Catholic Life of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School

The following statement is taken from our school's Instrument of Governance:

St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The School is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Westminster and in particular:

  1. religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;
  2. religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;

and at all times the School is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please click on the 'Prayer and Worship' and 'Religious Education' links to find out more about how we strive to serve as witnesses to our Catholic faith.

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a form of prayer used traditionally in Lent. Each of the 14 Stations retells part of Jesus’ Passion (his suffering and death) through images and words. These Stations of the Cross introduce children to Jesus’ Passion, breaking it down into stages that they can reflect upon and remember. The Stations are more than the retelling of a story: they are a prayerful participation in the event that lies at the heart of Christianity – Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

As part of our Lenten experience, the children were asked to create their own interactive Stations of the Cross journey. Each class took a station and were encouraged to be as creative as possible in exploring its significance in the Easter Story.

The atmosphere in the hall was one of reflection and respect, awe and wonder. 

The hall was in darkness, lit by candle light with Taize music quietly playing in the background. It was beautiful to watch the children spending time reflecting and praying with their friends. This was a lovely way for us to mark the significance and sacrifice Jesus made and for the children to understand its importance.

Year of Pilgrimage: January - December 2022

A pilgrimage is often described as a holy or spiritual journey. Over the past two years, the journeys that we might normally have made, whether that be to a holiday or pilgrimage destination, have often been thwarted; but nevertheless, our spiritual journey continues. Ultimately, each of us is on a life-long pilgrimage journey to heaven. Between January - December 2022, we will be taking the  children on an exciting pilgrimage journey, from the comfort of school, through special assemblies, prayer and worship and activities in class. 

Every long journey starts with planning the route. In order that you and your children know where we are planning to take you on this pilgrimage journey, we have a Year of Pilgrimage Map where you can see all of our ‘stopping places’ on the journey.

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Year of Pilgrimage Song

You are the way to our Father above!

Jesus send Your Spirit, help our hearts to love.

You are alive! You’re our friend and our guide.

We can always trust in you as you’re here by our side!

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Catholic Life of the School: Prayer Services 2022

The children and staff are delighted to invite parents and carers to join us in prayer and worship at our forthcoming Prayers Services the dates of which are as follows:

Robins

Friday 4th March 3pm

Goldfinches

Friday 11th March 3pm

Swifts

Friday 18th March 3pm

Sparrows

Friday 25th March 3pm

Kestrels

Friday 29th April 3pm

Swans

Friday 20th May 3pm

Ducklings

Thursday 8th June 9.15am

Herons

Friday 10th June 3pm

Kingfishers

Friday 17th June 3pm

 

 

 

Lenten Appeal 2022 – One Community

This year our school is participating in the Lenten Appeal which is led by the Catholic Children’s Society, a charity which helps children and families living in poverty in the UK. Through their services they also help children overcome disadvantage, achieve their full potential and have better chances in life. As Lent is a time of giving, we ask that you donate what you can to this great cause. Each child will receive a Catholic Children's Society Lenten box. We ask that all boxes are returned to the school office no later than Wednesday 30th March.

If you would like to know more about our chosen Lenten Appeal for 2022, then please click here.

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Lent 2022

The forty days of Lent are an opportunity to change our daily lives and become even closer to God. We can do a range of things to help us to be more like Jesus. 

Challenge yourself this Lent by trying our Lenten Doodle!

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Certificate of Appreciation 

St John's Hospice sent us this special certificate of appreciation in recognition for taking part in their Light Up a Life event and for raising an amazing £210.75 in aid of the hospice.