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.
What Do We Do?
We are fortunate in having a strong Chaplaincy team. This Team is led by our Lay Chaplain, Jo Doyle assisted by Liturgy Captains and Vice-Captains, which are elected annually from year 10 and 11. We are also 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.
Each year group receives an assembly, these are occasions when the college comes together as a community in prayer and worship. Assemblies are led by the Principal, the Vice Principal, 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.
“Collective worship is an integral part of daily life. Pupils respond enthusiastically to the wide range of opportunities to plan and lead acts of worship.” – Section 48 Diocesan Report 2018
Each week, collective worship in the form of a set of slides created by the Lay Chaplain, is sent to all staff, to lead a prayer at the start of every registration, these can be read by the teacher or pupils. The day is then ended with a prayer or reading to reflect on the day. Grace should be said before the start of lunch a slide for this is provided by the lay chaplain. An example of these Slides can be found in the section on prayer resources.
We are fortunate to have a designated chapel on site and this is used for services masses. Every Friday morning Mass is offered in the Chapel. Supported by the clergy of both deaneries, 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.
“They are blessed to have the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. It serves as the spiritual centre of the school and is an inspiration for teachers and pupils. It is open all day. – Diocesan Section 48 Report 2018
Each form has a designated Liturgy Rep who attends meetings, passes on notices and helps with liturgical jobs around the school. Liturgy Reps are also involved in Fairtrade events and Charity 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.
“Collective worship is central to the life of the school. Acts of collective worship are given a high profile and are well resourced. There are extensive and varied opportunities for prayer and worship. Pupils confirmed that prayer is part of daily life in the school; it is not something added on to the day.” – Section 48 Diocesan Report 2018