Catholic Life

8th October: Congratulations to our Harvest Envelope Winners!

As ever, it was rather tricky to choose from a range of such beautiful creations.
Thank you to all of our Prep Children for doing chores around their homes to raise money for our chosen Charities. Well done!

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7th October: Prep Three led our Group Worship this morning on the theme of Harvest. The children read a collection of thoughtful readings for the school family to reflect upon.
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6th October: Today we have given praise and thanks to our Lord for the bountiful harvest around the world. We would like to thank our own school family for their generous donations, which will be taken to The People's Pantry, Bridge Street, Newcastle.

Blessing of the Harvest
Source: Catholic Online Prayers
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Who has made heaven and earth.
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

Almighty Lord God, You keep on giving abundance to men in the dew of heaven, and food out of the richness of the soil. We give thanks to Your most gracious majesty for the fruits of the field which we have gathered. We beg of You, in Your mercy, to bless our harvest, which we have received from Your generosity. Preserve it, and keep it from all harm. Grant, too, that all those whose desires You have filled with these good things may be happy in Your protection. May they praise Your mercies forever, and make use of the good things that do not last in such a way that they may not lose those goods that are everlasting, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for 28th September

Act of Confidence
My soul,
dilate thy heart;
thy Jesus can give thee every good gift;
He loves thee ardently.
Hope, then,
for great favours from this Lord,
Who, through an impulse of love,
comes to thee all love.
Yes, my Jesus, my hope,
I trust in Thy goodness,
that in giving Thyself to me this morning,
Thou wilt kindle in my poor soul
the flames of Thy pure love,
and of an ardent desire to please Thee,
that, from this day forward,
I may wish only what Thou wishest.

Amen.

Prayer for 22nd September

Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help, today we face so many difficulties. Your picture tells us so much about you. It reminds us to reach out and help those in need. Help us understand that our lives belong to others as much as they belong to us.

Mary, Model of Christian love, we know we cannot heal every ill or solve every problem. But with God's grace, we intend to do what we can. May we be true witnesses to the world that love for one another really matters. May our daily actions proclaim how fully our lives are modeled after yours, Mother of Perpetual Help.

A Catholic Prayer to Open the New School Year

Blessed are you, Lord God,
Creator of body and mind and heart;
you have sent the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge
to guide your people in all their ways.

At the beginning of this new school year,
in this time of uncertainty and anxiety,
we implore your mercy.
Bless and protect our children, teachers,
school governors, their families, and especially Father Michael
Give wisdom to the decision makers,
be they in our schools or in our homes.

Expand the horizons of our minds,
and deepen our commitment to seek
the truth of your ways.
Enliven our faith to reach out to those in need,
particularly those isolated and lonely.

In these days when so much has changed,
help us to trust in the love of your Son Jesus,
our Divine Teacher, who is the same
yesterday, today, and forever.


Amen.
 

 

Devotional Prayer

♥ Prayer to the Sacred Heart
O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you and will a lively sorrow for my sins.
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure, and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, good Jesus that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions;
give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessings on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.
Within your heart I place my every care.
In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying,
Heart of Jesus, help me.
Amen.

14th May - John 15:9-17 'If you keep my commands you will abide in my love.' 

May is a very special month in the Catholic calendar. This is a time when we should take time to think about Mary and reflect on how she is the Mother of Jesus and Mother to us all.

Prep 3’s classroom display helps us to reflect on this Holy month, the Japanese Cherry Blossom reminds us to give thanks for flowers, trees and sunshine and to sing praise during our May Day celebrations.

 

 

The month of May is Mary’s month, the Mother of Jesus and today we celebrate Our Lady in our May Day Procession. We thank our May Queen, Eliza and our Special Attendants, Asafa, Rafferty and Geoffrey.
Thank you to all who kindly donated flowers for this special occasion. The floral tributes will be donated to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice to brighten the wards.

 

The month of May is Mary’s month, the Mother of Jesus

It is thought that the custom of dedicating the month of May to Mary dates to the 13th Century. However, it was not until the 18th Century that this custom became popularised in the Catholic Church.

