The Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Bicknor Road | Park Wood | Maidstone | ME15 9PS

Religious Education

Celebrating Our Religious Education across the School

As a Catholic School, we follow the Catholic beliefs and teach the children the gospel values and the stories from the Bible. We aim to ensure all children have a good understanding of the Catholic faith and are aware of others beliefs and faiths around the world.

As part of our learning and understanding, we have special celebration days throughout the year that we would like to celebrate and share with you.

Religious Education Week 2016

The Jubilee Year of Mercy

Our week this year has been focused on the Jubilee Year of Mercy . Pope Francis announced an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Universal Church. It began on December 8th 2015, the feast of The Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. The year will end on 20th November 2016.

The year is centred around understanding the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) and the works of mercy, and seeing them as a way to serve God's Kingdom.

They are divided into two sections; The Corporal Works of Mercy and the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

The Corporal Works of Mercy

  • feed the hungry
  • give drink to the thirsty
  • clothe the naked
  • shelter the homeless
  • visit the sick
  • visit the imprisoned
  • bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • counsel do the doubtful
  • instruct the ignorant
  • admonish sinners
  • comfort the afflicted
  • forgive offenses
  • bear wrongs patiently
  • pray for the living and the dead

    The Holy Father created a Holy Door in St Peter's in Rome, and cathedrals all over the world did the same. So the children's challenge during the week was to design their own Holy Door. Please see the photos below.

    On Thursday afternoon, Father Roy came and blessed the doors. Later that afternoon, the children visited the doors and then voted for the door they thought showed the works of mercy in the most imaginative way.

    There were two prizes. Year Six won the KS2 door and Year 2 won the KS1 door. Well done to all the children. All the doors were amazing! Well done everyone.

    The children received a prize of 'Jelly Babies' because originally they were known as 'Peace Babies'.
    They were first introduced onto the sweet market at the end of the First World War . Each colour represented a country, in the hope that there would never be another war like it. Production of the sweets were stopped during World War Two and then introduced again after but under the new name of 'Jelly babies'. Today they are still made but each one has its own name and they are only made with natural ingredients.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 5

Year 6

Year 6

Year 6

On Friday morning at 11.00am, we celebrated the conclusion of our special week with an open air Mass . Parents and parishioners were invited to join us. The weather was perfect and there were a great number of parents and parishioners joined us. Brilliant! Thank you to all who attended to make this Mass so special.

At this Mass the Assistant Headteacher from St Simon Stock, brought along the 'Year of Mercy Diocesan Candle', which the schools in the diocese are sharing during the year. This can be seen in our entrance corridor, along with Year Three's prayer tree, which they presented at the Mass.

To show our support for our Parish, our parents kindly sent donations of food into school, which Year Four boxed up and brought as an offering at the Mass, to be taken to the Homeless shelters in Maidstone. You were very generous. Thank you very much.

This wonderful Mass was then followed by a shared picnic out on our field.It was sunny but not too hot and many parents, grandparents and parishioners stayed with us.

After a short playtime, we then reconvened on the field to begin our concert. Our Year Sixes performed their liturgical dance that they had created for our Easter Stations of the Cross, which parents had not seen, Year Five re-performed their liturgical dance from the mornings Mass, and Year One Role - Played the story of 'The Lost Sheep'. Well done children. It was beautiful to watch. You peformed with such reverence and precision. It was very moving. Thank you.

In between this, we sang some of the children's favourite hymns. Unfortunately we were unable to have a screen for the words, so we were limited to the songs that were fairly repetitive, but I think we can safely say that everyone really enjoyed themselves, and we did give 'Praise to God'. We certainly need to thank God for giving us an amazing day both with the blessing of good weather and everything going to plan.

'Thanks Be to God '