Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Saturday, 8 December 2018

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On the 8th of December, during Advent, the Church remembers the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This solemnity is nine months before the Nativity of Mary.
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Advent

Today Advent begins! The first Advent Sunday is also the beginning of the new liturgical Church year. To mark the beginning of Advent, we set up an Advent wreath, our Christmas tree and the outdoor fairy lights.

Advent Wreath

Today we lightened the first candle of the advent wreath. Each following Sunday we will lighten one more candle.

Within Catholic tradition there are five candles with these liturgical colours: three are purple, symbolizing the awaiting of Jesus Christ, both his birth and his second coming - a time of repentance and fast, one is pink for Gaudete Sunday, which reminds us of the joy during repentance, and finally a white candle symbolizing the purity and light of Christ.

Each week we lighten one more candle. The white one will be lit on Christmas, the Birth of Christ.
Our salvation is near at hand. (Rom 13:11-14)


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

It is the last Sunday before Advent begins. This is also the last Sunday of the Church year, the last week of ordinary time in the liturgical calendar. This solemnity reminds us that Jesus Christ is true king of earth and heaven.


Friday, 2 November 2018

All Souls' Day

The 2nd of November is All Souls' Day. This is when the Church remembers those who have gone before us - relatives, friends, neighbours. You can visit the graveyard all year through, but November is a special time for doing so. You can lighten a candle at a grave and say a prayer for someone you knew or for all who are lying at the graveyard.

See the video about All Saints' and All Souls' Day


Prayers for All Souls Day

Eternal Rest grant unto them,
O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

My God,
bestow Thy blessings and Thy mercies
on all persons
and on those souls in Purgatory
for whom I am in charity, gratitude, or friendship bound
and have the desire to pray. Amen

Thursday, 1 November 2018

All Saints' Day - Activity Sheets & Video

The day after Halloween - which means All Saints' Eve - the Church celebrates All Saints' Day on the 1st of November. It is the day we remember and honour all the saints of the holy Catholic Church.

The saints are our very best friends in heaven! We can call upon their help throughout the year.


Here are some activity sheets we are using today:

Activity Sheet
All Saints Colouring Sheet

Watch this video to understand a little more about All Saints and All Souls.