Spiritual Life

The Chaplaincy contributes to the development of the school as a Christian community through the spiritual guidance of students and staff.

Pupil volunteers to the Chaplaincy Forum are closely involved in the preparation of prayer resources for form prayers. They also have a significant input into the voluntary Masses which take place once during each half-term.Through the Chaplaincy, we provide help, support, encouragement and care so that Saint Bede’s is a happy spiritual place in which to learn and grow in faith. Our primary focus is to ensure that every person grows in certainty of the unconditional love that God has for each one of us and to provide regular opportunities for everyone to respond to His love through prayer and liturgy.

Bede's World

In Year 7, pupils make a pilgrimage to Jarrow, the birthplace of Saint Bede, to spend a day learning what life was like in England during his lifetime and experiencing some aspects for themselves.  Pupils gain an understanding of the role of Saint Bede within the Catholic Church and his importance to our community of faith.

Castlerigg Residential Visit

In Year 10, a number of our pupils make a residential retreat for one week at the Diocesan Youth Residential Retreat Centre at Castlerigg Manor in Keswick.  Pupils work alongside specialist youth workers to reflect on their lives and who they are now. They focus on how they would like to move forward with their lives, looking at personal relationships, respect for self and others and how to maintain those relationships as they move towards adulthood. This activity is extremely popular and has proved extremely significant in the faith journeys and personal development of pupils. Further information about Castlerigg can be found by visiting the website. CASTLERIGG MANOR


The school work with pupils to encourage them to work towards Confirmation, to take the step in their faith journey and to develop a personal relationship with Christ. Pupils make an independent choice to become a fully active member of the church and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Many of our pupils are confirmed in their parishes through the help and support of the school chaplain.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

In recent years, a number of our Year 10 and 11 pupils have joined the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes through their parishes.

Calendar Dates
31st October 2018  Voluntary Mass - All Saints Day (Lunchtime) (Chapel)
7th November 2018  Year 9 Mass of Remembrance (P3) (Hall)
December 2018  Sacrament of Reconciliation (final timings tbc)
16th January 2019 Mass (Lunchtime)
6th March 2019 Ash Wednesday (distribution of ashes)
20th March 2019 Mass: Feast of St Joseph (Lunchtime) (Chapel)
22nd May 2019 Mass: Patronal Feast (Lunchtime)
19th June 2019 Voluntary Mass: Feast of Corpus Christi (Lunchtime) (Chapel)