We aim to provide a rich and purposeful prayer life for everyone in St. Joseph’s. As Pope Benedict said on his visit to the UK in 2010,”the life of faith needs to be the driving force behind every activity in the school, so that the Church’s mission may be served effectively, and the young people may discover the joy of entering into Christ’s being for others” (Spe Salvi, 28). Several of our children, teachers and governors were able to attend the Big Assembly in St. Mary’s, Twickenham and listen to Pope Benedict.
The life of St. Joseph’s revolves around the liturgical year. At least one class attends Mass each week, usually on a Wednesday morning. The children prepare by learning the hymns and reading in Mass. Occasionally the whole school will attend Mass for special feast days. We also have Mass in school and Monsignor Joseph leads the children through special events such as Ash Wednesday, the Stations of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The second Sunday of each month all children are invited to attend Family Mass in St. Joseph’s. A lot of work goes into each Mass and every effort is made to include the children as much as possible, either in singing, reading, the offertory or whatever the liturgy group (comprising Monsingor Joseph, parishioners and the 2 Headteachers) plans.
Assembly and collective worship is held every day in the school hall and children say prayers throughout the school day. Each classroom has a focus area where children are encouraged to go if they wish to speak to our Lord.
As a staff we meet regularly to discuss how we can refresh and develop all of our own prayer lives.