Our School Chapel
We regularly celebrate Mass in our school chapel or hall. We celebrate First Friday Mass on the first Friday of each month.
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
Mount Carmel are proud of the efforts we make in raising money for local charities and worldwide for example to Derian House Children's Hospice.
Faith and Community Group
Mount Carmel’s Faith and Community Group meet every half term. This consists of staff and students. 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 para-liturgies, partnership events and support of charities through fundraising activities and other events supported by our GIFT team and YSVP group.
At Mount Carmel we take pupil leadership opportunities seriously and no more so than in the Faith life of our school. Every form groups has a nominated Chaplaincy Rep who takes responsibility for co-ordinating the pupil-led prayer rota and connected Home, School and Parish as we enter into the fourth phase of Hope for the Future.
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.
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 Day
We officially welcome our new Year 7 pupils soon after the Autumn term begins during a Welcome Day. They come off their timetables for the day and spend time reflecting on their first few weeks. This year NETT Ministries delivered the day to our pupils.
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 and reading prayers. 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.