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Y5 Prayer

Collective Worship

Prayer and worship at St.Finian's, takes place daily. Our children actively participate in the preparation and facilitation of worship and are taught the important skills to lead worships reverently and confidently. We also join together in prayer with local schools and with catholic schools from across the Portsmouth Diocese, to celebrate special feast days, events and to pray for special intentions. 

Mrs Jarratt and Bishop Philip (1)

Our weekly pattern of prayer includes:

Monday            Whole school Gospel worship linked to the Sunday Gospel, led by the Headteacher.

Tuesday           Class led worship

Wednesday     Whole school hymn practice (praise & worship focus)

Thursday         Key stage worship/House worship led by class teachers or pupils on a rota basis.

Friday               Celebration mission leaf assembly (led by staff, pupils and headteacher)


Our Lady

School Saints

Every child at St.Finian's, belongs to one of three Houses named after our school saints-St. Margaret Clitherow, St. Thomas More and St. Edmund Campion. Children collect house points for their House throughout the year and are encouraged to follow the example set by the lives of our saints; lives of prayer, humilty and service. The winning house is awarded the House Cup at the end of term celebration assembly. 

home-school-parish partnership

FHC group 1

Parents, parishioners and friends are warmly invited to join school worship and celebrations on a regular basis throughout the liturgical year. This might be for a special liturgy e.g. Harvest, Advent, a feast day or for class worship. 

Local Parish; Our local church parish is Our Lady of the Assumption, Thatcham, and our parish priest is Fr. Kevin O’Brien. We are also linked with the catholic parishes of St.Joseph's Newbury, St.Mary's Woolhampton and Douai Abbey. We celebrate regular Masses in the school hall and also in the parish e.g. Education Sunday in early September. Several parishioners at Our Lady’s parish serve as school governors.

The parish of Our Lady's runs a First Holy Communion programme each year for our lower KS2 children; this is celebrated at school with families and friends with a special Mass in June, coinciding with the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. 

School Newsletters; Our school newsletters inform parents about the catholic life of our school and highlight the Sunday Gospel message.  We regularly report on progress made on social action initiatives as part of our Mini Vinnies work and committment to the themes of catholic social teaching  (CST) whic thread through school life. 

Parish prayer partners; Each class at school has a prayer partner from the parish (an elderly local resident); the children regularly pray for their prayer partner and invite them up to school for special events and afternoon tea parties.


· New Term Mass

· Welcome Liturgy

· Harvest Worship

· All Saints 

· All Souls

· Remembrance Service

· School Feast Day Mass – 12th December

· Advent Liturgy

· Reconciliation

· Advent Chapel Service (St.Gabriel’s Chapel)


· Epiphany Mass 

· Ash Wednesday Liturgy (if falls in school time) 

· Reconciliation 

· Stations of the Cross Service 

· Holy Thursday Liturgy (if falls in school time)


· Easter Mass

· Our Lady Liturgy & Rosary

· Pentecost

· St. Peter and St Paul (celebrating First Holy     Communion)

· Leavers Liturgy (For Y6 and their families)

· End of Year Mass

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