Chaplaincy and the Catholic Life of the College
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." Mother Teresa
“Adveniat Regnum Tuum”
(Motto of Archbishop Beck)
Our College Prayer
Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
"Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessens, even corrupts him. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects — because development is the results of different elements that act together and stimulate intelligence, knowledge, the emotions, the body, and so on." Pope Francis
As one of society’s key institutions, schools are in a strong position to support the wellbeing, values and spirituality of young people.
Chaplaincy supports young people in one of the most complex environments in our society – the school. Our Chaplaincy ethos provides a safe, supportive and encouraging influence.
At Archbishop Beck Catholic College we have a strong community built on Gospel values of Jesus Christ. The Christian influence is seen throughout the college and is visible, tangible and effective in the life of our college community.
The efforts of Chaplaincy intertwines with the College Chaplain who provides a listening ear, a comforting word and prayerful support when needed. Chaplaincy places a high value on spirituality and as such, is an expression of truly holistic Youth Work practice, valuing the place of spirituality in the lives of young people and maximising the benefits of positive spirituality for their overall wellbeing, their development as good citizens their develop as moral members of our community and to take the values given into adult life.
Chaplaincy nurtures the richness of the college as a worshipping community, which is inclusive of all, providing opportunities for prayer, worship and exploration of faith.
Worship gives us an opportunity to be still in God’s presence to reflect, to listen, to pray, to grow and to share in God’s gifts of love and friendship. Each morning the College community begins the day with Morning Prayer / reflections. Mass is celebrated in the Chapel at various times throughout the year.
The College Chapel is a place of silence and arise available for those who wish to step away from the busy nature of the college day. Opportunities for reflection, prayer and spiritual development are also provided throughout the RE programme.
"The principle element of education is to learn to be generous." Pope Francis
Chaplaincy promotes the College as a witnessing faith community, enabling staff and students to link their faith with action. It encourages individuals to reflect on their own faith, their values, nurturing them in understanding their own spirituality and recognising this as an important part of personal growth and development. Various groups in the college seek to promote justice and peace such as Amnesty International, CAFOD, HCPT and Fairtrade etc.
"Freedom means knowing how to reflect on what we do, discerning that which is good from what is less than good, and behaving in a way that leads to growth. It means always choosing well." Pope Francis
Chaplaincy offers support and pastoral care to all freely given to one and all. It engages with staff and students in their work, supporting and affirming all that is good and creative as well as encouraging a sense of self-worth and pride in all that they do.
College life, although full of opportunities, can also bring problems and difficulties: a confidential listening ear is always available from the Chaplaincy team, this is open to anyone! You can come and talk to us about anything, we will be only too happy to offer a non-judgmental ear. If you want someone to talk to then drop into the Student Services office, or catch any member of the RE team around the college.
The college also has a wonderful and supportive mentoring programme located within Student Services, so there is no need for anyone within our community to feel like they have no one to talk with.
“Do not be discouraged by the difficulties that the educational challenge presents. Educating is not a job but an attitude. It is a way of being. To educate well, we need to step out of ourselves and be among young people, to accompany them in the stages of their growth, placing ourselves at their side”. Pope Francis
The Christian Catholic ethos of our college is shown through the endeavours of our chaplaincy team. Chaplaincy provides care, support and inspiration to all members of the college community.
- Moments of Prayer
- Celebration of the Eucharist and Liturgies
- Our chapel is a place of prayer, reflection and contemplation
We aim to be:
- A sympathetic listening ear
- Practical care in time of need
- Have student groups promoting justice, peace and charity
- Opportunities and support for a deepening of faith to take place
Students, staff and the wider community are welcome anytime to join us. We aim to promote community, develop responsible caring and sharing students. There is always so much going on Cafod, Fairtrade, retreats, trips, pilgrimages and much much more.
"Go as a community with friends and people who care about you very much, because that will help us get to our destination." Pope Francis
“Thy Kingdom Come”
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
Words into Action at Archbishop Beck Catholic College
An important part of the Chaplaincy is to prepare and lead collective worship. This takes place in the College community every day at Year group Assemblies. Support is also given to Form Tutors for them lead class reflections.
The themes for Collective Worship are based around the Church’s Liturgical Year. The themes include Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. With various other themes that are specific to certain times of the year.
Welcome to our community
Community – Living together
Friendship in our community
CAFOD (One of main Charities)
Remembrance in Modern day Britain
Caring for others in our society
The Gideon Bible Society is invited into the College annually to distribute the Gideon New Testament to all our Year 7 Students.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence”. Mother Teresa
Retreats are organised students in Year 7 and Year 8. The retreats help develop the Christian Ethos within the College Community.
The Year 7 retreats reflect upon the Motto of Archbishop Beck, Thy Kingdom Come, (Adveniat Regnum Tuum). Students and staff have a day “offsite” at a local retreat centre. The focus of the time with the students is to allow them space to reflect upon how we can establish the Kingdom of God in our College community.
