FAITH DEVELOPMENT



Faith Development is the way in which we at Mercy College develop our pupils understanding of the teachings of the Church and the Gospel. Our aim is to develop a strong faith community in our school where our students can strengthen their Christian values with our motto – Truth, Love and Justice. We look to our parents and guardians to help support us in growing the faith by encouraging our children to show true Christian values in their day to day lives as well as setting the example of participating in the Sacraments and weekly Mass. Our Shared Education programme encourages and supports students to have an understanding of and show respect for all religious beliefs and cultures.

Faith Education
All pupils in Years 8-12 participate in Religious Education Classes several times a week. Religious Studies is also offered in Years 13 and 14 at AS and A Level.

Celebrations of Faith
Participating in Prayer, Sacraments and Mass are important aspects of life in Mercy College. We have a Morning Prayer which is said in Form Class each morning. Our students take part in Faith retreats throughout the year where they can reflect upon their faith. We have a weekly Mass which is held every Wednesday in our Oratory as well as School Masses to celebrate occasions throughout the year. Our staff are also invited to a weekly reflection service. We also hold a beautiful Christmas Carol Service every year before the end of Christmas Term. We have wonderful support in our Christian journey from The Mercy Sisters in North Belfast and we are always delighted to see them involved in our school activities. Special thanks to Sr. Majella who is with us several days a week providing support and care to staff and students.

Faith in Action
Our pupils are encouraged to participate in charitable and voluntary work in the school, their homes, their community and the wider world. As a school we organise several charitable events throughout the year. We begin in September with our Mercy Day Mass which we celebrate with the Mercy Community around the world. At this time our Sixth Form also organise a MacMillan Coffee Morning which is a great success each year. During Advent we collect hampers for the local community and also donate to the Shoe box appeal which sends parcels around the world to communities in need. In February we make St Brigid’s Crosses with our Year 8 classes. During Lent each class and year group organise events to raise funds for various charities with a focus on Trocaire. Our Sixth Form also take part in the Habitat for Humanity Restore scheme which builds homes and provides furniture to the less fortunate. As well as this we have many pupils who take part in charity and volunteering in their personal time. We have had 2 Finalists in the prestigious Pramerica Spirit Awards in the past few years. We are very proud of our staff and pupils and all they do as a Christian Family.