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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: January 11, 2017 in Papal, Uncategorized


Day of prayer as the Pope visits the UN

Posted: September 24, 2015 in CAFOD, Papal

Our climate bloggers reflect on the Day of Prayer.

Thoughts from Alice:

On Friday 25th September, we were asked to hold a day of prayer. Pope Francis addressed the UN on this day to talk about 17 Global goals needed to make the world a better place (see bottom of post). The main 3 goals that we hoped would be agreed on are 1) an end extreme poverty, 2) fight inequality and injustice and 3) fix climate change. I believe that’s these 3 goals are very important.  The below link takes you to the transcript and video of the event:

Thoughts from Julia:

prayer 2Why pray? Prayers have very important meanings.  During prayer we place the needs of the world in God’s hands – the poor, the vulnerable people and people who have lost everything but have not given up on life.

This week we have been raising finds for CAFOD refugee crisis.  Over £500 was raised. We were inspired by CAFOD and their amazing organisation that helps people. I think that when children grow up they should have good intentions to help everyone.

Thoughts from Kayleigh:

Pope climatePope Francis has a lovely personality who when I grow up I would want this personality. He has a lot to say about the climate and cares about a lot of very important things such as: climate change. He is inspiring me to care a lot more about our world too. 

Thought from Finlay:

Many schools across the world taught children about the 17 global goals.  We prayed to: End poverty, fight injustice and combat climate change. We lit a candle for each of the 17 goals. We will hopefully become the generation that changed the world for the better.  


The Popes new encyclical on climate change has just been launched with the opening paragraph setting the tone for the document.

The Earth “is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorised to loot her. The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air and in living things.”  Pope Francis (June 2015).

The document calls for swift action, and action was what some St James students were upto today.  Several year 10 students joined schools from across the country to lobby their MP on Climate Change.  After a training session in Romero House, the team headed for Archbishop Park, where students prepared and shared their climate concerns with the other schools.


Each school with the help of CAFOD had organised an appointment with their MP.  St James’Catholic High School is located in the constituency of Hendon.  Matthew Offord MP met us just outside Parliament and talked with the group for about 45 minutes.


After a quick photoshoot the students got to business asking about electric cars, renewable energy and concerns about lack of green space for all the new houses being built in Colindale.  Having a Geography degree, Mr Offord MP was very clued up about the climate and impressed the students with his answers.  We will have another post soon with a video of his answers.


In addition to answering the many questions, Mr Offord MP agreed to take part in our chatterbox activity.  He ended up going head to head with Autumn.  We certainly gave him a run for his money with the questions.


We hope that this trip is just the beginning of both learning more about climate change, and putting the Pope’s encyclical into action.

– “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.” – “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.” – “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.” – “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.” – “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.” – “Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.” – “Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.” – “Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.” – “Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”

Canonisation of two amazing men

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Papal

Canonisation of two amazing men

This weekend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization will take place. The ceremony will involve Pope Francis declaring his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope Paul XXIII saints.

Some Cineworld cinemas will be streaming the service live from 9am on Sunday. Our closest is Wembley Cineworld. Admission is free.

Several members of staff will be jetting off to Rome to join in the celebrations. If you have any specific prayer intentions please hand them to Miss Fernandes or Miss Whelan.

For more info on the process of Canonisation have a look at

More pictures will follow here on our return.

Pope John Paul II pray for us, Pope John XXIII pray for us.

Pope Francis on Twitter

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Papal
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Pope Francis on Twitter

Pope Francis’ message for Lent has been released. It again both inspires and challenges us about how we share our faith with the world around us. Click here for the full transcript: