The Spirit hovered over the waters’ Genesis 1:2
Over the course of the last academic year, you have been using this website to aid your form time liturgies each morning. The focus of our liturgies and reflection have been ‘Come to the Water.’
Water is essential for life. Without it, we die. It quenches our thirst, it cleanses us, it gives life to all things.
The waters of Baptism symbolise dying to an old life of sin and being ‘reborn’ in the Holy Spirit.
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labour on what does not satisfy?
During this time, we have reflected on the waters of baptism, we will think about the Holy Spirit and the impact that the Holy Spirit has on our lives. We have prayed for those who go without water, and reflected on what it means to ‘thirst for righteousness.’ Matthew 5:6
We have supported Missio and the Peru project and ensured that we help those who go without clean water.
As we come to the end of the Academic year, we come together to celebrate our End of Year Mass. This is an opportunity for each of us within the Carmel College community to give thanks to the Lord for all the blessings he was bestowed on us this year.
The Bishop along with our deanery priests will lead us in our Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday 19th July. We will use the ‘Come to the Water’ theme for our Mass.
Use this website to help you prepare for the End of Year Mass, take the time to reflect on the readings and prayers and to partcipate fully in the preparations for this very special celebration.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah
Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John +
Glory to You, O Lord
Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well is there and Jesus, tired
by the journey, sat straight down by the well. It was about the sixth
hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to
her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy
food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “What? You are a Jew and
you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink?” – Jews, in fact, do not
associate with Samaritans. Jesus replied:
“If you only knew what God is offering
and who it is that is saying to you:
Give me a drink,
you would have been the one to ask,
and he would have given you living water.”
“You have no bucket, sir and the well is deep: how
could you get this living water? Are you a greater man than our father
Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons
and his cattle?”
“Whoever drinks this water
will get thirsty again;
but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give
will never be thirsty again:
the water that I shall give
will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.”
“Sir,” said the woman, “give me some of that water, so that I may
never get thirsty and never have to come here again to draw water. I
see you are a prophet, sir. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain.
“I know that Messiah – that is, Christ – is
coming; and when he comes he will tell us everything.” “I who am
speaking to you,” said Jesus, “I am he.”
Many Samaritans of that town had believed in him on the strength
of the woman’s testimony, so, when the Samaritans came up to him.
they begged him to stay with them. He stayed for two days, and when
he spoke to them many more came to believe; and they said to the
woman, “Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we
have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
For the EYM this year, we are asking every single member of our community to sign their name on either a shell, a fish or a water droplet. This is to symbolise that we are all called to ‘come to the water.’ The Lord calls us each by name to place our trust in him. By writing our names and having these displayed together, we celebrate our individuality, our gifts and talents and our shared vision of mercy for others. This will then be scanned into the system and eventually ironed onto banners displayed at the mass.
We also ask each member of our community to write their own personal prayer on the outline of a fish. This can be a formal prayer, perhaps a name of a loved one or simply a word or symbol. These fish will form as part of our display at the front of the Altar.
Jesus said ‘Put out your nets for a catch.’ May we, on our Mass trust in the Lord, that if we put out into the waters of His love, He will walk with us and hear our prayers.