St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust

Foundation Day Mass

On Tuesday 27 June 2023, schools within the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust came together for the second Foundation Day Mass at Westminster Cathedral.

The Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust was established in September 2021 with the aim of creating a family of schools in line with the Diocesan vision, built in solidarity to give our pupils all they need to grow whilst receiving an outstanding Catholic education.

Mass was celebrated not only on the Feast Day of St John Southworth, but in the presence of his mortal remains so lovingly preserved and cherished in Westminster Cathedral at the heart of the Diocese.

Mr Stacey (Head of School) led Years 5 and 6 on a 'mini pilgrimage' to the place where St John Southworth usually rests. We talked about the very brave things St John Southworth did and we prayed for him in the chapel.

20 choir members from St Joseph's joined Cardinal Vaughan's Schola Cantorum to sing beautiful music during the service. In addition, pupil representatives from other schools in the Trust delivered readings.

 

Pupil Chaplain Retreat Day

On Thursday 23 May, Kaelyn, Giulia, Rafael, and Elisa, four members of our Pupil Chaplaincy Team, met with 22 other Pupil Chaplains from the schools within the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust at Westminster Cathedral for a Pupil Chaplain Retreat Day.

The day was led by SJSCAT Lay Chaplain, Caroline Moulinet, and it was a wonderful opportunity for pupils and staff to gather in the Cathedral, where the mortal remains of Saint John Southworth are kept.

In the morning, pupils were given a talk about the history of Saint John Southworth by Breda Fogarty, Guild of St John Southworth Co-ordinator at Westminster Cathedral before a very special and informative tour of the Cathedral itself, including the Chapel of St Joseph

After lunch, pupils were split into three groups with a representative from each school, to discuss the Trust's values of 'Dignity, Service, and Perseverance'. They then thought about how, as chaplains, they could take what they learned to ensure these values are upheld across all areas of school life in their respective schools.

Thank you to Caroline Moulinet and to the staff at Westminster Cathedral for a very inspiring and blessed day. Thank you also to all of the pupils for being excellent ambassadors for the Trust and for the important role you play in Catholic life across the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust.

SJS Pupil Chaplain Retreat Day 2024