Ten Ten Parent Newsletter October 2021
A 15th Century proverb suggested that ‘children should be seen and not heard’ – a viewpoint shared by many societies since. But Jesus’ attitude is very different. In the week commencing 4th October, children heard how Jesus went beyond just welcoming children to Him: He held them up as an example of open-heartedness that everyone could learn from!
October's newsletter shares some of the content children have experienced in school and suggests ways for you to engage with them about it. We hope and pray that through reading and sharing, you will be inspired by the open-heartedness of your own child!
The school continues to support parents and carers in sharing the Sunday Gospel with families by encouraging them to share the weekly Wednesday Word with their children. You can access this week's Wednesday Word by clicking here or on the image.
In the Catholic tradition, October is ‘the month of the Rosary’. In the words of Saint John Paul II:
"To pray the rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and His Mother; the rosary does indeed 'mark the rhythm of human life', bringing it into harmony with the 'rhythm' of God's own life, the joyful communion of the Holy Trinity, our life destiny and deepest longing."
How to pray the Rosary
As many will know, the main part of the rosary is divided into parts or 'mysteries': the Joyful, the Sorrowful, the Glorious, and Mysteries of Light. Each of these 'mysteries' is divided into five 'decades' (ten beads), usually following one 'Our Father' and ending with 'Glory be'. All are taken from sacred scripture and tradition, and encompass our main beliefs in who Jesus Christ is and what he's done for us. All involve Our Lady, Jesus's mother Mary, in some way or another. When we pray the rosary we're invited to see Jesus with the eyes of Mary and to be drawn into his divine life. As Mary was closer to Jesus in his life on earth than anyone else she points the way for us and shows us that we, the Church, God's family on earth, are also called to be like her eventually in the glory of heaven but also in our lives here on earth.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph knew about family life first hand; they knew about being displaced (the flight into Egypt soon after Jesus's birth ); they knew about conflict (when Jesus, as a teenager, was lost and when found by Mary and Joseph, he implied that he now had to make his Father's will a priority). If our family life includes similar tensions and more we can be sure that real help and support is right there in the prayer that is the rosary. Placing our trust in the Lord, we are sure to find a way through what seems humanly impossible.
The Joyful Mysteries
Please click on the link below for a resource for praying the rosary with children.
Catholic Life of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School
The following statement is taken from our school's Instrument of Governance:
St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The School is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Westminster and in particular:
- religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;
- religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;
and at all times the School is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please click on the 'Prayer and Worship' and 'Religious Education' links in th etabs above to find out more about how we strive to serve as witnesses to our Catholic faith.