Our school serves the parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Bernard of Clairvaux in Ellesmere Port. Children sometimes go to Our Lady's church for Mass on feast days and at other times Fr. Niall and Deacon Tony come in to celebrate Mass with us in school. Deacon Tony also comes into school to help us learn about life in the clergy and to teach us about the Mass itself.
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Our Sacramental Programme begins in Year 2 with the enrolment of the children. First Forgiveness takes place in Year 3 during Advent with First Holy Communion in the summer term of Year 3. Throughout the programme parents are encouraged to work together with school and parish to prepare the children during this very important year. To find out more, click here.
Our Lady's and St Bernard's has been inextricably linked with the rapid development of Ellesmere Port over the past 100 years.
Our Lady Star of the Sea parish was established in 1909 and our current church was opened on 12th October 1931.
Fr. Andrew Campbell, parish priest in the 1960s, noticed the need to serve the east of the growing town and, due to his vision, in 1968, the parish of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Stanney, was established.
In July 2011, the parishes of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Bernard of Clairvaux formally amalgamated. Our Catholic community has changed considerably over the years and both communities enrich each other.
Fr. Niall Mullaley, assisted by Rev. Paul Sutton, our deacon, serve Our Lady's and St. Bernard's parish.
Our Mission Together
Our Mission Together is a great opportunity for Our Lady's and St. Bernard's and our wider faith community across the diocese. All parishioners are being invited to consider making a meaningful and prayerful gift to this campaign. This will allow the undertaking of transformational projects that we are unable to do through normal offertory income.
The key priority for our Catholic community is the maintenance, upkeep and safety of our churches. Unfortunately, due to age and deterioration, they are in constant need of attention. In making the best use of our current amenities, we hope to complete this over the next five years. Our Mission Together will ensure we can do this with confidence.