At Ratcliffe, we are proud of the vibrant spiritual life which exists and through which we live out our Mission Statement and the Rosminian maxim ‘Charity is the Fulfilment of the Law’. All members of the School community are encouraged to play a full part in the spiritual life of the School and benefit from the variety and depth of the chaplaincy activities, which provide opportunities to enhance spiritual development and nurture a personal relationship with God.
The Chaplaincy team, consisting of the Lay Chaplain, three resident Assistant Priests as well as the Rector, members of the Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Religious Studies and the Director of Music, meets on a weekly basis to plan and co-ordinate the chaplaincy activities. The Chaplaincy team is ably supported by two very pro-active Student Chaplaincy Groups from the Senior School and Junior Department.
The College has a programme of assemblies each week and two voluntary weekday Masses. Mass is celebrated in the beautiful College Chapel each Sunday morning for boarders and to which day pupils and their parents are warmly invited. Whole School Masses are celebrated on Feast Days and on major festivals; students also benefit from a special Class Mass held annually during one of their Religious Studies lessons.
Students have the opportunity to experience retreats; there are opportunities for prayer sessions, quiet reflection and meditation. Special activities take place during Advent and Lent in preparation for Christmas and Easter. There is also a programme for Sacramental preparation for the Catholic Church.
Students actively participate in liturgical celebrations, particularly as altar servers, readers and as members of the School Choir and School Orchestra. There are opportunities to give service to others, such as the Voluntary Service group who work in the local community, a St Vincent De Paul group operating in Year 9 and the Mother Teresa Group who collect and sort clothing for the homeless and for local charities.
Students also assist with an annual pilgrimage to Lourdes as well as contributing to the many activities that take place in support of charities. Each year, the College raises a significant amount of money for both local and overseas charities.