Our Daily Catholic Journey
We are a Catholic School. Everything that happens here is informed by Gospel Values and the teachings of Jesus.
Our belief in God isn't limited merely to the ‘spiritual’ world or what we do in Mass or school Collective Worship, but permeates all aspects of our lives as responsible global citizens. We teach the children about the dignity of the human person, how we are called to live as family and community, about rights and responsibilities, that we are called to stewardship, our responsibility for the poor and vulnerable, about the dignity and rights of workers and about solidarity and the promotion of peace.
Holy Family provides an education, based on the values of living life through Christ. The shared dedication of our wonderful staff team is an essential factor in maintaining our excellent standards; we want our pupils to learn, to grow and to be inspired by Gospel values, so that they can reflect God's love in their everyday lives.
OUR PARISH PRIEST
As a Catholic school we have very strong links with our local Parish church: The Holy Family & All Saints.
Fr Nixon Gomes, the parish priest is a wonderful asset to the school who celebrates mass with the children, supports the school as a Governor and enjoys being part of the school community.
Our Prayer Life
Prayer is central to our everyday life at Holy Family. We believe that prayer brings us closer to God. We pray at different times of the day, sometimes as a personal prayer, sometimes as a collective prayer. We pray for ourselves and the needs of others. Our prayers are said to give thanks (thanksgiving), to ask for help (petition), to say sorry (confession), and praise God for his greatness (adoration). HFS has a booklet of prayers that are learned by the children as they progress through the school. By year 6 they will know all of them.
Prayers said by the children each day
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Grace before Lunch
Bless us O Lord, as we sit together,
Bless the food we eat today,
Bless the hands that make the food,
Bless O Lord, Amen.
End of Day Prayer
God our Father, we come to say
Thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family
And all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night,
And in the morning send your light.
The children are also taught the key prayers of our faith:
The Our Father
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen
The Glory Be
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Each week our newsletter gives information about the Gospel for that week. The Wednesday Word is also sent with the newsletter. Families can join in using the resources.
Parents and the Parish are invited to attend Mass at the school.
Prayer Focus Area
Throughout the school we have dedicated prayer focus areas. In some areas the focus will remain the same, for instance to Our Lady, in other areas they will change to reflect the Liturgical calendar.
Each class has a Liturgical display box that contains everything they need to keep class prayer areas up to date and reflective of the Come and See theme or liturgical calendar theme.
In every class, children learn all about their special Saints. Through studying the lives of the Saints we all learn to live in God's love. We use the example of the Saints and Feast Days to help us be more like Jesus, and we do this so that we can help grow our school family, and the wider community. We have many role models to help us: many saints to guide us.
Below is a copy of the School Prayer book that has all the prayers said in school.
The Mark 10 Mission
We utilise this fantastic resource in our class worship, our assemblies and in our prayers. It is full of engaging resources that allow the children to express their faith in a joyous and meaningful way.
The school has decided to introduce prayer partners across the school, so that each class can pray with a partner and build upon the knowledge and love of Christ.
We really wanted the children to work together and pray together so that that they always have somebody they call on in times of need. Some of the older children can assist the younger children with prayers they haven't learnt properly, and introduce them to new prayers.
This time of reflection will be performed each half term to allow the children to bond and grow in the love of God.