St Patrick’s is a place where people of all faiths and beliefs can encounter God. We believe that Christian worship in our college is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into a relationship with Him, made possible through the work of His son Jesus and His Holy Spirit.
The Place of Collective Worship in the Life of our college
We believe that Collective Worship must take into account the religious and educational needs of all who share in it:
- those who form part of the worshipping community in Church
- those for whom school/college may be their first and only experience of the Church
- those from other Christian traditions – or none
- those from other faith backgrounds
We encourage the active participation of the pupils in acts of worship.
The Aims of Collective Worship
We believe that Collective Worship aims to provide opportunity for all pupils and staff:
- to learn and love traditional Catholic prayers, for example, the sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, morning and evening prayers;
- to know and be familiar and confident with responses in liturgy, including Mass;
- to contemplate something of the mystery of God;
- to reflect on spiritual and moral issues;
- to explore and develop their own beliefs;
- to respond to and celebrate life;
- to experience a sense of belonging and develop community spirit;
- to develop a common ethos and a sense of shared values;
- to enrich religious experiences;
- to reinforce positive attitudes;
- to participate fully, to take time out, ‘to wonder at’ and ‘to come to terms with’.
What is Collective Worship?
Collective Worship is an important aspect of a faith community like at St Patrick’s. Each day the children take part in a Collective Worship, whether it is in class, in year groups or as a whole school. Collective Worship is an ideal opportunity to celebrate. Celebrations are an essential part of life for people of every age and faith. Collective Worships consist of varying elements such as gathering and greeting, listening, reflecting, responding through community praise, especially in song and prayer.
What is Prayer?
At St Patrick’s, we foster and deepen the children’s personal relationship with God our Father daily in prayer. We do this by helping them become aware of God’s Presence in their lives and of His love for them by leading them to respond to Him. This may be in one of the following ways:
- Listening – being attentive to the voice of God in every moment of life.
- Speaking – expressing our heart’s deepest longings and desires to the One who knows and understands us better than we know and understand ourselves.
- Reflecting – thinking about our relationship with God and others.
- Resting – simply being consciously in the presence of God, knowing that we are loved.
What is Liturgy?
Liturgy is a form of collective worship where the children meet God through the scriptures. A liturgy consists of four parts – a gathering, The Word (from the bible), a response to The Word and a sending out with a mission.