Chaplaincy

A Catholic Academy

At St Matthew Academy, the Catholic faith of pupils is developed through the work of the Chaplaincy Team and RE department; demonstrated within the curriculum, prayer and focus events which help facilitate the development of spirituality and faith within our Academy. The Academy's ethos stresses the unique value of each individual and develops in our pupils respect for all faiths. The Chaplaincy Team endeavours to support pupils and staff live out Christian values by serving others. This is demonstrated by half termly charitable events.

Chaplaincy Team at St Matthew Academy

The inclusive, caring, Catholic Christian ethos of the Academy is owned by all its members; The role of the Chaplaincy Team is to support, nurture and facilitate the Academy’s distinctive inclusive, caring, Christian nature and assist the whole school community to grow in its relationship with God. The Chaplaincy Team provides spiritual support and leadership for all members of the Academy community through pastoral care, prayer and worship.

The Chaplaincy Team makes provision for liturgical celebration and offers ‘open door’ pastoral support to pupils and staff across the Academy.

St Matthew Academy endeavours to live out its Christian values by serving others. The academy is committed to supporting the University College Lewisham Hospital’s Children’s ward. Our love and support also extends to other local, national and global causes.

Chaplaincy Team Activities

Chaplaincy activities also include:

  • Weekly services in the chapel
  • Year group led charity events
  • Whole school charitable events
  • Celebration of whole school masses and services consonant with the liturgical calendar
  • GREAT Time Reflection throughout the week: Gospel Reflection Equals Action Today and resources to accompany
  • Working with pupils in the classroom settings to develop their understanding of RE and their faith

All Saints and All Souls Day

All Saints' Day is a feast day celebrated on 1st November by Catholics.

It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. As part of this day of obligation, believers are required to attend church. We encourage all staff, parents and carers to attend mass at their local parishes. St Matthew Academy will be focussing on Remembrance throughout the month of November.

Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it wasn't until 609AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs. Originally 13th May was designated as the Feast of All Holy Martyrs. Later, in 837AD, Pope Gregory IV extended the festival to remember all the saints, changed its name to Feast of All Saints and changed the date to 1st November.

All Souls' Day is marked on 2nd November following All Saints' Day, and is an opportunity for Catholics and Anglo-Catholic churches to commemorate the faithful departed. They remember and pray for the souls of people who are in Purgatory - the place (or state) in which those who have died atone for their less grave sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven.

Reasoning behind this stems from the notion that when a soul leaves the body, it is not entirely cleansed from venial sins. However, through the power of prayer and self-denial, the faithful left on earth may be able to help these souls gain the Beatific Vision they seek, bringing the soul eternal sublime happiness.

In RE lessons our ‘Do now’ tasks explored All Saints Day. In the Chaplaincy area, during the month of November, we will be encouraging pupils and staff to bring in pictures and offer prayers for loved ones that have passed. The prayers and pictures will be displayed in the Chaplaincy area on our Chaplaincy board. This links to All Souls Day.

We will also be using our weekly services to focus on All Saints and All Souls, linking to our theme of remembrance throughout November.