Welcome to our assembly today to celebrate Mary’s month, the month of May. Tomorrow is the first day of May. By honouring Mary we are also honouring God who bestowed on her the great privilege of being mother of Jesus. We have a May altar here at assembly today and some of you might have a May altar in your classroom or at home. Some schools and parishes also organise a May procession. We will all say the Hail Mary together.
Liam from Room 25 read the Gospel for us.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for Passover. When Jesus was twelve years old they all went there as usual for the celebration. After Passover his parents left but they did not realise that Jesus had stayed on in the city. They thought he was travelling with some other people and they went a whole day before they started looking for him. When they could not find him with their relatives and friends they went back to Jerusalem and started looking for him there. Three days later they found Jesus sitting in the temple listening to the teachers and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was surprised at how much he knew and all the answers he gave. When his parents found him they were amazed. His mother said, “Son why have you done this to us?. Your father and I have been very worried and we have been searching for you. “ Jesus answered, “Why did you have to look for me ? Didn’t you know that I would be in my father’s house?”. But they did not understand what he meant. Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and obeyed them. His mother Mary kept thinking about what had happened.
This is the word of the Lord
The rosary is a very old prayer in the Catholic church. In it, we remember key moments in the life of Jesus. It is also a prayer that honours Mary. Praying the rosary is like looking at an album of pictures . There are twenty different events that we reflect on and these are called mysteries. These mysteries are broken into four groups, the joyful mysteries, the sorrowful mysteries, the glorious mysteries and the mysteries of light. Maybe during the month of May you could say a decade of the rosary with your teacher in class. If you have rosary beads at home you could bring them in to class with you.
Football Final- Good luck to all the boys from 4th, 5th and 6th classes who are in the Fingal League football final in May. Thank you to Mr Farrell, Mr Ryan and Mr Lydon for coaching them.
Free Writing- Keep up the good work with the free writing.
Book Week- This week is Book Week in St Declan’s. We have lots of activities planned for the week.
Pupil of the month trophy
Room 9- Addison
Room 19- Carolina
Room 21- Alisha
Room 24- Abigail
Room 25- Vicki
Gaelgeoir Na Miosa
Room 9- Sophie
Room 19- Aoife
Room 21- Rachel
Room 20- Keela
Best Line Award- Room 25
Best Dressed Class- Room 21
Best behaviour on yard-Room 24
Best Attendance 3rd Class Room 19, 4th Class Room 24
Well done to James from Room 19 who came 3rd in the 2KM Trad Ash Race.
Mr Ryan Room 24
Loving God, We thank you for the example of Mary, whom you chose from among all women to be the mother of your son. May she watch over us in our lives as she watched over and cared for Jesus. Help us to always have the courage to say yes to what you ask of us just as she did. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen