A Theme for the Summer - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

A Theme for the Summer

A Theme for the Summer

A Peaceful Summer


Please light a candle if you have one

We begin our time of prayer with a reminder that Jesus died and rose again for us and so we say:

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

Our School Prayer

O Lord, bless our school that working together and playing together, we may learn to serve you, and to serve one another, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Give me the strength O Lord, to do the work of this day, and grant that at its close I may be found worthy of your trust in me. Amen

A reading from Johns Gospel. John 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again, Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

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

A Reflection:

Who would have thought when we came together at the beginning of the school year that we would be ending it electronically from our own homes? That when we shook each other’s hands as a sign of peace and friendship we would now wave at each other from two meters away…..if we got that close! Carrying hand sanitiser and being mindful of what we touch when we do go out as become the norm. We have new words in our vocabulary like furlough and sign emails and end conversations with stay safe. (Watch Michael McIntyre’s visit to the fortune teller!)

This year has been a year of two halves; we look back and take for granted standing in a classroom full of students, shaking hands with those we meet, even giving our friends and family a hug! Then these things which were normal are no longer our normal. However, our Christian faith is founded on the normal being suddenly changed! In the old testament the normal life of so many prophets were changed to push them into a new normal, which they embraced and used to glorify God and change the world around them. In our Gospel today we hear about the after effects of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Their normal completely changed from popular figures to outlaws, running afraid. How must those apostles in that upper room have felt, knowing their Lord had been crucified and thinking they were next. They too would have been terrified to leave the house, jumping at a knock on the door, wondering if it was safe to answer. Then Jesus returned and came among them He offered them peace, He breathed His Spirit upon them giving them the strength to go out and spread the good news among all the people..

We too are like those apostles, beginning to go out into the world again, finding a new normal, seeking the courage to live our lives. Dealing with losses and worrying about the future. Alone, a single disciple would have struggled to have the courage to go out and do the work that they were called to do, but as a community led by Mary Jesus’ mother, the Holy spirit and comforted by one another, they had the strength to face the new world ahead of them and change it for the better forever. Let us pray that we too, can be a united community, led by the same spirit, to work for change and become the saints we are called to be.

Sunday 26th July Matthew 13:44-52

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

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

Sunday 2nd August Matthew 14:13-21

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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

Sunday 9th August Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus Walks on the Water

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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

Sunday 16th August The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Luke 1:39-56 – Mary Visits Elizabeth

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,

for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.                                    

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

Sunday 23rd August Matthew 16:13-20

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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

Sunday 30th August Matthew 16:21-27

Jesus Predicts His Death

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

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

#MicroChallenges: Over the summer holidays try to do at least one of the following:

do one thing every day that makes you happy

read one page of a book and one chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel every day, see how far you get

go outside for at least a 20minutes walk every day 

spend half an hour a day doing some schoolwork, you will reap the benefits in September

 Spend quality time with your family, no phones, and really listen to them.

“Rest is so necessary for the health of our minds and bodies, and often so difficult to achieve due to the many demands placed on us. But rest is also essential for our spiritual health, so that we can hear God’s voice and understand what he asks of us.”

Pope Francis

Loving Father, We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ, and for choosing us to be your people. As we come to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us, and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of our school.


St Wilfrid- Pray for us

St. John Henry Newman-Pray for us

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