We are fortunate in St. Colman's to have a beautiful Chapel and an Oratory which facilitate attendance at Mass and some moments of quiet prayer and peace. Our hope is that the pupils will make their own, the faith that you, the parents have handed on to them, a faith which embraces every aspect of human life, the heart and the mind, a faith they will cherish with love and charity.
It has been said that "A life unreflected upon is not worth living." Here in St. Colman's, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of school life, we provide the time and means for our pupils to reflect on their lives. This reflection includes cherishing the Catholic tradition and promoting the spiritual dimension of the pupils' lives. Spirituality is seen as an integral part of school life and takes the form of religious education and spiritual exercises for all pupils.
The spiritual exercises include:
Morning assemblies organised and presented by the pupils themselves;
In November Canon Hackett leads prayer during morning assemblies for each year group;
Celebration of Mass for pupils and staff on various occasions throughout the year (Dedication of Studies, J1 Class Masses, Weekly Mass during Advent and Lent, j2 and J3 year Group Masses, Celebratory Mass for Leavers);
Prayer Services in the classroom as part of the Religious Studies programme;
Retreat for Staff;
S3s and J1s have a one day in Retreat;
During Lent Fr Hackett works with groups of S3 students on Imaginative Prayer;
In both Advent and Lent S3s have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation;
A number of S3 and S4 students are prepared for Parish Life by acting as Eucharistic Ministers;
There is a thriving junior St Vincent de Paul Society.