Welcome to our Prayer Life page
In a Catholic school, R.E. is at the core of the curriculum. Here at St. Ann's R.E. permeates every aspect of our school life. You can find our R.E. policy and Prayer and Collective Worship policy here.
In this section of the website, you will find lots of information about the Religious Life of our school, including dates for school masses, class assemblies and feast days alongside lots of other exciting news. We also QUOTE THE POPE! .... Inspirational words from Pope Francis himself.
You will also be able to find out about our Prayer Leaders and read about the development of our school Prayer Garden. On this page, we will also publish details of any special events or home link activities such as our travelling hearts (through Advent), our travelling crosses (through Lent) and a class set of Rosary beads (throughout the months of October and May).
Important dates for your diary this half term
Friday 23rd February 2018 - Year 2 Lent Mass
Friday 2nd March 2018 - Year 3 Lent Mass
Friday 9th March 2018 - Year 4 Lent Mass
Friday 16th March 2018 - Year 5 Mass for St Patrick's Day and Lent Mass
Friday 23rd March 2018 - Year 6 Lent Mass
Tuesday 27th March 2018 - 2pm - Year 5 Stations of the Cross performance at St Ann's Church
Travelling Crosses - A Lenten home link activity
Throughout Lent, the children will have the opportunity to bring home the Travelling Cross for their class. This is an opportunity to spend some time, as a family, reflecting on Lent and thinking about making a Lenten promise. Many children decide to give something up during Lent and some children pledge to do something extra. The Travelling Cross is a small wooden holding cross, designed to fit in the palm of your hand and hold during prayer. The pack also contains an LED tea light candle which may be used as a focal point for reflection. There is also a booklet containing Lenten prayers and reflections. The word search in the pack can be kept by your child but please ensure the other items are returned the following day, to your child's class teacher so that other families can benefit from this project. This is a similar project to the Travelling Hearts which were available during Advent.
We have a very active team of Prayer Leaders who support all our children in Prayer and Worship. You can read their profiles below.
Every two weeks, with Mrs McGarry's help, they plan and deliver KS2 Prayer Assemblies.
Do you ever find you want a break from the hustle and bustle of busy school life? Maybe you feel you want some space to think and reflect without the distractions of the playground. Do you have special prayer intentions?
The Prayer Leaders are here to help. Why not come along to our weekly Prayer Meeting? Initially, we will be running these for KS2 children on a TUESDAY break time in the room next to the Y5 classrooms offering you an opportunity to have space to think, reflect and pray with the Prayer Leaders.
On 21st June two of our prayer leaders, Casey and Millie, ran the weekly prayer meeting in the prayer garden. Making the most of the lovely weather, they were joined by children from years 3, 4 and 5 for a time of silent reflection and prayer before listening to the daily Gospel reading and offering their special intentions to Mary.
With special thanks to the Friends of St Ann's and school fund for providing contributions which have enabled us to complete our beautiful Prayer Garden. The Prayer Garden has recently been completed with the addition of our stunning statue, Our Lady. The statue stands proudly in the garden and gives a real focal point for thoughtful prayer and reflection. If visiting the Prayer Garden before or after school, please remember it is a sacred space and should be treated with respect. Please avoid standing on the benches, seats and cross planter but feel free to take a seat, make yourself comfy and consider the beauty of God's wonderful world.
As the weather improves, we will be taking more photographs. If you would like to see the during and after the works photographs, please click here.
Quote the Pope
Week beginning 9th October 2017
"Dear young friends, learn to pray every day: this is the way to know Jesus and invite him into your lives."
Week beginning 26th June 2017
"Jesus leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others."
Week beginning 19th June 2017
"Dear young friends, be brave. Let us learn to face moments of difficulty with courage, certain that the Lord never fails to give his support."
Week beginning 12th June 2017
"Let us stay united to Jesus, let us be nourished by daily prayer and by sharing in the Sacraments."
Week beginning 5th June 2017
"Every time that we make the sign of the cross, we draw closer to the great mystery of the Holy Spirit."
Week beginning 29th May 2017
"May we be united to one another, by the power of love which the Holy Spirit pours into our hearts."
Week beginning 22nd May 2017
"Jesus wants to be your friend, and wants you to spread the joy of this friendship everywhere."
Week beginning 15th May 2017
"The Holy Spirit helps us to view others with fresh eyes, seeing them as brothers and sisters in Jesus, to be respected and loved."
Week beginning 8th May 2017
"Put your trust in God, dear young friends! He knows and loves us."
Week beginning 1st May 2017
"The voice of Jesus is unmistakable! He guides us along the path of life."
Week beginning 24th April 2017
"Jesus is alive with us today! He is alive, Jesus is in our hearts"
Week beginning 10th April 2017
"Let us prepare to celebrate Easter in the joy of God! Christ is risen! Christ is alive! Accept the risen Jesus into your life. Take a small step towards him: he awaits you with open arms."
Week beginning 3rd April 2017
"To experience 'Holy Week' is to enter more and more into God's love and self-giving."
Week beginning 27th March 2017
"The compassion of God, his suffering-with-us, gives meaning to our struggles and our sufferings."
Week beginning 20th March 2017
"God grants us his love, which saves us, gives us strength and heals us."
Week beginning 13th March 2017
"God's love for us is so great, so deep. All God wants is for us to accept his love."
Week beginning 6th March 2017
"With God we can do great things."
Please click here to access the Wednesday Word website. It is very informative and family friendly.