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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Spiritual Life of the Academy

The Catholic tradition of prayer is central to the academy's daily life and routine.  We meet together for assemblies, chapel time and each day begins with a Form Prayer.  Mass is regularly celebrated, sometimes in small groups or, on solemn occasions, as a whole academy community.

The Church's liturgical seasons permeate the life of our community.  The Catholic character and ethos of the academy is enhanced by the religious and cultural influences of those members of our community who profess other faiths and traditions.

Our beautiful chapel is central to the life of the academy and the Lay Chaplain ensures that a good liturgical experience is available with the Chapel being a vibrant meeting place at lunchtimes for activities and fun.

All Forms are named after Saints


Saint Alban was the first British Christian martyr who declared "I worship and adore the true and living God who created all things".  His Feast Day is 22nd June.


St Bede - also known as the Venerable Bede - is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars. He wrote over 60 books mainly dealing with theology and history.  His Feast Day is 25th May.


Saint Bernadette Soubirous is best known for experiencing apparitions of a "young lady".  The woman who appeared to her identified herself as the ‘Immaculate Conception.  Her Feast Day is 16th April.


Saint Margaret Clitherow is sometimes called "the Pearl of York" and was executed for harbouring Roman Catholic Priests.  Her Feast Day is 26th March.


Saint John Fisher was a scholar and cardinal; Chancellor of Cambridge University and tutor to Prince Henry and Henry VIII.  His Feast Day is 22nd June.


Saint Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. His feast day is 14th August.


Saint Anne Line despite ill health was in charge of a house of refuge for hiding priests and was executed during the reign of Elizabeth I.  Her Feast Day is 25th October.


Saint Thomas More is known as "the King's Good Servant, but God's First" and wrote the world famous book "Utopia".  His Feast Day is 22nd June.