Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Our Faith  »  Lent

At Sacred Heart the season of Lent is observed by our school comunity in many innovative ways.

Please come and join us at the following events in Lent:

Palm Sunday Assembly - Friday 12th April 2019 2.15pm led by Reception Class
Maundy Thursday Assembly - Monday 15th April 2019 9.15am led by Years 3 & 4
Good Friday Asssembly - Wednesday 17th April 2019, 2.30pm led by Years 1 & 2
Easter Sunday Assembly - Thursday 18th April 2019, 9.15am led by Years 5 & 6

Reconciliation Service  Tuesday 16th April 2019, 10.00am led by Fr Gerard and our Faith in Action Pupils

Below are the times for Holy Week services and Masses at St Urban's (St. U)  and Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) churches:St





Feast Day

Saturday 13ᵗʰ


Palm Sunday Vigil Mass

St U.

Palm Sunday

Sunday 14ᵗʰ


Palm Sunday Mass



Palm Sunday Mass

St U.

Monday 15ᵗʰ


All welcome to come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with opportunities for individual confessions

St U.


Tuesday 9ᵗʰ





Wednesday 17ᵗʰ


Mass of Chrism

Leeds Cathedral


Thursday 18ᵗʰ


Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper with watching at the Altar or repose until 10pm

St U.

Maundy Thursday

Friday 19ᵗʰ


Good Friday walk of witness from Headingley St Columba’s which concludes at Headingley Methodist Church with refreshments.

Headingley St Columba’s

Good Friday


The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

St U.


Stations of the Cross


Saturday 20ᵗʰ


Easter Vigil Mass

St U.

Holy Saturday

Sunday 21st


Easter Mass


Easter Sunday


Easter Mass

St U.


The faith in action children have led collective worhsip and lunchtime reflections throughout Lent. They have also been supporting classes in fundraising for the Good Shepherd Appeal 2019. 

Below you can see the photos from their Lenten Pilgrimage to Golden Acre Park. 
Lenten Pilgimrage to Golden Acre Park 2019
As part of the Pilgrimage and Procession aspect of the FAith in Action Awards pupils followed a Lenten reflection walk around Golden Acre Park that had been designed by parishioners in Our Lady of Kirkstall Parish. The children enjoyed the opportunity to have time out of a busy school day to appreciate and reflect on the beauty in God's creation.
Lenten Pilgrimage Golden Acre Park 2019
Faith in Action Lenten Pilgrimage Assembly April 2019

Today the pupils led their own assembly to share their pilgrimage with the whole school. We wre very lucky to be joined by some of the CAFOD Live Simply group who put the Lenten Walk together. Below are the reflections from the pupils on their Lenten Pilgrimage. 

Sheldon - My favourite station was the fifth station because I really thought about the birds and everything God had created.
God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all creatures on this earth.

Jquaya - I am thankful that I could share this day with my friends and teachers and Sacred Heart family. I didn’t have a favourite station but liked the time to reflect at all the stations. It was so beautiful to hear the birds twittering, feel the wind, hear the water and see the squirrels.
Yes be praised in all your creatures, brother sun and sister moon; in the stars and in the wind, air and fire and flowing water.  Be still and know I am with you.

Phoebe - I really liked station 8 which was the benches near the Island. The water ripples made me think about when God forgives us and clears away our sins. The calming nature made me think about the sad, the happy, the god and the bad. Dear God, please forgive us for the bad things we have done.   
We are not alone -every prayer, every song, makes me feel I belong to world filled with loves that’s all around.

Milie - My favourite station was the Evergreen Tree. It made me think about how thankful I am for you creating animals, plants trees and the world. I appreciate my family and my Sacred Heart family and I love the world you put me in.
Lord you came as a living vine and Tree of Life. Make us fruitful branches.

Logan - I really liked the third station where we had time to share a picnic with our friends. I really enjoyed collecting pine cones and sticks it was so much fun.  I have loved using them to make an Easter cross today.
Lord, you have shared so many of your riches with me. Teach me by your generous spirit to live with open hands.

