And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Our School Mission Statement, Put out into the Deep, has implications for all of us that go beyond our school environment. We recognise that each one of our pupils exist as part of society. Every individual has a duty to share in promoting the welfare of the community and a right to benefit from that welfare. This applies at every level: local, national and international.
Catholic Life 2018-19
125th Anniversary Mass
On the 19th September the whole school community gathered together with past members of staff to celebrate a special Mass of thanksgiving on the 125th Anniversary of the opening of St James's school. Bishop John Wilson and our four local Parish Priest and a local Deacon joined us to celebrate Mass. Each year group prepared a piece of art to show different parts of life at St James's, which were presented on display during Mass. Year Six took a lead with the readings, Prayers of the Faithful, serving and presenting the offertory gifts on this special occasion.
After Mass, the school was re-blessed by Bishop John and Fr Ulick. Bishop John then met with the Reception children, who sung him the song 'Jesus love is very wonderful'.
Year Four, Five and Six Mass
Years Four, Five and Six joined together with parents for a Mass reflecting on the theme of 'love'. Canon Peter Newby joined us to celebrate Mass, and invited the children to reflect on how we live out the message Jesus gave us of 'Love one another'. Children from Year Five helped to lead Mass on this occasion by sharing the readings, bringing up the offertory gifts and reading the Prayers of the Faithful.
During the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary, children from across the school met together once a week to pray a decade of the rosary for the school’s intentions. Children brought along their own rosaries and spend a sometime praying together seeking the guidance and prayers of Mary.
Rosary Prayer Pack
During October, each child was able to take home their class Prayer Pack. This pack included blue fabric, a small candle, a rosary and some prayer cards. Families spent time in prayer at home, and then shared their own prayer in the class prayer book, asking for the intercession of Mary. Each child then shared their prayers with their class the next day.
Fr Ulick joined the whole school community for Mass to mark the Solemnity of All Saints. For the first time Reception joined the school for this special Occasion. Fr Ulick reminded the children how we can all be 'Saint-like' through the small things we do by living a holy life and being kind to others. Children from Year Four confidently read the readings and Prayers of the Faithful during Mass.