Reggie Dabbs

Posted: July 2, 2019 in Retreats

The incredible Reggie Dabbs came into school today to share his testimony and tell our students about why Jesus plays such an important part in his life.

As part of the retreat afternoon, student were entertained, moved and inspired by his story and message. The event began with some ice breakers and jokes.  He got the whole year group singing, before ending with Justin Biebers hit “Don’t you give up”.


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Over 70 years 8 students then stayed on after school for an additional session. AS well as being treated to a McDonalds, students received more worldly wisdom from Reggie and ended in prayer together.

Thank you Hillsong and Reggie for an truly inspiring afternoon.

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Year of Adoremus

Posted: June 24, 2019 in Adoremus

The Year of Adoremus ran from Corpus Christi 2018 – Corpus Christi 2019.  The aim of the year was to give students a greater experience of the Eucharist, thus a better understanding the Mass.

At St James, we began the year by visiting our feeder primary school and running an assembly and retreat morning.  Students gave feedback to a Year 6 assembly at the Annunciation Primary School and then presented their own ideas on the Year of Adoremus to the whole school.


Throughout the year, each year group spent time in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  This time of Adoration allowed students to experience being in the presence of God.

Each class was also taken over to St Margaret Clitherow’s church for Mass.  This will continue next year.

The year ended with Mass at the Cathedral. 4 members of the school were selected to bring up the gifts at the offertory.  This was an incredible privilege.

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Walsingham 2019

Posted: May 14, 2019 in Our Lady, Pilgrimage

The story of the Walsingham Shrine begins in Saxon times. In 1061, the Lady of the Manor, Richeldis de Faverches, was taken in spirit to Nazareth, shown the house where the Annunciation took place and asked by Our Lady to build a replica in Norfolk. She was promised that ‘Whoever seeks my help there will not go away empty-handed.’  The simple wooden house that she built soon became the focus of special devotion to Our Lady. The ‘Holy House’ was later encased in stone to protect it from the elements.

For the past 7 years, St James has joined the Dominicans on their annual pilgrimage to Walsingham.  Our students have visited the slipper Chapel, lit a candle for the intentions of the school and joined in the Pilgrimage Mile.  As pilgrims, we certainly did not leave empty handed.  The hospitality of the Dominicans and the spiritual blessing received from the trip have created memories for student and staff alike.

“O alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin most pure, now we sinful as we are, come to see thee who are all pure, we salute thee, we honour thee as how we may with our humble offerings; may thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Ghost may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul, and once conceived never to lose him. Amen”

Walsingham pilgrims’ prayer, believed to have been composed by Erasmus, c.1511

Community Masses

Posted: April 4, 2019 in Adoremus, Prayer, St James

Each month, members of St Margaret Clitherow Church come over to join us in celebrating the Eucharist together.

Each form group has the opportunity to plan the liturgy and assist with the readings and alter serving.

Fr Brian welcomes each class and explains the readings of the day.  Some classes have prepared hymns and bidding prayers too.

It is a real privilege to have Mass celebrated here in the heart of the school.


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 »

Holy land 2019

Posted: March 16, 2019 in Pilgrimage, Uncategorized

During Feb 1/2 term, a small group of staff headed of to the Holy Land on our annual pilgrimage.  We based ourselves in Jerusalem, visiting both Bethlehem and the Dead Sea.

The tour continues to Galilee, where we visited Capernam, Nazareth and Cana. It was a brilliant trip with excellent company.  photo’s will be shared in RE lessons and assemblies.


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

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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,