Welcome to the Chaplaincy Blog
Hi. I'm Frances the chaplain for St Barnabas Trust, which include St Mary's, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, St Augustine's, St Teresa's and Trinity Schools. I help develop the Catholic life of the trust, through drama, music, prayer and discussion.It's great to spend time with the children at school and helping them to explore their faith.
Below is my chaplaincy twitter
It's a update on what is happening in the St Barnabas Trust and the Nottingham Diocese.
As we began a new school year at St Teresa's School it was time to welcome our new chaplaincy Team Members.
They were full of enthusiasm and with the guidance of our existing members got busy planning their first Liturgy to start the term and introduce themselves to the school. They spoke about welcoming Jesus into all we do and taking comfort in knowing that he will always be there for us in tough and good times.
Year 6 started the year with a mass which they prepared. It was a special mass as it was also Fr Kai Fi's last mass with us. We were very sad to see him go.
At the end of September it was Year 5's turn to lead mass to celebrate the feast day of St Teresa. We thought about 'doing the little things well' like St Teresa and being kind and loving like her.
Year 2 lead a fantastic Liturgy on Mary and asked us to turn to 'Mary the untier of knots' in tough times to ask her to help us untie our knots. Each child was given a ribbon to remind us of this, that we put on our prayer tables back in class. It was a lovely Liturgy.
The term ended with us looking ahead to an important feast day - All Saints. Year 4 are busy planning this and it is shaping up to be another fantastic celebration!
What a brilliant first term!
As the last term of the school year began, we spent timing celebrating our English Martyrs.
Year 2 and 5 lead some fantastic Liturgies, teaching us more about the work of our English Saints and Martyrs and giving us the mission to choose one and learn more about them that week.
We all learnt a great deal!
During the month of May we spend time thinking and praying to our Mother Mary.
The Chaplaincy Team lead a fantastic 'drop in' Liturgy on the rosary that many children attended.
We spent time thinking about how loving and caring Mary is and how we should try to be more like her every day.
The Feast of Pentecost was soon upon on, so as a school we celebrated the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Year 4 lead us in a fantastic Liturgy, challenging us to go out and spread the good news, just like the disciples did.
Knowing we had the Holy Spirit to guide us and be our friend.
In June we gathered together as a Trust to celebrate the feast day of our patron saint St Barnabas.
We had a special mass at the Cathedral with Bishop Patrick.
Each school within our Trust had a part in the mass - St Teresa's wrote and read some beautiful bidding prayers.
As the year draws to a close, year 3 were preparing for the special sacrament of First Holy Communion.
They had a beautiful mass and took the next step in their faith journey.
Finally as our year 6's get ready to move on to Secondary School, we say goodbye to the year members of our Chaplaincy Team.
The remaining year 5's spent time interviewing for new members (we had lots of current year 4's apply!) and the new members will be announced soon!
Its been another great term!
Have fantastic summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!
March - April 2017
As the Lenten season began, St Teresa's school were ready to journey with our faith and Jesus during this special and sacred time.
On Ash Wednesday we had a special service where everyone got the chance to receive ashes which the Chaplaincy Team distributed.
This was followed the week after with a special Reconciliation Service to remind us that Lent is the perfect time to turn to God and say sorry.
Fr Ka Fai also came along to speak to us and saying sorry and the sacrament of Reconciliation.
On the way out with all blessed ourselves with water as a sign of starting a fresh.
During this time each week different classes have also been leading Liturgies for the rest of the school based on their Mother Teresa quote, teaching us how we can all try to be good and kind people just like Saint Mother Teresa.
As Lent came to end we were back to school refreshed and full of joy and the rising of our Saviour!
We started the new term with a joyful Liturgy shouting the word 'Alleluia!' and going out to spread the good news 'Jesus is alive!'
With happy hearts we look forward to another fantastic term!
January - February 2017
St Teresa's School Chaplaincy has been really busy with another fantastic term!
We welcomed in a new year and new term with a lovely liturgy on 'the heart which sees' and thinking how we can all show love every day.
