Prayer and Liturgy
Collective worship, or ‘prayer and liturgy’, is an integral part of the life of the Catholic school. Our school communities allows us all to become something bigger, we join together and share the Catholic identity of our schools: we celebrate together, we mourn together we pray together, we are a Catholic family of staff, pupils, parents, parish.
What is prayer?
Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God. - The Faith of the Catholic Church. Ed Rt Rev D. Konstant
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Our School Prayer
You are the friend of all children,
Look after our school St Mary Magdalene's.
Look after the children and the adults who work in it.
Help us always to do our best,
Help us to be kind to one another,
To work hard to become the best people we can possibly be.
Let your light shine for all to see,
Help us to celebrate your love in our lives.
The Romero Prayer
It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something and to do it well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.