St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School

Catholic Faith

Our faith is central to all that we do at St Mary of the Angels.

Historically, Catholic schools were created to provide centres of education to develop literate, numerate, moral, confident, independent young children who could contribute and mould the future of our world, in line with the teachings of Christ. We work really hard to do just that.

At St Marys we have a mission, which hinges on the following statement:

'Recognising and celebrating, the presence of Christ in one another.'

We use many opportunities to celebrate successes and to build on areas for development in all pupils, seeing each other as created in God's own image and likeness.

Our comprehensive programme of religious education coupled with the importance of Spiritual, moral, social and emotional development, progressively builds on children's understanding of their place in God's family.

We celebrate our Catholic faith whilst embracing the differing cultures within our school community. We work hard to instil values of kindness, self control, patience and trust.

We strive to ensure that all children achieve to the best of their ability because we recognise our God given talents and the need to share those with others and for the good of others.

Who is St Mary of the Angels?

An image of Our Lady

St Mary of the Angels has many titles including Our Lady, Mother of God, Queen of Peace and Our Blessed Virgin. She is central to the Catholic faith as she is the mother of Jesus.

It is widely believed that Mary serves as the patron saint of all human beings, watching over them with motherly care, due to her role as mother of the world's saviour, Jesus Christ. Saint Mary is also the patron saint of groups that include mothers and travellers.

Her many feast days include:

  • 1 January - Mary, Mother of God
  • 11 February - Our Lady of Lourdes
  • 13 May - Our Lady of Fatima
  • 31 May - Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 15 August - the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 22 August - Queenship of Mary
  • 8 September - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 8 December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 12 December - Our Lady of Guadalupe

At St Mary of the Angels we often reflect on the many characteristics of Mary - her gentleness, her humility and her total selflessness. We feel privileged to have her as our namesake and aim to be more like her.

Our House Saints

We have four House Saints, each represented by their own colour:

Fundraising

At St Mary of the Angels, there is a culture of great generosity when it comes to raising money for those less fortunate than ourselves.

At Christmas we raise money for local charities. During Lent, the children (and staff) work really hard to raise money for children in the third world, who really need our help. They collect sponsor money for the special activities they are completing during Lent.

There is also our annual Easter Egg raffle which raises lots of money, too.

St Mary of the Angels Church

This image copyright Geoff Pick and licensed for reuse

St Mary of the Angels church is situated on Whetstone Lane, very close to our school.

It is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and serves the Catholic community of Aldridge and surrounding areas well.

The parish priest is Fr Michael Leadbeater. He is ably assisted by Deacon John, another well known figure in this well established, welcoming parish.

Also see: St Mary of the Angels Church website (external link).

Mass times:

Mass/Day Time
Sunday Mass 9.30am
Monday Eucharist Service 9.15am
Tuesday Mass 9.15am
Wednesday Mass 9.15am
Saturday Vigil Mass 6.00pm