Growing In Faith Together (GIFT Team)
" Every time that we make the sign of the cross we draw closer to the great mystery of the Holy Trinity."
On this page you can see the wonderful work our GIFT Team does.
We share our faith with everyone.
Erin, Harry, Isabel, Mia, Philomena, Poppy and Thomas
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Message from the Wednesday Word 3.6.2020.
The message this week is Trinity.
Next Sunday is the feast of the Holy Trinity.
Please click on the document below for the Wednesday Word booklet.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Message from the Wednesday Word 27.5.2020.
The message this week is Pentecost.
Next Sunday is the feast of Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
Please click on the document below for the Wednesday Word booklet.
Message from the Wednesday Word 20.5.2020.
The message this week is Friendship.
This week the Wednesday Word is in a booklet covering three weeks. Please click on the document below for the Wednesday Word booklet.
Message from the Wednesday Word 13.5.2020.
The message this week is HELPER. Please click the document below for the Wednesday Word newsletter.
Message from the Wednesday Word 6.5.2020
The message this week is TRUST. Please click the document below for the Wednesday Word newsletter.
Message from the Wednesday Word 29.4.2020.
The message this week is FOLLOW. Please click the document below for the Wednesday Word this week.
Message from the Wednesday Word 22.4.2020.
The Gospel reading next Sunday is about two disciples walking to a village called Emmaus. They are joined by Jesus but do not recognise him until later when he breaks bread with them. When they realise they have been in Jesus' company they are filled with joy.
The message this week is JESUS.
The more we learn about Jesus through the gospels, the easier it will be to recognise him.
"We must not fail to help our neighbours, because in them we serve Jesus."
St. Rose of Lima
Dear Jesus, you love us so much that you gave us a special Sunday to celebrate your mercy and forgiveness.
You say that nothing we have done will ever make you so mad that you won't forgive us.
Help us remember to ask for your forgiveness every day as we try to be the best we can be.
Heavenly Father, you sent your son, Jesus, to earth to show us how much you loved us.
How happy you must have been to have him come home to you when he rose from the dead and was reunited with you in heaven.
Now heaven is possible for us, because of his love.
Keep us safe and free from harm until it is our turn to join you in heaven.
Help us spread your message of love just as Jesus did.
We ask this through your Holy Spirit of love.
Dear Jesus, what a sad day Good Friday was.
They whipped you, took away your clothes,crowned you with thorns, and gave you a heavy cross.
Jesus, you carried that cross for us.
Help us carry our crosses with love and courage, as you did yours.
Thank you for always being at our side, sharing in our suffering.
May we help others bear their crosses by your example.
Dear Lord, on Thursday you celebrated your Last Supper with your best friends.
You knew your disciples would be sad after you died, so you gave them two big gifts.
You gave them bread and wine, which become your Body and Blood, so we remember you.
You washed their feet to show them we are called to serve.
Thank you, Jesus, for these powerful gifts.
Through them, we find the way to you and your eternal life.
May we always treasure the Eucharist as your gift of life in us.
Message from the Wednesday Word 8.4.2020.
The message this week is EASTER. Next Sunday is Easter Sunday. The Gospel reading tells us about Mary Magdalene going to Jesus' tomb and finding it empty. Until this moment the Disciples had failed to understand that Jesus must rise from the dead.
Easter Sunday is the start of the Easter season. A time when the Church remembers and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. This is a day when we usually renew our baptismal promises together in Church. Perhaps this year you can talk to your families about your baptism as you celebrate this feast day at home.
Pope Francis said, "Happy Easter! May you bring to all the joy and hope of the Risen Christ!"
Dear Jesus, it is so hard to watch others suffer.
Sometimes we do not know what to say, especially when we see others who are lonely, sad,or in pain.
Open our hearts, Lord.
Help us offer comfort with kind words and gentle actions.
May we never turn our backs when someone needs us.
We ask this through you who cared for everyone you met.
you taught us to be strong when times get tough, just like you were when you carried your cross.
Even you must have wanted to lie on the ground after you fell, but you got up three times.
Help us to learn from your example.
When we are sad and hurting, help us to be brave like you.
Help us to know you will always help carry our crosses.
Thank you, dear Jesus, for being by our side.
Palm Sunday Prayer
Dear Jesus, how happy you must have been on Palm Sunday when you entered Jerusalem on your donkey.
