Author: Fr Reuben Gauci

10 reasons for an outdoor prayer space

If you have never run an outdoor prayer space, you might not know all the wonderful things it can do for children and young people, for the school and for your local community. As the weather warms up and the sun begins to shine more regularly, there is no better time to think about running an outdoor prayer space in your local school.

Here are 10 reasons why you might want to run an outdoor prayer space:

  1. Most of us feel better in all sorts of ways when we have spent time outdoors.  It has been scientifically proven that we feel calmer, happier, less stressed, and more creative when we are outdoors in natural environments. 
  2. Lots of people who believe in God say that they feel close to God outdoors. 
  3. People who don’t believe in God, often say that the outdoors is where they feel most spiritually alive. 
  4. All of us have experienced moments of awe and wonder in outdoor environments…
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Transition to a new phase of education

Each year hundreds of children leave their current school to move to a new, usually bigger, school. The transition from one school to another is an important milestone for children of all ages. Although change is a normal part of life and can provide opportunities for children and young people to develop their resilience, research shows that transition is a stressful time.

Whether a child or a young person is starting primary school, secondary school, further education, changing schools or leaving schools for university or work, this transition period needs to be carefully managed… Read more »

First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion is a very important moment for the Christian. Many people have very beautiful memories of this moment. Many students celebrate their first Holy Communion during May or June in their parish community. Here you will find resources related to a thanksgiving Mass and other celebrations.

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Resources related to a thanksgiving Mass for students who received their First Holy Communion… Read more »

Life

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

We are his people, the sheep of his flock

1. Let us open our hearts to receive God’s Word
  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand… Read more »

May – The month of Mary our Mother

During the month of May, many school communities celebrate the crowning of Mary our mother. During the celebration, when it is possible, a statue of the Blessed Virgin is crowned with a garland or crown of flowers honouring Mary as “the Queen of May.” It is a moment where students can learn about Mary and how Mary can help them to become better persons. Here you can find some celebrations and resources related to the crowning of Mary… Read more »

Your Precious Feedback for 2021-2022

As we evaluate this scholastic year and look ahead to the next one, we would like to listen to your feedback regarding certain aspects of our support to you and your school. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as it helps us to serve you better. Please answer the questions below in your preferred language. Thank you for your participation. If you want to talk to Fr Reuben Gauci, you can call on 25906153 / 79058498 or send an email at [email protected]Read more »

An inspiring webinar about Lent at Home

On Monday 7th and 14th of March 2022, the Spiritual Development in Schools team within the Archdiocese of Malta, organized a webinar for parents and caregivers with the theme: ‘How are we going to live Lent at home?’ The guest speaker was Ms Mariella Catania.

In this webinar, Ms Catania gave a very practical, knowledgeable, and interesting talk about the liturgical season of Lent, it’s meaning and spirit as a period of preparation and spiritual growth before the celebration of Easter… Read more »

Pope Francis in Malta – Ilkoll Aħwa

His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to the Republic of Malta from the 2nd  to 3rd  April 2022. The theme of the apostolic journey is: “They showed us unusual kindness.”

An Opportunity to Learn and to Express ourselves

The visit is an opportunity to learn about attitudes that Pope Francis encourages us to live together as brothers and sisters. The Church in Malta and Gozo would like to invite children, adolescents and youth in all State, Church and Independent schools to grow in the attitudes of Pope Francis… Read more »

Bridging the extremes!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

 The Lord is my light and salvation

1. Let us open our hearts to receive God’s Word
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white… Read more »

Starting 2022 Lent with Solidarity Cards for Children in Ukraine

On Thursday, 3rd and Friday, 4th March 2022, the start of Holy Lent, a group of Form 4 (year 10) R.E. students at St. Margaret College Secondary School Verdala, celebrated the beginning of Holy Lent by committing themselves to think more of Ukraine people in their daily prayers. Senior teacher Martin Azzopardi sdc invited his students to reflect upon Pope Francis’ message for Holy Ash Wednesday… Read more »