Children’s Liturgy Resources

Fifth Sunday O.T. The story of Job is a difficult one to explain. Catholic Teaching gives us a true interpretation as we know that many holy saints suffered throughout their lives and offered this up to God, joining in the saving work of Jesus on the Cross. God in His Wisdom, far above ours, has the eternal view of all things and knows how to bring the greatest good out of all the attacks of the enemy which seek to destroy us. Even though Job did not understand at first, he kept faith in God whilst enduring all his tragedies and sufferings caused by Satan. There was a holy purpose at work. Try this cartoon at www.youtube.com/watch?v=595YUE0H3zU it hits the right mark. Fourth Sunday O.T. For younger children this is a song about listening to Godwww.youtube.com/watch?v=t5wRCWIdvXUFor older children, for 4th Sunday Year B, ‘to Him you shall listen’www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9TAEKq6d4EFor Teens, how to hear God in Prayerwww.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ548FxE_YI Third Sunday O.T. For younger children this is a short cartoon about Jonah in the Old Testamentwww.youtube.com/watch?v=sZNHknCuq88For older children, this a longer storybook animation about the prophet Jonahwww.youtube.com/watch?v=YkC2MKfI5Gk Second Sunday O.T. For younger children this is a short cartoon about Samuel in the Old Testamentwww.youtube.com/watch?v=P13uIsFW7OAFor older children, this a more complete animation about Samuelwww.youtube.com/watch?v=OtZKI8LnKbw Baptism of Our Lord. Watch this wonderful excerpt from ‘The Miracle Maker’ when Jesus is baptized www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ5jm5Ix5bY For younger children this is a short cartoon about John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf_ahdSQGtg

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HYMN OF THE WEEK

During these times of the pandemic and various levels of lockdown; it is good to have something to help lift our spirits. For the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time try these two songs of praise based on Psalm 146 from this Sunday’s Mass at www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK4e9kkQrT4 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtaDd6wdEMQ For the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time try Psalm 95 www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUiatjOVUVQ or‘Word of God Speak’ by MercyMe www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JK_6osCH74 For the Third Week of Ordinary Time try this sung version of Psalm 24(25) at www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVoPBuBRj8Or Pope St. John Paul II’s favourite hymn ‘Lord, you have come to the seashore’ at www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6JH3OQzzBA (English) or www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c5IiTVDT6k (Polish) For the Second Week of Ordinary Time you may like to listen to “Come and See” by Connection Music at www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lOHf2uyzc0 This week you may like “When Jesus comes to be baptized” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVIU_K2nBVY For this Epiphany Week you may like “Ecce Advenit - Hymn from the Introit on the Feast of the Epiphany” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpKg7nwRdRc or this beautifully melodic version of “We Three Kings of Orient are” arranged by ‘The Hound + The Fox’ at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEtUGgBwzEM For the Octave of Christmas here are a couple of choices (out of so many available) ‘O Holy Night’ at www.youtube.com/watch?v=17kiIIxSdC0Or a blast from the past ‘Adeste Fidelis’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rUFy3Id7aI For the Fourth Week of Advent this hymn "Marantha! Come Lord Jesus" is great prayer to make as our preparations to celebrate the birth approach their fruition. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhrsSTXXNFg For the Third Week of Advent you may like “O come, O come Emmanuel” – Traditional Choir version www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xtpJ4Q_Q-4Or this hymn sung by Lichfield Cathedral Choir “Lo, He comes with clouds descending” www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjn3fBTvBjY For the Second Week of Advent the suggestion is a traditional Catholic Hymn “Come Thou Long Expected” as an Organ Instrumental www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGDR4x7AfR8 Or as a sung hymn www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dmO8UPlWoo For the First Week of Advent try this original version of "Prepare The Way Of The Lord" composed and performed by Nathaniel Cabanero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZqpwaiWWok For the Feast of Christ the King you may like a traditional Catholic Hymn “To Jesus Christ Sovereign King” sung by Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH7j5P5yq9U For the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time our 'Hymn of the Week' is by Cleft Music and is called "Jesus, the High Priest." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN8D2ys73Xo Praise be to Jesus! All Glory, Honour and Power to Our God! Our first 'Hymn of the Week' to help us feel better, for the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, is called "He is Exalted" and is sung by 'Sounds like Reign' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM3DCuDVafY Praise God! If you have any suggestions for future hymns of the week, please email me stjudesworksopoldcotes@gmail.com with the details. Many thanks.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

Our Lady of Medjugorje's Annual Apparition to Jakov Colo on 25th December 2020 2020 12 25 Annual Apparition to Jakov The Monthly Messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje as given through her chosen visionary, Marija. 2021 01 25 Monthly Message 2020 12 25 Monthly Message 2020 11 25 Monthly Message 2020 10 25 Monthly Message Please see the links below for a history of the apparitions, a summary of the Catholic Church's responses and a brief explanation of the current situation regarding Medjugorje. History of Medjugorje ApparitionsDownload Catholic Church’s Official ResponsesDownload Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good…(1 Thessalonians 5:20-21) With the death of the last Apostle, Public Revelation ended. All that is necessary for salvation has been revealed. However, God has not ceased to speak to His creation! The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries” (n. 66) Throughout the centuries after Christ's Resurrection, certain saintly individuals in their lifetime on this earth have sometimes received private revelations from Jesus or Mary, or from angels and saints in heaven. These messages have occasionally been shared with others so that they may be of great spiritual help to the Church Pilgrim in every following age. Individuals are not the final arbiters of what constitutes an authentic private revelation—the Church is—and so we are called to always submit humbly and obediently to whatever She definitively decides. It is with the Church, then, that we "test" prophecy and private revelations: "Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 67) So far Medjugorje has only been officially recognised by the Catholic Church as a place of pilgrimage. None of the apparitions with their messages have been officially recognised nor denounced. The Faithful await the definitive judgement of the Catholic Church on these matters; which will probably only occur once all the apparitions there have finished.