Historians are not completely sure as to why the month of May was chosen as Mary’s month, but some think it may be because May is the month of new life. May springs forth with new beginnings and new birth in Nature, this reminds us of the life that Mary gave to Jesus. Mary was obedient to God and accepted that she had been chosen to bear His Son. Without Mary’s resounding ‘Yes’ we would not have had Jesus and we would certainly not have had Easter.

God allowed His Son to be Incarnate, to take on flesh and live as one of us. Jesus was in the ‘thick of it’, he knew what it was to be part of a human family and doubtless, experienced the same knocks, bruises, and chastisement as any child. Indeed, when the twelve-year-old Jesus had stayed behind in the Temple after the Feast of the Passover, his anxious parents, who had been searching for Him, reacted as any parent,
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
Luke 2 v 48

Jesus lived within a loving family. The bond of love between any mother and her child is usually strong and deep. I often wonder when I reflect on the Passion of Jesus how Mary must have felt, her grief and pain must have been indescribable as she saw her innocent Son suffering, humiliated and dying.
Mary knew what it was to suffer and grieve for her child. I thought of the scene of Jesus death yesterday as Israel had a day of mourning for those men and boys crushed on a staircase near Mount Meron during the celebrations of a Jewish festival-one report told of two brothers who had died-your heart goes out to their mother.

When Jesus was born, he became part of an earthly family who knew the trials and tribulations that living brings. The Month of May reminds us that God is not some remote being detached from our joys and sufferings. His Son became one of us because Mary did not shy away from the responsubilty placed upon her, but said,
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 1 v38

During this month of May, may we have the grace to listen and respond to God’s call on us.

To Pray and Reflect
When does an ordinary life
Become extraordinary
A mundane day
Become revolutionary
A moment in time
Change history?
When God enters in
Forgives sin
Allows us to
Begin again
When we repeat
Those words of Mary
‘May it be to me
As you say’
Amen
 

Blessing

You are blessed the Disciples on the road, Lord Jesus, by speaking to their hearts.

You bless your people today, Lord Jesus, by your living presence in the Scriptures.

You bless your people each time we encounter you, Lord Jesus, in the Eucharist.

23rd April - Acts 9:1-20 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'

7th April Acts 3:1-10 'In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!'

Catholic Easter Prayer

Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.

Source: New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

31st March: Matthew 26:14-25 'He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.'

Palm Sunday: Mark 14:1 - 15:47 'And Jesus uttered a loud prayer and breathed his last.'

26th March: John 10:31 - 42 'And many believed in him.'

25th March: Luke 1:26-38 'Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favour with God.'

24th March: John 8:31-42 'If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.'

19th March: Luke 2:41- 51 'And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man'.

18th March: John 5:31-47 'The Father has sent me.'

17th March: John 5:17-30 'For as the Father has life in himself so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.'

16th March: John 5:1-16 'Do you want to be healed.'

12th March: Mark 12:28-34 'You are not far from the kingdom of God.'

Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated to our CAFOD Family Fast Day. 

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“OH, COME TO THE
WATER ALL YOU WHO
ARE THIRSTY.” Isaiah 55:1

10th March: Matthew 5:17-19 'I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them'.

8th March: Luke 4:24-30 'But passing through their midst, he went away.'

2nd March: Matthew 23:1-2 'For they preach but do not practice.'

1st March: Matthew 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world.'

Blessing

Fasting requires the blessing of 

putting God and his people

at the centre of our lives.

 

Charitable action is the blessing of 

solidarity with our poor

brothers and sisters.

 

Prayer is the blessing of

learning to be loved

in a whole new way.

27th February: Matthew 5:43-48 'But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.'

26th February: Matthew 5:20-26 'But i say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court.'

‘Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’.
Matthew 11: 28-30

23rd February: Matthew 6:7-15 'Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.'

22nd February: Matthew 16:13-19 'For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.'

