Holy Week 2021
Father O'Shea kindly blessed and gave every child a Palm Cross to mark Holy Week. In school, we had an Easter Theme Day which built on all of our recent Come and See learning. We spent the day learning about the Holy Week story and completed a range of activities (writing, art and drama) to show what we had learned.
Patronal Feast Celebrations 2021
To celebrate St Patrick's Day, Father O'Shea delivered a Remote Collective Worship from St Patrick's Church. He spoke about the appearance of St Patrick and the significance of the different features of his statue in church. Later, all children received a celebratory cake to mark our special Feast Day. Unfortunately, as a result of current restrictions, we weren't able to gather in Church this year for our usual Procession and Mass. It is hoped the full programme can be celebrated in 2022.
Stations of the Cross with Father O'Shea
During Lent, Father O'Shea recorded himself praying and reflecting upon the Stations of the Cross in St Patrick's Church. These were watched in Year Groups during Collective Worship time. To watch, please visit 'Catholic Life of the School Videos and Enhancements'.
Second national lockdown
Unfortunately, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic and UK Government restrictions, we are unable to gather publicly for the celebration of Holy Mass once again. As a solution to this, Fr O'Shea has launched a Parish YouTube channel and is streaming Sunday Mass online from 11am during the second lockdown. Father's Sunday Masses are available to watch firstly on the Church Facebook Page (St Patrick's Catholic Church, Wigan) before being uploaded to YouTube (St Patrick & St John, Wigan). It has been lovely to hear that so many of our families have enjoyed 'tuning in' and celebrating Mass with the wider Parish in this way. On Thursday evening, through church's Facebook Page, you are invited to participate in live, virtual prayer from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Resources from Liverpool Archdiocese
A selection of resources from the Pastoral Formation Team at Liverpool Archdiocese can be accessed by following this link:
A message from the Archbishop:
The Archbishop has recorded a video message for the feast of Corpus Christi.
It may be found by following the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Ow2Lc2gHE
Daily Prayers for Home during COVID 19 - resources available by following this link:
Sunday Liturgy for Families resources (during COVID 19) are available by following this link:
May is the month of Mary
The Holy Father has issued a letter for the month of May in which he encourages us to pray the Rosary. He has also included two prayers which we can say in union with him during the month.
To access the letter and prayers please follow the link http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/04/25/200425b.html
A message from the Archbishop
The Archbishop has produced a video message for Easter.
Please follow the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwviBcoYXVY
Holy Week resources during Coronavirus pandemic
Holy Week is the most important time of year for us as Christians, but we are unfortunately unable to gather together to pray and reflect this year.
To support you and your children in moving through Holy Week thoughtfully, prayerfully and with fun and enjoyment, Liverpool Archdiocese have gathered together some activities to help.
The activities/resources can be accessed by following this link:
Unfortunately, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic and UK Government restrictions, we are unable to gather publicly for the celebration of Holy Mass. As a solution to this, Fr O'Shea has launched a Parish YouTube channel and is streaming Sunday Mass online from 12noon. Father's Sunday Masses - which are being celebrated on St Patrick's High Altar - are available to watch firstly on the Church Facebook Page (St Patrick's Catholic Church, Wigan) before being uploaded to YouTube (St Patrick & St John, Wigan). It has been lovely to hear that so many of our families have enjoyed 'tuning in' and celebrating Mass with the wider Parish in this way.
Patronal Feast Celebrations 2020
To prepare for our Patronal Feast - the Feast of Saint Patrick (Tuesday 17th March) - each class has participated in our Patronal Novena. This has been nine days of continuous prayer, invoking the intercession of St Patrick to support specific prayer intentions. On St Patrick's Day, each child received a small treat and a prayer card to St Patrick which Father O'Shea had specially commissioned to celebrate our special day.
Sacramental Preparation - First Confessions: 6th March 2020
Following time of prayer and preparation, the children from Year 4 participating in their Sacramental Preparation received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time today. The children, who were supported by their families and teachers, led the service with prayers and hymns that focussed upon the fruits of this Sacrament: Mercy, Love and Forgiveness. In his Homily, Father O'Shea spoke about the beauty of Reconciliation and encouraged the children to avail themselves regularly to God's boundless mercy. A special thank you to Father O'Shea and Father Gorman for administering the Sacrament so beautifully.
