St Richard’s Catholic College is a community where all are welcomed in the spirit of Christian love and respect.
Our school encourages the wonder and joy of learning in order to ensure that every pupil reaches their full potential.
We enable all to flourish and grow together in friendship and in faith.
We aspire to be courageous, having the integrity and the spiritual strength to make a positive difference in the world, both now and in the future.
We endeavour to cherish our school motto of Community, Knowledge and Charity.
‘I have come so that all may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10)
The college has a Spiritual Life Team who are responsible for promoting and co-ordinating liturgical activities throughout the year and for leading the whole community in supporting the spiritual journeys of all who come to learn and work at St Richard’s. This Team is led by our Lay Chaplain, Jo Doyle, ably assisted by Liturgy Captain, Chris Varghese and Vice Captains, Katie Nash and Dominic Sharp.
What Do We Do?
We are fortunate in having a strong Chaplaincy team that is supported by Priests who lead the sacramental programmes of the school. The Priests are regularly in college and are available to staff, pupils and parents. They lead assemblies, our full school Masses on special occasions and on Holy Days of Obligation. The year Masses and form Masses are celebrated on a rota basis by the Priests of both Deaneries. The Priests, together with members of the Spiritual Life team, are always ready to assist with the preparation of form and year Masses and they provide pupils with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Assemblies are held every day and these are occasions when the college comes together as a community in prayer and worship. Assemblies are led by the Principal, the Vice Principals and Assistant Principals, Pastoral Leaders and the Lay Chaplain. Within the life of a Catholic college, the prayer life is an essential element of faith development. A prayer is said at the beginning of registration each day. At the start of each week, every member of staff is emailed prayers for the week that reflect the Gospel readings. Grace should be said before the start of lunch. Prayer may be led by the teacher or pupils. A prayer or reading is also to be said at the end of the day as a reflection of the day’s work.
Weekly Mass and Meditation Sessions
Every Friday morning Mass is offered in the Chapel. This Mass is open to the whole college community and many pupils are involved. Intentions are collected during the week for this Mass and it is an uplifting way to end the week. Every Monday, during registration time Meditation is offered to pupils. This has proved a popular way to ensure the week starts in a prayerful and calm way.
Each form has a designated Liturgy Rep who attends meetings, passes on notices and helps with liturgical roles around the school. Liturgy Reps are also involved in Fairtrade events and Eco Team events. The Liturgy Reps are responsible for the setting up of Masses or services, planning and linking with the Lay Chaplain about their Form and year services and promoting the Spiritual life of the school.