Catholic Life

‘The God Who Speaks’

If you’re curious about the Bible, the ‘God Who Speaks’ website is the place for you. Here you’ll find great resources, events and ideas to help you deepen your faith and love of the Scriptures.

This initiative focuses on celebrating, living and sharing God’s word throughout all our dioceses.

Please click here to visit the God Who Speaks website for more information.


Cafod are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. With your help, Cafod reach out to people living in hard-to-reach places, in war zones and those who are discriminated against.

Cafod believe that if one of us is hurt, hungry or abandoned, we all are hurt, hungry and abandoned. No one should be beyond the love and support they need to live a dignified life.

Please click here to visit the Cafod website for more information.

Bishop’s Themes

At St. Augustine’s school, we are committed to embracing and incorporating Bishop Patrick’s spiritual themes into the fabric of our educational and spiritual journey. Bishop Patrick’s call to Encounter, Discipleship, and Missionary Discipleship serves as a guiding framework for our community’s collective growth in faith.

  1. Encounter:

Bishop Patrick urges us to delve into the profound experience of encountering Christ in our lives. This involves a personal and transformative connection with the divine. Through our work, prayer and support of each other, we explore questions such as when and how we encounter Jesus in our lives. We reflect on the significance of recognising God’s love for each individual and the invitation to deepen our relationship with Him.

  1. Discipleship:

Building upon the foundation of personal encounters with Christ, Bishop Patrick encourages us to heed Christ’s invitation to become His disciples. Discipleship involves not only following Christ closely but also actively seeking ways to serve Him generously in our daily lives. We engage in discussions and reflections on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. This exploration prompts us to live in a way that reflects His teachings and to shape our lives according to His example.

  1. Missionary Discipleship:

In Missionary Discipleship, Bishop Patrick emphasises the importance of recognising and embracing the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As a community, we strive to become missionary disciples—faith-filled, joyful, and outward-looking Christians. This involves bearing witness to God’s love through service, especially to those in need. We explore practical ways to live out Jesus’ mission to others, spread His word locally and globally, and actively participate in doing God’s work on earth.

Integration and Reflection:

The school community engages in regular reflections, discussions, and activities aligned with each theme. These efforts help us integrate Bishop Patrick’s spiritual themes into our daily lives, fostering a deeper understanding of our faith and a more profound commitment to living as followers of Christ. By the end of the academic year, students and staff alike are encouraged to embody the principles of Encounter, Discipleship, and Missionary Discipleship in their individual journeys of faith.

St. Therese of Lisieux Feast Day Mass 2022

Mrs Cox travelled to the parish of St Peter and St Paul in Lincoln with our Chaplaincy Team in June 2022 for a special Thanksgiving Mass. Bishop Patrick led the mass and special guests were in attendance, including the Mayor of Lincoln. We gave thanks to the St. Therese of Lisieux Trust, as we started our preparations to transition to the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust.

 St. Augustine’s 150th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Patrick

To celebrate the school’s 150th birthday, we invited Bishop Patrick  to celebrate mass with us virtually on MS Teams. The Briars (thank you Tom Baptist!) helped us to stream live on Youtube so that each class, families, friends and the CMAT could take part too. Pupils from school animated the mass with an introduction, pryaers and readings. Happy birthday St. Augustine’s!

Blessing of the Advent Wreaths at our parish church, St Mary and St Augustine, Stamford.

Epiphany Mass at St Augustine’s CVA

Ash Wednesday Mass at St Augustine’s CVA

The Crowning of Mary in the month of May

We held a whole-school collective worship on Microsoft Teams, with each class responsible for prayers, intercessions or a reading. We played Marian hymns and each class made their own procession outside and back into the classroom to adorn Mary with paper flowers as Queen of Heaven.  

Our mission is to try to speak to Mary, mother of God, everyday.

Saint Augustine of Canterbury

Once there was a boy called Augustine. He grew up living in a monastery in Rome, Italy. When he was old enough, he became a Benedictine monk and planned to live a life of prayer, church work and quiet contemplation.

But Pope Gregory had other plans for Augustine. In the year 595, Pope Gregory chose Augustine for a special role; to bring the Catholic Church to England. Now, Augustine had to leave his life of comfort and take on a dangerous mission to an unknown land.

He set off with a group of 40 other missionaries on horseback, along with books, relics and a few clothes. It was long and perilous journey of 844 miles. On the way, Augustine heard many stories of how terrible England was and how uncivilised the people were. The weary travellers were so afraid that when they reached France, they were too scared to go on. Augustine decided to turn back and return to Rome.

But Pope Gregory wrote letters to Augustine, encouraging him to be brave and carry on and reach England because the people needed him.

Eventually, in the Spring of 597, the group arrived on the shores of the isle of Thanet. They were greeted by Ethelbert of Kent and Queen Bertha, personally, who welcomed them. They invited Augustine to the capital city, Canterbury and said he could establish his church there. Ethelbert told Augustine he was free to convert as many people as he could persuade to the truth of the Gospel.

The king gave him a little church building called St. Martin’s and so Augustine began preaching and teaching the local people. Augustine was successful and he sent news back to Pope Gregory in Rome about how well it was going.

One day, to his surprise, Augustine was overjoyed that Ethelbert asked him to baptise him in the Christian faith. And once the king converted, many of his people too wanted to become Christians. And so on Christmas Day in 597, 10,000 people were baptised as followers of Jesus.

This news reached Rome and Pope Gregory made Augustine the first Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the new Catholic church in England, in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

Augustine stayed in England and became a wise and clever Bishop. He never returned to Rome and died in 604.

He sowed the seeds of Christianity in the British Isles and became known as ‘the Apostle of England.’ His bravery and commitment as a missionary disciple of Jesus is a shining example to us all to spread the good news wherever we go.

We are proud that he is the patron saint of our school. We celebrate the feast day of St. Augustine of Canterbury each year with a special Mass and fun activities on 26th May each year.

Knowing prayers by heart is a gift for life. Prayer plays a central part of life at St. Augustine’s CVA. All classes have a focal prayer table which changes through the church’s liturgical season. Children are encouraged to learn formal prayers suitable for their age group as well as sharing prayers that are more personal and creative. Prayer can be written, sung or spoken, said by individuals, groups or whole class, adult-led or child-led.

“The materials produced by The Wednesday Word are already used extensively throughout the dioceses in England and Wales – bringing remarkable graces to many.”
Cardinal Vincent Nichols – President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

We currently subscribe to the Wednesday Word materials. This is a weekly handout that is intended for children to take home and share as a family in order for families to be introduced to Sunday’s Gospel before attending Mass.

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