As a Catholic school, our belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and in his teachings as the right way to live, are fundamental to the entire ethos of our teaching, care for and attitude towards the children. It is integral in all aspects of school life and is outlined in our mission statement, it means that in Religious Education we are not just teaching a curriculum subject but also a living faith which we are encouraging children to share in.
Collective worship is at the heart of our role as a Catholic School. Our coming together to worship and pray is that golden moment in each day when we are drawn together, enabling the spiritual development of each child and providing opportunities to develop a personal relationship with God.
Worship takes many forms, including:
Class, key stage and whole school assemblies
Whole school and class Masses
As a school we are committed to including the children in all that we do. The children lead prayers and prayer services and many take an active role in the preparation and delivery of other acts of collective worship.
Other forms of worship are arranged at special times during the school year with opportunities to take part in Carol Services, celebration Masses, including Holy days of Obligation, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation or other traditional devotions and services.
Learning in a Caring Christian Community
Each child is unique and comes with their own gifts of the Holy Spirit. We seek to develop each child’s individual talents by nurturing them academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. The delivery of a wide and thorough curriculum helps inspire and excite enthusiasm to learn and prepares the children for the responsibilities and experiences of life.
The school works closely with the Parish catechists involved with the preparation of children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Catholic children in our school receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist in Year 3 and the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6.
The Wednesday Word
The Wednesday Word spreads the Gospel in a powerful new way – sowing seeds to school pupils, parents and their families. Endorsements have already been received from the Vatican, the Bishops’ Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis and the Committee for Marriage and Family Life, etc. The Wednesday Word mission aims to help all school families draw closer to God, to the Church and to each other.
The primary school version of The Wednesday Word is a double-sided A4 leaflet which carries the Sunday Gospel into school family homes. The children receive the leaflet in school each week for them to take home with them to read with the rest of the family.
This way, the Word will be sent out (as in the Parable of the Sower and the Seed), creating a new opportunity for the Word to be present in the homes of school families connected to participating primary schools.
The weekly appearance of The Wednesday Word in the home is also designed to act as a regular invitation to the Eucharist throughout the time that the family is connected to the life of the school. This is a most excellent way to support school families and a wonderful new way to enhance the Home, School and Parish partnership.
The Wednesday Word is used as the focus for an act of collective worship every week in Keystage 2 .
Find out more at: www.wednesdayword.org.uk/index.html
St Thomas More Parish Church
Our church, St Thomas More Parish Church, is situated at
142 Oxford Road,
OX5 1DZ. Tel: (01865) 377093
Fax: (01865) 842265
Our Parish Priest is Fr (Dr) Prem Fernando, serving also in Woodstock, at the parish church of St Hugh of Lincoln.
Sunday Masses: St Thomas More Saturday Vigil 6pm, Sunday 11.00am St Hugh of Lincoln Sunday 9.30am
Holydays: St Hugh of Lincoln Vigil of Holyday: 6pm St Thomas More: 9.30am 7.30 pm
Weekday Masses: St Hugh of Lincoln: Wednesday 12.00 noon St Thomas More: varies Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: after Mass on Friday at St Thomas More
Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Thomas More; Saturdays 5 – 5.30 or by appointment
Baptisms – by appointment.
Links with School
The pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 attend Parish Mass once every two weeks on a Thursday morning. Father Prem gives the pupils in these year groups the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation every term. All term time Holy days and school celebrations, including Harvest Mass and the Feast of St Thomas More, are celebrated in Church by the whole school. The school works closely with the catechists involved with the preparation of children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.
Go north along the A4260 through Kidlington. Turn into the service road that runs parallel to this road and keep going north. The church is situated at the end of this service road at the junction with Bicester Road.