The retreat centre is ideally placed where students enjoy the lovely environment. The format of the day starts with “starters’ activities” to encourage the students to mix with those they may not normally mix with. A group activity of building a castle out of newspaper is always fun. Workshops about the College Motto take place. Some time is spent enjoying the local beach or a walk in the woods. Students return to the College refreshed and we hope spiritualty revived.
'Put on Christ!' in your life, and you will find a friend in whom you can always trust; 'put on Christ' and you will see the wings of hope spreading and letting you journey with joy towards the future; 'put on Christ' and your life will be full of his love “ Pope Francis - World Youth Day Rio 2013
Each year we hold a Mission Day in the College. This year the theme was “Travelling together in Faith”.
The Animate team led the day; a team of young people who work with a variety of schools and parishes, in and outside of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
They started the day off by having Year 9 in the Drama Studio for a Presentation followed by workshop groups, which were based around the theme of how important, is God in your life. The workshops looked at the values the young people had and how much money they would spend on certain things. This was seen through the Auction game, which helped the young people see how much value they place on various things. The outcome of this game was thought provoking for both the staff and young people.
The team used the same format for Year 7 and Year 8. The student’s response was extremely positive and from our evaluations they certainly enjoyed the time spent with the ‘Animate Youth Ministry Team’. Plans are underway for the next Mission Day in the College.
Helping Others through Charities
"Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given." Mother Teresa
The College supports many Charities locally, nationally and internationally. Our students respond to the many requests for support for numerous charites with a true sense of giving, sharing and caring.
The Local Charities we support are Woodlands (A local Cancer Care Hospice, based in the grounds of Fazakerley Hospital), Zoe’s Place (A respite, centre for children with various problems) and Nugent Care (the Good Shepherd Appeal) at Christmas time and with the Lent Good Shepherd Collection.
The National Charities we support are McMillan Cancer Care, every year we hold the Coffee Morning, which members of staff from all departments join in with. Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal. We established our Field of Hope. Teenage Cancer Trust. This is a fantastic Charity that the youngsters can relate to. It does such wonderful work and we are very happy to be a part of their fundraising efforts every year.
Internationally, we support CAFOD, with their annual appeals and we are able to help by fundraising for the annual Fast day. This money goes around the world to help people and projects supported by CAFOD.
“I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” Mother Teresa
Project Ghana, an African Project started by one of our Maths Teachers Mr Nelson, whose sister lives and works in Ghana and is able to oversee the operation in Ghana. This project not only provides financial support, but also the College has sent two containers of equipment no longer used by the College to help the Project Ghana recipients.
Ghana Project Success!
As you will hopefully be aware, thanks to Mr. Nelson, the College has been organising the collection and shipment of equipment and resources from Liverpool schools to Ghana. Mr. Nelson's sister, Catherine, visited the Brong Ahafo region on Monday 15th December 2014 to donate some computers and textbooks from the last container shipped to Ghana. She had invaluable support from friends who helped transport the items from the Western region to the school.
Many thanks to Mr. Nelson (teacher of mathematics) and his sister, Catherine, for all their efforts to help support the children in Ghana. The photographs show Catherine arriving at the school with all the resources. A big thank you to the Archbishop Beck community for supporting this worthwhile cause.
Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." Mother Teresa
The College community is blessed with the unique opportunity for our students to go on the Annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. Lourdes is a place known historically and internationally for healing, and is a sacred place in the Catholic Church because of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the 1800s. A journey to Lourdes is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of our young students.
Lourdes is a very spiritual and beautiful place. The place itself is characterized by an attitude of hope for healing and service to others.
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfil it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
"Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it." - Mother Teresa
The College has designed and created, on our new campus, a “Remembrance Walk” which is the main student entrance to the College. This has had a series of trees planted along the route and has special plaques placed at their base commemorating the life of our deceased students, colleagues and friends of our community.
Senior Citizen’s Party
"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action." Mother Teresa
The College hosts an annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas party: an afternoon of entertainment, food, and time to chat with the older members of our local community. Many students are involved and help entertain the visitors with music, dance, comedy, and acting. Year 7 students helped out on the afternoon by waiting on our 50 local senior citizens and sponsored the event through their generous donations to the cost of the event.
Class and Monthly Masses
The celebration of the Eucharist as a community allows the students an opportunity to be part of a liturgical celebration. Our excellent partnership with our Priests allow them to visit providing spiritual enrichment for our student body and staff community. Fr Thomas from Holy Name has been visiting the college once a week to celebrate a class mass with each individual class group in Year 7. Next term we will continue with Year 8. The college also has the privilege of attending and participating in the wider life of the Archdiocese thorugh various school events at the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Once a Month Fr Sergio visits school to celebrate mass with a group of Students and adults. Once again providing an opportunity for staff, students and our community the time and space just to stop and reflect.
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Service
Every Year our student body sell poppies for this most worthy cause, not only through the selling of Poppies we are able to show to our students that the sense of sacrifice, commitment and service are vital in any community.
The head boy and head girl lay a wreath at the cenotaph at St. George’s Hall at the Annual Liverpool Remembrance Sunday event to commemorate all the brave men and women who have given up their lives for our freedom.
“God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that we try”.