Collective Worship and Prayer Life
Collective Worship at St Dominic’s is an integral part of our ethos, aims and relationships. It is a way of deepening our relationship with God together and individually. Through the many forms this worship takes, we grow in spiritual, moral and liturgical understanding.
Acts of worship and prayer are woven throughout the school day. Staff and pupils are encouraged to pray with thoughtfulness and with respect through a variety of prayer experiences. There are formal prayers during the day when pupils come together as a class to offer their day to God, to bless their food and to ask for God’s continued protection at the end of the school day.
Pupils attend weekly assemblies during which they are encouraged to pray and praise God through song. The content and messages of weekly assemblies are linked to the Gospel and Liturgical year. Special feasts or Holy days are also focused on during these assemblies, alongside any fundraising initiatives for Catholic charities such as CAFOD or St Vincent de Paul Society,
Pupils are given the opportunity to plan and lead an act of worship weekly. They plan and write prayers as part of classroom and whole-school Masses and prayer services.
Pupils are invited to visit the Church at regular times throughout the liturgical year for planned events and prayer services, for example to learn more about their Class Saint or the Stations of the Cross, or to attend Confession. At appropriate times in the school year, the children lead the ten o’clock parish weekday Mass or other Prayer Services and religious events in the Church. Pupils are also welcomed to the Church each Friday lunchtime for personal prayer. Parents are invited to all school Masses and prayer services to join us in worshipping with staff and pupils.