Ash Wednesday: 26 February 2020
To mark the start of Lent, we gathered in church for an Ash Wednesday Service. Father O’Shea spoke about that we wear Ashes as a sign of repentance and encouraged the children to fulfil the three aims of Lent: growing in prayer; fasting to unite ourselves with the agony of Our Lord and almsgiving to make atonement. Father blessed the Ashes and Mr Marshall helped him to distribute them to children in Years 1-6. In our afternoon Collective Worship, each child was invited to make a personal Lenten promise to grow closer to Our Lord during this special Liturgical Season.
Sacramental Preparation Session 1: January 2020
In the first week back, our Sacramental Preparation began. Mrs Howarth and Mr Marshall accompanied the children to church, where they learned about the many interesting, different features. Mr Marshall – who is also one of our Parish’s Catechists – taught the children that everything in church is symbolic. They discovered why Fr O’Shea kisses the altar; why the bells are rung during the Consecration and why the Faithful genuflect towards the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. Everyone enjoyed exploring more of our church and went forth sharing all the new information they had acquired.
Christmas Advent Service: December 2019
On Thursday 19 December, we gathered in church to sing festive hymns and to reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas. Through song, drama and readings, we were able to walk spiritually with the Holy Family as they journeyed to Bethlehem. Following the Service, a collection was held for the work of Nugent Care which was established by our very first Parish Priest, Father James Nugent, in the late 1800s.
Learning about Baptism: November 2020
Fr O’Shea visited Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children to support their learning about Baptism. After discussing the importance of the first Sacrament, Baby ‘Rosie’ the doll and her ‘parents’ and ‘godparents’ came forward to participate in the mock celebration.
Remembrance Sunday Mass: November 2019
Fr O’Shea invited our children and their families to Mass on Remembrance Sunday. During the Prayers of the Faithful, we were encouraged to remember those we have lost as a sign of faith. Following the Mass, Fr O’Shea – assisted by Oliver and Ebenezer from Year 5 – laid wreaths at the War Memorials at the back of church.
A personal invitation from Father O'Shea
Our Parish Priest, Father O'Shea, took time out of his busy schedule to spend a morning with every Key Stage 2 Class this week (Years 3-6). He spent time sharing Holy Scripture with the children and spoke to them about why and how we can thank Jesus for the many blessings in our life. Following this, he personally invited every child to join the Parish for Sunday Mass. This follows on from his letter that was distributed to all parents recently. It was lovely to see so many more families fulfilling their Sunday obligations as a result of Fr's visit.
Rosary Sunday: 6 October 2019
We were delighted to welcome Bishop Tom Williams, Auxilary Bishop of Liverpool, to our community today. Bishop Williams - alongside Frs. O’Shea, Grady, Johnson, Strawbridge and MacNally – led the Marian Procession and Rosary in a celebration to Our Lady. Our children and families took part in the procession; carrying banners which had been made especially for the event. After concluding with Benediction, we all retreated back to the school hall for an impressive parish buffet.
Start of Year Mass
Today, we attended Thursday morning Mass which we marked as our Start of Year Mass. In his Homily, Father O'Shea talked about the importance of learning and how the disciples learnt a great deal from Our Lord. To foster this best, Father challenged the children to develop a healthy prayer life.
End of School Celebration Mass 2019
Father O'Shea celebrated a beautiful End of School Celebration Mass today. This was particularly moving for our Y6 Leavers who will be moving on to pastures new. In his Homily, Father O'Shea reminded the children that even though they may be leaving our school, they remain part of our Parish Family, and can do this best by attending Sunday Mass at church.
May Crowning 2019
Our Whole School, alongside the Parish, gathered for this year's Marian Procession and Crowning of Our Lady. Agnes, this year's May Queen, proudly crowned Our Lady's statue whilst the congregation sang 'Bring Flowers of the Rarest'. Father O'Shea then proceeded with Benediction for children. Afterwards, the Parish retreated back to school for an impressive celebratory buffet.
