Catholic Confirmations and First Holy Communions
Congratulations to all the Leweston pupils who celebrated either their Catholic Confirmation or First Holy Communion this weekend...
At Leweston we are fortunate to have two Chapels.
The School Chapel of St Antony is central in the life of the community as the place where Mass and other school services are celebrated. It is conveniently situated in the heart of the school so that pupils, staff and parents can visit for prayer; writing in the book of prayer or lighting a candle.
Mass is celebrated at the weekend for the boarding community, welcoming staff, friends, neighbours and on occasion with the local Parish of Sacred Heart and St Aldhelm in Sherborne. In the past we have been fortunate to be able to celebrate Mass together with the Sherborne Schools which we hope to build into our Mass programme once again.
Mass is also celebrated here weekly as the whole school gathers for the start of day on Wednesdays. All school Masses are a gathering of the school community and pupils and staff play their part as readers, servers, choir and Ministers of Holy Communion. Parents and those close to the school are always welcome to join us for Mass.
In 2016 we celebrated 400 years of Trinity Chapel. Built in 1616, it is the oldest building on the school site and is used for smaller services and voluntary weekday Masses.
We have an Anglican Eucharist once a Term, usually on Friday, Period 5. Everyone is invited to attend. We welcome Rev Lindsay Collins, Chaplain from Sherborne School, who gives up her time to support us with this important service.
At various times in the week different groups gather to think about the musical contribution to the services. Led by the Director of Music, Dr Rachel Milestone, we have Cantemus (Years 7 and 8), Year 9 Choir, Schola (Year 9 upwards) as well as Choral Society – a combination of pupils, staff and friends to Leweston.
On Week B, we have a special Friday liturgy for the whole School community. Occasionally we have visiting speakers to encourage us in our faith journey and from time to time a pupil, Year Group or member of staff will lead this service.
Every Tuesday evening night prayers are held in one of the Chapels for each of the Boarding Houses and are run by the students with the support of Lu Worrall, Lay Chaplain.
These are special times of informal prayer/worship/small group activity usually held on a Tuesday evening and again, mostly run by the students.
At special times of the year, we will have a reconciliation (penitential) service. This is an opportunity to say sorry to God for what we regret and receive the grace of his forgiveness.
Worship and liturgy play a central role in the life of Leweston. Weekly Mass with the whole school community is seen as a focus for the week and many see it as a space for quiet reflection and, as one pupil described it, ‘me time’. With the development of the chaplaincy a greater number of pupils are taking on key roles such as readers, servers and Eucharist ministers. Others are involved through being members of the school choirs, which add an extra layer to the quality of the worship celebrated.
Catholic Schools Inspection 2017
To view the list of Masses and Liturgies at Leweston this term please download the relevant document below. Please note: These dates are correct at the time of going to press, but are subject to change. The Chaplaincy will endeavour to inform of any alterations to Mass or Liturgy times. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to be kept up to date with any alterations to the Mass or Liturgy times please contact the Lay Chaplain, Mrs Lu Worrall on email@example.com