|Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:
Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:
Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here:
Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here:
Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:
Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:
The information below has not changed since yesterday.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
IN THE SPIRIT OF BOLDNESS
“Do not be afraid.” —Acts 18:9
It’s likely God wouldn’t have told St. Paul to not be afraid unless Paul was actually afraid of something. The city of Corinth must have been a rough place, for by this time in Paul’s life, he had already been stoned, apparently to death, at Lystra (Acts 14:19ff), and then stood back up and returned to town. He’d been jailed and beaten at Philippi, but miraculously freed by an earthquake. You’d think Paul would not fear anything at this point. But fear is a strong temptation, even to veteran disciples.
The Pentecost Novena begins today. We beg the Lord for nine days to send us the Holy Spirit in a new way at Pentecost. One of the primary effects of the Holy Spirit biblically is bold speech and bold actions. The fear of the apostles locked in the upper room was driven out by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The perfect love of the Spirit casts out all fear (see 1 Jn 4:18). The Spirit-filled apostles burst out of the locked room and into the public squares. They boldly proclaimed Jesus and brought three thousand people to the Lord in one day.
Jesus tells St. Paul and us: “Do not be afraid” (Acts 18:9). The Outreach Leader for Presentation Ministries is fond of saying: “Fear is merely False Evidence Appearing Real.” Receive the Holy Spirit. Be delivered of fear.
PRAYER: Father, send the Holy Spirit to turn any cowardice we may have into boldness (2 Tm 1:7-8).
PROMISE: “Your grief will be turned to joy.” –16:20
PRAISE: St. Rita was a wife and mother. After she became a widow and her two sons died, Rita joined the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. Together with Saint Jude, she is a patron saint of impossible cases.
“They opposed him and insulted him.” —Acts 18:6
As I write this, a storm has just blown in. There’s a strong, driving wind outside (cf Acts 2:2). Lightning is darting throughout the sky and powerful blasts of thunder shake the windows. I hear sirens from fire trucks, police cars, and a tornado warning. It seems like this storm is turning the town upside down.
Tomorrow we begin praying the Pentecost Novena, nine days of fervent prayer to prepare for receiving a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. What storm will result if you receive the Holy Spirit during or after this Novena? It may mean that:
you must leave your job, as did St. Joseph (Mt 2:14),
you start a new job, which becomes the launching pad for a new ministry (Acts 18:3, 5),
you pack up and move where the Spirit leads (Acts 18:1),
you lose your spiritual mentor (Jn 16:17) and have to step out and take leadership, as did the apostles,
you will weep, mourn, and grieve (Jn 16:20),
you step out in bold obedience to the Holy Spirit, and because of that, your church is instantly divided (Acts 18:4ff),
talented leaders are converted and raised up (Acts 18:8),
many hear the Word of God and come to believe in Jesus (Acts 18:8), or
you “shake” off the spiritual and physical debris left by the storm (Acts 18:6), and, undaunted, continue bearing fruit in the power of the Spirit (see Mt 7:24-25).
“Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22), and let Him “stir” up your world (2 Tm 1:6).
PRAYER: Father, may I be more concerned with being separated from the Holy Spirit than I am with having to endure upheaval.
PROMISE: “Your grief will be turned into joy.” –Jn 16:20
PRAISE: St. Christopher continued to spread the Good News despite government persecution. In the end, it cost him his life.
On Line Masses and Times.
Ascension Day Mass for Children: Fr. Anton from the Oratory is celebrating a Mass for children on Thursday 21 May 9:00 https://t.co/NToPC7gr41?amp=1
St Peter’s and St Paul’s Wolverhampton 12.pm
St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham.12.15pm
You may also think about starting the Novena tomorrow as we lead up to the celebration of Pentecost the Novena to the Holy Spirit: the birthday of the Church. https://www.bdes.org.uk/resources-for-prayer-and-learning.html
This week’s Mass for the Sick and their families, NHS Front Line Workers and those working in Social Care will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies at Shrewsbury Cathedral at 7:00 on Thursday 21 May. https://t.co/7GVCZU1Pmf?amp=1
LOVE IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
“When He comes, however, being the Spirit of truth He will guide you to all truth.” —John 16:13
Life in Christ is a life of love, for Jesus is Love (see 1 Jn 4:8, 16). Love requires freedom. We cannot force people to love us. Freedom requires knowledge. Without some knowledge, we cannot freely decide to love. Therefore, knowledge of the truth is very important because truth is an absolute prerequisite for love. The Lord “wants all men to be saved and come to know the truth” (1 Tm 2:4).
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love (Gal 5:22) because the Spirit gives us freedom, which requires the Spirit to guide us to all truth (Jn 16:13). The Holy Spirit will open us to all the truth we need for the freedom to love the Lord with all our hearts, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to love even our enemies, and to actually live in love (see Jn 15:9). The Holy Spirit, by being the Spirit of truth (Jn 16:13), produces the fruit of love in our lives.
