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May 30

Elementary:

Journeying Together in Faith
Call to Prayer:

We continue our celebration of Catholic Education week by remembering our theme of being joyful disciples of Christ. Our life is a journey filled with many celebrations, challenges and even struggles. There are times we can feel alone, but our faith reminds us that we are part of a much larger community – the church – that supports us as we walk the path of discipleship. Jesus is with us. He understands our joys and sadness. Together with Jesus, and so many other disciples around us, we can look ahead and be prepared for joy on our journey. Let us begin with the sign of our faith … In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

Almighty God, our Father; Jesus, your Son, lights the path for our journey. May our journey continue to warm our hearts and bring us closer to you. May our faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit of love, fill us with the glory of your presence each day. We offer our praise through Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Philemon's Love and Faith (Philemon 1:4-7)

A reading from the letter of Paul to Philemon.

When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith towards the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm:

R: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Tell the Lord how thankful you are,
Because he is kind and always merciful.
Let Israel shout, "God is always merciful!"

R: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

 The Lord is powerful! 
With his mighty arm the Lord wins victories!
And so my life is safe,
And I will live to tell what the Lord has done.

R: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

 The stone that the builders tossed aside
Has now become the most important stone.
The Lord has done this,
And it is amazing to us.

R: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Gospel: The Walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

Two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.  As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them.  But they did not know who he was. Jesus asked them, "What were you talking about as you walked along?" The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy.  Then the one named Cleopas asked Jesus, "Are you the only person from Jerusalem who didn't know what was happening there these last few days?" "What do you mean?" Jesus asked. They answered: "Those things that happened to Jesus from Nazareth.  By what he did and said he showed that he was a powerful prophet, who pleased God and all the people.  Then the chief priests and our leaders had him arrested and sentenced to die on a cross.  We had hoped that he would be the one to set Israel free! But it has already been three days since all this happened.  Some women in our group surprised us.  They had gone to the tomb early in the morning, but did not find the body of Jesus.  They came back saying that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive.  Some men from our group wen to the tomb and found it just as the women had said.  But they didn't see Jesus either." Then Jesus asked the two disciples, "Why can't you understand?  How can you be so slow to believe all that the prophets said?  Didn't you know that the Messiah would have to suffer before he was given his glory?" Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets. When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther.  They begged him, "Stay with us!  It's already late, and the sun is going down."  So Jesus went into the house to stay with them. After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread.  He blessed it and broke it.  Then he gave it to them.  At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared.  They said to each other, "When he talked with us along the road and explained the Scriptures to us, didn't it warm our hearts?"  So they got right up and returned to Jerusalem. The two disciples found the elven apostles and the others gathered together.  And they learned from the group that the Lord was really alive and had appeared to Peter.  Then the disciples from Emmaus told what happened on the road and how they knew he was the Lord when he broke the bread.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection:

The disciples didn't see Jesus even though he was right in front of them. We are like the disciples sometimes in our lives; we don't see Jesus even though he is right in front of us. We, in our Catholic Schools, do get to see Jesus every day. We get to see him on the crucifix on the wall. We see him in our books. We see him in the paintings and the statues. Most especially, we get to see him in each other – friends, staff, and visitors. Every day we see people do the things that Jesus would have done. Have you picked up something for someone that dropped it? Have you played with someone who seemed to be alone? Have you seen buddies reading together? Has an adult spent time with you, helping in a special way? If the answer is yes; then you have experienced what it is like to be a disciple. Be like the joyful disciples in the gospel, go and share the good news – in your words and in your actions.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Response: Lord, help us live as joyful disciples

For the Church, working to build up God's kingdom on earth, we pray to the Lord …

For all who suffer hardship, war, sickness, and injustice, we pray to the Lord …

In thanksgiving on this World Catholic Education Day for Catholic Schools across the globe, we pray to the Lord …​

Recommended Action:

Use words and actions to show others that you have heard the good news and want to share Jesus with others. Don't be afraid to tell your friends and family how happy you are to have Jesus in your life. Let them know that you share your thoughts with Jesus in prayer. Help others to see the good that Jesus can do when we let him share in our lives.

The Lord's Prayer:

Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not in to temptation
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Closing Prayer:

O God, you walk with us as Jesus did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. As we walk in the light of your son, help us to live as joyful disciples who spread your good news. We ask that you continue to bless us on our journey. Teach us to walk together in faith as one holy family. Amen.


High School: 

JOURNEYING TOGETHER IN FAITH

"I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you, will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

CALL TO PRAYER We continue our celebration of Catholic Education week by remembering our theme of being joyful disciples of Christ. As disciples of Christ, our Christian life is an amazing adventure, filled with incredible high-points, but also marked by moments of tragedy, sorrow and disappointment. There are times we can feel alone, but our faith reminds us that we are part of a much larger community – the church – that supports us as we walk the path of discipleship and nourishes our hearts and souls. Our Christian community reminds us that we have the best of companions as we journey... Jesus, who is Immanuel, God-with-us. He understands our joys and sorrows, and every aspect of our lives, and invites us to consciously share the journey with him, through a genuine relationship. Together with Jesus, and accompanied by so many other disciples around us, we can look ahead of us with eagerness, conviction and joy.

Let us begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. +

OPENING PRAYER Lord, we praise and bless you for all those who are our companions on our journey of faith and learning. In the midst of life's struggles, it is reassuring to know that we are surrounded by other disciples who support us as we live out our faith each day. Help us to build up the bonds of community and cooperation, to encourage others, and together, to build up your Kingdom of justice, inclusion, solidarity and peace. As part of your family, the Church, we know that we are never alone. Bless our school and bless Catholic Education during this Catholic Education Week. Amen.

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:28-30 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus spoke to the crowds, saying, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in hart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayers of the Faithful Reflecting the Needs of Your School

CLOSING PRAYER Loving Father, in our weariness and struggles, we come before you knowing that we are never alone on our journey. Strengthen us when we are exhausted, reinvigorate us when we may be discouraged, and give us new direction when we feel lost or confused. Be close to all those who are in special need right now, and surround them with the love and support that they need. Lead us forward in confidence toward the future of hope that you have prepared for us, and help us to be good companions to our fellow travelers, today and always. Blessed are you, O Lord, who sustain your people on their journeys. Amen.