SESSIONS OF REFLECTION

For teaching and non teaching staff, parents and governors

These can be full day, half day or twilight sessions.

 

 

BREAD : EUCHARISTIC SYMBOL

 

The historical significance of bread and its origins in the Old Testament.
John 6;  ‘I am the bread of life.’
Eucharistic bread through the development of the liturgy, told through a pictorial story.
Use of bread today : eg  bread baking ministry.
Closing Reflection.

 

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO CELTIC SPIRITUALITY

 

Its origins and meaning.
How it can be prayed.
Reflection (images and music).
Time for personal prayer.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO LITURGY

 

What is Liturgy?
A down-to-earth look at what Liturgy is all about.

What makes a liturgy.
Signs, symbols and gestures. 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER: THE HOLY SOULS
(Female martyrs)

 

Origins of the feast.
How, through history, the dead have been remembered.
Felicity and Perpetua; the stories and martyrdom
of these two lesser known women of the church.
What the Church says about death and eternal life.
Reflection (images and music).

 

 

ADVENT

 

A journey towards Christmas.
Who was Mary?
The origins of the feast of Christmas (development from pagan festivals).
The liturgy of Christmas.
Activities for children.
Liturgy resources for the classroom (including videoclips).
Spoken Reflection.
Reflection(images and music).

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY

 

St Ignatius Loyola, his life and style of prayer (pictorial ppt and short video).
The Daily Examen (short video
Lectio Divina.
Opportunity for personal prayer.

 

PRAYING WITH ICONS

 

Short history.

How to read icons.

The rules of iconography.
How to pray with icons.
Practical prayer session….contemplation through art ( candles, music, paint/pastels etc.)

 

 

 

WOMEN IN THE EARLY CHURCH

 

Including the stories of Thecla, Helena, Felicity and Perpetua.
Private reflection.

 

 

 

LITURGY IN SCHOOL


What  is liturgy?
What elements should a simple liturgy contain?
What from should a whole school liturgy take?
Practical suggestions and sources.
Opportunity to plan a class liturgy.

 

 

 

PRAYING WITH CHILDREN

Exploring what prayer is.
Our role in the school environment.
How we can encourage young people to pray.
Practical ideas for the classroom.

 

 

CELEBRATING THE EUCHARIST WITH YOUNG PEOPLE.

 


The structure of the Mass…its high and low points.
What should be emphasised.
Opportunities for pupil participation.
How to involve all pupils.
Liturgy of the Word with Children (look at the guidelines).
Discussion and share ideas.                   

 

 

 

YOUR SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

 

 

The opportunity for staff to reflect on their own faith journey and that of the school.

Reflection, formation and discussion.

Practical ways of incorporating the mission into the daily life of the school.

 

 

 

 

Do get in touch to talk about how we can best
provide for the needs of your group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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