21st February: Mark 1:12-15 'Repent and believe the gospel.'

19th February: Blessing

LORD GOD, we are blessed by our return to your intention for your creation.

LORD GOD, we seek the blessing of walking with your Son, through these days of grace.

LORD GOD, we are blessed by the companionship of your Spririt as Jesus was in his time of fasting and prayer.

18th February: Luke 9:22-25 'For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself.'

17th February 2021 - Ash Wednesday

Blessed [are] all thosewho love their brother "as much when he is far away from them as when he is with them." (Fratelli Tutti 1)

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 'Your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.'

12th February 2021

Loving God,
We asked for strength, and you gave us difficulties to make us strong.
We asked for wisdom, and you gave us problems to solve.
We asked for prosperity, and you gave us purpose and brains to use.
We asked for courage, and you gave us fears to overcome.
We asked for patience, and you gave us situations where we were forced to wait.
We asked for love, and you gave us troubled people to help.
We asked for justice, and you called us to be just and lead with integrity.
Lord, we have received nothing that we asked for or wanted.
And yet, we receive everything that we needed.
For this we give thanks.
Amen.
Colleen Hanycz

27th January 2021

Pope Francis Calls for Prayer on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Pope Francis invited each person to spend a moment on the anniversary in prayer and recollection with “each person saying in his own heart: ‘never again, never again!’”

Prayer for the Day - 26th January 2021

Remind me, Lord,
that though my sins are as scarlet,
they shall be white as snow,
that your love is able to cover over all my faults,
transforming what is
and shaping what shall be.

Amen.
Nick Fawcett
 

Prayer for the Day - 25th January 2021

The love of God be the passion
in your heart.
The joy of God your strength
when times are hard.
The presence of God a peace
that overflows.
The Word of God the seed
that you might sow.
Amen

Thought for the Day
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
James 1 v22-25

One of the brightest signs of hope in this awful pandemic is the rolling out of the vaccination programme.
Given the enormity of the task it is refreshing to hear that Lichfield, Salisbury and Blackburn Cathedrals have opened their doors to provide vaccination centres.
MP for Lichfield, Michael Fabricant, tweeted: “This just has to be the most glamorous vaccine centre in Britain. They came in the Middle Ages for the cure. They still come today.”
The Dean of Blackburn, the Very Revd Peter Howell-Jones,
‘The response has been phenomenal. Because it’s such a familiar place to be, people know it for other than medicine. They know it for good things, like weddings, and they have this positive experience of the building, which extends across all faiths’.
Those who attended the vaccination centre at Salisbury cathedral were treated to classical music as they were vaccinated.
The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, described the vaccine as ‘a real sign of hope at the end of this very difficult year…
This place has been here for 800 years to give glory to God and to serve the city and the region. What better way could there be of doing that than hosting Salisbury’s stage in the vaccination programme? It is absolutely wonderful.’
Out of the sadness and misery of the past twelve months it is good to see the churches reaching out and helping people in a practical way.
During Jesus ministry He tended the people. He did not just stand and teach or preach but literally touched and healed and comforted.
Perhaps this year has taught us that as Church we need to follow the example of Jesus and really reach out to all people in practical ways and thus show that the love of God is active and real and demonstrated through the actions of all those who know Christ as their Saviour and Lord.

To Pray
Lord, we are your people who have journeyed in darkness
And who long to see your light once more.
We are those who have journeyed through hard times
And who long to see life and community renewed.
Lord, we give thanks for scientists and researchers
And for those who have created the vaccines that give hope to the world.
We pray for the just sharing of these precious gifts
And for the renewal of life in every nation.
Lord, we are those who journey on
Towards the horizon where light shall surely break.
We journey in times where we are distanced
And trust that in time the distance shall be overcome.
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen
Based on a prayer from the Church of Scotland

 

 

Thought for the Day
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Psalm 105 v4

