Our Journey Through Advent
School, Parish and Community Events: All are very welcome!
During this Advent term, we are focusing upon Bishop Patrick’s letter to the young people around 'ENCOUNTER'.
From his recent letter, Bishop Patrick would like to “ensure that our schools help our children to discover more deeply, the importance of a personal ENCOUNTER with Christ, so that they can become convinced that they are each loved by God and are invited to grow in their relationship with Him. Bishop Patrick would like to see the development of times of Eucharistic Adoration in our parishes, schools and chaplaincies”.
Are you Advent ready?
This Sunday marks the beginning of the special season of Advent. Mrs. Lund and the Chaplaincy Team invite you all to come along and ‘Stay and Pray’ during this holy season of preparation. Weekly Advent Collective Worship will take place each Monday, where the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love will be explored and the weekly Advent missions set thereafter. Messages via Class Dojo will be sent out to keep you up to date with other class liturgy times, so please know that you are, as always, most welcome to share in the prayer journey that we embark on as Catholics and Christians at this time.
We begin this journey together on Monday with our Chaplaincy team leading Collective Worship. Everyone in our school parish community will contribute their gifts throughout Advent to show that we are all truly ENCOUNTERING Christ. The full joy of this season will be REVEALED in our school parish Mass on 21st December Response to the Mission: Christ the King
How will we encounter Jesus at Advent?
To help with the preparations over the next two weeks, here’s a list of dates and events to which you are warmly invited to attend:
Mon 10th Dec: Foundation Stage Nativity dress rehearsal @ 9.15am
10am Y5 out at All Saints ‘Dick Whittington’ pantomime
2:45pm 2nd week in Advent assembly- Y4- all welcome
Tues 11th Dec:
Penitential Services: FS & KS1 @ 9am- all welcome KS2 @ 9:30am
Wed 12th Dec:
2pm Choir to sing carols before Nativity
2:30pm Foundation Nativity (children to go home in costume and come to school on Wednesday wearing it- uniform to be brought to school in a bag)
Thurs 13th Dec:
9:15am Foundation Nativity (choir singing carols beforehand)
9-10:30am Y5 Play leader training
2:30pm Music concert for everyone (band, choir)
Fri 14th Dec:
Forest School parent sessions
Mon 17th Dec:
KS1 Nativity dress rehearsal
Foundation Stage Party Day- party clothes
2:45pm 3rd week in Advent assembly Y5
3:30pm Celebration of learning- opportunity to look through your child’s books
Tues 18th Dec:
2:30pm KS1 Nativity(choir signing carols beforehand) (children to go home in costume and come to school on Wednesday wearing it- party clothes to be brought to school in a bag)
Wed 19th Dec:
9:15am KS1 Nativity (carols beforehand)
PM- KS1 Party (Toys & Games in the morning)
Thurs 20th Dec: Christmas Jumper day & Christmas dinner
PM- KS2 Party (Toys & Games in the morning)
Fri 21st Dec:
2pm School Parish Community Christmas Carols and Mass
First Week in Advent
During this, the first week of Advent, our Encounter of the coming Lord has been led with spiritual vibrance by our children. Monday’s Hope liturgy, led by the Y3 Chaplaincy Team, launched the building of Advent wreaths and Advent promises for all in the school community, highlighting our Hope in the shared Advent journey of all at St. Patrick’s. Our school hall is carpeted with footsteps, reminding us to #hear it #see it #think it #feel it and, most importantly, #live it.
New Youth Theatre led the after school drama club in their presentation of ‘The First Christmas’ on Monday evening, where our budding actors shone brightly in their many roles, to tell this most special story with enthusiasm and joy. Well done to all who took part, led, supported and joined the audience. What a great success!
On Wednesday, our Pupil RE Committee led a midweek Hope liturgy for the whole school, reminding us that, during this serious time of preparation, we must all be united in Hope. Pupil leadership of this liturgy, as always, shone out, linked to the scripture they selected:
‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in troubles, and pray at all times.’ Romans 12:12
The children’s vision and passion in #living it was alive. They reminded us all that together, we can achieve anything and that through supporting our chosen charity missions and being the best we can be we can live in Hope and lead others to do the same. Some of the Governing Body, as ever, participated in and evaluated this beautiful celebration and were sent on their journeys with hope and affirmation in their roles. Well done for leading our community, all of whom were touched by your message and who gathered and participated with grace, reverence and spirit.
Today’s Mass, in honour of Our Lady, celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, as tomorrow’s Holy Day of Obligation will do in parishes all over the world. Father Paul and the whole community celebrated the vocation of Our Lady and we made links to ways that we can live our lives, inspired by the same grace, dedication and selflessness Our Lady herself, filled with the Holy Spirit. Our new school altar was used for the first time, funded by the generous donations from our wider school-parish community and the proceeds of our pupil led Christmas Mini-Market, which raised a grand total of £589.36.
This altar will enable all pupils in the school to set up for Collective Worship and Mass with even greater independence and its arrival marks the start of new explorations of ways we Encounter Christ. Our sincere thanks to all who contributed in any way.
CAFOD's Interactive Advent calendar, with daily reflections and Christmas activities can be download here.
This year's online Advent Calendar includes stories and activities to help children learn about and pray for those who are hungry.