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Three Kings Epiphany House Blessing

2021 Epiphany Blessing chalk Three Kings The above leaflet can be downloaded and printed out to use. Even though we have already celebrated the Epiphany it's not too late to carry out this Blessing for your Home for 2021. A great prayer activity for the whole family.

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The Truth & Beauty of the Catholic Mass

Watch the short film, the veil removed, (less than 7 mins) at www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOLZDaTgIaM to get a glimpse of what many Saints and Catholic Mystics throughout the ages have experienced during the celebration of Holy Mass. God willing, in the next few weeks at Mass we will be looking in more depth about what this means using the Teachings of Christ as revealed to His Church and a booklet ‘Catalina’s Testimony on the Holy Mass’ which will be available free to all Mass goers; and through them to others. God Bless.

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2020-2021 November Memorial List Poster

2020-2021 St. Jude's November Memorial PosterDownload Many thanks to all who have given the Names of their Beloved Dead to be remembered in "November Memorial List" Masses throughout this year, from November 2020 to October 2021. This Poster displays all the Names received for this year. The Names are in alphabetical order and the posters are also on display in each of our three churches. Many thanks.

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Our Patron, St. Jude, with a prayer for his intercession

St. Jude is the Patron Saint of our Parish; which incorporates the three churches of St. Mary’s, St. Joseph the Worker, and St. Helen’s. Saint Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles appointed by Jesus to lead his Church. In the list of the Apostles given in the Gospel accounts he is generally identified with “Thaddeus”, and is variously known as Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus, Jude (brother or son) of James (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13), or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, referred to in the Bible as “brother” or “kinsman” of Jesus (Luke 6:16; Mark 6:3; Matthew 13:55-57) For many centuries he was wrongly confused with Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. The Gospel of John refers to a disciple called “Judas not Iscariot” (John 14:22). He is also not to be confused with “Thaddeus of Edessa”, one of the seventy disciples sent out by Jesus to proclaim the Kingdom of God. The Letter or Epistle of Saint Jude in the Bible is usually attributed to the Apostle Jude, and though a short text it is inspired Holy Scripture and thus worth reading (to read it click here). Very little is known about St. Jude’s life after the death and resurrection of Jesus, but the ancient tradition of the Church is that he preached the Gospel in the Middle East, namely Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, Libya, Beirut and Edessa. Little is known about St. Jude’s later life, but the ancient tradition of the Church is that after preaching about the Good News of God’s love for all, St. Jude died as a martyr, giving his life in witness to Jesus Christ. According to the tradition of the Christians in Armenia, St. Jude was martyred about 65AD in the Lebanon town of Beirut, together with the apostle Simon the Zealot. The Latin Rite Catholic Church recalls the memory of Saints Simon and Jude on 28th October each year. This Prayer for the intercession of St. Jude can also be prayed as a Novena (prayed each day for 9 consecutive days.) SAINT JUDE, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus! The name of the traitor has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honours and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases – of matters despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolations and succour of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly… (here make your request), and…

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Our Lady of Guadelupe

On 9 December 1531, when Juan Diego was on his way to morning Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Blessed Mother appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill, the outskirts of what is now Mexico City. She asked him to go to the Bishop and to request in her name that a shrine be built at Tepeyac, where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her. The Bishop, who did not believe Juan Diego, asked for a sign to prove that the apparition was true. On 12 December, Juan Diego returned to Tepeyac. Here, the Blessed Mother told him to climb the hill and to pick the flowers that he would find in bloom. He obeyed, and although it was winter time, he found roses flowering. He gathered the flowers and took them to Our Lady who carefully placed them in his mantle and told him to take them to the Bishop as "proof". When he opened his mantle, the flowers fell on the ground and there remained impressed, in place of the flowers, an image of the Blessed Mother, the apparition at Tepeyac. A more detailed description can be found at https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/saint-juan-diego-and-our-lady.html The Catholic Church officially approved the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1555. Our Lady of Guadalupe was solemnly crowned Queen of the Mexican people in the name of Pope Leo XIII in 1895. Pope St. John Paul II declared Juan Diego beatified on the 6th of May 1990 and also canonised him on the 31st of July 2002. The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is rich in meaning. More recently, scientific analysis of the image on the cloak has verified its miraculous status including the reflection in Our Lady's cornea of the bishop and 12 others present; the accurate topological map of Mexico on her dress and the constellation chart on her mantle accurate for 12th December 1531. And perhaps the most amazing recent discovery is that when the relative positions of the stars and motifs in the Image are analysed and superimposed upon sheet music they produce a musical score. This heavenly 'music of the angels' very closely resembles the singing of angels heard in Healing Masses. Perhaps it is also what Juan Diego heard that first day of the apparitions on Tepeyac Hill. You can listen to this grace-filled music here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU9lNCMWcTE or here

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