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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Living, learning and loving with the Lord


Catholic Life

As a Catholic school, our faith life underpins everything that we do. Here are the activities that we do:

  1. A daily act of worship. This takes place either in the classroom or in the hall in our respective phases.
  2. Class Mass – classes from Years One to Six take it in turns to attend the 9.10am Mass on Wednesday in English Martyrs’ Church. The children read the scriptures and bidding prayers, as well as carrying the Offertory Gifts to the altar. Families are invited to attend the Mass and stay with their child for refreshments afterwards.
  3. School Masses – Several times a year we go to Mass as a school to celebrate important times in the life of the school and the Liturgical Calendar. As well as participating in various ways, as we do with the class masses, the children sing hymns at these Masses that have been learned in school.
  4. School Family Masses – Once a month we are responsible for the liturgy at the 6pm Mass on Saturday evening. Please refer to the Liturgical Calendar to see when the next Mass is.
  5. As part of the worldwide St. Vincent de Paul Society, an organisation committed to charitable works in their own community, we have a Mini Vinnie group at St. Joseph's who offer peer counselling to other pupils, as well as organising fundraising in school. 
  6. Our Year Six pupils participate in the 'Faith in Action' awards that are run by the Diocese of Leeds.
  7. Sacrament of Reconciliation. As well as weekly opportunities offered at the churches in our parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, children are offered the chance for individual Confessions in school, particularly in Advent and Lent.
  8. We support the Diocese of Leeds annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, although this has been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  9. Preparation for the First Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is carried out in school by our teachers. We also participate in an annual celebration at All Saints’ Catholic College together with the other feeder Catholic primary schools.
  10. Year Five attend a residential retreat at Alton Castle for two days.
  11. We teach children about other faiths.