of the Cross with students who went to St. Paul of the Cross Primary school! Students had a feast during Inspire of croissants, pan au chocolat, and hot chocolate!
We look forward to celebrating the feast days of our other primary schools in the future.
Welcome Revd. James Taylor! (article from 7th September 2023)
Mrs Adams and Kasia our Chaplain were invited to the Licensing Service of Revd James Taylor on Thursday evening at St. Peter’s Church. He will now be part of the Newton Team Vicars, ready to serve our community through his ministry. It was a joyous event and the church was full with well wishers from the congregation, the local council, schools, and local scouting groups. The service was led by the Rt. Revd John Perumbalath, Bishop of Liverpool, and the Venerable Simon Fisher, Archdeacon of St. Helens and Warrington.
Revd James will be a welcome guest to Hope Academy, sharing his wisdom and worship with us as often as he can. He is delighted to be able to work with us, and looks forward to visiting Hope Academy and getting to know our students and staff!
Welcome Revd. James – we wish you all the best as you start your new ministry here in the Newton Community!