First Holy Communion 2019
Congratulations to our Sacramental Preparation group who received their First Holy Communion on May 4th. Father O'Shea, in his Homily, talked about the power of the Eucharist and how, in making this expression of Faith, the children are uniting themselves to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
This afternoon, our school led a Parish Easter Service in church. This involved hymns, readings, reflections and prayer. Father O'Shea and Parishioners praised the children's beautiful singing and reverence in church. It was wonderful to gather in Holy Week as we walked with Our Lord on the road to Calvary.
Lent Reconciliation Service
Our Year 4 Sacramental Programme group, alongside children wanting to avail themselves to the Sacrament of Mercy, participated in a beautiful Reconciliation Service today. In his Homily, Fr. O'Shea talked about Jesus' boundless love and why this Sacrament is so important.
St Patrick's Day Mass and Procession
To celebrate our Patronal Feast, March 17th, we had a successful Whole School Procession and Mass. Father O'Shea, Canon MacNally, Father Grady and Mrs Hobden led the Procession whilst Mr Marshall and Mr Worthington carried St Patrick's statue with some Parishioners. During the Procession, the children brought forward their special banners which they had made in school. Afterwards, the Parish enjoyed a wonderful celebratory buffet in the school hall.
To mark the start of Lent, Fr O'Shea blessed and distributed Ashes for our Parish community. We gathered in church, sang hymns and listened carefully to Father's reflection on the Gospel before receiving our individual ashes in turn.
New Parish Priest: Father Ian O'Shea
Everybody at St Patricks are delighted to meet our new Parish Priest, Father Ian O'Shea. Fr O'Shea is taking up this new appointment after six years in Chorley. He has visited our school to introduce himself and received a warm St Patrick's welcome from children, staff, governors and parents.
Leaver's Mass 2018
Another moving Mass to celebrate our Y6 children as they move on to the next stage in their lives. School, parents and Church came together as tears of both pride and sadness were shed. We wish the class of 2018 all the best as they continue their journey.
First Holy Communion 2018
Congratulations to the children in Y4 who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 16th June 2018. This was a fabulous celebration, bringing together children, their parents and families, school and parish.
In December 2016, children from this year's Sacramental Preparation programme (Y4) made their First Reconciliation during a Service of Sorrow. The children were well supported by their families and school. Our congratulations go to all the children.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION 2016-2017
The Sacramental Preparation programme for children in Y4 has begun. Here is a reminder of the dates for session where parents, parish and school will work together to help prepare the children to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Here is a reminder of the dates:
Wednesday 9th November, Wednesday 23rd November, Wednesday 18th January, Wednesday 8th February, Wednesday 15th March, Wednesday 10th May.
The provisional date for Reconciliation is Wednesday 7th December at 2pm.
The provisional date for First Holy Communion is Saturday 10th June 2017.
Y6 LEAVER'S MASS
Once again the time of year came for the whole school family to gather together in Church for the final Mass of this academic year, led by our Y6 children. A mixture of pride and sadness was felt as we participated in this moving service. We wish the Class of 2016 the very best of luck as they move on to the next stage of their journey.
ST. PETER & PAUL
On the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, we held our whole school celebration for the Y4 children who have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion this year. The whole school family, from Reception to Y6, attended morning Mass together as part of this celebration. The children who have been involved in this year's Sacramental preparation programme received special certificates from school at the end of this Mass and received a well deserved round of applause.
Celebrations continued in school throughout the day, including an ice cream treat for everyone. What a fabulous day!
A wonderful celebration was held in Church on Tuesday 17th May 2016. Children from Y4 were confirmed and received Holy Communion for the first time. This was a wonderful joint celebration for the children in Y4 at both St Patrick's and St William's schools. The children were well supported by family, school and parish. Many congratulations!
In December 2015, children from this year's Sacramental Preparation programme (Y4) took part in a service of Sorrow, where they made their first Reconciliation. Our congratulations go to all the children, who were well supported in this celebration by their families, staff and other children from within school (who formed a choir for the service).
