Bishop Robert has announced the Year of the Eucharist is to now be celebrated in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and has been launched simultaneously with the launch of the Synod.
The aims of the Year of the Eucharist are:
To celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back.
To grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.
To deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.
To revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.
To go out and serve the world through the nourishment of the Eucharist.
The Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Episcopal Areas, Partnerships, Parishes and Schools and will provide a framework of prayer for the Diocese’s participation in the first stage of the Synod.
The first part of the Diocesan Year of the Eucharist, ‘Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb’, is wrapped in the theme: ‘In Communion with the Father’ and follows the Synod called by Pope Francis. The Holy Father tells us that by his gracious will, God gathers us together as people of one faith. The communion we share finds its deepest roots in the love and unity of Christ who reconciles us to the Father and unites us with each other in the Holy Spirit. Together, we are inspired by listening to the Word of God, through the living Tradition of the Church, and grounded in the faith tat we share. We all have a role to play in discerning and living out God’s call for his people. (Synod Vademecum, 2021)
This Diocesan Year aims to celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back to the Mass and the Sacraments. We are to grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist. We are to deepen our appreciation of its celebration through the liturgy. We are to revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist. And we are to go out and serve the world through the nourishment we receive.
“She wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn.” Luke 2:7
as we celebrate your birth in a stable
we remember all those among us
who are left out, who live in poverty,
who are homeless
and who long to go home.
Make room in our hearts
for our sisters and brothers,
so that we may reach out to them in love.
Whole School Collective Worship
Prayer plays a very important role in helping our children to further their spiritual development.
On a Monday morning, each week, children gather together for Collective Worship. This morning liturgy focuses on the Gospel from the previous Sunday. At the end of the prayer time, each class is presented with a weekly mission linked to the Gospel.
Our children say morning, afternoon and home time payers every day. The RE curriculum allows regular opportunities for the children to pray around a class focal point and to reflect on key religious themes. Children plan and lead weekly liturgies in class and parents are invited into school to share key class liturgies with the children.
For five minutes each day, each class takes part in Christian Meditation. This gives the children a chance to quietly reflect and to know how to take time out of their day to focus their thoughts and prayers. Music is played whilst children focus on images, hymns, artwork or scripture which links to something important to them or something they feel they need to focus on as a group.
Our Mini Vinnies have set up a quiet prayer space for all children to use during lunchtime.
Weekly prayers for parents, staff and children.