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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.


Theme for the week: ASPIRE

Posted: September 13, 2015 in St James

This week’s theme links in with the Year 7 Aspire Project.  Students are looking at the attributed needed to be successful together with learning about one inspiring individual in each subject area.

One major sporting event kicks off this Friday which again offers us many resources and characters that embody character, determination and the attributes of succeed.  A member of staff forwarded me on this brilliant Guinness video followed the story of Shane Williams.  A perfect example to both inspire and have a “don’t give up mentality”.

During the Aspire project the learning to learn icons are also introduced.  One of the main difference between our ASPIRE characters and others in their filed is that they possess a growth mindset. The don’t give up, teamwork, ways of learning, challenge, effort and thinking about learning icons could again be used this week during act of worship time.  I am working on prayers that could go with each one.  Below are a few ready to roll:

Rugby Prayer

Almighty God, grant us determination as we ruck, maul and scrummage our way through life, & teach us the value of supporting one another. Enable us to have courage to stand our ground, & be firm to tackle any problems faced. Give us vision to exploit the opportunities which open up, and the wisdom not to be offside too often. When our goal is in sight, may our aim be straight and true. Most of all, we ask you to help us to try, and bring us to the conversion of our lives, in union with Jesus Christ.


Don’t give up:

God give me faith in myself.  Not only on the days when I am going strong and winning, and nothing seems impossible, but on days when I wonder if I am brave enough, smart enough or strong enough.

Don’t let me quit, no matter how many people discourage me, doubt me, laugh at me, warn me, think me a fool and don’t let me listen.  Let me hear another voice telling me, “You can do it, and you will!”.

May I always remember that You are the source of my abilities and my faith, and may I know that rooted in you noting is impossible.  We ask this in Jesus name, Amen

Prayer encouraging teamwork:

Lord, as the body of Christ we are one body with many parts. AS we work together

  • We pray for unity and oneness of mind in making our united effort work out successfully.
  • We pray that we put aside personalities and that our uniqueness as individuals do not clash.
  • We pray that we respect all ideas and efforts and that our pride does not exalt itself over another.
  • We pray that we equally can share in the glory of the outcome of our effort.
  • We pray that we all recognize You as head of the body.
  • We pray that our results might be as rewarding as our hopes are.
  • We pray that each and every member of our school might realize one another contribution for the whole.

Bless our effort, Lord. Make us shining examples of the value of working together for good, for the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Theme for the week: Veritas

Posted: September 8, 2015 in St James

St James’ was founded by a Dominican order 82 years ago. Our school crest gives us a glimpse of some of the Dominican history:

New Logo

Our crest or shield is divided into 8 gyrons, meeting at the centre. It is black and white, the armourial colours of the Guzman family. Guzman was the family name of St Dominic.

Added to this shield is the white and black cross, worn by the Knights of Calatrava. St Dominic’s mother was of this family. The ‘flowering of the Cross’ represents the lily, symbolic of purity. You can see many saints around the school (especially on the Science corridor) holding lilies.

Above the shield there is a star, placed in memory of the brilliant star seen shining on St Dominic’s forehead at his Baptism. The complete shield signifies that the Dominican Order has been founded for the defence of the Church.

The motto is ‘Veritas’ because a Dominican’s greatest work is to preach the Truth of God. Veritas means TRUTH. The message of salvation, of the Incarnation and the Redemption, answers these deep questions and offers us the truth that sets one free (John 8:32). The below video dramatises this gospel event:

Ideas for form time:

–      Get students to contemplate on their beliefs and what they know to be true

–      Use this Prezi to go through the history of our school.  It includes the slides from the walls of the Business Studies corridor.

–      Read a bible passage and get students to reflect on what the passage is saying about Jesus / God / loving of neighbour

–      Ask students this week to look out for the Dominican saints around the school.

–     Watch this 1 min youtube clip asking what is Truth? Leave a pause at the end asking them who is Jesus for them?

Prayer for the week:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.