Acts of Worship
Whole School Masses and liturgies take place throughout the year to mark important festivals or dates in the College Calendar.
Every Wednesday afternoon we have Mass at 12.35pm and pupils and staff join together as one community offering God our work and asking for his blessing during the week.
Each form class has a mass specifically for them during the year. Students from each form class will read and serve at these masses and are supported by older students from the Youth Chaplaincy Team.
Each year group has a retreat day, which includes a meditation and reflections.
Welcomes the new Year 7 pupils and their parents, this encourages them to be active members of our community.
The Academic Mass (September):
Celebrates the beginning of the new academic year on Friday 13th September 2019 and asks for God‘s blessing upon the community and the year ahead.
Staff come together to pray and receive spiritual encouragement.
These services take place during Advent and Lent, providing students and staff with the opportunity to experience the Sacrament of reconciliation.
Pupils preparing for exams share in the Eucharist asking for God to bless their efforts
Sixth Form Mass:
This mass celebrates and gives thanks for the contribution made by pupils who have come to the end of their time at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College and is an opportunity to pray for God‘s blessing upon all leavers. Parents are warmly invited to attend this mass which is followed by a buffet.
Mass of St Edmund Campion and Jesuit Martyrs of England and Wales:
This is celebrated on the 1st December in the British Province of the Society of Jesus. St. Edmund Campion is regarded as the patron of the British Province and his feast day is marked in Jesuit communities, parishes and schools. On 1st December we celebrate the ten saints and eighteen others made blessed by the Church, martyrs of the British Province.
This is celebrated on the 24th April 2020.
End of Term Mass of St Ignatius of Loyola:
Offered on Thursday 2nd July 2020, this is an opportunity for us to thank God for all the blessings we have received throughout the year and to especially remember St Ignatius and to pray for the new Academic Year.
Prayer & The Examen
During May and October reflections on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary take place each day in the Chapel.
In Lent reflections on the Stations of the Cross take place each day. Members of the Youth Chaplaincy Team prepare and lead the reflections and prayers.
Other opportunities for prayer and worship include the year retreat days and the residential retreats. At the retreats the pupils are given the opportunity to pray and reflect upon their lives.
During Advent there is a Carol Service and during Lent there is a Lent Service.
The pupils have the opportunity to pray and reflect every day in their form groups. Reflections are prepared to coincide with current news or historical events and significant feasts in the Liturgical Year.
Each day at 12.10pm, there is an Examen for the students to follow, this is a prayer form developed by St. Ignatius and involves a prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to see God’s presence in our lives.
Our College Prayers
The Newman Prayer (said at the end of the day)
May the Lord support us all the day long,
Till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest, and peace at the last.
The Prayer of Generosity (said at the beginning of the day and each lesson thereafter)
Teach me to be generous,
To serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing I do your will. Amen.
The Prayer of St Ignatius (said at the end of assembly)
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.