The Lord says: “My people perish for want of knowledge!” (Hos 4:6) It is not that we are saved by knowledge but that knowledge of the truth makes it possible to have faith in and love for the Lord. This is what saves us. Consequently, we need the Holy Spirit of truth and love to be as active as possible in our lives. Come, Holy Spirit!
PRAYER: Father, show me the relationship between truth, freedom, and love.
PROMISE: “He has set the day on which He is going to ‘judge the world with justice’ through a Man He has appointed — One Whom He has endorsed in the sight of all by raising Him from the dead.” –Acts 17:31
PRAISE: An orphan, St. Bernardine was raised by a godly aunt. He became a Franciscan and was ordained a priest. He preached the loving mercy of God. Bernardine devised a symbol, IHS, the first three letters of Jesus name in Greek, in Gothic letters, on a blazing sun, to promote devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.
Here is a link to the Parent Information Booklet for children who are joining us in Year 7 in September 2020: https://bit.ly/36a4c8b
The booklet has all the key information you will need beforehand, such as our uniform policy and supplier details, timings of the school day, holiday dates, chaplaincy, the academy clubs grid (example) and more.
We are hoping to run smaller transition events in July, however, these will be subject to change as we continue to follow all government guidance for schools on COVID-19. Our priority is the safety of staff, students and parents/carers and we will inform parents/carers as soon as possible, should we change any of these events.
GOD IN THE WORKPLACE
“The jailer was given instructions to guard them well. Upon receipt of these instructions, he put them in maximum security, going so far as to chain their feet to a stake.” —Acts 16:23-24
The jailer of Paul and Silas did his job to the best of his ability. He may have even gone above and beyond in his job performance, “going so far as to chain [the feet of Paul and Silas] to a stake.” That was probably unnecessary when they were already in maximum security. However, the jailer planned to do his job well.
An earthquake shook the jailer’s prison compound, and “all the doors flew open and everyone’s chains were pulled loose” (Acts 16:26). This was the absolute worst disaster the jailer could have ever imagined. A Roman jailer paid for escaped prisoners with his own life. The jailer knew he was going to die at the hands of his bosses, so “he drew his sword to kill himself” (Acts 16:27).
That’s when the jailer met God in the workplace. His most notorious prisoners pleaded with him to spare his life. They also prevented all the other prisoners from escaping. He knew this was impossible! Only God could have transformed his worst nightmare into his greatest day on the job. The jailer was convicted at the depth of his heart and humbly begged for salvation (Acts 16:30ff).
The jailer was an expert at his job. Yet God showed him His omnipotence and mercy in the midst of his area of expertise, and the jailer recognized in an instant the God of the impossible. May we likewise recognize God moving in our workplace, receive His mercy, and spread His saving love to our coworkers.
PRAYER: “In my work, Lord, be glorified…”
PROMISE: “The Lord will complete what He has done for me.” –Ps 138:8
PRAISE: Open your bible today, what is the Lord telling you…
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After her conversion, the first words of Lydia, the first convert of the Western world, involved making her home a base for evangelisation. Jesus stayed at home for about thirty years before His three years of public ministry. The Church met primarily in homes for its first three hundred years. The Church fathers taught that the Christian home is a “domestic church” (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1656, 1666). The Lord has clearly and repeatedly made the statement that the home is foundational and central to Christianity.
Consequently, Satan tries to destroy our homes through abortion, contraception, promiscuity, unfaithfulness, and divorce. He attacks the home through TV, the Internet, and other forms of media. Satan makes it seem economically necessary to work away from home for most of our waking hours. He has been largely successful in getting meals, education, recreation, medical care, and business taken out of the home. The home is then relegated to a boarding house where residents merely sleep and entertain themselves.
By the power of the risen Christ and with wisdom from the Holy Spirit, let us restore our homes to their crucial place in God’s plan of salvation. Risen Lord Jesus, in these last days of Easter, raise our homes from the ruins of our culture of death.
PRAYER: Father, protect me from being brainwashed.
PROMISE: “When the Paraclete comes, the Spirit of truth Who comes from the Father — and Whom I Myself will send from the Father — He will bear witness on My behalf. You must bear witness as well.” –Jn 15:26-27
PRAISE: Pope St. John I made peace between the emperors of the East and West.
This week is national Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme of this year’s Mental Health Foundation campaign is kindness. The campaign seeks to highlight the positive impact that acts of kindness, both large and small, can have on people’s mental health and wellbeing. It is important that we are kind to ourselves as well as others.
Please look at the 7 days of kindness calendar and try and do both acts of kindness for each day, one for others and one for yourself.