Lay Chaplain’s Catholic Life Blog – Edition 7

Will Cruddace, Lay Chaplain
Will Cruddace
(Lay Chaplain for Burton-on-Trent and Swadlincote)

Welcome to Edition 7 of the Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Life Blog by Will Cruddace, Lay Chaplain for Burton-on-Trent and Swadlincote.

Firstly, let me introduce myself. I am Will Cruddace, Lay Chaplain for Blessed Robert Sutton, Holy Rosary and St Edward’s Catholic schools. As part of my job role, I also represent the local parish with Fr Neil Peoples.

Reflection on ‘Theme of the Week’: Forgiveness By Mr Hoodless

What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness is about deliberately choosing to release any feelings of resentment or vengeance held towards others. Learning to forgive allows us to grow and be happy, this is because when we hold onto feelings of anger or hurt it causes more harm to ourselves than anybody else.

How have I experienced Forgiveness? Forgiveness is something that I, along with most people in the world, have experienced. This could be in the form of accepting an apology when someone has said something hurtful towards you, or accepting that you will always meet challenges from other people’s actions that can eat away at you unless you learn to move forward.

How can Forgiveness impact our school? Within our school, people can do or say things they don’t mean in the heat of the moment that may hurt or offend others. People may feel regret and remorse for the actions they have committed. If we, as a school community, accept that mistakes happen and strive to be kind and respectful to all people within the school, the school will continue to be a wonderful community to be a part of. The ability to forgive others within the school who may have wronged you allows for all members of the school to feel empowered and happy, allowing for continual growth and helping all to thrive together.

Feedback on the Act of Worship this week:

This week we took part in class liturgies across the school to mark Ash Wednesday. The students had the opportunity to receive the Ashes, administered by the Chaplaincy Team, and reflect on the season of Lent, thinking about the journey we’re about to go on. We thought of Lenten promises and wrote them on “feet” which will be made into a display.

Events from around the Parish:

A reminder that if you would like to make your confirmation with the parishes of St. Joseph the Worker and Ss. Peter and Paul, please get in touch with either myself or Fr. Neil at the parish.

Thoughts from Pope Francis (Social Media):

This week Pope Francis shared with us an Ash Wednesday reflection, based on the words said when the Ashes are placed on someone’s forehead; “remember you are dust and to dust you will return.”

We begin the #Lenten Season by receiving #ashes. We are dust in the universe. Yet we are dust loved by God.

#Ashes remind us of the direction of our existence: a passage from dust to life. We are dust, earth, clay, but if we allow ourselves to be shaped by the hands of God, we become something wonderous.