How happy you must have been when the excited crowds waved palm leaves.
Thank you for being a king who serves others.
Thank you for being a king who rules with love and not force.
Thank you for being a king who opens his kingdom to everyone.
Thank you for being a king who gave his life for us.
Holy Week 2020
Holy Week is a very special time: it includes Palm Sunday, the celebration of the Last Supper, the washing of feet, the agony in the garden, Jesus' arrest, crucifixion and his resurrection.
Usually we are able to go to Church and join with the rest of the Parish in our celebration. This year we are saving lives by staying at home. We can still think about Jesus, remember his sacrifice, pray and celebrate with our families.
Lord Jesus, the last week of your life was filled with many emotions.
Because you were human, you felt pain and fear.
Because you are divine, you had to see it through to the end.
You could have stopped the pain and suffering, but you loved us so much you said yes.
Thank you for winning life over death for us.
Thank you for overcoming sin and evil for us.
Thank you for opening the gates of heaven so someday we can be happy with you there.
Message from the Wednesday Word 1.4.2020.
The message this week is Holy Week. Next Sunday is known as Palm Sunday.The Gospel reading tells us of Jesus riding into Jesusalem on a donkey. We are reminded how people welcomed Jesus by shouting "Hosanna" and waving palm leaves.
Pope Francis said " To experience Holy Week is to enter more and more into God's love and self-giving."
Message from the Wednesday Word 25.3.2020
Compassion is a virtue and it brings out the best in us.
We can grow in compassion by praying for people we know to be suffering or are unwell in some way and by being kind.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death,
Message from the Wednesday Word
Difficulties, worries and sickness can sometimes be part of our lives. Yet, when we believe in Jesus and we pray and look carefully, we can often learn something about the world and ourselves, and how Jesus is always there for us.
Lenten message from Pope Francis
"Keep your eyes fixed on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved over and over again."
Ash Wedneday 2020
Today the GIFT team focused on The Lord's Prayer. They thought deeply about the meaning of each phrase. The team led a reflection before the whole school prayed.
4th. February 2020
Well done to our Year 6 members for welcoming and showing the special guests around school.
14th. January 2020
Some months ago the team asked if they could paint the summer house. The summer house is used for some of our meetings and for Rainbows. The team came up with designs based on :- the symbol of the cross near the reflection area; a rainbow in connection with the Rainbows Programme; and images of God's creation.
Our Year 6 children painted the base colours and the team painted the details. Thank you to everyone involved.
Well done to the Year 5 members as they completed the difficult task of interviewing eight children from Year 4. Thank you to everyone who applied. Following the interviews it was decided to appoint Poppy, Erin and Mia as GIFT Team members starting in the new school year.
7th. June 2019
Today the GIFT team led a whole school assembly and celebration for Pentecost. They explained that Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Church. It reminds us of the time that Jesus' disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and when the mission of the Church really began. They each talked about a quality they would ask the Holy Spirit for -
The celebration included music and dancing in the hall followed by gathering in the playground. Everyone had been asked to wear flame colours so that we could create a giant flame to represent the Holy Spirit. We then enjoyed party cakes. It was a wonderful celebration.
Today the GIFT Team led a beautiful, thoughtful whole school collective worship. Each member of the team wrote accounts of different characters from the bible. A huge thank you goes to Mr. Phelan and the school band. Also some children from Year 3 performed a "Stick dance" to the hymn " Were you there when they crucified my Lord".
Below is a copy of the script and the .powerpoint
During Lent the team have held two toast sales and an Easter raffle. The toast sales raised £84.71 and the raffle raised £85.30.
The money raised will be split between CAFOD and the World Wildlife Fund.
Thanks to your generosity we have been able to purchase the following gifts from CAFOD:-
and through the World Wildlife Fund we have adopted a turtle and a rhino.
Thank you to everyone who supported us.
On 6th. March Sofia, Isabel and Harry represented our school at a Mass celebrating Ash Wednesday. Father Paul gave them ashes to bring back to use in our school service. Father Paul reminded us to enjoy the springtime season of lent. To enjoy seeing the plants around us growing and to think of this as a special time of growth and change. He told us to find joy in this season and to let others see our joy. He told us to make every day count.
