Collective Worship at STM
Ash Wednesday Mass 22nd February 2023
Today, we commemorate the beginning of the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday Mass, celebrate by Father Jonathon. The children read beautifully, the rest of the school sang and responded to the prayers with love. Father Jonathon reminded us of the importance of reflecting on how we can live like Jesus by remembering to Do more to Be more during this time. The children received their ashes with a solemn reminder of human mortality and the need for reconciliation with God.
Year 6 Mass - Thursday 19th January 2023
Today, our Year 6 children joined the parishioners at St Thomas More Church to celebrate Mass with Father Jonathon. The children attended the memorial of St Wulfstan who was bishop of Worcester.
New Year Mass- Baptism of Our Lord Monday 9th January 2023
Today we celebrated our new calendar year with our whole school mass. Father Jonathon celebrated with us focusing on the Baptism of our Lord. We listened to the word of how John was willing to Do More and Be More for Jesus by baptising Jesus to which God was pleased. We took time to reflect on forgiveness as well as new beginnings in order to grow closer to God. This reflects our Human Dignity and how we are made in the image and likeness of God.
"13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Benediction Friday 16th December 2022
Today, we came together as a school family to join Father Jonathon in Benediction. The children were incredible being still and silent in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. The children joined in with the Tantum Ergo and the Divine Praises. What a beautiful way to end the term with a moment to express our Human Dignity by uniting together with Jesus. The children finished the service with a beautiful rendition of 'Do you hear what I hear.'
All Saints Day Mass Tuesday 1st November 2022
To celebrate All Saints, Fr Michael celebrated Mass in school for all of us. His homily was that the saints message was clear as a bell. If we are to strive to be saints, we too must be clear and ring out true.
We sang When the Saints Go Marching In! All of us, staff and children alike will try to be saint like this month.
Class Act of Worship
Every Tuesday and Thursday, a child from each class prepare and lead an Act of Worship based either on the Gospel for the day or a Gospel that relates to them. The children discuss the Gospel through reading and pictures as well as sharing their own intentions and for the wider community. The children display Human Dignity and Subsidiarity through their leadership and mediation skills.
We have Benediction three times a year. At the end of Autumn term. Easter Term and it is always the last thing we do as a school community at the end of the year. Thank you Father Jonathon for guiding us in our faith journey in understanding the importance of Benediction.
Gospel assembly: Monday
Each week, our Year 6 prefects meet together to plan a Gospel assembly that is delivered every Monday morning. During the assembly, the children reflect on a picture of the Gospel, read the Gospel and apply their learning through talk. The children make links to the Gospel by focusing on a word and how they are going to apply their gift at home, school and the wider community.
Expectation assembly: Wednesday
Every Wednesday, Mrs Coward and Mr Davies deliver Expectations assembly. In the assembly there are links made to our UNICEF rights, aspects of Catholic Social Teaching that we live by and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural links. It is our mission to demonstrate solidarity, common good, life and dignity, participation, option for the poor and vulnerable, rights and responsibilities and dignity.
Achievement assembly: Friday
Every Friday, Mrs Lodge and Mr Dobson deliver an assembly all around the week's achievement. It is a celebration for those who have achieved their Outstanding Learners badges after receiving 3 Outstanding Learner stickers. We give thanks for all of our achievements in this assembly and recognise that they are God given.
Class Assembly: Friday
Throughout the school year each class plan their Act of Worship around a theme relating to the Bible. The assembly is delivered to parents incorporating different ways of demonstrating how we worship God through hymn, prayer, action, poetry and dance. The children are proud to lead their assemblies and showcase their religious knowledge. It is the children's mission to demonstrate Solidarity, common good, life and dignity, participation, option for the poor and vulnerable, rights and responsibilities and dignity.