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September 18

Elementary:

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus calls us to care for one another. This month we celebrate the birthday of Jean Vanier, the Canadian founder of the L'Arche communities. Jean Vanier School in Regina is named after this holy man.

Years ago, Jean Vanier invited two men with special needs, Raphael and Phillippe, to set up a home with him in a small village in France. He called the home L'Arche, which means the Ark, a symbol of life, hope, and loving relationship with God and all people. In setting up this home, Jean chose to look at people with special needs in a new and more caring way, one inspired by the life of Jesus.  He helped people to see that those who have special needs can teach us the value of sharing, acceptance, and joy.

L'Arche communities are models of "living with" and not just "doing for" those with special needs.

This prayer is called "Valuing Life".

Dear Lord,

Help us to value our own lives and the lives of others.

Give us the courage to respect, defend and protect the rights of all people and all living creatures that you have created. Amen.

Let us continue to pray with the words that Jesus taught us:

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.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.​

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


High School:

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus calls us to care for one another. We remember Fr Henri Nouwen, he followed Jesus' example by working with people who were not accepted because they were different. He died 15 years ago. This month we also celebrate the birthday of Jean Vanier, the Canadian founder of the L'Arche communities. Jean Vanier School in Regina is named after this holy man.

Years ago, Jean Vanier invited two men with special needs, Raphael and Phillippe, to set up a home with him in a small village in France. He called the home L'Arche, which means the Ark, a symbol of life, hope, and covenant with God and all people. In setting up this home, Jean chose to look at people with special needs in a new and more caring way, one inspired by the life of Jesus and the Beatitudes.  He helped people to see that those who have special needs can teach us the value of sharing, acceptance, and joy. L'Arche is a model of "living with" and not just "doing for" those with special needs.

Let us reflect on a prayer written by a student called Valuing Life.

Dear Lord,

Help us to value our own lives and the lives of others.

Give us the courage to respect, defend and protect the rights of all people and all living creatures that you have created. Amen.

Let us continue to pray with the words that Jesus taught us:

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.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.