Later the whole GIFT Team helped Mrs. Waterworth lead the school service.
Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day 11th. February
The celebrations started early on the 8th. February when we led by the Just Youth team and Father David. Just Youth worked with all classes to help the children think more about the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
On the 11th. February everyone celebrated the feast day with a beautiful Mass at Guardian Angels Church and then a cinema treat in the afternoon.
As we start the year of 2019 the GIFT Team continue to
Each week we add another light,
Our hope for Jesus growing bright.
We share, we pray, we do our part
To welcome Jesus to our heart
Thank you for sending your son into the world to show us how to love one another.
He changed the world, give us hope and love, so that we can too. Amen
It is my second year in the GIFT Team. This year we have worked with Just
Youth,led some Assemblies, led the rosary every Friday lunchtime, presented the
Wednesday Word throughout school. On the 6th. December together with the GIFT team
from Guardian Angels, the school band and choir we led a Joint Schools’ Advent Service.
In the new year we are hoping to improve the area around the Friendship bench with,
improve the summerhouse and develop the WW club.
I really enjoy being a member of the GIFT Team because I like helping children, praying the
Sharing my faith and spreading the word of God.
I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will tell of all your marvellous works. I will be
glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O most High. Amen
Jesus, you are constantly coming to your people, even when we fail to see you. Over the
Next few weeks we prepare for your coming. This Advent give us courage to be: hopeful,
peaceful and loving. Amen
Joint Advent Service
On Thursday 6th. December 2018 an Advent service involving both Our Lady of Lourdes and Guardian Angels' schools took place in Guardian Angels' Church. The service was based on The Stations of the Nativity. The GIFT teams led the reading and mediations. The children from both schools sang Christmas Carols. The band, including children from OLOL and St. Gabriels and led by Mr. Phelan, played. Everyone read, sang and played beautifully.
Monday 19th. November
Today the GIFT team led a whole school collective worship about HOPE. This focus is linked to the Hope in the Future initiative from Salford Diocese. The worship was reflective and included the children's own hopes for the future in prayer form.
Monday 1st. October 2018
Today the GIFT Team lead a whole school collective worship about Saint Francis of Assisi. The prayerful worship was based on a book that Harry showed us and the words reminded us of the hymn Make me a Channel of your Peace.
Thank you to everyone who supported our fund raising for MacMillan.
The GIFT team and Year 5 MAD group ( Making a Difference) made everyone welcome at our annual MacMillan Coffee morning on 28th. September. There was a wonderful response to the cake appeal - thank you to our wonderful bakers. We have raised £342.35.
Commissioning of GIFT Team members
14th. September 2018
The four new members of the GIFT Team were commissioned by Father Paul at the first Mass of the school year. The existing members were also recommissioned. Father Paul spoke about using our gifts for the service of others. Open a gift, use it and give thanks.
11th. September 2018
Today we were joined by the GIFT Team from Guardian Angel's school, to work with Just Youth. We enjoyed lots of activities which helped us to focus on how best to use our gifts and talents to work as a team in our role.
Welcome back, we hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer break and is back ready to follow in the footsteps of Jesus to love, learn and grow.
We have continued the Worry Club which is open to all children during Monday morning break time. If you would like to talk about your worries or write a prayer intention we will be in the outside classroom. We will do our best to help you.
We have continued to present the Wednesday Word in your classroom. The GIFT Team members for each class are:
Reception - Felicity and Sofia
Year 1 - Caitlin
Year 2 - Philomena
Year 3 - Thomas
Year 4 - Isabel
Year 5 - Harry
Year 6 - Leo
We have continued to pray a decade of the rosary at 1pm Friday lunchtimes. Everyone is welcome to join us. We believe our prayers make a difference.
Recruitment of new GIFT team members
Thank you to the nine wonderful Year 4 children who applied to be members of the GIFT team next year. Some of our current Year 5 GIFT team carried out the shortlisting and interviews. It was a very difficult task and the team conducted themselves in a very professional and caring way.
The new members will be commissioned at the start of the next school year.
On Monday 9th. July 2018 the GIFT team presented an assembly about Saints. They all decided to choose a saint that was important to them. They carried out research and told the whole school about their saint. They encouraged the children to find out more about saints and try to follow their good example. They reminded the children that they are saints of the future.
