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Catholic Life

Catholic Life

All at St John Fisher are proud of our Catholic school and work as a community to grow in God’s love and be his witnesses to the world.

At St John Fisher we are dedicated to developing the spiritual life of the whole school community. We provide opportunities for children and staff to not only learn about faith but to incorporate it into their daily lives in a meaningful way.

Our Catholic Life is celebrated each month, see the attached posters of what has been happening in school and beyond…

School Chaplaincy Team

Chaplaincy Team

Our Chaplaincy Team is committed to supporting the spiritual and Catholic Life of pupils and staff of our school. The team offers opportunities for all to experience different forms of prayer, including formal prayer, meditative prayer and liturgy. Our Chaplaincy Team meet every Monday after school with Mrs Blurton and Farmer to plan, organise and discuss events and ways to support the Catholic Life of our school.

The role of a Chaplain is to serve as a member of their Chaplaincy Team to support the Catholic Life of the school.

  • The Chaplaincy Team are entrusted with the responsibility of:
  • Supporting the school in emphasising its spirituality and Catholicity as set out in the school’s mission statement
  • Supporting and encouraging the school’s pastoral care for the whole school, pupils, staff and parents
  • Assisting with the delivery and development of the prayer life of the school supporting assemblies, class prayer times and prayer groups
  • Promoting, planning and organising the celebration of liturgies and co-operating with others in developing the school as a Christian community
  • Monitoring and evaluating classroom prayer areas, school display and liturgies
  • Organising and leading a variety of events to support local, national and international charities, for example: CAFOD; Rainbows; Doorways; Padley Centre; Project Arusha

Prayers

At Saint John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, children are encouraged to pray in a variety of ways. Below are some of the more traditional prayers that we say and sometimes sing in school. We also encourage our pupils to create their own prayers.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son
and if the Holy Spirit
Amen.

Hail Mary

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.

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.

Morning Prayer

Father in heaven, you love me,
you are with me night and day.
I want to love you always
in all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father,
bless me through the day.
Amen

Evening Prayer

God our Father, I 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.
Amen.

Grace before Meals Prayer

Bless us, O God, as we sit together. 
Bless the food we eat today. 
Bless the hands that made the food. 
Bless us, O God. 
Amen

Grace after Meals Prayer

Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten. 
Thank you, God, for all our friends. 
Thank you, God, for everything, 
Thank you God.
Amen.

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. 
Amen.

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