START OF YEAR MASS
On Monday 21st September 2015, the whole school gathered to celebrate Mass in Church. Children from Y3-Y6 wrote their own bidding prayers to share during this Mass. We look forward to a successful year in school.
Y6 LEAVER'S MASS
On Thursday 16th July 2015, the whole school gathered together in Church for the final Mass of this academic year, lead by our Y6 children. A mixture of pride and sadness was felt as we participated in this moving service. We wish the Class of 2015 the best of luck as they move on to the next stage of their journey.
ST. PETER & PAUL
On Monday 29th June 2015, on the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, we held our whole school celebration for the Y4 children who have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion this year. The whole school family, from Reception to Y6, attended morning Mass together as part of this celebration. The children who have been involved in this year's Sacramental preparation programme received certificates from school and a set of Rosary beads from the parish at the end of this Mass and received a well deserved round of applause.
Celebrations continued in school with a picnic / playground party at dinner time, a gift of a Children's Missal to each of the children who have received the sacraments this year, and an ice cream treat for everyone. What a fabulous day!
A wonderful celebration was held in Church on Saturday 13th June 2015. 15 children from Y4 were confirmed and received Holy Communion for the first time. The children were well supported by family, school and parish. Congratulations!
On 23rd April 2015 our prayer garden, dedicated to Lucy Davies, was officially opened. Children and visitors participated in a very special Collective Worship, before the prayer garden was blessed and officially opened.
The garden is a beautiful tribute to a pupil who inspired us all.
On 10th December 2014, children from this year's Sacramental Preparation programme (Y4) took part in a service of Sorrow, where they made their first Reconciliation. Our congratulations go to the children, who were well supported in this celebration by their families, staff and other children from within school (who formed a choir for the service). We look forward to continuing our sacramental journey together.
A NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
As we ended our first week back of the new academic year, we gathered in Church for our whole school Start of Year Mass. Children and Staff gathered together with members of the Parish to celebrate morning Mass on Friday 5th September 2014. Here's to a successful year!
CONFIRMATION/FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2014
On Saturday 7th June 2014 29 children from Y4 were confirmed and received Holy Communion for the first time. It was a wonderful celebration for the children, families, school and parish.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
On 17th March 2014, the whole school joined morning Mass to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
We also then enjoyed a delicious chocolate treat from Mrs Bruen.
During Lent, as part of Friday morning Mass, the children from Y2 - Y6 have worked hard to present the Stations of the Cross through drama.
Here are some of our pictures:
ASH WEDNESDAY MASS:
On Wednesday 5th March 2014, children and staff from our Upper Years (Years 4, 5 & 6) began their Lenten journey by joining members of the parish at Mass on Ash Wednesday
At 6:30pm on Wednesday 18th December, the school and parish joined together for our annual carol service. The children who played an active role in the service; as a reader, actor in the Nativity or a member of the choir represented our school well. All present enjoyed the evening to prepare ourselves for the final week of Advent.
Congratulations go to 29 of our Y4 children, who made their First Reconciliation on Thursday 12th December 2013 at St. Patrick's Church. They were very well supported by parents, staff and other children from within school (who formed a choir for the occasion). Everyone present was extremely proud of the children.
Friday 6th September 2013 saw the children and staff of St. Patrick's celebrating their first Mass of the new school year with the parish. Here's to a successful year for all!
A VERY SPECIAL LETTER:
The children in Y4/5 were thrilled today (12.6.13) to receive a thank you for the book of prayers they sent to Pope Francis.
CONFIRMATION/FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
On Saturday 18th May 2013, 21 of our Y4 children were confirmed and received their First Holy Communion during a special Mass in Church. The Mass was a wonderful celebration with the children, their families, the school and the parish.
PRAYERS FOR OUR NEW POPE:
The children in Y4/5 were interested to find out more about our new Pope. After discovering that the Pope ended his first prayer to the people asking them to pray for him, the children worked hard to write their own prayers for the Pope. After completing their prayers, a booklet was compiled and sent to the Vatican.
You can read a selection of our prayers here:
During Lent, each class throughout KS2 has attended Friday morning Mass in turn. We have worked hard to slowly build up the Stations of the Cross.
Have a look at some of the photos of our drama below.