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Prayer and Liturgy

INTENT

As a Catholic community, prayer and liturgy is fundamental to living out our Christian ethos. We aim to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to grow in spiritual awareness and to develop their relationship with God.

IMPLEMENTATION

As well as daily class prayers, we participate in the following collective worship each week:

Monday - Gospel Liturgy

Tuesday - Key Stage Liturgy on Catholic Social Teaching

Wednesday - Class Liturgy on Catholic virtues

Thursday - Extended prayer including Rosary, Christian Meditation or Lectio Divina

Friday - Gifts Of God Liturgy and Mass

 

 

We also come together with our parish community to celebrate Masses on Holy Days of Obligation.

IMPACT

Our Faith binds us, inspires us and guides us.

SCHOOL PRAYER

This is our school prayer, written by an ex-pupil, Chantelle Bassey

Prayer to St Anne

O glorious St Anne, mother of Mary, filled with love and compassion, protect us and guide us and give us your blessing.

O wonderful St Anne, who conceived the Mother of Jesus, pray for us and help us always to live by faith and to be known by love.

 

PRAYER LIFE

This year, we are focussing on progression in prayer and making sure that our prayer life develops year on year.  We learn different traditional prayers every half term and children in KS2 learn to lead class liturgy.  We also love to write our own prayers and offer them at our class prayer table.

VIRTUES AND VALUES

Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Birmingham ensure that as part of their Catholic teachings from Learning and Growing as the People of God,  Virtues are a key focus.These virtues show how pupils are growing in their faith, as well as how schools help children to grow. Every half term there is a different focus. 

These virtues are taken from the Jesuit Institute which is rooted in the teachings of St Ignatius. They have created a Pupil Profile in which 8 pairs of complementary words have been placed together. The Archdiocese of Birmingham have been allowed to use the Jesuit material and have renamed it the Catholic Schools Profile.

Each half term the whole school will focus on one pair of words; we will spend time reflecting on the meaning of the words; how we see these virtues in action in our lives and in the lives of others and how we can work to encapsulate these virtues in our lives.

Work on the meaning of the words is carried out in class and in assemblies. The work of the children is celebrated on our Virtues Display in our school.

2023-24

Autumn 1 

Grateful & Generous

Autumn 2 

Attentive & Discerning

Spring 1 

Compassionate & Loving

Spring 2 

Faith-filled & Hopeful

Summer 1 

Eloquent & Truthful

Summer 2 

Learned & Wise

 

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

The 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

  • Dignity of the human person
  • We are called to live as Family and Community
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • We are called to Stewardship
  • An option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Promotion of Peace

The curriculum at St Anne's provides many opportunities for children and staff to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and to action that commitment through good works and words that show we live our faith in our community as a force for good. Pupils from St Anne's should be aware of what is happening in the world, their community and their school and be minded towards effecting positive change. Pupil Voice at St Anne's is evident in all aspects of our curriculum and religious life. 

BIG QUESTIONS

We also like to think about the Big Questions in life.

 

OUR PRAYER BOARD 

Please email Mrs Bernto on head@st-annes.reading.sch.uk if you would like us to add a name to the prayer board.

 

At this time, we ask you to hold in your prayers:

 

Amen

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Year 4 have been practicing the Rosary

Our Prayer Group!

We have started a Prayer Group that takes place every Monday at 12.45pm in the Music Room. The children wrote two Gospel assembly prayers last Monday and this Monday the children talked about What the Prayer group is for? Some children said that it was 'for praying' and for 'talking to God' but one of the children said that it was also a time for 'asking God questions?' Mrs Orife (who has started running the club was very impressed and is looking forward to next week! Thank you to all the children who came and please remember that everyone is welcome!

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Maisie and Louie (both in Year 2) wrote prayers that they will say in the Gospel Liturgy on Monday morning. Well done for your thoughtful writing!

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