Chaplaincy at St Bede’s is about expressing faith through both prayer and action. Our aim is to encourage pupils in discovering their faith, support them in engaging with their faith by putting it into action, and finally, to equip them with the means to be disciples in their communities, responding to Christ’s call to ‘spread the good news’. All chaplaincy activities are supported by Father Kevin Hennessey, our college Chaplain, our Lay Chaplain and Faculty staff.
The Eucharist is at the heart of our worship and weekly Mass is celebrated by Father Kevin Hennessey. The liturgy is prepared each week by a different class from Years 7, 8 and 9, and pupils play an active role through readings, bidding prayers and the offertory procession. In addition, Year 7 and 8 classes have the opportunity to celebrate a class Mass with Father Kevin or clergy from our parishes, where they can incorporate music, dance, drama, and art into the celebration. Class Masses are followed by an opportunity for pupils to ask a priest questions in a ‘grill-the-priest’ session.
The chaplaincy team at St Bede’s provides a number of opportunities for pupils to become more engaged with both their faith, and the faith life of the whole college and local community.
In addition, there are many other opportunities for pupils to become involved in chaplaincy at St Bede’s. The college is heavily involved in charity work, regularly raising money for CAFOD, the Julian Trust and other organisations. A recent innovation to our chaplaincy programme is the provision of workshops designed to make Faith relevant in an ever changing society – the new series is entitled ‘Rooted’ and looks at faith within creativity. In addition to all this, there are many opportunities for retreat experiences throughout the year which vary from 1 day to weekend residential visits to Kintbury and other retreat centres.
Father Kevin Hennessey