St Joseph's Catholic Church, Oakham

CES Response to Westminster Faith Debates report A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools

CES Response to Westminster Faith Debates report A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools

The Catholic Education Service welcomes the Westminster Faith Debates report A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools as an important contribution to the debate on the place of religion in schools. The report acknowledges the important role which Church schools play in the public sector and supports Catholic parents' right to send their children to Catholic schools.

"We welcome the report's support for the admission and employment criteria in Catholic schools. Catholic schools serve first and foremost the Catholic community, reflecting the vast contribution that the community makes in terms of their provision and ownership of the land and school buildings, financial contributions and support given by parents and governors.

"The purpose of Religious Education (RE) in Catholic schools differs from that of community schools. RE is at the core of a Catholic school and must make up 10% of curriculum time. Catholic RE equips students with the skills to discern and deepen their faith and teach them about the faiths of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them. Regular Diocesan inspections of this curriculum holds Catholic schools publicly accountable.

"Given the distinctive nature of RE in Catholic schools, any national RE curriculum would not fulfill the purposes of RE in both Catholic and community schools. Catholic schools will continue to follow the RE curriculum as set out by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales."

Mass Times

St Joseph's
Saturday:
4.30pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Sunday: 11.00am (with Children's liturgy) join us for coffee and tea after Mass
Weekdays:
Mon, Tue, Thur: 9.30am
Wed: 10.00am (Exposition 9am) join us for coffee and tea after Mass
Fri: 09.30 & 7pm Latin Mass

Confession:
Sat: 11.30am - 12.00pm 
Sat: 3.15pm - 3.45pm

Wednesday: 9.15am – 9.45am


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St Thomas of Canterbury
Sunday:  9am


Uppingham School
Sunday: 12.15pm once a month Click here for dates


Masses in nearby Parishes


 

Join us for coffee and tea after Mass at St Joseph’s on Sundays & Wednesdays