Catholic Life of Our School

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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. 



Ash Wednesday

Fr John burnt and blessed last year's palms to make ashes to be distributed on Ash Wednesday.

Wed 6th Mar - Ash Wednesday services


  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.  


Mary's Meals

Mary's Meals Backpack Project

Thank you to all the families who brought in a backpack for the Mary's Meals Backpack Project.  We donated a total of 63 backpacks, helping children in other countries to benefit at school.  

Jospice Teddies

Jospice Teddies

 Thank you to everyone who bought a Christmas toy when we were fundraising for St Joseph's Hospice.  We can confirm that we raised £422.79. 

Fri 2nd Nov - Parents' Questionnaire

Questionnaire results

Thank you to all those who responded to our recent parents' questionnaire.

The results can be found  in the downloads section below.

Thu 1st Nov - All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day

 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.  

Book of Remembrance

Remembrance book

 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. 

Fri 12th Oct - Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

 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.

Tue 9th Oct - Y6 and Y4 Visits to Church

Ss Peter and Paul's Church visits

 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. 

Fri 5th Oct - Month of the Rosary


On Friday lunchtimes during October, Years 4, 5 and 6 are meeting to pray the Rosary. 

Adoremus Brochure

Jesus, The Bread of Like

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.

Mon 10th Sept - Fr John


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.

Mon 10th Sept - 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.

Fri 7th Sept - Adoremus

Adoremus 2018

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. 

Thu 7th Jun: The Blessing of our School


 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.  

Bishop John's Homily

Bishop John's Homily

Click on the photo to watch Bishop John remind us that the school buildings and all the staff are only here because of the children.  He remembered that when he was here, our grounds were playing fields for Merchant Taylors'.

Bishop John's Blessing

Bishop John's Blessing

Click on the photo to watch Bishop John's blessing.

Go Givers meeting our guests

Go Givers meeting guests

After the blessing our Go Givers talked to our guests about all their community work.

Our new votive candles

Blessing of our new votive candles

Each class has been given a new votive candle for our focus tables, to commemorate the blessing of our school after the building works. Click the photo to watch Bishop John blessing them.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols


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.

C.A.F.O.D. Lent Fundraising


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.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

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.

Market Day

C.A.F.O.D. Market Day

On Tuesday 27th March we held our Market Day to raise funds for C.A.F.O.D. Click on the title page to see the photos and a video about how C.A.F.O.D. helps families who do not have enough food.

Palm Sunday


We celebrated Palm Sunday on Friday 23rd March.  The children waved 'palm leaves', sang and watched Jesus enter Jerusalem.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

 We celebrated Ash Wednesday on Friday 9th February as Ash Wednesday was in the half-term holiday. Year 3 led our celebration in school and we received our ashes.  Click on the photo.

Advent and Christmas

Holy Family


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.

Come and See Curriculum

You can find our Come and See curriculum for this term in our year group curriculum brochures. Click on the button.