Key Events in Our Liturgical Calendar
Mass Dates for the Academic Year 2017 -18
Mass for the beginning of the school year: Monday, September 11th @ 11:30 am
Harvest Mass: Monday, October 9th @ 11:30 am
All Saints*: Wednesday, November 1st @ 9:15 am
Advent Mass: Monday, December 4th @11:30 am
Ash Wednesday Mass: Wednesday, February 14th @11:30 am
Feast of St Peter and Paul*: Friday, June 29th @ 9:15 am
Mass for the end of the school year: Monday, July 9th @ 11:30 am
* (with St Dominic’s Primary)
Festival of Carols and Readings: Monday, December 11th @7:00 pm
Stations of the Cross: Wednesday, March 28th @2:30 pm
Stations of the Cross: Our Year 9’s participation in the cross-curricular project of the Stations of the Cross is now in its eleventh year; it involves a collaboration between religious studies, art and the music departments and has become something of a tradition at our school.
During the Spring Term and inspired by a particular artist or style, or indeed by a particular theme, pupils work to create a set of Stations for the school's devotional service, held on the last day of term.
Each year a different focus is chosen; in recent years we have travelled to Westminster Cathedral and Manchester’s ‘Hidden Gem,’ also the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool which houses the highly acclaimed Sean Rice sculptures of the Passion for inspiration. In 2017 the school was kindly offered the artwork of a professional artist, Nigel Robert Pugh, an abstract artist who is hugely influenced by colour and by religious symbolism, which was apparent in this series of his paintings.
The artwork was displayed in the School Library which was opened to the public for viewing; the students then started to work from them for a period of 2 days. Students found the exhibition very inspiring and produced some meaningful pieces for the end of term devotional service.
Lenten Lunches: As part of our Lenten observance, before our Easter break all pupils in the seniors give up one Friday lunchtime to join with their form teacher and friends in eating a simple bread and cheese lunch. The purpose of the lunch is to eat simply and in solidarity with those less fortunate. The money usually spent on a school lunch or lunch brought from home is given up in exchange for some bread and cheese and this, in turn, will help the poor of the developing world, through the work of CAFOD.
Sacramental Life: Children will be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation in their RE lessons in the Prep Department. These Sacraments are received by the children in the Summer Term.