‘Together in God’s loving family, we believe, we learn, we grow.’
Catholic Life of St Pius X Catholic Primary School
St. Pius X is a Catholic Primary School, our community is united by its faith in Jesus whose values we both teach and live by. We encourage everyone to share, grow and flourish in faith and love. This is encapsulated by our Mission Statement: Together in God’s loving family, we believe, we learn, we grow.
Prayer time at St. Pius X provides opportunities for spiritual growth and development through participation in a variety of forms of worship and all forms of prayer – formal, informal, spontaneous, private, shared and meditative. We aim to help the children value and respect the power of prayer and to use it to help strengthen the children’s relationship with God.
We want to be a praying community. It is important for children to know the ‘formal’ prayers of the church which we may all pray together and which we all hear and say with the parish / family communities outside school. We also value ‘formal’ prayers which have been written especially for children and which hold meaning for them. With these two aspects in mind, we aim to teach particular prayers to the children.
Children are encouraged to develop their individual prayer life through daily participation in collective worship, grace before meals and afternoon prayer. We teach children that prayer does not only mean ‘formal’ prayers. We do hope to help each other to listen to God speaking to us and to respond in our hearts and minds during moments or stillness, reflection and silence. We also encourage prayer writing by the children themselves.
ST. PIUS X ‘VALUES’
At St. Pius X, the children are taught to know by heart the following prayers:
The Sign of the Cross
The Lord’s Prayer
The Hail Mary Grace before/after meals
Home time prayer
Praying of the Rosary
Responses to the Mass
PARISH AND SCHOOL LINKS
We enjoy regular visits from our Parish Priest, Fr. Paul Cracknell, who comes into school to celebrate Mass each term. He takes time to talk to the children and staff and attends a variety of school events throughout the year. Children also have the opportunity to visit the parish church where they learn about the church’s history, look at artefacts, furniture and learn about the various items used during Mass.
We have a full programme of whole school and class Masses led by the Fr. Paul and the children. Children prepare their Readings and ‘Prayers of the Faithful’ for their class Masses. Children across all year groups participate in whole class worship on a daily basis. We start each new week with whole school worship in the form of a liturgy lead by the Head Teacher. Each class also takes turn to prepare their special class assembly, presented to the whole school and parents. These assemblies are based on the current RE topic and make clear links to our school ethos and our school values.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CURRICULUM - SUMMER TERM 2017
A HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
Welcome to our Year of Mercy 2015-2016 page. On this page you will find some links and ideas to support you during the Year of Mercy; which was declared as a Jubilee year by Pope Francis in March 2015. A jubilee year is called by the church to receive a blessing and pardon from God; this jubilee year begins on December 8, 2015 and will close on November 20, 2016, the feast of Christ the King. The Holy Year of Mercy celebrates being a witness of mercy and invites us all to follow the example of God as merciful, forgiving and loving followers.
Please see the weblink below to the Vatican homepage for the Jubilee Year.
What is Mercy?
Mercy is acts of love by which we care for the bodily and spiritual needs of others. Being merciful frequently includes forgiveness of others, just as God the Father demonstrates forgiveness of our sins through love.
|Corporal Acts of Mercy||Spiritual Acts of Mercy|
|1. To feed the hungry.||1. To instruct the ignorant.|
|2. To give drink to the thirsty.||2. To counsel the doubtful.|
|3. To clothe the naked.||3. To admonish sinners.|
|4. To Shelter the Homeless||4. To bear wrongs patiently|
|5. To visit the sick.||5. To forgive offences willingly|
|6. To visit the imprisoned||6. To comfort the afflicted.|
|7. To bury the dead||7. To pray for the living and the dead|
Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica,
inaugurating the Jubilee of Mercy.
At St Pius X we have been learning the Year of Mercy prayer. We say this together at different times during the school day. You may like to share this prayer with your child at home. Please feel free to ask if you would like a copy of the prayer sent home.
Our special Holy Door of Mercy
The children of Year 6 were given the task of creating a school Holy Door, based on the Holy Door at St. Pauls’ in the Vatican, it celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The children worked hard to produce a stunning design. Our Holy Door was blessed by Fr. Pius after our end of term Mass on the 23rd March 2016.
The blessing was a joyous occasion which helped the children not only reflect on the themes of mercy and reconciliation but also their relationship with God.