Ugandan prayer

‘Blessed are you, O Christ Child, that your cradle was so low that shepherds, poorest and simplest of earthly people, could kneel beside you and look, level-eyed, into the face of God’.
What a powerful image that God in all His glory came down from heaven, came to live among us, he came highest to the lowest and allowed himself to become one of us. He allowed us to engage with God at our level. He did not stand above us as He could well have done, instead he came along side us and the shepherds ‘poorest and simplest’ represented each one of us as they were able to look at His face. They looked at the face of God. No arrogance or pride but humility and pure love. The grace of God centred on the life of a helpless child, who had come to save.
How often do we miss the power of the humble Saviour and become so carried away with ourselves that we ignore the beauty of His fragility. The current pandemic has given us time to reflect on some aspects of our lives and the impact that others have on us. I heard a discussion about two ‘celebrities’, who despite the global pandemic wanted to go on holiday and once arriving at their destination paid scant regard for the regulations. They were arrogant enough to think they were above the virus-they were somewhat bemused when they were arrested for their behaviour!
The Saviour walks among us in the most unexpected places-he was born in an animal shed and welcomed shepherds. We are welcomed to ‘look into his face’ to know God personally, often the stumbling block which stops us fully knowing Him is that our gaze is in the wrong direction, we consider that looking down on others in need or indeed looking them in the eye is beneath us.
How powerful that we are invited to know God and to look into His face; it is humbling thought worth reflecting on.

Dear God, Thank you that we can find safety in your presence.
You are always with us and never let us feel lonely and lost.
Lord, help us to fight the battles we are too weak to fight.
God be with us always that we could feel the power of your presence every minute of our lives.
We pray in the name of Jesus,
Amen.
 

Comfort and Joy

Shout for Joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!

For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

Isaiah 49:13

A Christmas Prayer
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving Father,
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning
make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus' sake.
Amen.

Thought for the Day - 30th November 2020
Today is St Andrew’s Day. St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and fishermen.
Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter and like him was a fisherman. According to Johns Gospel, Andrew was the first disciple to be called and had been with John as one of his disciples as they prepared for the coming of the Messiah.
This ordinary fisherman was so convicted by Jesus that he gave his life for Him, Andrew also being crucified. Accounts tell that Andrew was crucified on a diagonal cross, as he felt unworthy to die as His Saviour. The shape of the cross is depicted on the Scottish flag.
Although Andrew is not mentioned many times throughout the Gospel when he is, we see him bringing people to Jesus. The first person that he introduced to Jesus was his brother, Simon Peter,
John 1 v 41, ‘We have found the Messiah’,
.. said Andrew and both he and Simon Peter dropped their fishing nets and immediately followed Jesus.
At the feeding of the five thousand, John 6 v8-13, it was Andrew who took the boy with the fish and barley loaves to Jesus.
When some Greek citizens asked Phillip, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’, John 12 v 20-22, it was Andrew and Phillip who went and told Jesus that people wanted to meet Him.
Andrew grasped the truth of Jesus, he realised that He was the Messiah and that His teaching and His life pointed us to God and Andrew wanted to share that Good News.
In 2020 in the middle of a pandemic we have a great opportunity to introduce people who are lost, alone, depressed and searching for answers to Jesus. Like Andrew we need to be bold. The world is crying out for a Saviour, yet many are unable to articulate -, ‘We wish to see Jesus.’ Because they have never heard about Him or engaged with Him.
Following the example of Andrew, we need to reach out and take this opportunity to show the Jesus we know. During this Advent let us pray that we can enter His presence with joy and that we might confidently and lovingly guide those who are searching to share in the Good News.

 

To Pray
St. Andrew,
you were the first to recognize and follow the Son of God.
With your friend, St. John,
you remained with Jesus,
for your entire life,
and now throughout eternity.

Just as you led your brother, St Peter,
to Christ and many others after him,
draw us also to Him.
Teach us how to lead them,
solely out of love for Jesus
and dedication to His service.
Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross
and carry our daily crosses without complaint,
so that they may carry us to God the Almighty Father.
Amen.
 

