Ash Wednesday

Posted: March 19, 2019 in Lent, Prayer

Father in Heaven, Protect us in our struggle against our weaknesses.  As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen

What is Lent? 

 Lent is a preparation time before Easter. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert before he started his public ministry.  We in the same way, spend 40 days fasting, abstaining, praying and doing something extra.

Reader 1: We pray for the Church and her members,  Let them not neglect the grace they have received, but turn again to the Lord in prayer and repentance.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 2: We pray for the leaders of the world, Let them understand that man does not live by bread alone, and seek, by their laws, a deeper meaning to life by reconciling all men to each other.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 1: We pray for those who are caught up in sinful habits, Let them be faithful to the Gospel, which will bring about in them a change of heart, and turning again to the light of grace, let them abandon the ways of sin.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 2: We pray for the members of our school, Let the giving of ashes today be a sign to us that material things will disappear, and help us to give more attention to the things of the spirit.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 1: Mary’s life was filled with prayer, with her we pray. Hail Mary.

Reader 2: We pray for a moment in silence for our own intentions.

Miss Whelan: Father, complete your work of spiritual renewal during Lent, and throughout the years ahead, as we spend our lives in your loving, prayerful service. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Why Ashes?

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

SENDING FORTH: Dismissal with Blessing

May God, who has forgiven and fed us,
now make us strong for these days ahead.

May Jesus lead us, and we be found faithful to follow.

May the Spirit drive us into the wilderness,
burning away the chaff of our lives,
and purifying our hearts for all to see
and be blessed.

Pastor: And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Be with us and remain with us always! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted: December 3, 2018 in Advent, the World


The word Advent means coming or arrival. In our lives, we all constantly seem to be waiting for things. For the newest pair of Nike Air Force ones, for lunch, for a championship game, or an opening night. Whatever the situation may be it might be safe to say that this is a universal thing. That at one point or another in our lives our desires and longings lead us to wait.

The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.

Ideas for Advent:

Join us in the Chapel every morning at 8:10am

Get involved in the Mary’s Meals collection

Organise “Advent Angels” with your friendship groups

Read the Bible

Advent Action: Send a card to a friend or loved one who lost a family member during this year. Let them know you are praying from them and thinking of them this Christmas.

Prayer: Lord, help me welcome You once again and make room for You in my daily life, that You may make Your home in my heart.

Welcome back

Posted: September 12, 2018 in Uncategorized


Welcome back to St James

Unfortunately the Chapel is currently out of action due to our building works. We hope to start extra curricular clubs again next week.

Do look in your planners for the additional prayer reflections each week.

God bless,

The Chaplaincy team

World Environment Day

Posted: June 19, 2018 in CAFOD, the World

M Offord

Matthew Offord MP visited our school on World Environment Day to answer questions about litter, climate change and the melting ice caps. Student from all year groups lobbies him on both local and national issues.  Having studied Environmental issues as part of his degree his answers were excellent.  He is going to take two of our questions to parliament.  We look forward to his response.

Happy New Year

Posted: January 9, 2018 in Papal, Prayer

New year 2018Welcome back to school.  2018 is well upon us and we begin another year with good intentions and resolutions.  Pope Francis has another excellent list of ideas fir small changes in your life.  Like a yacht heading off to Australia, these small changes in direction can have huge consequences in the future. One change in degree now can be the difference in reaching or missing your destination.

At St James, we will be running our Year 8 retreats this term and carrying on with the Faith in Action Awards.

Let’s begin this year with prayers based on the Epiphany:


We pray that we may be like the star of the Epiphany, drawing others closer to you;

We pray that this year we imitate the goodness of God in our relationships with each other;

We pray that we may carry the joy of the Gospel in everything we do.

We ask these in Jesus name,




Posted: December 4, 2017 in Advent

candle1Happy New Year.  Advent is the start of the Liturgical year for us as Catholics.  Having celebrated the feast of Christ the King, we now start our preparations for the coming of Jesus. The word Advent, derives from the Latin word meaning “coming” so Advent is a great time to get our house in order.  Whilst Lent is traditionally a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are encouraged to do similar acts during Advent.

According to the Catechism:

When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent  each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviours first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating John the Baptists birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: He must increase, but I must decrease (Catechism, no. 524).

At St James’ we will be participating in various time-honoured traditions, such as making Jesse trees and participating in Advent Services during the last week of term. Some of our staff will be going to Bethlehem this Christmas and will place your prayers and petitions at the place of Jesus birth.  The whole school will also be collecting for the Colindale Foodbank as part of our Advent almsgiving.

Have a look at the Chaplaincy News and get involved, so that this you are ready for December 25th.

God bless,

Miss Whelan

Mary’s Meals

Posted: October 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

This month we are joining forces with Blessed Dominic’s primary school and St Margaret Clitherow Parish to collect clothes for Mary’s Meals.  LAst year, between the three communities we collected enough clothes to feed 88 children for a year.

Mary’s Meals is a excellent charity based in Scotland.  The video below tells you all about the work of the charity and follows the story of several people whose lives have been transformed by their work.

To contribute to our clothes drive, bring in unwanted clothes and leave them in a bag at the collection point in the chapel.  The deadline for the collection is Friday 17th November 2017.