Year of Mary
The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next year. Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as ‘a role model to be imitated’. The children will be given the opportunity to visit a prayer space reflecting each virtue every month. The children’s thoughts, prayers and reflections will be added to a display in the hall.
Each month we have chosen a different virtue shown by Mary as our prayer focus:
January ~ Loving
February ~ Charitable
March ~ Faith filled
April ~ Obedient
May ~ Showing humility
June ~ Generous
July ~ Grateful
September ~ Wise
October ~ Attentive
November ~ Compassionate
December ~ Hopeful
We have come to end of our Year of Mary celebration. Each month has been linked to a virtue shown by Mary and celebrated her many names. The children have been using prayer, liturgy, prayer stations and artworks to reflect on the life of Mary and what virtues she...
In this the final month of the Year of Mary, the children were asked to think about the long journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem. As we are nearly at the end of this year the children were asked to reflect upon all the things that have happened to them this...
This month the children were asked to think about all those people who have died. The children were asked to write the names of those people on a poppy and place it on the ribbons. They also reflected on those who have died during war and who continue to do so. The...
In October the children were asked to say the Rosary. The children were provided with Rosary beads and instructions on how to say the Rosary. The children could reflect on Mary's life celebrating the happy times and consoling for the sad times.
In September we were asked to pray for peace. The children were able to write their messages of peace onto a dove and say a quiet prayer.
In July we were asked to prayer for those people who work at sea. We asked our Lady, Star of the Sea, to be with all those who are far away from home to comfort them on their travels and to guide them to her son, Jesus.