Thought for the Day - 17th November
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1 v14
At the time of writing we are awaiting the Government guidelines on how we are going to celebrate Christmas. It will be interesting to hear what we are advised to do. Christmas is a time when we expect that we will be in the company of family and friends. We have high expectations for what is to be. The media paints a very romantic picture of snow falling, robins, choirs singing and Father Christmas, which is certainly very heart warming and sentimental
I am not one hundred percent sure that the picture we have in our minds is necessarily reality.
The stark truth can be rather more challenging.
The trivialities of the turkey not being cooked or the gravy being lumpy are at one level of Christmas. The homelessness, loneliness and poverty at quite another.
Within our search for happiness and a feeling of well being and perfection at Christmas we totally miss the deep meaning of what we are celebrating. That God became incarnate. God with us, dwelling amongst us.
The opening of Johns Gospel, John 1 v14, tells us that,
‘The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us’
The Message Bible translates it like this
The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood. – John 14:1, The Message
God became one of us, ready to experience what it means to exist in this world. He has walked at least a ‘mile in our shoes’ He knows exactly what we endure, the highs and lows of life. It is a mystery that God should want to ‘move into our neighbourhood’ and be one of us.
Karl Barth writes..
The ‘nativity mystery’ means that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his ‘climbing down of God’ is Holy Spirit and Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes from this human being. Born of Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God; he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. Not only similar to us, he is like us.
– Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline
Because God has ‘climbed down’ we should remember that this man Jesus is our Lord and Saviour. He should not be pushed to one side to make room for tinsel and trivialities He should be welcomed into our hearts and homes to truly dwell among us.
To Pray
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore.
Amen.
 

Thought for the Day - 17th November

A child is like a butterfly in the wind.πŸ¦‹

Some can fly higher than others but each one flies the best it can.

Why compare one against the other?

Each one is Different. πŸ¦‹

Each one is Special. πŸ¦‹

Each one is Beautiful.πŸ¦‹

- Author Unknown

Thought for the Day - 12th November 

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.
Isaiah 49 v16


Yesterday was Armistice Day, when at 11am the country falls silent for two minutes to remember the sacrifice of those who fought on the First World War. The Armistice being an agreement to end the fighting on11th November 1918 at 11am.
Yesterday a wreath was laid by Prince Charles at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a tradition which began in 1920.

In 1920 it was decided that, to commemorate all those who had died in World War One, the body of an unknown soldier, sailor or airman lying in an unmarked grave abroad should be returned to England to be buried in Westminster Abbey. This was to symbolise all those who had died for their country and whose place of death was unknown or whose body had not been identified.

There are various versions of how the selection of the Unknown Warrior was made. It is believed that four to six bodies were exhumed from different places on the Western Front. The commander of the British troops in France and Flanders, Brigadier General LJ Wyatt, was apparently blind folded to select a body which was then placed in a coffin and returned to England on HMS Verdun. The other bodies were reburied.

On 11th November 1920 the body of the Unknown Warrior was drawn in procession to the cenotaph and at 11 am after a two-minute silence, the body was taken to Westminster Abbey where it was buried at the west end of the nave.

The inscription on the tomb is taken from the Bible.
'They buried him among the kings, because he had done good toward God and toward his house'
Chronicles 24 v16

We do not know who the name of the brave young man that is buried in Westminster Abbey. We know that he is some mother’s son, and we can only imagine the heart ache of the family when they received the news that their son was killed in action.
Whilst we do not know the name of the warrior, he is known and loved by God. We too, are known in the same way.
 

