Collective Worship

‘The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.’ Psalm 145:18

Collective Worship is a core aspect of our schools Catholic identity. The importance of spending time in the presence of God has been fundamental to the Catholic way of life for centuries.

Here at St Joseph’s, we ensure that all pupils understand the faith that gives our school its Catholic identity and invite all to learn how to worship God in spirit and truth through prayer. As a a Catholic school we are called to know God more clearly, to love him more dearly and to follow him nearly every day.

Collective Worship Policy 2023-24

Our whole school comes together twice per week for worship and celebration.

On a Monday, each class takes it in turn to share with the school the virtue of the week from Virtues to Live By.

On Wednesday we gather to listen to the Wednesday Word.

Take a look at some of our Collective Worship Liturgies

Ascension Mass

On Thursday 9th May, we joined together with our Parish community at St Joseph’s Church to celebrate the Ascension.

Holy Week Liturgies

Throughout Holy Week we joined together to celebrate Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Each day we held a special liturgy that commemorated different events leading up to Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week, where we remembered Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We waved palm branches in remembrance of the crowd greeting Jesus with joy.

On Maundy Thursday, we reflected on the Last Supper, where Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, instituting the sacrament of communion. It’s a time of deep reflection on Jesus’ act of service and love.

Good Friday is perhaps the most solemn day of the Christian calendar. We observed the Stations of the Cross, walking through Jesus’ journey to the crucifixion. It’s a time to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us.

Throughout these liturgies, we we’re invited to enter into the story of Jesus’ final days, to reflect on their meaning for our lives today, and to prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter Sunday, when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and the promise of new life.

Solemnity of St Joseph

On Tuesday 19th March we celebrated, as a school and parish, the Solemnity of St Joseph.

EYFS & KS1 Liturgy

On Wednesday 7th February, our EYFS and KS1 children came together for their Spring Liturgy. The theme of their Liturgy was Simplicity.

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Friday we held a Remembrance Liturgy led by our children in Years 5 & 6. Thank you to our families, parishioners and Fr Nigel for joining us to remember all of the fallen soldiers and those currently serving their country.

Advent Praise

Our Advent Praises have taken place over the last 3 weeks and have been led by our KS2 Children.

May Devotion to Mary Our Mother

Today we gathered together for collective worship as we celebrated Mary Our Mother and the Month of May. The children have been very creative and produced a number of pieces of art and craft work that we offered to Mary in our liturgy. The children sang the following songs beautifully too: Bring Flowers of the Rarest, Holy Mary by God’s Decree & Daily Daily Sing to Mary. It was a wonderful celebration.

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