Prayer and Liturgy
Prayer in our community.
At the beginning of the 21st century, His Holiness Pope John Paul II set as one of the main aims of the Catholic community is to create ‘genuine schools of prayer’ (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 33). We believe that Jesus has given Himself to us in His Word and His Sacraments, therefore our spiritual life is Catholic to the extent that our personal relationship with God is developed in the Church, through Scripture and in the celebrate of the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The Catechism teaches that as the liturgy, particularly the Eucharist, is the source and summit of the Church’s life, it is the ‘privileged place for catechising the People of God’. Catechesis and liturgy are therefore intrinsically linked. The wide range of prayer and liturgy at St Leonard’s allows those who choose to participate an insight into the rich tradition of the Catholic church.
St. Leonard’s offers all members of the school community the opportunity to celebrate Mass regularly, and where in term time, Holy Days of Obligation. This includes in the Chapel on a weekly basis and as a whole school community during significant liturgical seasons and during our end of year celebrations. Sacramental Reconciliation is also offered to all members of the school community within our Chapel. We also welcome staff and pupils to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and encourage pupils to use this opportunity to feel close to Christ to deepen their faith. St Augustine teaches us that “to sing is to pray twice” and our Worship Choir rehearses each week.
Staff, pupils and parents at St Leonard’s get regular opportunities to take part in collective worship. From prayers published virtually, to starting each new day with prayer in briefing or tutor time, everyone in our school community is supported and has the opportunity to come together for prayer and liturgy. These daily patterns of prayer are firmly embedded within our day-to-day life. In raising our hearts and minds to God, to endeavour to ensure that Christ is at the centre of all that we do.
It is important that our pupils’ prayers are heard and our very own school prayer was written by one of our Sixth Form pupils.
On Tuesday the 13th February, a very special concert took place at Durham’s magnificent Town Hall. James Weeks, the conductor of Exaudi, a small professional chamber choir, has been working on composition with Year 13 A Level music pupils since the spring of 2023. Following a series of workshops in school, the compositions were finally performed […]
Published: February 22, 2024
In October 2023 the school moved Year 7 and 8 to Ushaw College, so we could resume Face to Face Teaching for all year groups as soon as possible. This allowed the school to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, and we are grateful that Durham University and Ushaw were able to be accommodate us […]
Published: February 7, 2024
Six brilliant candidates have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge this year. Congratulations to them all and we wish them every success as they prepare for their A Levels. Thank you to Miss Bird and all the Sixth Form staff who have given excellent support – as ever – during the application process.
Published: January 26, 2024