Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School

Catholic Life

Our Mission statement is: With God's guidance, we grow and learn.  This statement is central to all that we do at Barkston Ash; we believe that the Catholic faith should be central to and permeate all aspects of school life.  We aim to achieve this through prayer, worship and the teaching of the curriculum.  

Our latest Section 48 inspection rated our school as Outstanding in all areas and we pride ourselves on providing our children with rich spiritual development and a broad RE curriculum, enhanced by a range of experiences and opportunities.

Our weekly newsletter contains information about Catholic Life, including information such as prayer and Mission of the week, Virtue, activities in classes and other news such as charity fundraising.

Diocese of Leeds

At Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School, we learn about our school within the wider catholic community and the world.  As part of this, we take part in international events and fundraising opportunities as well as taking part in diocesan events.

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The Bishop

Our bishop is currently Bishop Marcus Stock. As bishop, he is responsible for schools and parishes within his diocese.

We pray for Bishop Marcus, that God will guide him in his role as bishop.

Holy Days of Obligation

Sundays and holy days of obligation are days on which the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass [… and to] abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body (Code of Canon Law, Canon 1247).

Holy days mark days in the liturgical year of special importance or that merit special celebration. Worldwide, there is some variation in the dates of celebration of holy days as local Church authorities acknowledge patron saints or allow the celebration of holy days that occur during the week on the nearest Sunday. In England and Wales, according to a 1984 decision of the Bishops’ Conference, holy days which fall on Saturday or Monday are in general transferred to the Sunday. From the first Sunday of Advent 2006 the feasts of The Epiphany of the Lord, The Ascension of the Lord and the Body and Blood of Christ have also routinely been transferred to the neighbouring Sunday. With effect from the 1st Sunday of Advent 2017, two holy days of obligation have been reinstated: The Epiphany of the Lord, 6 January and The Ascension of the Lord, Thursday after 6th Sunday of Easter.


Holy Days of Obligation 2024

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God- 1st January

Epiphany of the Lord- 6th January

Ascension of the Lord- 12th May

Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary- 15th August

All Saints- 1st November

Christmas- 25th December


See for Table of Liturgical Dates


London Road, Barkston Ash, Nr Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9PS

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