Chaplaincy Team Blog
Welcome to the Chaplaincy Team Blog, where you will find all the latest news and events relating to Catholic Life at St Anselm's!
October 2023: Introducing our new Catholic Life Ambassadors!
During our St Anselm's Feast Day Mass at Canterbury Cathedral, our new Catholic Life Ambassadors were ordained. Our Ambassadors play a very important role in the school, putting their faith onto action, by helping to organise liturgical and charitable events.
We are very grateful to the students that have accepted the role as Catholic Life Ambassadors for this academic year. Here is a picture of them receiving Canon Philip Glandfield's blessing at the Cathedral.
October 2023: Whole school Mass at Canterbury Cathedral
On Tuesday 10th October, our whole school walked to Canterbury Cathedral to celebrate Mass in thanksgiving for St Anselm's Feast Day. The service was led by Canon Philip Glandfield, Catholic Dean of Canterbury for the RC Diocese of Southwark. Canterbury Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site; we are so lucky to be able to worship together in such a beautiful, historic setting.
Huge thanks to the clergy, Cathedral staff, our guests, the alter servers, the choir (who sang beautifully), the Sixth Form stewards, the staff, the students and everyone who worked to make our Feast Day such a special occasion.
April 2023: Sixth Form Charity Team organise donation to Canterbury Food bank
In 2022-23, we have focused on the Catholic Social Teaching strand of caring for the poor and vulnerable. Our Sixth Form Charity Team have risen to the challenge and organised a sizeable donation to Canterbury Food Bank.
Every Sixth Form Tutor Group was given a box to fill and then the boxes were sorted through and collected by the Canterbury Food Bank van! Well done to our Sixth Form Charity Team and thank you to every student that donated and to the Food Bank for organising the collection!
March 2023: St Anselm's students attend CYMFed Flame 2023 at Wembley Arena!
We attended CYMFed Flame at Wembley Arena on 4 March 2023. Twelve students from our Catholic Life Ambassadors attended with two teachers. There were 8000 people at Wembley that day, so the atmosphere was electric! We enjoyed music from One Hope Project, Adenike, Faith Child and Guvna B. We also heard talks from Cafod, Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB, David Wells and Cardinal Tagle. Finally we had the opportunity to reflect and enjoy Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament let by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. It was a great day!
March 2023: Our first CYMFed Faith In Action students receive their Bronze Awards!
We are delighted to announce that our first students have received their Bronze Faith in Action awards!
The Faith in Action Award encourages young people through recognising, rewarding and celebrating their active faith lived out through service and reflection. The Award helps them connect their life and faith in a tangible manner.
In journeying through the Award, young people should experience a deepening of their relationship with God and find themselves exploring that relationship. It is hoped that through their relationship and action, others will see God's love through them.
Mr Locke, Head of Stein House, presented 34 students with their certificates and then we enjoyed a celebratory tea party!