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Advent to Christmas

 

We have started preparing for Advent in Saint Catherine. We made our own symbol to help us 'wait' for the birth of Jesus. It looks like a traditional Christmas symbol but there's a twist...

 

Can you guess what traditional symbol we have based it on?

 

We have wrapped our special item in our own wrapping paper that we have designed. On each bit of the wrapping, we have drawn and labelled a Jesus-like quote that we are going to live by that day. We will open a sheet each day until our last day of term and hopefully by that point we will be 'READY' to find out what is inside and what we have waited for! 

 

We have been looking at the Gospel of Mark this Advent as it is Year B. Our knowledge of Parables has increased and we have found out the meaning and symbolism of 2 Parables this term, The Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Mustard Seed. During our study of Mark, we thought about Jesus' journey and used a map to plot out the different places he travelled to - we used our Bibles to give evidence using quotes. We have also studied a new structure of prayer - Lectio Divina - and thought about Paul's Letter to the Corinthians. Lectio Divina showed us how to Lectio (read), Meditatio (meditate), Oratio (pray) and Contemplatio (think).

In the Beginning

 

We have been learning about a metaphor for the Church.

 

'The Church is the Body of Christ'

 

A human body has lots of different organs, working together to keep the body alive. This is like the Church. There are lots of people within the Church that have a different job to do and we also have our part to play. We each got into a box and once we put all the pictures together, it made the shape of the Cross!

We have also identified the different things that can be found in a Church and explained what they are for. Then, we created our own plan of what we would like in our church, including all the items we already knew. Some of us thought it would be nice to have a memorial area for those who we loved and who have passed away. We could take time to remember them and pray for them when we go to Church. 

 

During this topic, we played Sacrament Charades!

Learning about the seven Sacraments; Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Reconciliation. We had to guess which Sacrament each group was acting out using words, actions or symbols!

Can you guess which Sacraments go with each picture?

 

We have learnt all about our class Saint - Saint Catherine of Alexandria. We researched her life and then we created a door display for our classroom!  

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