The journey of faith is not an individual pursuit. The Church is a community of faith in which God calls all of us, young and old, to learn and grow together. As Catholics, our faith grows and is sustained through the shared experience of prayer, liturgy and exploring and living our faith together.
Prayer plays a vital part in the life of St Conval’s. Each classroom promotes prayer and reflection by displaying a crucifix and statue of Our Lady, along with current liturgical pictures, artefacts and symbols. Stillness is encouraged at various points of the day. Even before the register is taken, each class pauses in prayer to offer the day to God; the children say grace before and after meals; they close the day by thanking God for all His blessings.
This daily classroom prayer is supplemented by collective worship at our weekly whole-school assemblies. Hymns and songs, appropriate to the liturgical season, are sung; there is a reading from the Bible along with a short reflection on how this can be applied in our lives; we pray together as a whole-school community; we explore and celebrate various saints’ days and feasts in the liturgical calendar.
St Conval’s aims to gather together as a school family for the celebration of Mass at least once each calendar month. On major feast days, pupils and staff make the short walk to St Mary’s Church to join the parish community for their regular morning Mass. Pupils are given key roles in all of these Masses including the reading of Scripture, bidding prayers and leading the music.
Father Carroll, our parish priest and school chaplain, celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation with pupils during Advent and Lent. The regular presence of Father Carroll is an important expression of the fact that St Conval’s is an integral part of the ministry of the local and universal Church and an institution not only governed by Glasgow City Council but also under the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.