Welcome to our Whole School Catholic Life page – Mrs David’s opportunity to share aspects of faith formation and our OLOL experiences that have an impact on a child’s perception of what Catholic Life is all about. At OLOL we ensure that Catholic Life infuses every aspect of our school day so that our work, our prayer, our play is all rooted in personal faith development, and our school, parish and the wider life of the Church is greatly enhanced as a result.
Mrs Anthony has made a fantastic display with the help of the pupils linked to Priestly Vocations – we prayed for the priests of our parish and the world to give them strength to continue in their good work for our Catholic Church…
Pupil Planned & Led Prayer at OLOL
Children at OLOL have free access to a special prayer and reflection area. It is common to find all ages of children in here during their break and lunchtime praying, reading bible stories, discussing an issue or acting out scenarios linked to a bible dice as seen today…
Family Rosary Session 2
It was great to see an increased number of families joining us for our second Family Rosary session in the school hall today. The children led the prayers beautifully and over time we hope these prayer sessions will inspire a love of the Rosary and confidence to use it daily for OLOL children. During Advent we will be holding Prayer Services for families each week.
Family Rosary for October
During October we have started Family Rosary Sessions for OLOL families to have an opportunity to pray together with staff. The Rosary is a powerful prayer and we can pray it in parts or all at once, we can pray it at home, school, Church, in the car – wherever you are the Rosary can be with you. The Rosary is a wonderful time to reflect and think deeply about our faith. Our Lady asked for the Rosary to be prayed when she appeared at Fatima – she is after all Our Lady of the Rosary, this is how important this recitation is. We would love to see more families with us next week!
Father Sean’s 70th Birthday – October 2018
Sharing joy is an integral part of our Catholic Life together at OLOL and yesterday we were able to celebrate a very special birthday – Father Sean was 70 years old and we surprised him with two afternoon tea parties to give thanks for his vocation and the wonderful work he does within our Parish and School. Much food was eaten and children entertained Father Sean with celebratory songs both modern (Father Sean take on Baby Shark!) and slightly older from Father’s homeland of County Mayo (Green and Red of Mayo). It was a super day and we hope that Father Sean enjoyed the celebrations – he certainly looked surprised! We must never forget the gift we have in our Parish Priests who give their lives work and prayer to the greater good of the Church and our community.
St Vincent de Paul House Benediction
St Vincent de Paul House gathered in Church yesterday for their Benediction with Deacon Tim. It was a beautiful time for reflection and prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Deacon Tim spoke to us about what it means to help God with his harvest – a very simple message to us about our role in the universal Church as part of God’s family and how we all share a part in the Mission of the Church.
The Canonisation of St Oscar Romero
In our liturgical assembly today we talked about the life and work of St Oscar Romero. We celebrated his canonisation into Sainthood yesterday with 6 other holy people including Pope Paul VI. One of our House Teams is named after St Oscar Romero so this is quite a special occasion for the children and staff in that house.
Pope Francis announced that Oscar Romero was a martyr and he was beatified in El Salvador on 23 May 2015. Pope Francis said that all those who hold Archbishop Romero...
"as a friend in faith, who invoke him in as protector and intercessor, who admire him, should find in him strength and energy to build the kingdom of God".
Blessing our School at the start of the year…
Deacon Tim came into school to do his annual blessing of the classrooms.
Heavenly Father, lover of all, we praise you for giving us Jesus as our Saviour. He blessed the children who came to Him and welcomes those who come to him now. Look with love upon these children and protect them with your love. May they grow in age, wisdom and strength in your presence and in the sight of all. We ask this blessing, Father, through Your beloved Son, Christ our Lord.
House Team Benediction - St Teresa of Calcutta
Each month, one of our House teams has the opportunity to take part in Benediction. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a Monstrance and there is a period of silence when we are keeping watch before we say the Divine Praises.
Month of the Rosary begins at OLOL…
Here at OLOL we have a great love for the Rosary and it is a central part of our weekly prayer life. During October, one of two special Marian months, we increase this act of prayer as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and children have access to opportunities to pray the Rosary everyday this month in our special Prayer Area in the Conservatory or in class at a quiet time to suit. During the Year of Priests we keep the clergy and their vocation at the front of our minds in assembly and class based liturgy.
Little Way Week 2018
At OLOL each class has taken some time to think about Little Way Week (Mission Together) and how ordinary people like you and me can do extraordinary things through little acts of kindness. The children have been thinking about the life and work of St Thérèse of Lisieux and her acts of great love, the way she lived her vocation that she called her “Little Way”. This links so well with the messages we have been sharing this term about doing small things with great love. At OLOL being children does not stop our pupils from serving God through their acts of goodness towards others – our own OLOL Little Way! St Therese was a member of Mission Together and we can use their prayer to help us…
May all children in the world
Share love, Share friendship
and live in the peace of God’s love.
Now and forever.
St Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us.
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2018
We continue to support this very worthwhile event each September with parents and children baking cakes and other treats for sale at “the World’s Largest Coffee Morning”. We welcome parents and parishioners to share food, tea and chat in our school hall. It is important for our children to find their social voice in all acts of human kindness...
Adoremus with Archbishop Bernard
In September we took part in a Diocese wide adoration with all of the 209 other Catholic Primary Schools. This was a wonderful occasion! Father Sean brought the Blessed Sacrament from the Church and in a time of prayer and reflection as we waited for His Grace, Archbishop Bernard to begin his service, we thought about the Eucharistic Congress and what it means to be gifted with the Eucharist in our lives. This was a very spiritual experience for the staff and children. Deacon Tim and Mrs Anthony represented the school and parish at the Congress.
All the, small things…September 2018
We started the School Year with a Liturgical Assembly all about our goals and aspirations and took inspiration from Mrs David’s broken toes and the words of St David and St Teresa of Calcutta who both spoke of doing small things well and with love to get the greatest impact.
Teacher’s Vocation – September 2018
In our first school Mass this year we asked our school staff to share their commitment to the school and children – a living testament to our vocation as educators and spiritual leaders in our parish and school community. It’s always a special moment when we declare this aloud to the whole school and parishioners that join our Masses.
World Meeting of Families 2018
This summer, the Pope visited Ireland for the World Meeting of Families and we are really lucky that an OLOL family was selected to represent this Deanery at that celebration of family life. Mr Martin (Principal at St Thomas Aquinas), his wife Mrs Martin and 3 of our pupils – Beatrice, Teddy and Cecilia attended and shared their amazing adventure with us all on Twitter.
Year 6 Leaver's Mass 2018
We start the year by looking back at the end of last year and remembering the wonderful Leavers Mass for our departing Year 6 children – they have left the school but they are always part of the OLOL family! On this special Mass we shared memories and stories while praying for these children to use the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit well in the lives moving forward.