Milly - I really enjoyed being able to be so close to the wildlife and the birds. Thank you God for making this beautiful world for us to live in.
When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds swinging sweetly in the trees. Then sings my soul, my saviour God to thee, how great thou art. How great thou art.

Elizabeth - I really enjoyed spending time looking at the trees and the different blossoms. I loved collecting the petals and flowers with my friends. Although I was moving and being active I felt really rested.
When the treadmill of life leaves me exhausted, Lord teach me how to rest.

Abdul - My favourite station on the Lent Pilgrimage was the shelter because it kep us away from the cold and felt kind of warm and protecting us all.
Oh God, your son became a refugee and had no place to call his own. Look with mercy on those who today are homeless, are hungry, are fleeing from danger.

Katie - I feel really lucky that I got to go to Golden Acre Park. I loved having time to pray and praying was really good fun. It made us all feel good. I loved seeing the nature and a very unusual duck from Mexico called Kevin! He took quite a fancy to Mrs Myers!
God saw everything he had made and behold it was good!

Mirabell - I really enjoyed spending time outdoors and appreciating everything God has made. The pine cones were beautiful and we have used them to day to make an Easter Cross to remind us of our special pilgrimage to Golden Acre Park.

Paige - I wrote this prayer at the end of the Pilgrimage. Dear Lord,May all living beauty be protected by yours truly. Allow us to admire and enjoy your beautiful creatios. Allow of us to accept and protect your amazing creation because you are the all found creator and maker of all things great and small. Amen.

Carrick - I wanted to choose the hymn Colours of Day to finish our assembly because when we were on our pilgrimage the sun came out just as we arrived. It was amazing. We also saw every colour of the day and every colour God had created.

Faith in Action Lenten Pilgrimage Assembly
FIA Assemblies 2018
Different year groups were responsible for sharing the story of Holy Week during the final week of term. Year 6 started the week by presenting Palm Sunday using a newscast with Joseph and Sophia presenting the 'breaking news' of Jesus arriving in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, Years 4 and 5 incorporated some beautiful singing as they presented the last supper and Maundy Thursday. On Wednesday, Year 2 presented with great confidence the story of Good Friday and Year 3 came to the front of assembly and using nails to adorn a cross that symbolised the small things that we can to live more in God's image. The week culminated in Reception and Year 1 presenting Easter Sunday to the school and many parents who were very moved by the powerful assembly.
Holy Week Assemblies 2018
In 2018 the Lenten Good Shepherd appeal again was raising money for the important work that Catholic Care does in our diocese. As part of the Lenten acts of Prayer, Alms giving and fasting Mr Masley and Mrs Bates challenged the classes to think of creative ways to raise money alongside their class money collections. This is what they did:

Reception Class and Year 1 held a guess the name of the of bunny competition 
Year 2 held a sponsored Danceathon 
Year 3 collected toys and books and held a break time sale for the other children
Year 4 followed Year Two's example by holding a Danceathon
Year 5 held a sponsored silence where amazingly they did not speak for a whole afternoon!
Year 6 baked buns and sold them to the rest of the school and parents over two days

The Lenten fundraising for Good shepherd appeal raised over £500 that will be presented to Bishop Marcus at the Cathedral in May 2018.
Good Shepherd fundraising activities

Y2 Danceathon Y5 Sponsored Silence

Fr Gerard led a powerful and memorable Reconcilliation Service where the whole school, pupils, staff and parents were invited to Reconcilliation and our Year 5 pupils again sang our Psalm beautifully as children confessed to Fr Gerard our recived a blessing.
Reconciliation Service 2018
The classes were also tasked with creating a piece of fabric artwork to be displayed in the School Hall that depicted the events in Holy Week. As ever the work produced was outstanding and is now on display in our school hall.
Fabric Artwork from Easter Week
Classes in school also made and presented Easter gardens - a long held tradition at Sacred Heart.
Easter Gardens 2018

School Awards