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Religious Education at School|
Religious education is a huge part life at Saint Mary's. As well as the teaching the children recieve in lessons they are also exposed to a number of religious events and activities across the whole currciculm such as class masses, assemblies and charity events. We feel it is important to express that religious education is not a discrete subject- it happens all the time, Christ is at the centre of all we do.
We follow the Salford Diocese scheme of work Come and See. This is followed right from reception up to Year 6. The children are exposed to creative and stimultaing lessons in which their ideas, thoughts and questions are welcomed.
Each class also learns about a different religion alongside our own. We feel that the children need a knowledge and understanding of other world religions to teach them respect and tolerance.
Here is the Salford Diocese website for any further information: http://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/
Every class takes part in class Masses throughout the year- these are sometimes individual classes or joint with another class. The children are involved in the planning and organising of these Masses and can begin to understand the different aspects of a Mass.
Each class also celebrates with a weekly collective worship. These are intimate, quiet and calm moments we can spend with God. The children are becoming great at planning and leading these worships themselves.
We also hold para-litugies at special times of the year such as Advent, Lent and the Crowning of Mary in May.
We now have 9 chaplains in school who are doing brilliant work. Please see the Chaplains page:
We are very lucky at Saint Mary's to be so close to our parish church of Saint Mary's Oswaldtwistle. We have close links with the parish priest, Father O'Brien who regularly visits school and says Mass in Church for us. Please see our 'news' page for details of Mass dates... we'd love to see you there.
Saint Mary's church has an excellent children's liturgy, which runs on both Saturday evening mass and Sunday morning. It is a great opportunity for the children to see one another outside of school and come together to celebrate Jesus. Why don't you bring your child along and see for yourself? Masses are 6.30pm on Saturday evenings and 10.00am on Sunday mornings.
Saint Mary's Parish is a very active community with a number of groups and events such as the choir, the parish council, Saint Mary's ladies and the Friday soup kitchen. Anyone wishing to join in any of these groups is most welcome.
Here is Saint Mary's Church website where you will find details of mass times, newsletters and upcoming events in the parish:
To contact Father O'Brien:
Saint Mary's Presbytery
Catlow Hall Street