Spiritual Life

Chaplaincy Provision

Painsley has outstanding Chaplaincy provision with a dedicated lay chaplain in addition to our College chaplain. The chaplaincy team facilitate many liturgical and spiritual opportunities for all students. The College chapel is at the heart of all we do and is open for all during the College day. There is also a Chaplaincy Crew in each year group, who help to plan, deliver and evaluate spiritual opportunities for all students.

Chaplaincy Crew

The chaplaincy crew is a really fun extra-curricular activity. Everyone has their own role; you could take part in the Masses by reading, singing in the choir or even do a bit of acting. We have a meeting every half term where we discuss how we can enhance and improve the spiritual life of the school. We have Mass every Thursday lunch time and everyone is invited. We also go to Masses organised by the Deanery, where we represent Painsley. Some of these Masses are; the Combined School Mass, the Good Shepherd Mass and the North Staffs Deanery Vocations Mass.

We think this is the most fun group to join in the whole school so if you want to come along and see for yourself please ask Fr. Kembell, Mrs Sowter or anyone from the Chaplaincy crew.


“He who sings prays twice” St Augustine

Every Thursday, 3.30-4.30pm in A9, the Glorify group meet to practice music of worship and praise. All students and staff are invited to come along to praise God through music. Glorify leads liturgical worship in Mass and other services. All instrumentalists (from trombonists to triangle-players, guitarists to air-guitarists) and singers of any age, ability and experience are welcome!

Chaplaincy Prayer

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to Be!