Everyone is welcome to our church, Saint Mary’s the Mount Catholic Church.
St Mary’s The Mount Roman Catholic Church
Please see church website for further information: http://www.stmarysthemount.co.uk/.
Please refer to the parish website for information about baptisms, weddings and funerals.
What visitors say about our school:
"The children were so spiritual - it was a very moving experience."
"The singing and signing was wonderful during Mass."
"The children confidently led the service - it was beautiful"
At St. Mary’s the Mount Catholic Primary School we are able to receive three Sacraments:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Year 3
First Holy Communion - Year 3
Confirmation - Year 6
The programme for Sacramental preparation begins in Autumn 1. The children in Year 3 and Year 6 participate in a 'Mass of Commitment' at St. Mary’s the Mount Church. This enables the children and their families to make a clear symbol of commitment and dedication to the programme.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children in Year 3.
All children in Year 3 are included in the celebration of the sacrament and our inclusive ethos ensures that those children who are not baptised Catholics are enabled to participate as fully as possible in supporting their classmates during the programme.
Year 3 take another step along their Faith Journey by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a chance to say sorry to God for the things they have done that have hurt God, others and themselves. When God created man, in his image and likeness, he knew we would make wrong choices so he gave us the gift of Reconciliation so that we have the opportunity to put our wrongs, right and grow closer, to God; following in his ways.
Children in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The children prepare thoroughly for this Sacrament. The preparation takes place during RE lessons. The School and Parish Catechists also prepare the children at meetings on Monday evenings at St. Mary’s the Mount Church where they complete their ‘Spreading the Word of God.’ Parents are also invited to meetings with Father Jobin throughout the year.
A great emphasis is placed on the child and their family receiving the Sacrament together. The rest of the school and parish community support them by preparing and taking part in the special Masses.
During their final year at St. Mary’s, the children in Year 6 are prepared for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The preparation takes place during their RE lessons and they participate in three weekend retreat days at St. Mary’s Church throughout the year. Year 6 also spend a day on retreat with Dan Callow prior to making their Confirmation.
They are encouraged to select the name of a saint who has inspired them in some way. A sponsor is also chosen and has the role of supporting the child in their spiritual life.
The children are able to spend time with the Bishop, ensuring they are fully prepared and ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The evening itself is a very moving service but one of great celebration with children, parents, clergy, staff and members of the parish.
Year 6 children who are not making their Confirmation are encouraged to attend the service and sing as part of a choir.
If you are not Catholic but are interested in Baptising your child or would like to know more about the Catholic Faith please contact Fr Jobin.
Liturgy Group and Prayer
Our Liturgy group is made up of a small group of volunteers from year 6. Their role is invaluable to the Catholic life of the school. Throughout the year, they undertake learning walks to support staff with changing the altar cloths on the class prayer focus tables to keep in line with the Liturgical year. They set up for Mass ensuring everything is ready for when our Priest arrives including collecting numbers for people receiving communion. The children show great commitment with organising and leading Friday lunchtime prayer group. They organise a rota and support small groups from KS2 to plan and lead liturgy.
Every class has a prayer bag and the children have the opportunity to take it home for one week throughout the year.
Each prayer bag has a focus. The children and families are encouraged to set up a small prayer focus area and pray together using the prompts and ideas in the bag.
The focus for each year group is:
Nursery - Bible stories
Reception - Guardian Angel
Year 1 - Let the children come to me
Year 2 - Our wonderful world
Year 3 - Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
Year 4 - Our Lady
Year 5 - Following Christ
Year 6 - Vocations