September 2017 - Welcome to a New School Year at St Mary’s!
As we are a Catholic school, we follow the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church and in this time between September and Christmas, we will be resuming the Parish Masses in the St Joseph’s Centre on a Wednesday at 9.15am during term time. At each Mass one of our classes join the parishioners to pray, worship and sing together. This is a lovely time for the children as they only have to ‘attend’ Mass and not be too involved except to learn the responses and actions which are part of the Mass, which is at the centre of our faith.
At the end of September, some of our pupils who have been preparing since February will celebrate their First Holy Communion in Holy Family Church, Patchway, which is our Parish Church.
During the term some of our classes will be preparing and celebrating the Class Saint, in a Class Mass to which parents are invited. This is a good opportunity for the children to ‘take ownership’ of the class dedicated saint and learn more about them and reflect on them in their own lives and actions.
Once the October break is over, the focus turns very much towards our school celebration of Advent, with Advent assemblies and meditations, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and focusing on the ‘true’ meaning of Christmas. The children learn about the characters involved in the Christmas Story and are taught why the birth of Our Saviour Jesus Christ is so important, especially in the KS1 Nativity Play. The KS2 pupils focus on their Carol Service, by writing some of the meditations and scripts in their lessons, as well as learning Carols and songs to reflect the Christmas Story. The Carol Service takes place in Holy Family Church in December and is open to parents, parishioners and the local community.
I look forward to being a part of the many Masses / Services / Sacraments and activities which reflect our faith and love of God, the school community, the parish community and the world in which we live.
Fr Eugene Campbell (School Chaplain)
In March we had our RE lesson at Holy Family Church. Father Eugene was there to meet us, and we learned all about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which is especially important to Year 3 this year, as we prepare for our first Holy Communion. Fr. Eugene showed us the Confession box, and explained how the Sacrament happened.