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May 5


Elementary:

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit we begin

We're closer than we have been in a long time. Jesus gathered his friends and followers close to him and they became his family.  Family members help each other out by doing chores and by bringing out the best in one another – despite the occasional scrap or argument.

Being part of Jesus' family means we look to help each other by sharing our time and love with one another and by being patient and kind in these times of stress and many unknowns.

We pray:

Lord help us learn to that we need you and one another to live happy lives.  Help us be open to new ideas and new ways of living our faith. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Mary certainly had to learn God's new ways of being with his people in Jesus, so we ask for her prayers too especially on this day of remembrance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women all over the world.  So, we keep in our hearts and prayers all those lives have been darkened by this ongoing tragedy.  Let us prayer Mary's prayer:

Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We continue our day with open hearts in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

High School:

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit we begin

Pandemic times require a rethink:
In the book of Acts (5:22-33) we hear about Peter and the apostles being kind of "out there" after Jesus' resurrection:

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, 'We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man's blood on us.' But Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.'

When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them

Many of us today do not fear speaking our minds and yet there is much anxiety among us about being judged for what we think and how we live. Living during a time of a pandemic we need to communicate and share – even in the face of despair in some. We need to speak the hope of Jesus the Christ who is in all people bring life into the world through their goodness – a life even death cannot stop!

We don't like being forced to change and we don't like to be wrong in our ideas or notions – none of us are perfect and we need Jesus to help us with our day to day living. Jesus comes to remove fear from our lives so let us re-imagine what goodness around us looks like!

We pray:

Lord help us learn to accept our gifts and realize we cannot do or be anything we want – we need you and the gifts of others around us – our community. 

Help us be open to new ideas, perspectives and news ways of living our faith and our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Today is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, so we keep in our hearts and prayers all those lives have been darkened by this ongoing tragedy. 

Mary certainly had to learn God's new way of being with his people in Jesus, so we ask for her prayers too especially this day for the missing and murdered Indigenous women around the world:

Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We continue our day with open hearts in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.