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Important dates in Church year

 

IMPORTANT DATES THIS TERM

ALL SAINTS

(1 November)

We celebrate the lives of special and ordinary people who have responded to God’s invitation to love.

THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (ALL SOULS)

(2 November)

Today and throughout the rest of November we pray for those who have died.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

(20 November)

ADVENT

(Begins 27 November)

Advent means ‘coming’. We think of the coming of Jesus when he was born but we also think of his promise that he would come again at the end of time. It is a time of waiting and preparing. It is only in the last week of Advent that we focus upon the events to be celebrated at Christmas.

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

(8 December)

This feast marks the first stage of the existence of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was ‘full of grace’ from the very beginning and

co-operated with God throughout her life.

CHRISTMAS DAY, THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

(25 December)

On this day we begin our celebration of the birth of Christ.

JUDAISM (Insert dates)

Pupils will study various aspects of Judaism for one week. Ask them what they have been learning about

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOME ACTIVITIES

Talk to someone who has been to a Baptism and/or Confirmation about their memories of this celebration.

BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION - BELONGING

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Early Years WELCOME - Baptism: a welcome to God’s family

Year 1 BELONGING - Baptism: an invitation to belong to God’s family

Year 2 SIGNS AND SYMBOLS - Signs and symbols in Baptism

Year 3 PROMISES - Promises made at Baptism

Year 4 CALLED - Confirmation: a call to witness

Year 5 LIFE CHOICES - Marriage, commitment and service

Year 6 VOCATION AND COMMITMENT - The vocation of priesthood and religious life

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),

This term we will be studying the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging) and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Each class will approach the themes through different topics. The children will also spend a week studying Judaism.

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOME ACTIVITIES

Make a collage using family photographs of all the significant family members—grandparents, parents, children, aunts, uncles etc. who show God’s love.

Write underneath it

"We show God’s love to one another."

Include those who have died.

DOMESTIC CHURCH - FAMILY

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Early Years MYSELF - God knows and loves each one

Year 1 FAMILIES - God’s love and care for every family

Year 2 BEGINNINGS - God is present in every beginning

Year 3 HOMES - God’s vision for every family

Year 4 PEOPLE - The family of God in Scripture

Year 5 OURSELVES - Created in the image and likeness of God

Year 6 LOVING - God who never stops loving

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOME ACTIVITIES

Discuss with the children how your family welcomes visitors to your home.

Find out about some Christian symbols for Advent e.g. Advent wreath, calendar, Jesse tree.

Use the CAFOD or Missio websites to get a religious Advent calendar.

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS - LOVING

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Early Years BIRTHDAY - Looking forward to Jesus’ birthday

Year 1 WAITING - Advent: a time to look forward to Christmas

Year 2 PREPARATIONS - Advent: preparing to celebrate Christmas

Year 3 VISITORS - waiting for the coming of Jesus

Year 4 GIFT - God’s gift of love and friendship in Jesus

Year 5 HOPE - Advent: waiting in the joyful hope for Jesus, the promised one

Year 6 EXPECTATIONS - Jesus born to show God to the world

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

AUTUMN TERM 2016

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