Welcome to St Cecilia’s Chaplaincy team.
Here at school we are part of the world wide Catholic Community. We are one big family working together and supporting each other to the best we can spiritually be. Everything that is done at St Cecilia’s is based on the teachings of Christ that are found in the Gospels. As the Lord says ‘It is not Gods will that anybody is lost’, (Matthew 18:14 )
Our daily prayers in form time, class time and assemblies help us to build friendships with God and each other. We reflect on the Gospel and religious scripture throughout the week. Prayers and assemblies are prepared and led by SLT, form teachers, Chaplaincy and students. Mass is celebrated every week with a different year with forms from those years taking the lead in the mass. The mass is led each week by one of our local parish Priests.
Each year we celebrate our Year 7 Welcome Mass and Whole School Mass. These are lovely opportunities to be together in faith as a community.
There are masses throughout the year for special occasions and our own intentions. We welcome Year 7 pupils, parents and carers into our faith community by way of our Year 7 Welcome Mass. The highlight of the year being the whole school mass where we gather in the sports hall to thank God for all our talents.
We deepen our faith with special retreat days that are held in school with guest speakers who help us to develop a better understanding of God’s word and to allow God into our hearts and lives. There are also other retreat days for example Castlerigg for Year 8 students.
The word of God is a textbook from which we should live our lives and we do this through our regular charity work in school. These works include Caritas and St Joseph’s Penny, CAFOD and other designated charities of the students choice. This allows us as a school to encourage friendship and to make a difference in both school and the world we live in.
Our Chaplaincy Crew are a pupil led group that aims to develop a better understanding with God and themselves, thinking about the school and the wider community, and their influence on people and nature on God’s earth.
We are inspired by Pope Francis’ message of ‘Laudato Si’, introduced to all our pupils during retreat days at the beginning of each year, which calls us to think about the creation and not planting seeds for growth but seeds for growth of mindset; to become caretakers for our ‘common earth’, encouraging all students to take responsibility for their environment and other creatures that share our earth. Many of our school initiatives stem from the inspiration of the Chaplaincy Crew who encourage and promote world thinking and making a positive difference in our school, not just in our community but in the world.
The Chaplaincy crew are responsible for the setting up of mass and promote their own training.
Each year group at St Cecilia’s is responsible for a particular aspect of the world and environment:
Year 7 Faith and fundraising in the school community
Year 8 Faith and fundraising in the wider community
Year 9 Faith and ecology in the local community
Year 10 Faith and ecology in the global community
Year 11 Faith and wellbeing in the school community
Some of our initiatives that follow on form this message include:
- Macmillan Coffee Afternoon – pupils marketed, advertised, baked and ran the entire event and raised £521 in only two hours
- Christmas Appeals – pupils will be raising awareness for our three charitable causes: Rock FM Toy Appeal, Animal Welfare and The Salvation Army Food Bank in Preston
- Poppy Appeals – pupils will forfeit breaktimes in order to volunteer their time and efforts to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal
- Brazil Project – pupils will forge links with schools in Brazil in order to develop a better sense and understanding of education issues around the world
- CAFOD Global Youth Work – pupils will utilise retreat days to develop initiatives with CAFOD around forging relationships and humanity coming together to solve issues around the world
- IMPACT – pupils work with IMPACT to create a sense of responsibility through Catholic Youth.
- Christmas Card Appeal – pupils will write and deliver 1,000 Christmas cards and deliver gifts to the community, including three local care homes.
- Christmas Gift Wrapping Service -pupils will raise funds for charities by offering their services in wrapping gifts in the community
- Christmas Bingo, Raffle and Refreshments – pupils will bring families in the community together to celebrate Christmas
- The Chaplaincy crew also take responsibility for working in the local environment this includes gardening, maintaining the wellbeing garden and local projects involving other local schools.