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St Philip Evans Catholic Primary School

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Year 5- Mass of Thanks Giving.

On Friday 8th October, Monsignor Maguire celebrated mass with our classes and pupils in Y3. This was extra special for the school community as Monsignor Maguire was the priest who established our parish and helped build St. Philip Evans Church. In his homily he talked to us about the early days of our Parish and how he had worked with some of our parents and grandparents to establish the school, church and parish.

Theme Of Our Mass

The theme of our Mass was how we are called to be God’s Special People. The children in Year 5 helped prepare the mass by writing the introduction, the prayers of the faithful and choosing the hymns.

Seona began the celebration of Mass by sharing our introduction, she said, “Welcome to our mass. At this time of year we thank God for the harvest and the gift of his creation.  Today we are thinking about how Jesus call’s us all to be God’s special people. In our readings, we will hear what God wants us to do in our lives so that we are his special people. At this time, we are especially thinking about how we can be stewards of God’s creation and pray for those who dedicate their lives to protect God's creation.  Today, we pray that God may walk beside them. We also pray that we may have the courage, hope and grace to be guardians of our common home in our own ways.”

We choose the hymns, Come now is the time of Worship, the Psalm 77 With clapping hands and happy sounds, Take Our Bread, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord and Never to Young To Preach The Gospel.

Prayers Of The Faithful

Leader: We pray for the Church and its leaders that they may recognise the gifts and talents of others to inspire everyone to live as God’s people for the good of the community and our common home. 

Lord, in Your Mercy…

All: Hear our prayer 

Reader: We pray for the world that all people will act with a spirit of wonder and gratitude for the beauty all around us and work with a sense of common responsibility for it.  

Lord, in Your Mercy… All: Hear our prayer 

 Reader: We pray for those affected by the impact of climate change that they may be filled with hope.  

Lord, in Your Mercy… All: Hear our prayer 

Reader: For all families, we pray that they may reap the fruits of the care and concern they show in the home.  

Lord, in Your Mercy… All: Hear our prayer 

Reader: For those who are sick and worried, we pray that they may find comfort and peace in the love of those who care.  

Lord, in Your Mercy… All: Hear our prayer 

Reader: We join our prayers with Mary when we say, Hail Mary…. 

Priest: Almighty God, we bring our prayers and our lives before you, knowing that you desire to share your life with us. Hear us and be gracious in blessing us, as we make our prayer through Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen 

Our Collection For The Food Back- Faith In Action

As we thought about being thankful for everything in our lives we thought about how we could be God’s Special Lives and collected food items to be donated to the Food Bank. We offered these gifts to God in our Mass. This collection was organised by the Mini Vinnies in our class.

St Philip Evans – Brilliant Biographies

This week in year 5 we have been learning all about St Philip Evans. We have been researching his life using reliable sources and have used this research to create brilliant biographies about his life.

The Great Saint Philip Evans!

Who was St Philip Evans?

Have you ever thought about how St Philip Evans became a Saint? St Philip Evans was one of the greatest Saints, born in Monmouth in 1645. He was born on 6th July as a lovely little boy, he was very religious and he learnt to play Tennis and the Harp. Imagine trying to fit all that into your daily routine! Tennis was an early sport form, where all the rules aren’t the same as nowadays. His mother was Winnifred Morgan and his father was William Evans, he also had a Sister called Catherine Evans. St Philip Evans died on the 22nd January 1679.


What did Saint Philip Evans achieve in his life?

Saint Philip Evans studied in St. Omer, France to be a Jesuit priest. He loved preaching the Good News of God and his Faith-filled son – Jesus. Philip Evans loved to say and celebrate Mass and the Sacraments. He also preached in Latin Welsh and English! He spent a lot of time studying these languages.


Why was he arrested?

Sadly, St Philip Evans was arrested and executed for his beliefs. St Philip Evans was on his way to celebrate Mass in Latin at a house in Abergavenny, this was when he found that Soldiers were waiting for him to arrest him for breaking the law. (It was illegal to be Catholic in those days.) They took him to Cardiff Castle where he was imprisoned in the Black Tower. Months later, he was joined by another Catholic Priest named John Lloyd. “Friend and comfort he found in St John Lloyd! Also a Martyr b’lieving in the Lord!” During their time at Cardiff Castle, they used to play Tennis in the courtyard and Philip Evans would play the Harp beautifully and sing as often as he could.


How he is remembered.

Nowadays we can remember St Philip Evans by listening or playing the Harp, praying for him at St Philip Evans Church or School. We can also remember them (St Philip Evans and St John Lloyd) by the plaques on Crwys Road.


Fun fact

Recently bones have been found of St Philip Evans and St John Lloyd.          
By Jacob


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