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Week beginning 15.6.20

Spellings

potatoes   increase      century      disappear     various      although     mention     ordinary

 

1. Do ‘look/say/cover/write/check’ to practise each word.

2. Note your mistakes and re – write. You could use coloured writing, pyramid writing and other strategies you have learned to help you.

3. Write each word in a different sentence. Make your sentences as interesting as you can.

4. Avoid starting each sentence in the same way.

 

 

It was lovely to see some of your maps for your Anywhere Island last week - what a fantastic job you did.  This week you will be using your senses to create descriptions of your island.  I am looking forward to seeing what ambitious vocabulary you come up with to describe your island.  Have fun!

 

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LEARNING FOCUS 2: Sin and Examination of Conscience.

People get lost when they deliberately do something wrong, hurting others, themselves or the world they live in.  That is what is called ‘sin’.  It is anything deliberately chosen – to think, say or do.  It is also anything you choose to do or not to do that spoils or breaks the friendship with God and with other people.  Sin is anything which breaks bridges of love.

When Jesus was teaching, someone came up to him and asked him what he thought was the greatest commandment of all.  This is what Jesus replied: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  The second most important commandment is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”  There is no other commandment more important than these two.                                                                                                                                               Mark 12: 30-31

Christians try to build bridges towards one another every day.  They ‘examine their consciences’ to see how they have kept these two commandments. Our conscience is like a voice or feeling inside us.  This is the Holy Spirit helping us to respond to God.  If we pay attention to the Holy Spirit, it will help us to know if something is good or bad.  It is good to think every evening, before you go to bed, about how you have built bridges of love and friendship or, perhaps, broken them through sin.  We remember if we have done something that hurt someone else or if someone else has hurt us.  We can thank God for all the good and say sorry for the bad and know that God, like the good shepherd, cares about us and loves us.  We also must try to forgive those who have hurt us.

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

 

  1. What does “examine your conscience” mean?
  2. When is it good to think about it?  What will it lead us to do?
  3. Which is easier – to love God or to love your neighbour?  Is there a difference?
  4. Why do you think love of God and love of our neighbour is so important?
  5. What would be another commandment?
  6. How would you define ‘sin’?

 

LEARNING FOCUS 3: The Sacrament of Reconciliation: contrition.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also called Confession, Penance and Sacrament of Forgiveness.  This Sacrament has been given to us to confess or acknowledge our sins, seek forgiveness and be reconciled to God and one another.  It is like a bridge.  It helps Christians to live as followers of Jesus, knowing that forgiveness leads to joy and peace.  In this sacrament, those receiving it may be sure of the love and mercy of God.

 

The most important thing that people preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation need is to be sorry for their sins.  There is a special word for this – ‘contrition’.  When you have had a quarrel with someone, you can never make up unless you are really and truly sorry – that is, if you have contrition.  It about realising the consequences of what you have done, the hurt you have caused to others, as well as to yourself.  When you have contrition, you will try very hard not to sin again and there will be peace in your heart. 

 

God expects us to build bridges with our family and friends before we can take our place in church.  Listen to what Jesus says in Matthew’s Gospel:

 

So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that another has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with that person, and then come back and offer your gift to God.                                                                                                                                         Matthew 5: 23-24

 

 

SOME KEY QUESTIONS

        

 

  1. What is the man in the picture is doing?
  2. What makes you think he is sorry for something?
  3. How does this picture make you feel?
  4. How do you feel when you have done something wrong?
  5. What is the next thing you might do?
  6. What is happening in the second picture?
  7. How does sin affect others and yourself?
  8. Why is contrition so important?
  9. Why did Jesus say that it is no good putting gifts on the altar if you are not at peace with someone?

 

SOME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

 

  • Write out the different names for this sacrament and what they mean and give reasons why you think they are good names.
  • Take time to pause and reflect.  Write your own prayer of sorrow to God.  It is called an Act of Contrition.
 

 

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