Year 2 were then busy working really hard to prepare a fantastic and special mass for the rest of the school. The theme was thinking about how we can all be closer to God and run to him anytime we need him. Canon Ka Fai kindly celebrated the mass, and lots of parents came to join us. All of year 2 were involved in the mass and it was truly memorable.
Before we knew it Lent was close upon us so the Chaplaincy Team have been working really hard, preparing drop in liturgies at lunch time and getting ready to lead the Ash Wednesday Service.
Our Lenten season at school is looking to be very special and spiritual.
November - December 2016
Another lovely term for chaplaincy and catholic life at St Teresa's.
The new term started with a mass to celebrate All Saints Feast Day and then year 5 lead a beautiful All Saints Liturgy for KS1.
Throughout the month of November we have been remembering those we have lost, and those who have strived for peace in our world. The chaplaincy Team created a 'Book of Remembrance' which they gave each class the opportunity to write in, with the names of any close family or friends they know who have passed away.
During Anti Bullying week year 3 worked hard to prepare a Liturgy on this subject to show the rest of the school. It was very thought provoking and taught us a lot about how we should treat people.
Then before we knew it Advent was upon us!
The chaplaincy Team have once again been working hard to prepare liturgies every Friday lunch time which anyone is welcome to attend. They are on the weekly advent wreath theme, starting with a hope, then peace and ending with joy. They were brilliant and lots of students came to take part in them and experience some quiet time and prayer during their busy day at school.
We also had a whole school Advent mass with Fr Kai Fi which was lovely. Lots of children took part in the mass from singing to reading, drama to dancing.
A great way to draw the year to a close.
Have a happy and holy Christmas.
See you in the New year!
September - October 2016
Chaplaincy has been going from strength to strength this term at school.
We welcomed our new chaplaincy team who have been working hard planning liturgies and prayer opportunities in school. They have bonded really well as a team.
Every week a different class has been taking its turn to plan and lead a liturgy for the rest of the school. They have all been amazing with some fantastic themes and ideas!
We ended the term thinking about our mother Mary as it was the month of October.
Some of the children in year 2 lead a beautiful liturgy about Mary ending with a very reflective and thought provoking liturgical dance to the Hail Mary.
New Chaplaincy Team
It's been a great start back at St Teresa's.
The Key Stage Liturgies got off to a fantastic start with year 6 taking the lead in planning and delivering the first one to the rest of the school.
We have a new Chaplaincy Team ready and raring to go!
They are brilliant and can't wait to get going with helping to plan and lead acts of worship and help develop the Catholic life of school.
The new term is shaping up to be another great one!
February - May 2016
It’s been a fantastic term for Chaplaincy at St Teresa's, with students getting the opportunity to prepare a class Liturgy on Gospel readings to show back to the rest of the class.
Every week KS1 and KS2 have been gathering for Liturgies, firstly focusing on Lent and what it means to us and how we can prepare for Easter.
It was a chance to gather together as a school in prayer and pause to thank God for all we have. Then we have been looking at the Ascension, Pentecost and of course Our Lady.
The Chaplaincy Team have been meeting after school and working hard to prepare activities for Lent. Including a fantastic prayer box for the school to use.
It has been a chance for us to focus on Lent and preparing for Jesus death and rising again for us. We have been thinking about what this means to us and how we can try to be more like Jesus this Lent. Also the true meaning at Easter and all the great things Jesus has blessed us with.
As we are now in the month of May, when we especially think about Our Lady and how important she is to us, the Chaplaincy Team are holding a rosary club at lunch time. This is a chance for any children at school to come along and say a decade of the rosary and pray to Our Lady.
Everyone in school will also be saying the Angelus at 12 noon each day.
Not forgetting our big celebration for First Holy Communion Children on the 24th June at 9:30 in St. Teresa’s Church
Lots to look forward to!
Autumn Term 2015
The start of our new academic year was a very busy time in school as we prepared for a special visitor. On 2nd October, the feast day of St Teresa, our new bishop of Nottingham-Bishop Patrick McKinney-came into school to bless our new building and celebrate Mass. It was a proud day for St Teresa’s as we gathered with friends, family and members of our wider community to praise God for our wonderful school, and guests commented on how fantastic the children’s singing, reading, drama and reflection was during Mass.
