Welcome to the Catholic Life hub for De Lisle College. I am Mr Archer, the Lay Chaplain. You can find me in school in the Chaplaincy Office, or contact me via email: email@example.com.
Here you will find all that we have been up to in Catholic Life as a school community over the course of the year. This includes: The Mission Team, weekly Mass, retreats in school and to other providers, Acts of Worship, weekly prayer slides, messages from me, charity work, highlights from the liturgical calendar, and much more!
The Mission Team
The Mission Team is a core group of students spanning Years 7 -11, who work in collaboration with the Catholic Action Committee. The Mission Team's objectives are to evaluate Acts of Worship, co-ordinate form room displays, and prepare afternoon prayer. The team also work alongside local primary schools, meeting young people and working with them to prepare liturgies, which then gives them a familiar face when they make the step up to secondary school. We have lots of plans for the future so keep an eye on our news stories below.
Every Wednesday afternoon we celebrate Mass with a form group and a local priest in our Chapel. The Chapel is located at the entrance of the school and has recently undergone renovations. It is open all day and young people can use it as a space of peace and prayer.
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have been taking part in Lent Liturgies this half term. We have been meeting in the Chapel and praying through different prayer stations together.
At the first station we focused on ourselves, by drawing a self-portrait and writing a personal affirmation, which was then placed in our blazer pockets so it is always with us. At the second station we focused on the burdens we have, whether at school or home, and offered them to Jesus to carry. At the final prayer station we spent some time reflecting on our gifts, talents and the qualities we bring and add to the De Lisle community.
Each session finished in prayer for others using our ‘prayer wall’, which is now full of prayers for our classmates, friends, families, and the wider global community.
You can read about last term's Advent Liturgies here.
Other service provider retreats
In November, 50 Year 7 students visited The Briars, Derbyshire. The Briars is the Catholic youth retreat centre for Nottingham Diocese. Over the three days, the students engaged in a variety of fun and interesting sessions, which focused on personal, social and spiritual development. You can read more about this retreat here.
In March, 50 Year 8 students also had the great opportunity to visit The Briars, you can read about their wonderful experience here. We're planning more exciting retreats for the future, so watch this space!
Year Group and House Acts of Worship
From Tuesday - Friday each week all year groups celebrate an Act of Worship, with a small group of students leading the liturgy. The Acts of Worship are celebrations of the week and look at a key theme in a modern context.
We also celebrate the feast days of our house patrons throughout the year (St Margaret Clitherow, St John Fisher, St Thomas More, St Ralph Sherwin). We celebrated the feast day of Ralph Sherwin house just before the end of the Advent term, which you can read about here. We have more recently celebrated the feast day of St Margaret Clitherow, which you can read about here.
The school joins together every morning and afternoon to pray as a community. You can find these prayers here.
De Lisle College works with several local and global charities every year. You can see who we have been working with, and what we have been working on, in our latest news stories below.
The Eco Team
Although The Eco Team aren’t part of the Mission Team, they are doing lots of excellent work making the school more ecological and sustainable. As part of the St Thomas Aquinas CMAT feast day, representatives from our Eco Team visited St Paul's Catholic School, Leicester, to exchange eco gifts. You can read more about this here, and see our latest news in our news stories.
Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service (NDCYS) publish a weekly video, 'Extra-ordo-nary', which can be viewed here. Each video has a different weekly theme linked to the liturgical season, to help connect and inspire your prayer and liturgy. There are also other liturgical resources available to view here.
The Pope Video is an official global initiative to disseminate the Holy Father’s monthly intentions. It is carried out by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). The latest video can be viewed here.
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