The spiritual life is at the bedrock of the Junior House. This involves making time to receive the love that God wishes to give through the appointed times of prayer, and in growing in understanding of the faith, not least through the scriptures and participation in reverent worship. The contribution of Junior House pupils to the liturgical life of the School is second to none, and it is through the beauty of music that the touch paper of faith remains alight for them.
RE is delivered both through discrete subjects, and through a whole school Friday morning RE slot. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities for catechetical and sacramental preparation, with the Junior House being blessed in having its own dedicated Chaplain, Fr Edward from the Brompton Oratory.
During morning form period prayers are led by a VI form pupil. All J1 pupils are prepared for their First Confession and their First Communion. Both are celebrated in the School Chapel in June. Pupils attend a weekly Mass during which J4 pupils read and serve. All pupils attend Benediction once a term. At the end of the year, pupils enjoy a pilgrimage.
The Lent and Advent collections enable pupils to focus on people who are less fortunate. Every Advent pupils in the Junior House take part in the ‘Love in a Box’ campaign. In Lent they raise money for The Catholic Children’s Society.
Junior House RE Newsletter second issue for Trinity Term is available here.