The great start to this year was set to continue as we had many more vibrant acts of worship, mission days and Masses.
The new chaplaincy teams have been settling into their roles and have been planning and delivering acts of worship for the rest of the school. A particular focus of these prayers has been “British Values,” encouraging children to think about values such as tolerance and democracy which make where we live special.
Mission days in classes this term have centred on the themes of “family,” “belonging” and “mission” and these days continue to enhance children’s spirituality and understanding of RE topics.
For Harvest Fast Day this term, St Teresa’s took on CAFOD’s challenge to “Brighten up our world.” Children came to school dressed in bright colours and brought a pound each to donate to CAFOD. The bright clothes symbolised how we can brighten up the lives of those in need.
Towards the end of term, the focus of our worship and mission days turned to the season of Advent. We also shared in a lovely Advent Mass at school with Fr Michael to reflect on how we could prepare our hearts for Christmas.
Looking ahead, as we enter into Pope Francis’ “Year of Mercy,” we will be exploring the theme of mercy and thinking about we can answer Pope Francis’ call to be “merciful like the Father.”
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Spring Term 2015
This term at St Teresa's, there has been lots going on within chaplaincy. We have continued to dedicate our Fridays to retreat days- an opportunity for a different class each week to explore readings and messages from the Bible and their relevance to our lives today. This is done through art, drama, dance, reflection and creative writing, and themes covered this term include "sacrifice" and "giving and receiving." These days conclude with a class-led liturgy and the children have been great at coming up with creative and inspiring ideas.
The Chaplaincy Team are still working hard at school to find new ways of bringing our Catholic faith alive and we are currently looking to recruit some younger members to carry on the work of our older members, once they leave. The team have introduced CAFOD's new campaign- One Climate, One World- at school this term, challenging us to think about how we can help to tackle climate change. They have also set a fantastic example by taking the lead in planning and celebrating whole school Masses. During Lent, the team have led thought-provoking assemblies, based around the Stations of the Cross, encouraging us to think about what we can learn from Jesus' journey, and have led drop in prayer sessions at lunch time for children to spend some time in quiet reflection.
Each week at school, a class continues to go along to St Teresa's Church to join in celebrating Mass with the parish, something we feel is very important in our community. The children are always so respectful and the experience has been helping children to understand the meaning of the Eucharist and hear sermons, targeted at their age group, from Fr Michael.
to watch a video of 1EP, thinking about hope during lent on their mission day.
We look forward to another great term after the holidays,
Have a Happy Easter!
Frances and Gabie
Autumn Term 2014
Hi everyone! This term has been another fun and thoughtful one at St Teresa's with lots going on within chaplaincy. On Thursdays, the KS1 and KS2 chaplaincy teams have been working hard together during their meetings and have been a great example in leading the whole school in Masses and liturgies. Earlier in the term, they organised and advertised a fundraising event for CAFOD Harvest Fast Day which saw the whole school doing the Cha Cha Slide in mismatched shoes, raising a fantastic £327.And it's not just the Chaplaincy Team who have been busy inspiring others! On a weekly basis, children from different classes have been taking the lead in our Key Stage liturgies and helping other children to understand the Gospel through their creative ideas. It's really great to be part of this every week!
Class retreat days have been a new addition to St Teresa's school this term. A different class each Friday has enjoyed a day of prayer and reflection in the classroom around their RE topic, ending the day in celebration with a liturgy for parents led by the children. We have been part of some lovely liturgies which have received really nice feedback from parents.
Our links with St Teresa's parish have been further strengthened this term. Each class has had the opportunity to attend Friday morning Mass and listen to Fr Michael's sermons which he directs towards the children so well.
A big well done to all the children at St Teresa's for being so wonderful this term. Frances will be back after Christmas and she will be keeping me updated on what you're all getting up to. I'll be back in February.
Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas!
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