Laus Deo Semper - Praise God Always
"I will suggest a means whereby you can praise God all day long. Whatever you do, do it well, and you have praised God." St. Augustine
Within the community of St Joseph’s, the main source of unity and strength is the person and mission of Jesus. Through prayer, sacrament and witness, the Chaplaincy brings Jesus to life in the school and all its members.
The College’s Chaplaincy works to promote the spiritual development of staff and students at our College through its many forms of outreach. These include student organisations such as a St Vincent De Paul chapter which participates in local charitable activities, a CAFOD young leaders club, a chaplaincy student group to help with school prayers and the liturgical life of the College, and staff reflections led by the Staff Chaplaincy Team.
The Chaplaincy Team aims to promote the spiritual well-being of our community. Our aim is to be is distinctive but inclusive, in the vein of Church Teaching from documents such as Gaudium et Spes, ‘The Church in the Modern World’ (Vatican II) and Pope Francis’ more recent letter, Evangelii Guadium, ‘The Joy of the Gospel’. We will encourage students who are celebrating the joys and hopes of being young and foster their deepening sense of their own self-worth, in celebration of Human Dignity and with the understanding that we are all called to be saints. An essential feature of Chaplaincy is relationships based on gospel values, relationships that are built on respect for each person as being created by God, and called by God to participate in His Divine Love, to be stewards and ‘co-creators’ with the Father, promoting Beauty, Justice and Truth. Finally, the work of the Chaplaincy Team is based on the directives of the Diocese of Clifton and the ethos and pastoral orientation expressed in St Joseph’s mission statement.
The Chaplaincy Team at St Joseph’s
Chaplaincy Team: Fiona Payne, Paul Hughes, Zozia Mobey, Anna Mancari-Rees and Concetta Barkham.
Students and staff have the opportunity of participating in collective worship in a variety of activities. Examples include:
- Every student will take part in a Year group mass during the year. Year group mass takes place every two weeks at the College.
- All year groups attend services to mark Christmas and Easter and are given the opportunity to attend services of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent, to prepare themselves for individual confession.
- Daily prayer is read in every tutor session, which reflects the spiritual theme of the week.
- Collective prayer is also shared at teh beginning of every lesson..
Other Chaplaincy activities include:
- The opportunity of a residential retreat at St Cassian's Centre in Kintbury for every student in Years 9 - 11.
- Distribution of Easter eggs to various outreach centres in Swindon.
- CAFOD – supporting justice and peace issues and participating in CAFOD campaigns.
- Family Fast Days.
- Fundraising for various local, national and international charities. The chosen charities thsi academic year are CAFOD, Missio, Christmas Care and The Harbour Project.