Mass is central to the Catholic Life here at Cardinal Wiseman. It is important that as a community we celebrate Mass as it allows us to come into God’s presence for a time of personal prayer but also join together as a community to praise and worship God together. Mass is celebrated as whole school community, as a year group, as a class group, and with our local Catholic Feeder Primary schools at different times through the year. We are very Blessed to be joined by Fr Eamon, Our School Chaplain and Fr Eddie, Director of Maryvale Institute who lead us in our Celebrations of Mass.
Here at Cardinal Wiseman, we are lucky enough to be situated next door to Our Lady of the Assumption Church. It is here where we celebrate our Whole School masses. These happen at the end of each term and on special feast days in the Catholic Church. These celebrations allow us time to reflect and pray as a school community and to thank God for all our successes throughout the school year.
The chaplaincy team strive to have as much student involvement as possible in school masses. The readings, hymns and reflections are led by pupils. In recent years we have established and developed a choir and band that lead the music for Whole School Masses. The choir involves around 90 pupils who rehearse modern hymns and lead the whole school in the celebration of mass. The introduction of the choir has made mass more engaging and welcoming to all pupils which is shown by the increasing amount of pupils who want to be involved.
“Taking part in the school choir and singing helps me engage in the Mass.”
Tania (Yr 11 pupil)
“I really enjoy taking part in the school choir. It helps me deepen my faith and I really feel like I am part of the school community.”
Alisha (Yr 11 pupil)
“There is always a real sense of community when we celebrate whole school Masses.”
Mrs Woodley (Office Manager)
“The singing is beautiful.”
Mrs Buckle (Assistant Headteacher)