Rememberance Day 11th November

Poppy Poem

Thought for the Day 9th November Written by Susan Hutchinson

I managed a lovely walk in the late Autumn sunshine of yesterday afternoon and came across a person also out walking and who began by passing the pleasantries of the day, but who then went on to talk to me about her family and how they were struggling. She was missing her sons and daughter, who were all living away and were incredibly sad that she had not seen their grandson since February. She was concerned that he would have forgotten them. She was obviously heavy hearted and needed to talk to someone although I was a total stranger and that the conversation was conducted with a two-metre gap between us. After a long conversation we went on our way and I was left wondering whether what she had told me had made them feel any better for the telling.
The previous day I had seen some high school children on their way to school and it was obvious from their whole demeanour that they were morose. It is so unnatural for youngsters not to interact freely and to be required to wear face coverings at a time in their lives when ‘looks’ are so important to them.
It struck me that there must be so many people who are heavy hearted and weighed down by anxiety at this time. My mind immediately went to the words of Jesus in Matthew 11v28

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’.
There are times in our lives when each of us is overwhelmed by something, we are taken to the limit and need some means of just resting and finding comfort.
We are given that reassurance from Jesus that when we are at ‘rock bottom’ ,tired , weary and unable to clearly see how we are going to carry on, we need to turn to Him and receive all that He offers-real rest of body, mind and spirit.
Eugene Peterson in The Message Bible interprets Jesus words like this,
‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’
The words ‘learn the unforced rhythm of grace’ sum up for me the depth of love that is on offer, we do not need to accept it-we are not forced. Yet this grace is freely given and offers us the rest and freedom to live lightly.
Whatever it is that weighs us down, we have the sure and certain offer from a loving God that in Him we can find rest. The invitation to walk with Him and unburden ourselves is for each of us.

Prayer
(inspired by Matthew 11: 28-30)

In times of weakness and hour of need,
yours is the strength by which we carry on,
the shoulder we rest our head upon.
When our load is heavy and too much to bear,
yours are the arms stretched out to help us
the grace that we depend on.
In times of weakness and hour of need,
your voice is heard,
‘Come… find rest.’
This is grace divine,
the path we tread to wholeness
of body and spirit,
the path that leads to you,
and for which we offer our offering of praise.

written by John Birch

Thought for the Day - 6th November 2020

Clarity and Trust

23rd October 2020

 

Many congratulations to Lucas who was baptised and took his first Holy Communion with Father Michael last Sunday, at the Sacred Heart.

Well done from everyone at St Joseph'sπŸ™
#edmundspeople #catholiclifeoftheschool

Autumn Months
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. remind us to take time to rest. remind us of the wonder of your creation. remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.

Harvest Thanks!

Thank you to all families and friends of St Joseph's Prep who have kindly donated Harvest produce. We have delivered this to Alice Charity this morning to be used in the People's Pantry.

alicecharity.com/peoples-pantry/

   

Harvest Thanksgiving Prayer for Children

Lord, thank you for the flowers and thank you for the trees Thank you for my special friends and all the fun they bring Thank you for the food I eat and thank you for my drink But most of all I thank you for the way you love me (a modern prayer of thanks to God from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Read more at: https://www.lords-prayer-words.com/times/harvest_prayers.html

Prayer of Thanks for Blessed Edmund Rice

O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The Blessing of Our School - 29th September 2020

Our thanks to Father Michael who came in to bless school and lead prayers with all the pupils. We look forward to sharing Mass on Friday at 9:30am and welcome any parents to take part virtually through St Teresa’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CatholicTrentV

 

Congratulations to Ollie on his First Holy Communion and his mum on being Baptised, as well as to Eliza who also took her First Holy Communion with Father Michael. We are very proud of you all.

 

To Pray

We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves,
shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow.
We sense its passing in rain that dampens,
winds that chill, Harvest's bounty placed on show.
Creator God, who brings forth
both green shoot and hoar frost,
sunrise and sunset,
we bring our thanks
for seeds that have grown,
harvests gathered,
storehouses filled,
mouths fed.
And, as your good earth rests
through winter's cold embrace,
we look forward to its re-awakening
when kissed by Spring's first touch.


From Sue Hutchinson’s thought for the day

 

Our Reception Class is a very special place. Our Prayer table is where the children can choose an object and know that they will be close to Jesus.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

COVID-19 Well-being idea for the day: Take a walk outside and have a look at the nature in God's wonderful world around you. Take a photo or draw a picture of something you see:

Well-being idea for today, say a little prayer. For those you are missing, For what you are thankful for. For what the future might hold.
Whether you write it down or speak aloud, or hear your words in your head, take a few moments after the storm to pray in peace.

