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Chaplaincy

I have come that they may have life
And have it to the full

John 10:10

St. Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican, was a great thinker and theologian. He is the patron saint of colleges and universities. Like most Dominicans he encouraged debate and questioning. Everyone asks big questions at times, for example ‘What is the meaning of life?’, ‘What do I believe?’ or ‘Is God real?’. Chaplaincy offers students and staff the opportunity to explore the Christian and Catholic faith, and to discover some of the answers to these questions. Aquinas College has a wonderful reputation for enabling both students and staff to “live life to the full” (John 10v10) and chaplaincy exists to help you do just that.

The Chapel is always open for personal reflection, and there are some set times for community prayer. Chaplaincy also supports enrichment in the college including Cafod, Christian Union, Global Justice & Peace and The India Project.

I hope to get to know you soon,
Laeticia
Photograph of the Chaplaincy

Where?

The Chapel is at the front of the building, next to the main entrance.

The Chaplaincy office is at the heart of the college, next to the canteen.

Please feel free to also get in touch by email: chaplaincy@aquinas.ac.uk and follow us on twitter @AquinasChaplaincy.

Prayer and Eucharistic Celebration

We are blessed to be served by a team of local priests including Fr. Peter Sharrocks, Fr. Michael Gannon, Fr. Martin Onuoha, and Fr Pat. Munroe.

All staff, students and parents are invited to join us at our regular Eucharistic celebrations in our college chapel where staff and students come together to celebrate mass.

We have a daily ‘Morning Prayer & Reflection’ in the Chapel where all are welcome to spend some quiet time in the presence of the Blessed sacrament, before the start of their day, between 8.40-8.50am.

General RE classes also have a dedicated prayer time and regular visits to the Chapel to experience different ways of praying led by Laeticia Sibeh, our Lay Chaplain.

The Chaplaincy Year 2022/2023 - Term 1

  • September
    • September

      Theme week to be focused around the values of love and doing good (virtues).

      Marking new beginnings, welcome, friendship.

      • Induction presentation – introducing the chaplaincy/ talk about virtues (doing good to others)
      • 1st Theme Week – ‘Small Acts of Kindness’
      • Meeting Fr. Martin
      • Start of the year Mass for all
      • RE classes visiting the Chapel – introducing Prayer
      • Gathering information on Enrichment activities
      • Collective worship
      • Create a Catholic life notice board for every classroom
      • Liaise with 6th Form Chaplains
  • October
    • October

      Theme week to be built around John 10:10

      Prayer, praying the rosary/ acts of worship

      • Weekly Mass
      • 2nd Theme Week – ‘Celebrating Scripture’
      • Launching Enrichment activities
      • Student chaplains’ Team
      • Music group
      • SVP Volunteering
      • India project
      • Collective worship
  • November
    • November

      Theme week focused on Prayer

      Remembrance/families and friends/Christian hope

      • 3rd Theme Week – ‘Thankfulness and Praying with gratitude’
      • Weekly Mass
      • Theme week
      • Collective worship
  • December
    • Theme week to be focused on appreciating our uniqueness as individuals (part of our Mission and Ethos)

      Advent and Christmas/Prayer, charity appeals, carols and parties

      • Weekly Mass
      • 4th Theme Week – ‘Embracing God’s promises’
      • Mary’s Meal fund raising event
      • Fair trade event
      • Shoe box appeal
      • Carol singing for the elderly