Welcome to our school’s Catholic Life page.
Congratulations to those children who made their first confessions last night at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It was a lovely, reflective service in which the children were invited to think about what they were sorry for and the things that they might want to improve at in their lives. Many thanks to Fr Tony, Fr Jason and Fr Cornelius for hearing their confessions and making this a very special day for all involved.
Adoration and Benediction
Yesterday, Father Tony came into to school for an Adoration and Benediction Service with KS2. Year 4 learnt all about the different artefacts used and the meanings behind them as part of their RE curriculum and then the whole of KS2 took part in a service of praise, worship, adoration and Benediction. The children really enjoyed and appreciated this opportunity to spend this quiet, prayerful time in the presence of Jesus.
Rosary group are thinking particularly about the Joyful mysteries of Jesus’ life as we enter the Month of May and celebrate the Easter season. Rosary group runs on a Friday lunchtime and we hope to see as many of you there as possible next week to help celebrate this joyous season.
Happy Easter and Month of May
Welcome back to school and a Happy Easter to you all. In school, we are entering the month of May, which means we have a special focus on Our Lady. We will be singing Marian hymns and saying Marian prayers such as the Hail Mary and The Memorare as well as having the opportunity to say the Rosary weekly.
On the 13th May, we have our ‘Crowning of Mary’ Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, this will be led by Y1 children in St Faustina class.
We ask and encourage parents and children to bring in flowers throughout the month of May to place around the statue of Mary outside of school.
Advent and Christmas Season
At school, we are busily preparing for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. The children have begun their work on the season of Advent in RE lessons and have decorated their classrooms with Jesse Trees and Nativity scenes.
As part of the season of Advent, we will be celebrating Masses and services at these times:
Monday 10th December 9:10 am – Advent Mass (Prepared by the Liturgy Group for the whole school)
Monday 17th December 9:10 am – Christmas Mass (Whole School)
Friday 21st December 2 pm – Carols Around the Tree (Whole School)
We warmly invite all parents to join us for these special celebrations at this time of year.
The Liturgy Group will also be preparing an Advent Prayer Service for the final week of term at lunchtime.
Altar Server Training
Many Thanks to Fr Tony for training up this years group of Altar Servers. 11 children joined Fr Tony in the hall after last week’s Mass to be trained in setting up for Mass and how to assist during Mass. A rota will be coming out in the children’s book bags to tell parents which Masses your children will be serving at
Harvest Charity Collections – CAFOD Fayre and Foodbank Collection
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to our Harvest Collections this year and a big thank you to the children in year 4 who ran such a brilliant and successful CAFOd Fayre. We raised £453.75 for CAFOD – an increase of £121.28 on our previous year’s collection. Another thank you to those who donated much-needed items to the food bank, these were presented in our Harvest Mass, which was led by St Thesera’s class, with Father Tony and have now been delivered to the food bank. Well done to all involved!
Rosary Group – Fridays
As we enter the month of October, we are reminded that it is the month of the Most Holy Rosary. We make a special effort this month to pray a decade of the Rosary at least once a week. It was great to see so many of you praying the Rosary at lunch time today and look forward to seeing you in the courtyard at 12:45 pm on Friday next week.
Adoration with Arch-Bishop Bernard Longley
We were lucky enough to take part in adoration with other schools from across the Diocese. Via a live link, we were able to join the Arch-Bishop for a half an hour Adoration service, which involved singing, prayer and spending some time in quiet contemplation in the Real Presence of Christ. Thanks to Fr Tony who also joined us to lead the service in school.
This year, we are increasing the number of prayers that children need to know by heart. We will be learning these prayers in school but would encourage you to use them in daily family prayer. After Christmas, we will be asking children to produce designs to reflect the content of each prayer and the winning designs will be displayed in classrooms.
Please see the PowerPoints on this web page to find out which prayers your children are learning this year.
We go to say the Rosary on a Friday lunchtime. We say one Our Father and 10 Hail Mary’s. As well as that we think about what season it is (Lent we say the Sorrowful Mysteries, Easter – Glorious Mysteries, Christmas – Joyful Mysteries etc.) Two children from the Liturgy group lead saying the Rosary.