Welcome to our chaplaincy page. I joined St James' in September 2019 and am incredibly excited to support the school community through my work as School Chaplain.
December was a busy but vibrant time for the catholic life of the school, with Year 10 retreats, Senior Citizen's Christmas party, supported by our Sixth Form students, reconciliation services for all year groups. and Christmas liturgy. In addition, we had the hugely successful campaigns for Mary's Meals and the Colindale Foodbank. It was lovely to witness the enthusiasm of students and staff in supporting these initiatives.
In 2020, let us be Christ for each other.
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
St Teresa of Avila
As 2020 is the Year of the Word, we will be encouraging students and staff to develop a deeper understanding of how the Bible can be inspirational and is itself inspired.
If I can provide you with guidance or support please do not hesitate to contact me.
Retreats And Liturgies
The final blessing of the mass commands us to “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”. As Catholics, our faith does not stop on Sunday. It permeates everything we say and do. This sections looks at how the liturgies, retreats and prayer days empower us to live this final blessing and glorify the Lord by our life.
Retreats enable pupils to take a step back from life and organise priorities. The days take place at both our local RAF museum and local parish, St Margaret Clitherows. Our Chaplain and members of the RE department run the activities and workshops based on the following themes. All retreats end with mass celebrated by Fr Brian.
Year 7: “Belonging” Students examine the commission to love each other. The parable of the Good Samaritan forms the basis of the day. Students also look at the life of St James and link this to their own lives.
Year 8: “Forgiveness” – Using the parable of the Prodigal Son, students look at the concept of forgiveness in relation to the love of God. This retreat takes place during lent so links in with the school reconciliation program.
Year 9: “Discipleship and the Work of CAFOD” – We explore the responsibility of being a Christian in the world today. At the end of the day students are commissioned to “be the person God intends you to be and set the world of fire” (Catherine of Siena)
Year 10: “Made in the Image and Likeness of God” Year 10 have a day of reflection, taking part in three workshops which will help to build self-image, confidence and to recognise their value as a special part of God's creation.
Year 11: “Trusting in God (based on Matthew 6: 25-34)” The retreat will support students in learning to cope with worry and trusting in God.
Sixth Form: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full”. This retreat is designed to challenge pupils to think of themselves as missionary disciples, as they embark on their life ahead of them.
Other Chaplaincy Events:
Throughout the year, students are encouraged to take part in additional diocesan events taking place throughout the UK. These include:
Dominican Pilgrimage to Walsingham