Spiritual Life

Emmaus

Each morning we begin our day by meeting with Christ, just as the early disciples did on the road to Emmaus.  Our Emmaus tutor/s accompany us on that journey every day from 8.40-8.50am.  We invite Christ to be with us throughout each day and to stand with us in our thoughts, words and actions. In Emmaus time, we explore the Gospel for the week and the values Jesus gave to us.  Prayer is at the centre of this.

Holy Masses are celebrated throughout the Year.

  • Welcome Masses
  • Thanksgiving Masses
  • Whole School Masses
  • Year Feast Day Masses
  • Advent Masses

September 

  • Welcome Masses
  • Visit to Chapel
  • Year 6 Feeder Day Retreat

October

  • Harvest Festival
  • The Annual Combined Schools Mass
  • Year 11 Feast Day – Guardian Angels
  • The Holy Rosary

November 

  • Holy Souls and Remembrance Services

December

  • Advent Penitential Services
  • Christmas Party for the Friends of Painsley
  • Christmas Carol Service for Year 12 and 13
  • Year 11 Retreat Morning

January

  • Year 9 Feast Day – The Conversion of St. Paul

February

  • Year 10 Feast Day – Our Lady of Lourdes

March

  • Parable of the Talents – Year 7 Fundraiser
  • Lenten Penitential Services

April 

  • Born For This – retelling of the Stations of the Cross
  • Year 7 Feast Day – St. Mark the Evangelist

May  

  • Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Year 12 and Year 10
  • Rosary and Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

June

  • Whole School Mass – the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
  • Year 7 Retreat Day – You are special, you are unique.

July 

  • Vocations Day for Year 9
  • Year 8 Feast Day – St. Thomas, Apostle

Our Emmaus Saints

Every Emmaus House has a Saint who inspires them to live out our Gospel Values and  Catholic Social Teachings.

CSTSaintHow                                      
Dignity of the Human PersonSt. Maximillian Kolbe

∙A Polish Franciscan friar

∙Founded monasteries in Japan and India

∙ Provided shelter for refugees, and Jews

∙A martyr in the German death Camp of Auschwitz during World War II by volunteering to take the place of a man with a family

Family and CommunityThe Holy Family∙The Holy Family (Jesus, his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his foster father, Saint Joseph) are the ultimate model for Christian families
Solidarity and the Common GoodSt. Therese of Lisieux

∙ A patron of mission

∙ Taught that through small, loving actions we can deliver God’s love to the world. This teaching is called the ‘Little Way’

∙Each year, we are invited to participate in ‘Little Way Week’ which is an initiative that encourages people to do seven small actions – one a day for a week – to witness to their faith through service

Rights and ResponsibilitiesSt. Vincent de Paul

∙Spent his life preaching missions to and providing relief to the poor

∙Established hospitals

∙Extended his concern and ministry to convicts

∙Founded the Ladies of Charity, a lay institute of women, to help, as well as a religious institute of priests – the Congregation of Priests of the Mission, commonly referred to now as the Vincentians

Option for the Poor and VulnerableSt. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

∙Established a religious community, Missionaries of Charity, dedicated to the service of the poorest of the poor

∙Formed the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa and the Sick and Suffering Co-Workers, ∙Known for her spirit of prayer, simplicity, sacrifice and her apostolate of humble works of love

Stewardship of God’s Creation.St. Francis of Assisi

∙Patron saint of animals and the environment.

∙Known for his compassion and for his deep connection to all beings particularly the animal kingdom

∙He cared for the sick and the poor

∙He believed all creatures were his brothers and sisters under God

The Dignity of WorkSt. Joseph the Worker

∙ Patron saint of workers

∙ St. Joseph was a carpenter & is often depicted with either the tools of his trade to signify that he was a worker

 

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