First Holy Communion
Best wishes to all the children making their first Holy Communion 30th. June and 1st. July.
The GIFT team made a card for every child.
On Monday 25th. June the GIFT team led an assembly about Pope Francis. The team had researched well and shared with the whole school. We particularly remembered that Pope Francis needs our prayers. We also discussed Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer.
On the 24th. May the GIFT team led the prayers and procession in honour of Our Lady. A big thank you to the school band and the choir for leading the beautiful singing.
See the gallery for photos of the event.
On Friday 18th. May we celebrated Pentecost.The whole school were invited to wear red the colour of Pentecost. Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Christian Church. The GIFT team talked about the Holy Spirit and explained the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We celebrated with music, dancing, red balloons and cake.
See the gallery for photos of the event.
On Monday 30th. April the GIFT Team lead a whole school collective worship about Mary. They had thoroughly researched the many ways and titles that Mary is known by. They particularly focussed on four titles that relate to our school's housepoint reward scheme.
Easter Egg Raffle
Thank you to all those who supported our raffle. £170 was raised and will be split between CAFOD and Caritas. Congratulations to Roxy and Ruby Doyle who won the chocolate hamper.
Walking to Jerusalem
Today we joined with the Parish and Guardian Angels' Primary School in making a start on our "journey" from Bury to Jerusalem. For every good act during Lent we earn a footstep. The footstep represents a mile walked.
Each person will record their miles on a classroom footprint which will be added to the total for the Parish.
Today the GIFT Team delivered a message to each class about the start of Lent. They explained that this is a special time for us to think about:-
Dear Lord Jesus, please help me and my family to grow in love and strength during Lent through keeping our Lenten promises. Amen
Celebrating Our Lady of Lourdes feast day.
On Friday 9th. February we celebrated the feast day in school. We were delighted that the GIFT Team from Guardian Angels' joined us for the whole day. We celebrated with Mass at Church, then on return to school we gave the GIFT Team a tour of the classrooms. After discussing Action Plans and developing our links with both Guardian Angels' and the Parish, we shared lunch together. In the afternoon we enjoyed watching a film with the whole school. It was great to share our celebration with our sister school GIFT Team.
GIFT TEAM PLANS
We are currently working on:-
Thank you for your kind donations to the Parish Helping Hands appeal.
The donations will make a difference to someone in need. Please see below a moving letter the Parish received from the Brothers based in Collyhurst, Manchester.
Caritas Advent Service - 6th. December 2017
The GIFT Teams from Our Lady of Lourdes and Guardian Angels worked together to lead a beautiful Advent Service for Caritas. They were accompanied by some members of the band and choir.
Sister Joan from Caritas in Bury had organised the event for Caritas volunteers and the elderly that attend a lunch club. Some elderly people had been brought to the event, at Guardian Angels' Parish centre, by their care homes.
Everyone enjoyed the carol singing and readings. The children later mingled, chatted, shared lunch and danced. It was a lovely event.
Day of prayer for Vocations - 29th. November 2017
The GIFT Team explained to each class what Vocations means and led prayers for people to be open to God's invitation to consider a holy life. Father Paul was especially included in our prayers. Each child wrote a prayer for Vocations which formed a paper chain of prayers for each classroom prayer table.
October is the month we particularly celebrate the Rosary. Today we processed around the school singing "Immaculate Mary" before we gathered in front of the statues of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette. We included special prayer intentions for our families and anyone who needs our prayers. After we prayed a decade of the Rosary we sang "As I kneel before you" accompanied by our wonderful school band. The GIFT team were also helped by members of the MAD group.
It was a lovely tribute to Our Lady and the Rosary.
18th. October 2017
The Wednesday Word is a gift from school. It is a leaflet designed to be shared by families to help them think about the Gospel message for the following weekend Mass. As part of the action plan discussions, the GIFT team felt they could present the Gospel message to each class using the link GIFT team members. By doing this we hope to encourage children to read the Wednesday Word as a family activity.
Today the GIFT team talked to classes about the Gospel message for this week, GRATITUDE.
18th. October 2017
Link GIFT team members
During our action planning we decided to assign GIFT team members to be linked to each class.
