Each year, the Religious Education classes decide on a theme for the year and this theme is reflected in the music and art work for the Opening of the Year Mass.
“Bless Our School and Keep Us Safe"
Religious Education is a very important subject on the Curriculum. Prayer and participation in the Liturgy are essential aspects of Religious Education.
The Prayer Room is used by staff and students for prayer and reflection in the course of the day. Teachers bring their R.E. classes to the Prayer Room on a regular basis. Opportunities are provided for prayer, class and school Masses, penitential services and confessions. Days of Reflection are held annually for each class group. The School Chaplain visits the school on a regular basis and is available for all Liturgical services.
• Students prepare para-liturgies for Advent, Lent and Feast Days
• At least four times in the course of the year the entire school comes together for Liturgical celebration:
- Opening of the Year Mass in September,
- November Liturgy for the Holy Souls,
- Mass of the Gifts at Christmas
- Sixth Year Mass in May.
The students prepare the prayers and music and organise the offertory procession and communion reflections.
At Christmas, a large number of students collect money and prepare hampers for various charities. This is an important way of raising awareness of the needs of the Third World and of those less fortunate in the local community.
The very first live-streamed Opening of the Year Mass took place in Ursuline. The theme for the Year ‘Bless our School and Keep Us Safe’ was vividly captured in song, music& word. Thanks to Fr Jim for his beautiful homily, a reminder that the human spirit of hope will always triumph.
The Mass can be viewed in the video below. The mass starts at 20 mins in .