As a Roman Catholic school, Religious and Moral Education and Religious Observance play an essential part in the education of our children and the ethos of our school. Our Faith plays a large role in contributing to our values of Friendship, Kindness, Resilience, Respect and Fairness. Our work in this area is carried out in close partnership with the Parish of Saint Vincent's, East Kilbride. Our school is very much a part of the wider parish community and our children are regular visitors to the church where they participate in Readings, Prayers, Offertory Procession and the Singing at all school masses. Throughout the year, every class will have responsibility for preparing at least one Mass Celebration and those dates can be found below. We always welcome the parents and wider community to join us in celebrating Mass.
School staff work closely with the Parish Priest, Fr. Ivan Boyle to support parents in the preparation of their children for the Sacraments and other religious events.
We use This Is Our Faith as the main resource for our teaching of RE, although staff are encouraged to use a variety of different resources to enhance the RE Curriculum. Motherwell Diocese have a Website to help parents prepare the children for the Sacraments - Clink the Link rcdomparents at the top of the page for more information.
Through this work we seek to develop an understanding and love of our own faith, knowledge of Christianity and other World Faiths and a better understanding and tolerance of ourselves and others. The curriculum in Roman Catholic schools builds on the openness of Catholic schools to other young people regardless of denominations and faiths.
This Is Our Faith will help parents, teachers, catechists and clergy to ensure that young people can:
• develop their knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith
• nurture respect for other Christian traditions and world faiths
• experience opportunities for spiritual growth
• acquire the skills of reflection, discernment and moral decision-making
• commit to beliefs, values and actions in a positive response to God’s invitation to faith.
Please note the dates of our proposed School Masses for the coming year 2019-2020: (please note, these dates may be subject to change)
Thursday 26th September: Primary 6 will lead our Mass to celebrate the feast of Saint Vincent. At this Mass we will also enrol this year's Pope Francis Faith award pupils and Primary 1 pupils will receive a special blessing.
Friday 1st November: Room 13 will lead this Mass for the feast of All Saints Day at 1.30pm.
Friday 29th November: Room 12 will lead our St. Andrew's Day Mass at 9.30am
Friday 20th November: Room 10 will lead our End of Term Mass at 9.30am before we finish for Christmas.
Friday 10th January: Room 9 will lead our Mass to start the new term at 9.30am.
Friday 31st January: Room 8 will lead our Mass at 9.30am.
Wednesday 26th February: Rooms 12 and 13 will Lead our Ash Wednesday Mass
Thursday 12th March: Primary 3 will celebrate the sacrament of First Reconciliation at 7pm in the Church
Friday 3rd April: Room 7 will lead us in our End of Term Mass at 9.30am before we finish for Easter
Friday 1st May: Room 6 will lead us in Mass at 9.30am
Saturday 16th May: Primary 4 will celebrate the sacrament of First holy Communion at 10.00am in the Church
Wednesday 27th May: Primary 7 pupils will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at 7pm in the Church
Thursday 28th May: Room 5 will lead us in our Ascension Thursday Mass at 2pm.
Thursday 18th May: Primary 7 will lead their own Leaver's Mass at 6.30pm in the Church
Tuesday 23rd June: Primary 1 & 2 will lead our End of Year mass at 9.30am before we finish for Summer.