Reception Class - Sofia and Felicity
Year 1 - Marla
Year 2 - Caitlin
Year 3 - Matthew
Year 4 - Ruby
Year 5 - Amelia
Year 6 - Leo
Thank you to everyone who supported our MacMillan coffee morning. The event was run by the Make A Difference group (MAD). The GIFT Team plus William Henry Young, Kira Kenny, Ruby Birkett, Leah Reynolds and Molly Quirke ran the event which raised a wonderful £272.41 for this fantastic charity.
We were selling cakes to raise money for people with cancer and other life threating illnesses. We were inspired by people like Kate who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Her MacMillan nurse, Wendy, was there to answer her questions and offer emotional support.
With your support we have helped to change lives by:
We are the Year 5 members of the GIFT Team.We have recently been commissioned at Guardian Angels Church by Father Paul. It was quite exciting knowing that we were now messengers of God. We felt honoured to be chosen for this very important role. To be chosen we had to fill in an application form, be interviewed and complete a task about improving the friendship bench. Four of us were chosen and we were very happy and excited to start our role.
Sofia and Leo (and on behalf of Caitlin and Felicity)
Welcome to the new academic year 2017/18.
This year we have eight members of the GIFT Team: Amelia, Marla, Matthew, Ruby, Leo, Sofia, Caitlin and Felicity. We are looking forward to working with the new GIFT Team at our sister school, Guardian Angels.
We are currently working on a number of projects including:-
Easter Bessings from the GIFT Team. We led a whole school collective worship about the Stations of the Cross. The whole school had taken part making films about selected stations. A film was shown while the GIFT Team led reflections and prayers and the school band led the singing.
Thank you so much for your generous donations.
It will make a real difference for local people.
The GIFT team display board reflects the season of Lent and asks what we will do for Lent. This year we again join with the Parish in "walking from Bury to Jerusalem". For acts of kindness, joining the rosary and acts of charity the children are given a footprint which represents a mile. The miles walked in a week are passed to the Parish Office. The aim is to "walk" the 2,303 miles to Jerusalem with the Parish and possibly back. During Lent Our Lady of Lourdes have walked 1349 miles to date.
As part of our Lenten promises we have prayed a decade of the rosary every Friday lunchtime - focusing on the Sorrowful Mysteries.
We asked our school community to make donations to the Parish Helping Hands Appeal. We had a fantastic response. Thank you.
Friday 10th. February 2017
Today we had a visit from the GIFT Team of Divine Mercy ( Manchester). Mr.Campbell brought the team to join our feast day celebration. First, they joined our Celebration Mass at Guardian Angels Church. They were then welcomed to Our Lady of Lourdes where they had a tour and saw some of the work our own GIFT Team do. We had the opportunity to find out about each other, ask questions and think about what we could do for Lent. After enjoying our lunch together a community cinema showed the film Trolls in school.
We enjoyed making friends with the GIFT Team from Divine Mercy and look forward to keeping in touch, sharing ideas and possibly visiting them in the near future.
Monday 6th. February 2017
Today the GIFT Team presented an assembly to the whole school about Our Lady of Lourdes. We are looking forward to celebrating the school's feast day later this week.
Wednesday 25th. January 2017
Today the Gift Team made a presentation to the Eco group about improving the friendship bench. The two groups hope to work together on this project and had some good ideas.
Monday 23rd. January 2017
Today the GIFT Team presented a whole school assembly about the Gospel from yesterday's Mass. The Gospel from Matthew 4:12-23 tells us about Jesus asking his disciples to follow him. The GIFT Team went to different children asking them to follow them to the front of the hall were they sat and listened to the Gospel. At the end of the reading the children were given a colourful paper fish with the words "Follow me" written on. They were then told to go and spread the good news. Later every child was given a paper fish as they left the hall.
The GIFT Team produced a display which hoped to provoke thought about Jesus being God's gift to the world and what gifts we have been given. They posed a question asking pupils to think what gift they had used that day.
On Wednesday 7th. December the GIFT Team and Key Stage 2 members of the school choir led a lovely Advent Service for Caritas. The service was held in the Parish Centre at Guardian Angels. It was attended by people that use the services at Caritas and by Caritas volunteers.
The GIFT Team read scripture and all the children either sang Christmas Carols or played musical instruments. The children were a credit to our school and families.
After the service the children mingled with the guests and shared a meal. There was even time for dancing before we left to return to school.
We received thanks and many compliments from everyone.