Great Crosby Catholic Primary aims to make the school a place where the Gospel values of our Lord Jesus Christ are taught, lived and experienced, where prayer and celebrations are integral to life and where religious growth and development are stimulated within the total curriculum to which all can contribute and from which all can gain.
Fr John burnt and blessed last year's palms to make ashes to be distributed on Ash Wednesday.
Well done Y5 for leading our Ash Wednesday services. They reminded us about fasting & distributed the ashes made when Fr John burnt last year's palms. We sang songs by John Burland & watched C.A.F.O.D. 's Lent 2019 video about Rabiul and his family who live in Bangladesh.
Thank you to all those who responded to our recent parents' questionnaire.
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Fr John led our All Saints' Day Mass and celebrations. Today we think of our own patron saints - Ss Peter and Paul and St Helen. He told us about recent saints - St John Paul II, St Teresa of Kolkata and St Oscar Romero. In telling us about saints incuding St Rita, St Domenico Savio, St John Bosco and St Anthony, Fr John inspired us all to be saints in our community.
We have a Book of Remembrance which records the names of family members who have passed away. We will be including everyone named in the book in our prayers during November. If you have anyone who you would like to be added, please send their names into school.
Our GoGivers led our Harvest Festival today with readings, songs, their own poems and a dance. We have had an additional collection for the South Sefton Foodbank too.
Today our Y6 and Y4 classes visited Ss Peter and Paul Church, as part of the Year of the Eucharist, for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, some quiet reflection and a short talk by Fr John about how the church supports people in need and how we can meet Christ in our everyday lives.
On Friday lunchtimes during October, Years 4, 5 and 6 are meeting to pray the Rosary.
The Christian Education Department invited the schools in the Archdiocese to design a poster for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress Adoremus with the theme "Jesus, The Bread of Life". Over 500 entries from 36 schools were entered and one of ours was highly commended and appeared in the Adoremus brochure.
Today Fr John led our KS2 assembly, starting by asking us how we meet Jesus in our daily lives. He also reminded us of Pope Francis’s challenge to us, in the lead up to Synod 2020, to have a daily encounter with Christ and to follow his call to change lives.
At the end of assembly we were fortunate to have a silent time for our own prayers during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Fr John showed us a number of monstrances that hold the consecrated host during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The word monstrance comes from to demonstrate – to show something to people. He showed us two in particular, one that is used on most days in church and a larger one shaped like an altar, used during quarantore in October.
Fr John also explained his special vestments, the humeral veil, worn on the shoulders and the cope. These are worn so that the priest does not hold the monstrance with bare hands.
Today, Miss Bradley is representing our school at the Adoremus National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress. We look forwrd to hearing all about it. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of all the faithful – clergy, religious and laity – which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908. The Congress in Liverpool is the first National Congress ever to be held in England and Wales. On Saturday there is the National Youth Congress at The Echo Arena and Sunday is Pilgrimage Day at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Today we were honoured to welcome ex-pupil Right Reverend John Rawsthorne, the Bishop Emeritus of Hallam to bless our school after the building works of recent years. We were fascinated to hear that his mother attended our school in 1910, he came in 1941, his nieces and nephews followed & there is a member of his family at Great Crosby now. We also welcomed guests from the Archdiocese, Mgr John, Fr Simon, local schools, our builders, governors, PTA & former staff.
After the blessing our Go Givers talked to our guests about all their community work.
We are very proud that the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England & Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, was a pupil at our school, when it was Ss Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary.
On Friday 27th April, we welcomed Richard from C.A.F.O.D. Liverpool and presented him with a cheque for £2337.60 raised during Lent by our children and families, through a number of events. This will be doubled by the Government.
On Wednesday 28th March, the last day of term, we commemorated Maundy Thursday. Year 1, Reception and Nursery had their feet washed. They also shared bread and "wine" to re-enact the Last Supper. Years 2 to 6 had collective worship sessions in their classrooms in the morning. In the afternoon they listened to reflections and readings from the Stations of the Cross.
We celebrated Palm Sunday on Friday 23rd March. The children waved 'palm leaves', sang and watched Jesus enter Jerusalem.
Year 2 led our Advent celebrations with performances creating a wreath of holly, berries and candles.
Throughout December we made badges rather than sending Christmas cards.
Nursery and Reception presented a total of six Nativity performances to their families.
In our end of term liturgical celebrations, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were visited by the shepherds.
Here you can find more information about our religious education curriculum.