Reflection and Prayers
At St. Richard's, reflection time is a really important part of our school day. All year groups lead and participate in reflection on a regular basis, allowing them to take a moment with God. Each week the children focus on a theme, thinking about how they can embed this in their daily lives and use it to live out our School Mission.
"I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer." Psalm 17:6
Reflection at St. Richard's
Celebrating Harvest - October 2022
In October we came together to think about and celebrate harvest. The children and staff were invited to donate items to the local food bank, as we thought about the importance of sharing. So many items were donated, such kindness and support from our school community. Fr Geoff came into school to celebrate with us.
"Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches." Matthew 13:32
Celebrating with our Partnership Schools - September 2022
On Wednesday 28th September pupils from our school attended mass at Aylesford Priory with all of our friends from the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership. Archbishop John Wilson celebrated mass with us and it was such a beautiful day. Some of our pupils took part in the welcome procession. It was so wonderful to come together with other schools to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.
Reflection and Prayer for HM Queen Elizabeth II September 2022
Today, we marked the passing of the Queen with a time of silent reflection in the hall together. The children created a beautiful and thoughtful prayer which was shared with the whole school.
Lord our Father,
We thank you for the Queen and everything she has done for us.
We thank her for her sacrifices and her love for all of us.
Please bless her and welcome her into the light.
We pray for her family and ask that you keep them safe.
We hope that some of you may find this prayer useful.
A Blessing For Our New School Year - September 2022
On Wednesday 7th September, Fr Jeff led a blessing of the school. It was a wonderful moment where the children listened carefully to his message. He showed them a plant from his garden which had some of the flowers in bloom and others still as buds. He told the school it represented the different stages of their learning and that to bloom fully they needed to think carefully about their learning and the opportunities school had to offer. The flower was then laid at the feet of Mary on our alter in the hall.
Prayer Vigil for the Ukraine Crisis - March 2022
On Tuesday 1st March we had a peaceful and reflective prayer vigil involving St Richard's families and staff. It was a wonderful moment led by Fr Jamie. A prayer was shared (written by Mr Taylor) which had been shared across the KCSP to be used in assemblies in every KCSP school. Afterwards, many families wanted to help those in need and Mr Taylor told us that he had been helping with aid where he lives. Since then families have donated lots of goods. Another member of staff (Miss Jordan) has a brother travelling to the Ukrainian border to share aid collected locally. The school has shared this information and has become a temporary collection site for this delivery. The aim is to send this physical aid on Tuesday 8th March 2022.
Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who chose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this is in the name of your blessed son.
Thanksgiving Parish Mass - January 2022
On Sunday 30th January Fr Jeff led a wonderful Thanks Giving Mass for the teachers, Support staff, S.L.T., Grounds staff, K.C.S.P. and Office staff of all the Catholic Schools in the Deanery. Many staff members and Academic Committee members were present for this thoughtful and touching Mass. It was lovely to come together to give thanks and praise for our schools.
Thanksgiving Mass - October 2021
On Tuesday 19th October Mrs Huotari, Mr Taylor and 2 of our Year 6 pupils went to St. Simon Stock Secondary School to celebrate mass together with the other 23 schools within our Trust. Whilst the remainder of the school were not able to attend in person, we were able to live stream the event across the school and join in.
As part of the mass, each school was given a special School Candle to commemorate the celebration. It was a lovely to meet others from the schools in our deanery.
Mary our Mother - May 2021
On Tuesday 11th May 2021, the children and staff of St. Richard’s celebrated Mary, Our Blessed Mother, with a short prayer service that was streamed live from St. Paul’s Church with Fr. Leo. The children learnt many things about Mary, namely Fr. Leo's key message which was that Mary represents 4 key things to us. She is: Our Mother, Our Model, Our Queen of Heaven and she Shows Us Her Love and Prays for us.
As part of this celebration, all children were invited to bring in fresh flowers that were blessed during the service and then laid with Mary on our school altar, the front office and outside the building. The school was full of beautiful flowers which we thank all of our wonderful families for!
These are the prayers that we say together in School. Why not try saying some at home too.