Today would have been the final House Mass of the year. The community of St Anne Line would have been coming together to celebrate the House.
Instead, we are living through the most unfamiliar situation any of us have ever known, but we are still a community as a house and a school. So today we will come together and remember that we are here for each other more than ever.
At 3:00pm today (Wednesday 8th April), I ask the staff, students and friends of The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, to light a candle and read through our readings and prayers which were planned for the St Anne Line Mass.
I am sure the novelty of being able to stay in your onesies, play on the PlayStation or complete TikTok dances all day, is beginning to become boring. But please remember you are safe at home, you are helping to fight a war and living through history in the making. Children of the future will study COVID-19, looking at the impact on society, the NHS, the economy and the impact on a global scale. Also, the sign of hope as rainbows, the reduction of pollution and people coming together to help those in need.
I have spoken to neighbours I had only acknowledged with a wave, I have spent time talking on the phone to family and friends and I am enjoying spending time with my daughter.
However, I am missing seeing my family, socialising with my friends, seeing you all each day and doing my job.
Some things you might be missing: the routine of a school day, seeing your friends in person, having that simple smile off a teacher and some of you may even be missing learning! We as staff are definitely missing you and we can’t wait to see you when the time comes. I know the seagulls of Catcote Road will definitely be missing you all!
The students of St Anne Line today would have been singing and reflecting together, please still take the time to have some down time, it is ok to be scared and worried, the world is. But the Lord is there to help and guide you through this uncertain time. During Mass, you would have been sat with your form tutor, someone who is there for you and also missing you. Some of the St Anne Line form tutors have messages for you.
I hope you are all enjoying a little extra time with your family this Easter! As Easter weekend approaches, I wanted to let you all know that you have been constantly in my thoughts and prayers at this really difficult time!
I know you might all think I’m just a teacher and my job is to teach and sometimes tell you off but it’s not! If this time has taught me anything, it’s that my job is not just those things; my job is to support, love and care for you all! I can honestly tell you all that during this time, being away from my students and my form is heartbreaking.
I miss you lot and can’t wait for us all be in form again together, to share our stories of joy, community, love and family!
Please stay safe and stay inside, I want us all to be in the same classroom together really soon! You have my permission to eat ALL of the chocolate this weekend!
Mrs Ryan is genuinely gutted after all my hard work with the gym I can’t have my Chinese (you all know how much I love a special fried rice). Enjoy a happy, healthy and holy Easter guys!
Missing you all but hope you are all safe & keeping as well as you can in difficult circumstances. I’ve been very proud of you so far in all you’ve done since joining my form & I know you will be doing me proud still even though we’re not together. Use this time positively & productively and do what you can to help those around you-in your home & if you can, the wider community while still saying safe & following all the government advice. Stay safe, have a peaceful, happy Easter-as the Queen said the other night ‘We’ll meet again’ and continue our 5 year journey together. Mr Dunn
I don’t think any of us could have imagined the situation we are in, but we know that we will reach the other side. Remember that many people in our community will be feeling scared or lonely at this time, so anything that you can do to support your friends and family, even if it’s a quick message or phone call, will really help. Take care of yourselves, stay at home and stay safe.
Missing you all, hope to see you before too long.
Just to say that I hope you’re all doing ok and taking care. I know it’s a pain to be stuck in the house for so long but you’re giving the best gift to the world that you possibly could in staying inside and keeping safe. Keep in touch with people online if you can as that’s important just now and try to do something productive each day. Listen to music (lots of it!), read a book (lots of them!) and maybe even start a diary. You are living history and who knows, one day many years from now people might read your diary about what it was like to live through times such as these. See you as soon as it’s safe to do so, take care everyone! Miss Malcolmson x
We hope you are all keeping safe and managing to keep yourself occupied while following the government guidelines. We look forward to seeing you all and having you back all together. Learn something new, try something new-use this time to widen your talents. Sending love Mrs Corcoran and Mrs Denning.
I just wanted to say, in the short time that I have got to know you all, each and every one of you has made an impression on on me. I hope I have on you too, in a good way. It is out of our control that we are unable to build upon this. However, rest assured, we will pick up where we left off before these unprecedented times began. Please all stay safe, educate yourselves, talk to friends and family, listen to the advice given, if you need anything, get in touch and we may be over this, sooner rather than later. Have a fantastic Easter. Mrs Spears and Ms Long X
I hope you’ve managed to take in the events of the last few weeks and are not feeling too worried or anxious about what the future brings; you’re all strong enough to take whatever the world will throw at you. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to see each other again once things start to return to normal (and they will) and say goodbye properly. Most importantly, stay safe and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Mr Draper.
So please join us at 3pm in celebrating not just the St Anne Line family but the whole English Martyrs community.
Stay at Home – It has never been easier to save lives!
Sending love and prayers,
St Anne Line – Pray for Us.
English Martyrs – Pray for Us.
We come together at 3pm on Wednesday 8th April, to symbolise what would have been the day of St Anne Line Mass. We are to remember our school community, our loved ones, the people suffering from illness and the people who are going out their way to care.
In the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit. Amen.
Please light a candle and join in reading…………
FIRST READING – From the prophet Isaiah (50:4-9)
The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue.
So that I may know how to reply to the wearied
he provides me with speech.
Each morning he wakes me to hear,
to listen like a disciple.
The Lord has opened my ear.
For my part, I made no resistance,
Neither did I turn away.
I offered my back to those who struck me,
my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;
I did not cover my face
against insult and spittle.
The Lord comes to my help
so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint;
I know I shall not be shamed.
My vindicator is here at hand. Does anyone start my proceedings against me?
Then let us got to court together.
Who thinks he has a case against me?
Let him approach me.
The Lord is coming to my help, who dare condemn me?
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Ps 68
In your great love, O Lord, answer my prayer for your favour.
It is for you that I suffer taunts,
that shame covers my face,
that I have become a stranger to my brothers,
An alien to my own mother’s sons.
I burn with zeal for your house
And taunts against you fall on me. R/
Taunts have broken my heart;
I have reached the end of my strength.
I looked in vain for compassion,
for consolers; not one could I find.
For food they gave me poison;
in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink. R/
I will praise God’s name with a song;
I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
The poor when they see it will be glad
and God-seeking hearts will revive;
the Lord listens to the needy
and does not spur his servants in their chains. R/
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (26:14-25)
One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ ‘Go to so-and-so in the city’ he replied ‘and say to him, “The Master says: my time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.’” The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came he was at the table with the twelve disciples. And while they were eating he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me.’ They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn, ‘Not I, Lord, surely?’ He answered, ‘Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!’ Judas, who was to betray him, asked in turn, ‘Not I, Rabbi, surely?’ ‘They are your own words’ answered Jesus.
The Gospel of the Lord.
St Anne Line House Prayer
Lord, open our hearts and our minds.
Help us to value the knowledge and experience of others.
Help us to appreciate other people’s values; so that the breadth and depth of all our talents in St Anne Line House, our knowledge and experience, our innocence and enthusiasm, may enrich our community and bring us closer to you.
St Anne Line – Pray for Us
English Martyrs – Pray for Us.
In the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit. Amen.
As staff celebrated at 3pm, they sent in pictures of their candles in their homes. Here’s a little reflection video.