St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, Burnley

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5th December 16

Welcome to St Mary's R.C. Primary School


Dear God,

Help us to use this time of Advent to prepare for the birth of your son.

Fill us with your hope, your peace, your love and your joy.

Come, Lord Jesus come.



Closing of the Year of Mercy.

We have had a very special year celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We attended the Mass at Salford Cathedral to celebrate Opening the Year of Mercy and throughout the year we have been working hard to do works of mercy. We had a special service to welcome the Diocesan Door of Mercy into our school and we have focussed on our God being a merciful Father.

To celebrate the Closing of the Year of Mercy we have all written messages of hope for refugees after hearing the story of the Lampedusa Cross. Father Peter came into school to celebrate a special service with us.  He brought a beautiful picture of the Prodigal Son, the same one we have in our church. Finally we attended the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Closing of the Year of Mercy at Salford Cathedral with Bishop John.  We remember we are on our faith journey and continue to pray: ‘Stay with us, Lord, on our journey.’

All Saints/Holy Souls Mass

Today Father Peter came into school to celebrate a very special Mass with us.  We prayed for all the brave people who have fought and died for peace in the world.  We placed our 'Book of Remembrance' on the altar so we could remember and pray for all our loved ones who have died and are in heaven.  

After our special Mass we obseved the two minutes silence to join our thoughts and prayers with everyone around the country.


We have had a wonderful response to our Harvest Collection this week. We started the week off with a Harvest Assembly and ended the week with a celebration Mass. Father Peter came into school to say Mass for us and it was lovely to be joined by some parents.  Thank you to everyone who sent in donations of food. They will be given to local people who are in need.

Many thanks to one of our parents for your kind email following your attendance at our Harvest Mass.


Mr Jones,

I visited St. Mary's school today to attend the Harvest Mass.

I have to say that the children behaved impeccably.

Their participation was enthusiastic and the singing was joyful, energetic and really authentic. You could feel the really positive and respectful vibe in the room.

I felt really proud that my daughter is a pupil at this school.

A huge well done to all the children and staff.

Keep up the fantastic work - it is clearly paying dividends!

Well done all.

Kind regards,


CAFOD’S  Brighten Up This Harvest.


Thank you to everyone who took part in our non-uniform day last Friday.

We raised £193 for the Cafod project to feed the hungry.

Rosary Club

During the month of October the Chaplaincy Team, with the help of Prayer Teddy, have been leading the rosary at lunchtimes. On good days we have been able to say our prayers by our grotto.

Mass To Celebrate The Beginning of Our New School Year.


Today we went to Saint Mary's Church where Father Peter celebrated a special Mass for the beginning of our new school year. Members of our families and some of Saint Mary's parishioners joined us to pray for a fantastic school year.  We welcomed our new members of staff, Year 6 received their gold ties and new members of the Chaplaincy Team were appointed. It was a very special and very happy occasion.

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Our  School Prayer

Speak with kindness every day.

Take care of others in a gentle way.

Make friends, forgive and show you care.

Always love and help and share.

Reach out to others when we can.

Yes, we are special in God’s plan

Say, “Thank you, Lord,” in a joyful way.

For now, tomorrow and every day.


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O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today.

Queen of the angels and Queen of the May.


This week we had a special Mass to honour Our Lady. Father Laurence celebrated with us and some of our parents and parishioners were able to join us. Pupils brought in  lots of beautiful flowers and we crowned Our Lady as a sign of our love and respect. Alex and Peter, who were celebrating their birthdays on this day, placed the crown on Our Lady.

The flowers were then taken ,with our love and prayers,  to people in our local community, to  local care homes for the elderly, the hospice and people we know who are sick. We are very grateful for the kindness of everyone who bought flowers for us.

To honour Our lady, in this special month of May, the chaplaincy team have been leading the rosary at lunchtimes.



This week our Year 5 Chaplaincy Team joined other Chaplaincy and GIFT (Growing in faith together) Teams for a day of celebration at Blessed Trinity. Our theme was 'Called to be Missionary Disciples'.  It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with other teams and share all the good work we are doing in our schools. We had morning prayer together, played some ice breaker games, presented our chaplaincy work to each other and worked in mixed groups to share ideas about how we can be missionary disciples in this special Year of Mercy. We enjoyed lunch together and prepared for our Mass.  We were very lucky to have Bishop John celebrate Mass for us. He commissioned Chaplaincy and GIFT Team members.  We presented him with special keys with the chaplains' names on. We used this symbol because Pope Francis has opened the Holy Door in Rome.  We all took part in the Mass and every school was presented with a special candle blessed by the Bishop.  We will light this candle in all our assemblies.  We had an amazing day and came back to school with new ideas.