Autumn 2- Advent to Christmas
This half term, we have been learning from Mark's Gospel because it is Year B in the Catholic calendar.
We learnt that Mark's Gospel is different to Matthew's because it doesn't start with the nativity. Instead, it starts with Jesus being baptised in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. We also learnt that when John baptised Jesus, something really special happened!
Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
We also learnt that Catholics believe that God will incarnate himself and live amongst us again- just like Jesus did! The second coming of Christ.
We also wrote a prayer about Hope- the first candle of Advent.
Lots of children were asked to lead Class Worship. Benas and Leandro's class worship started with us lighting the Hope and Peace candle from our class Advent wreath. After, they read Isaiah 58:9-11 and the class responded by reflecting 'What makes a beautiful garden?', If we want God to help us, what should we be doing?' Finally, we said a prayer in our hearts and our mind thanking God for all his help. Our mission is to make Sacred Heart a 'beautiful garden' by helping others- just like God helps us!
Autumn 1- Beginning with the Church
This half term, we have learnt all about the beginning of the Church. We have learnt all about Vatican II and how Pope John XXIII held a meeting in Rome with his bishops to change the church.
Pope John changed the church in two ways:
-He described the church as 'The Church is the Body of Christ'
-He changed Mass so it more inclusive and incorporated the congregation more
Inspired by this, we designed our own Church and made sure everyone felt welcome!
We also sung lots of hymns and practised our responses for Mass.