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Chaplaincy

Our School Chapel

We celebrate Mass in our school Hall or Chapel at key times throughout the liturgical year. All pupils and staff are welcome to attend.

Reflection

Poverty
The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

Faith and Community Group

Mount Carmel’s Faith and Community Group meet every half term. This consists of staff, students and Parish priests. We discuss many aspects related to faith within our school and across the community. A comprehensive schedule of events takes place throughout the year which includes liturgies, partnership events and support of charities through fundraising activities and other events supported by our GIFT team and YSVP group.

Objectives 2018-19       Schedule 2018-19

YSVP group

Mount Carmel’s YSVP group meet every week for a short liturgy and a meeting in the school chapel. The group also visit a local Care Home each week for adults with learning difficulties/disabilities. Students play games, chat, socialise and some even read to the residents.

GIFT team

A group of pupils from a mix of year groups work closely with our school chaplaincy coordinator to arrange and present liturgies and assist with Masses. They are the school G.I.F.T. team (Growing in Faith Together).
This will be fully operational again once the school has appointed a chaplain.

Year 7 Welcome Mass

We officially welcome our new Year 7 pupils soon after the Autumn term begins during a Welcome Mass. They come off their timetables for the day and spend time reflecting on their first few weeks whilst preparing for the Mass.
At the end of the day Mass is celebrated attended by family members and staff from both Mount Carmel and primary schools. Pupils contribute to the Mass singing, reading prayers, lighting candles and placing leaves signifying their aspirations on a tree. Mr Bowers and Mrs Lowe explain how they are part of the Mount Carmel family and hand each of them a Mount Carmel candle to take to their homes.
 
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