What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

During the Easter school holidays, our students joined together with Kogarah Marist and led the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Bexley Parish.  This is a yearly initiative that allows our students to lead their local parish community in a prayerful and very beautiful expression of the Passion of our Lord.  Our students are to be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves and led this community.  It was a very moving and prayerful experience and certainly gave all of the congregation something to reflect on and ponder in their lead up to the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.  Thanks too, are extended to Ms Wood and Miss Napoli for their time in preparing the students.  They definitely did us proud!

 

As we enter the month of May, we are reminded that this month is dedicated to Mary.

The rosary, a “contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of sacred Scripture,” is “the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary.”

-Pope Benedict XVI, Invitation to Families to Pray the Rosary, Oct. 1, 2006

Why we pray the rosary

In imitation of Christ we entrust ourselves into the hands of Mary in order to take full advantage of the maternal role the Father has given her in our lives.  Through the Rosary, Mary cooperates with the Holy Spirit to educate and form her children in the image of Jesus.  Through her intercession Mary disposes her children to know and to receive the grace to do her Son’s will.

 http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/prayers/devotions/to-the-blessed-virgin-mary/holy-rosary/interactive-rosary/

Perhaps during May, you might consider praying a Hail Mary everyday, or even saying a decade of the Rosary.  I have added below a list of the mysteries used in praying the Rosary.  These mysteries drawn directly from Scripture allow us to focus on the events of the life of Jesus as witnessed by Mary

 

The Mysteries of The Rosary

Joyful

Mondays and Saturdays

  1. The Annunciation (Lk 1: 26-38)
  2. The Visitation (Lk 1: 39-56)
  3. The Nativity (Lk 2: 1-20)
  4. The Presentation (Lk 2: 22-38)
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2: 41-52)

Luminous

Thursdays

  1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (Mt 3: 13-17 / Mk 1: 4-11)
  2. The Manifestation of Christ at the wedding of Cana (Jn 2: 1-11)
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion (Mt 4: 12-25 / Mk 1: 15 & 2: 3-13 / Lk 7: 47-48 / Jn 20: 22-23)
  4. The Transfiguration (Mt 17: 1-9 / Lk 9: 28-36)
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Lk 22: 14-20 / Jn 13: 1)

Sorrowful

Tuesday and Friday

  1. The Agony in the Garden (Mt 26: 36-56)
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Is 53: 1-12 / Mk 15: 1-15)
  3. The Crowning with Thorns (Mk 15: 16-20 / Mt 27: 27-31)
  4. The Carrying of the Cross (Lk 23 : 26-32 / Mk 10: 17-21)
  5. The Crucifixion (Jn 19: 17-30 / Mt 27: 35-56)

Glorious

Wednesdays and Sundays

  1. The Resurrection (Mt 28: 1-15 / Lk 24: 1-49 / Mk 16: 1-18)
  2. The Ascension (Acts 1: 3-11)
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 1-21)
  4. The Assumption (Rev 12: 1)
  5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lk 1: 46-55)

 

Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission