Catholic Life at St. Francis of Assisi

At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School we believe our children and school community really live out their motto of:

‘Nothing is impossible with God’

(Luke 1:37). 

Our faith permeates through all we do – take a look at our faith below!

St Maximillian Kolbe Parish

Please click the link below to go to our parish website of St Maximillian Kolbe, Beeston    

Our Parish Website, including the weekly bulletin, mass times and information for our parish families

 

Our church belongs to the Parish of St. Maximillian Kolbe. Our school has very strong links with St. Anthony’s school who is served by the same parish. We meet regularly and for various occasions, such as feast days, RE planning times, school council meetings, sport activities, etc. We work with one another, support each other and celebrate together.  Here are some examples of our home-school-parish links –

  • Weekly our school plans and leads Friday Mass – with our children reading, altar serving and writing the prayers of the faithful.
  • We celebrate significant feast days Masses and liturgical processions with our parish.
  • Our parish choir meet together weekly, along with St. Anthony’s school children and sing regularly at Sunday Mass.
  • Parishioners are invited to be prayer-sponsors for our children as they complete the important sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, in partnership with the parish.
  • Easter and Christmas cards are made by our children and given to parishioners attending Mass.
  • We support fundraising activities that are held in the parish, for example the parish Christmas Fayre.

First Holy Communion Catechesis (2021-2022) 

Any Year 4 & Year 5 children who are seeking to receive Holy Communion for the first time (having already made their first Confession) are invited to attend a meeting at S Anthony’s at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 21st September. Please remember to attend Holy Mass each week. Fr Whitwell will provide further information via the parish newsletter and attendance at Holy Mass each week.

Thank you,

Fr Whitwell

Year 6 Confirmation (2021)

Any Year 6 child seeking to be Confirmed in December needs to attend a meeting in S Anthony’s at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 5th October. Please attend Holy Mass each week. Further information will be provided in the parish bulletin and attendance at holy mass weekly.

Thank you

Fr Whitwel

 

Our Sacramental Journey

At St Francis of Assisi School we aim to ensure that our baptised children can complete their journey to become full members of the Catholic Church. Children are provided with support within school and the Parish to make the sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist and Confirmation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

This Sacrament was completed by our Year 3 baptised pupils. To begin with, there was a presentation at Church, where Father  blessed all of the children at the start of their journey. Children were then prepared to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation through 3 sessions that took place at School.  Following these sessions, the children completed the Sacrament by confessing their sins to God. They were then restored to the innocence of their Baptism. The next Sacrament in their journey is to receive Jesus in their First Holy Communion (the Eucharist.)

Sacrament of the Eucharist

In order to prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist the children follow the programme ‘Heart Speaks to Heart’. This is completed over a series of sessions, with Father Whitwell. Parents will support them on every step of the journey. Once the children have completed this scheme, they will receive Communion for the first time at Sunday mass on an agreed date with Father. It is important that children attend all three school sessions and attend Mass regularly.

First Holy Communion Preparation

First Holy Communion Sessions

 Sacrament of Confirmation

Children will begin this journey in Year 5. They will attend a series of preparation classes at Church which once again, will be supported by parents, before taking the Sacrament in a Diocese wide Mass led by the Bishop. The children pledge to remain committed to their Catholic faith and do their upmost to be loyal servants for God.

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 The Mini Vinnies are quite literally mini St. Vincent de Paul’s.

 Mini Vinnies are 7 to 11 year olds based in schools and parishes across England and Wales, and in several other countries across the world. It is a Catholic organisation that inspires people to live according to the Gospel and teaches love,respect,  kindness, generosity and understanding in order to help the most vulnerable and encourage equality among our brothers and sisters. Mini Vinnies members are there to volunteer and assist by TURNING CONCERN INTO ACTION!

 Our Mini Vinnies

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                            

 

Turning Lives Around Tin Collection

The Mini Vinnies have helped support collecting tin and all things non perisable for the homeless. Everyone has been so generous with their donations, thank you very much!! Turning Lives Around will be very pleased with our offerings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can we do at home?

Utilise the resources on the Mini Vinnie website, you do not have to be a member to access it, there are many activities to do while you are at home.

https://www.svp.org.uk/mini-vinnies/about

Here are some activities I have selected that you can do at home, I have attached a link to each activity that your parents can print out.

Place Your Prayers on the Cross

Give your hands to God_0

MV Logo Colouring

Turning Lives Around Awards

Well done to everyone at St Francis for all the wonderful donations to Turning Lives Around during Christmas 2019. We have finally received our school certificates! Here are some pictures of our proud Mini Vinnies being awarded them, on the school’s behalf. You all made such a difference to those less fortunate people who last year, spent Christmas with a smile after receiving one of the bags containing your donations. These lovely certificates will be on display in the school Reception Area very soon. May God bless you and your families for all your support with our Mini Vinnies projects.

An extra big shout out to Myrus who was in Year 3 at the time and donated the most items securing his class to win the chocolates and the extra playtime! He received a personalised certificate for all his hard work!

Liturgical year

The Liturgical Year begins on the First Sunday of Advent and runs through to Solemnity of Christ the King.

 

Liturgical Cycles

The Lectionary follows a Sunday and Weekday Cycle. The Sunday Cycle is 3-yearly and denoted by the letters A, B and C. Each year follows through one of the Gospels: A-Matthew, B-Mark, C-Luke. The Gospel of John is proclaimed on particular Sundays in each of the years. Weekdays in Ordinary Time follow a 2 year cycle numbered I and II. Year I is read in odd number years: year II in even ones.

Liturgical Seasons

Advent

From evening prayer 1 of the Sunday falling on or closest to the 30 November (The First Sunday of Advent) and ends before evening prayer 1 of Christmas, on 24 December, There are 4 Sundays of Advent. Advent has a twofold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time.  Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.

Christmas

From evening prayer 1 of Christmas, ( celebrated on the evening of 24 December, the beginning of the liturgical day of 25 December – Birth of the Lord) to Baptism of the Lord (Sunday after the Solemnity of the Epiphany).  Next to the yearly celebration of the paschal mystery, the Church holds most sacred the memorial of Christ’s birth and early manifestations. This is the purpose of the Christmas season.

Ordinary Time 

From the Monday following the Baptism of the Lord to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The Sundays in Ordinary Time are numbered consecutively from the Baptism of the Lord.  The Sundays of this season do not celebrate a specific aspect of the mystery of Christ. Instead they are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. continues after the season of Easter.

Lent

From Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday. There are 6 Sundays of Lent.

Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. For the Lenten liturgy disposes both catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery: catechumens, through the several stages of Christian initiation; the faithful, through reminders of their own baptism and through penitential practices.
Holy Week, which begins on the 6th Sunday of Lent, Passion [Palm] Sunday, has as its purpose the remembrance of Christ’s passion, beginning with his Messianic entrance into Jerusalem.

Easter Triduum

Begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil and concludes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.  Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. The solemnity of Easter has the kind of pre-eminence in the year that Sunday has in the week.

Easter Season

The Easter season begins with a celebration of the Easter Vigil on Easter Sunday and concludes 50 days later with Pentecost Sunday. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day,or better as one ‘great Sunday’ These are above all others the days for the singing of the Alleluia.

Ordinary Time

From the Monday following Pentecost Sunday until the Saturday before the 1st Sunday of Advent. The last Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King which is Sunday 34 in Ordinary Time. The preceding Sundays are calculated to end with Sunday 34. The Sundays of this season do not celebrate a specific aspect of the mystery of Christ. Instead they are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects.

Liturgical Colours

There are 4 principal liturgical colours:

  • White is used in the the seasons of Easter and of Christmas; also on celebrations of the Lord (other than of his Passion), of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Holy Angels, and of Saints who were not Martyrs; on the solemnities of Trinity Sunday, All Saints (1 November) and of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (24 June); and on the feasts of Saint John the Evangelist (27 December), of the Chair of Saint Peter (22 February), and of the Conversion of Saint Paul (25 January). It may in England & Wales be used for Funerals.
  • Red is used on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and Good Friday, on Pentecost Sunday, on celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, on “birthday” feasts of the Apostles and Evangelists, and on celebrations of martyred Saints.
  • Green is used in Ordinary Time.
  • Violet is used in the seasons of Advent and of Lent. It may also be worn for Funerals.
  • Black may be used, where it is the practice, for Funerals.
  • Rose may be used, where it is the practice, on Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent) and on Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent).
  • On more solemn days, festive, that is, more precious, sacred vestments may be used, even if not of the colour of the day.

Our Harvest Donations were presented to Bishop Marcus at The Good Shepherd Mass October 2021

 

 

We travelled to Leeds Cathedral to present Bishop Marcus with our Good Shepherd Donations.

 

 Welcome Mass 2020

 

 

We started our new academic year with a Welcome Mass, which, unusually, took place on the school field.We were lucky with the weather, and everyone enjoyed the new and very different experience.Father Timothy Whitwell lead the Mass and commented on how beautiful it was.Many thanks to all our children, staff, parents and parishioners for helping us to start this new year in a very special way!

 

Candlemas 2020

 

 

Father Whitwell blessed our school and class candles, for our collective worship sessions.

 

Christingle 2020

 

 

We had an amazing Christingle service in church.  We all made Christingles as a symbol of Jesus as a light of the world.  Our singing and acting was great too!

 

Remembrance Sunday 2019

 

 

Every child in school learnt about the meaning of Remembrance Sunday and made a poppy to remember those who have died or been injured in wars and conflicts.  We decorated our church with them.

 

May Procession 2019

 

 

Our First Holy Communion children lead our whole school in procession to crown our lady in church. We also joined St. Anthony’s school and church for their May Procession.

 

 

Reconciliation 2019

 

 

Our school children who have enrolled on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Programme.

 

Praying the Rosary

 

 

During October and May we always pray the rosary each day.  In May, we joined a national rosary day, with one million other children to pray for world peace.

 

Spirited Away Competition

 

 

Our school winners of the national assosication of RE teachers competition.  We learnt about peace, forgiveness and the Holy Spirit.

 

School Prayers

Morning Prayer

Father in Heaven, you love me; you are with me night and day.

I want to love you always in all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you Father, bless me through the day.

Amen.

 

Grace before meals

Bless us O God, as we sit together.

Bless the food we eat today.

Bless the hands that make the food.

Bless us O God. Amen

 

Grace after meals

Thank you God for the food we have eaten.

Thank you God for all our friends.

Thank you God for everything.

Thank you God.

Amen.

 

Afternoon Prayer

God, our Father, I come to say; thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light.

Amen.

 

Traditional Prayers

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, 
Hallowed be Thy Name. 
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy Will be done, 
on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, Full of Grace,

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, 

pray for us sinners now,

and at the hour of death.

Amen.

 

Glory Be

Glory Be to the Father,

and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

 

Act of Sorrow

O my God, I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for all my sins,
for not loving others and not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus
and not sin again .

Amen

 

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten not made, one in being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

St Francis of Assisi

The Catholic Toolbox: St. Francis of Assisi Activities for Kids

We are proud that St Francis is our school saint as he is a great role model for us all!

 We celebrate St Francis and his life and legacy each year on his feast day  on the 4th October. We share a whole school worship, learn more about him and enjoy some fun activities in each class

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 – to be added

Year 4

Year 5 – to be added

Year 6 – to be added

Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1182. He grew up leading a privileged life as the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. His father wanted him to become a businessman and taught him about the French culture. About the age of nineteen Francis went to battle against the nearby town of Perugia. Francis was captured and taken prisoner. He was held prisoner in a dungeon for a year before his father paid the ransom and he was set free. Over the next few years Francis began to see visions from God that changed his life. The first vision was when he was sick with a high fever. At first he thought that God had called him to fight in the Crusades. However, he had another vision that told him to help the sick. Finally, when praying in a church, Francis heard God tell him to “repair my church, which is falling in ruins.” Francis gave all his money to the church. His father became very angry with him. Francis then left his father’s home and took a vow of poverty. As Francis lived his life of poverty and preached to people about the life of Jesus Christ, people began to follow him. He had one basic rule which was “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps”. Francis was a devoted follower of the Catholic Church. He and his followers traveled to Rome to get the approval for their religious Order from the pope. Francis was known for his love of nature and animals. There are many stories about Saint Francis and his preaching to animals. It is said that one day he was talking to some birds when they began to sing together. Then they flew into the sky and formed the sign of a cross. It was also said that Francis could tame wild animals. One story tells of a vicious wolf in the town of Gubbio that was killing people and sheep. The people of the town were frightened and didn’t know what to do. Francis went to the town to confront the wolf. At first the wolf growled at Francis and prepared to attack him. However, Francis made the sign of the cross and told the wolf not to hurt anyone else. The wolf then became tame and the town was safe.

He died in 1226 while singing Psalm 141. He was declared a saint of the Catholic Church only two years after his death.

The Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honour of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. Pope Francis said he was establishing the year so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfilment of God’s will.”In his Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father and a father in the shadows. In school, each class has been given one of the characteristics given by the Pope about St Joseph. Each class will focus on this characteristic throughout the year, learning who St Joseph was and why he is very special.

To mark the Year of St Joseph, each class  presented what they had found out about who St Joseph was and the wonderful things he did for Jesus. The children wrote some beautiful prayers asking God to help us show the characteristics of St Joseph and there was some beautiful art work created by the children. Below are examples of some of the work from each class.

Beautiful art work created by our Early Years Children

 

Year 1 – St Joseph: The Working Father – to be added

Year 2 – St Joseph the Obedient Father

 Year 3 – St Joseph the Accepting Father

Year 4 – St Joseph the Creatively Courageous Father – to be added

Year 5 – St Joseph the Tender and Loving Father

Year 6 – St Joseph: A father in the shadows – to be added

 Our latest RE Section48 Inspection was conducted on 5th February 2020. The overall effectiveness of our school was judged as GOOD with outstanding features.

Please see the full report by clicking the link below:

Religious Education S48 Inspection Report