Spiritual Life at St. Mary’s Menston
Our purpose (mission statement) of Chaplaincy at St. Mary's Menston:
The mission of Chaplaincy at St. Mary’s is to permeate all elements of school life, placing Christ at the Centre of all that we do by calling the whole school community to act as equal disciples in living out the Gospel teachings.
Mrs Findlay has a dual role in school as Learning Mentor and Lay Chaplain
Years 7 and 8: Wednesdays
Years 9 and 10: Thursday
Years 11, 12 and 13: Friday
Priests at St. Mary's
The school is served by the Priests of our Deanery and retired Diocesan priests. We are forever grateful to them for their unfailing commitment:
- ￼Canon Lawrie Hulme (Our Lady and All Saints, Otley)
- Father John Carlisle (Ss Peter and Paul, Yeadon)
- Monsignor Kieran Heskin (Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ilkley)
- Father Simon Winn (St. John Fisher and Thomas More, Burley-in-Wharfedale)
- Canon Tom O’Connor
- Father Tony Pearson
- Monsignor William Steele
- Father Melaku (Verona Father)
Spiritual Life news stories on our website
Thank you for your support and generosity in providing personal hygiene items, in particular, feminine hygiene products for St Vincent De Paul Leeds.
At the weekend, three St. Mary’s students and members of the Newman Group, attended the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation event, Flame 2017.
A new education Centre in Tamil Nadu
On Thursday 9 February 2017, Year 13 CRS (Catholic Religious Studies) students devoted a day to looking at the environment.
Soli Retreat Centre, Staffordshire - new venue for Year 11 Retreat
What's happening at St. Mary's during Advent 2016?
This year, Year 9 students are supporting the Gianna Project, Catholic Care, who support babies and new mothers in need in the Leeds Diocese.
The Jubilee of Mercy concludes on the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday 20 November 2016.
On Friday 12 November 2016, Year Seven pupils, Oliver Barnes, Iggy Burrows and Rory Southern visited the institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Cemetery Road Yeadon.
Pilgrims from across the diocese made their way to Ripon Cathedral last Saturday for this very special Mass celebrated by Bishop Marcus Stock.
Notification of the Death of the Right Reverend David Konstant Bishop Emeritus of Leeds
‘We will follow you wherever you go’
The procession was led by Rt Rev Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds remembering especially Jo Cox, MP
Saturday 17 September. Open to all year groups, staff and families
The Feast Day Mass took place on Thursday 21 July in our Sports Hall.
Public examinations begin on Monday 16 May
The ten schools in The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust participated in the Bishop’s annual Good Shepherd Service at St. Anne’s Cathedral on Friday 6 May 2016.
On Thursday 11 February 2016, during Year 8 Mass, Canon Lawrie Hulme blessed the Door of Mercy at St. Mary’s School, Menston.
By Luke Hudson, Year 13
On Tuesday, 24 November 2015, Pope Francis announced that he had chosen a Leeds priest, Mgr John Wilson, to become one of two new Auxiliary Bishops in the Diocese of Westminster.
Throughout the year (8 December 2015 – 20 November 2016), St. Mary's Menston will engage in activities, prayer, reflection and pilgrimage.
Aspects of our Spiritual Life
There are many events during the school year, here is a selection:
Day Of Welcome for Year 7
This day in September is an opportunity for each form to get to know each other and to explore what it means to join the St Mary’s community.
Services Of Reconciliation
These occur during Advent and Lent. Each Year Group attends a service and students are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation afterwards, with our Deanery Priests.
Year 12 students are encouraged to take part each June in a residential retreat on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
The annual Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Walsingham has been a site of pilgrimage since 1061 when a Saxon noblewoman, Richeldis de Faverches, was taken to the Holy Land in a vision and subsequently built a replica of the Holy House (where the Virgin Mary received news of the Annunciation).
SVP stands for St Vincent de Paul, which is a Catholic charitable group. The aim of the charity is to help the disadvantaged as well as encouraging people to help those in their local community (for example the sick, lonely, elderly or disabled, or anyone who needs assistance). The charity group believes this is best done through direct and practical assistance.
At St. Mary's we have a Youth SVP group run by a Sixth Form team. Our main focus is the care home in Guiseley (Primrose Court) which students visit weekly to have a chat and socialise with residents.
St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales)
Weekly Class Mass
Over the year, on a rotation basis, each form group will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass together with their form tutor.
Each year group come together, once a year to celebrate Mass centred on a pertinent theme.
Celebration of Major Feasts
Key Feasts are celebrated through Mass such as Saints Peter and Paul. Each July, the whole school community of St. Mary’s come together for our Feast Day Mass.
The Good Shepherd Appeal
The Good Shepherd Appeal is an opportunity for children to help children. It is visionary and pioneering work pursuing our Mission of “taking the caring Church into the community”. There is a Good Shepherd Service each year at Leeds Cathedral.
The Good Shepherd Appeal 2016 news story [BISHOPWHEELERCATHOLICACADEMYTRUST.ORG]
Leeds Diocese Youth Service
The Diocese of Leeds Youth Service serves young people in parishes and schools across the Catholic Diocese of Leeds