A Prayer for Easter Morning

As the world sings triumphant cries to heaven over death that You conquered, help us, Lord, tomorrow as well, when the dresses are put away and the candy is all eaten and on with life we go let us not forget.

The celebration of Your Resurrection over death is a celebration of life that should continue well beyond the sunrise service and the music, rehearshed for days prior; it is beyond the sign of spring beyond the lilly beyond new lambs grazing in open fields.

Resurrection is a daily celebration over fear; man's greatest and most powerful enemy. Fear of tomorrow, fear of our yesterdays, fear of what shall become of our young our old our unborn. Resurrection is replacing fear with physical action.

This alone, the most touching and profound of Your signs that fear is dead and belief in You brings, not just hope but life.

What better living parable could You have brought? All fear death. All. Even in the garden, You took on our fear if for only moments, it was as real as our fears can be real and You knew then that this single enemy must be destroyed.

And, You sacrificed Your life, leaving those who had been comfort, and follower; You left them behind, to conquer fear.

I shall cling to this now, and the tomorrows given me.

Peace and Thanksgiving lifted unto You.

Amen

Good Friday Prayer

O Jesus, Who by reason of Thy burning love for us
hast willed to be crucified
and to shed Thy Most Precious Blood
for the redemption and salvation of our souls,
look down upon us here gathered together
in remembrance of Thy most sorrowful Passion and Death,
fully trusting in Thy mercy;
cleanse us from sin by Thy grace,
sanctify our toil,
give unto us and unto all those who are dear to us our
daily bread,
sweeten our sufferings,
bless our families,
and to the nations so sorely afflicted,
grant Thy peace,
which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Thy commandments
we may come at last to the glory of heaven.

Amen.

 

Prayer Meditation for Holy Thursday

My Most Precious Lord Jesus, this night You gathered with Your Apostles to share with them Your last meal. But this was no ordinary meal. This was the gift of Your most Sacred Body and Blood, soon to be broken and poured out on the Cross for the salvation of the world.

Allow me, dear Lord, to spend this night in prayer and meditation with You. After the meal, You invited Your Apostles to join You for one hour, to stay awake and keep vigil as You prepared for Your arrest. The Apostles fell asleep, leaving You in Your bitter agony alone.

I accept Your gentle invitation of love, dear Lord, to spend this night in vigil with You. May I enter Your Heart as it faced the coming persecution You were to endure for my sins. May I console Your Sacred Heart and know the love and Mercy that flowed forth.Lord, when I face the crosses of my own life, give me Your divine courage and strength to say “Yes” to the Will of the Father. Your love for me is abundant and is perfect in every way. Help me to know that love, to embrace it and to allow it into my life.

I make my vigil with You this night, dear Lord. I love You, help me to love You with all my heart. Jesus, I trust in You.

 

A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.

We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

(mention your particular concerns and prayers now)

Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

Amen.

Short Litany to Our Blessed Mother

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us.

Amen.
 

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

A Celtic Prayer for Protection

Circle me Lord
Keep protection near
And dangers afar

Circle me Lord
Keep hope within
Keep doubt without

Circle me Lord
Keep light near
And darkness afar

Circle me Lord
Keep peace within
Evil without

David Adams

13th March 2020

During this morning’s Group Worship, the children reflected on individuality and that God loves ‘everyone’ and so ‘everyone’ no matter their differences, should be treated exactly the same’. The children concluded their worship with ‘Shine Jesus Shine’.

6th March 2020

Today the School Family sees Family Fast Day. Instead of our usual mid-morning snack, the children took a piece of bread in exchange for £1, prayer and reflection. We prayed for families overseas less fortunate than ourselves who are struggling with hunger and illness. As part of our thoughtfulness, we talked about ‘Temptation’ and surrendering the things that we enjoy during Lent. All donations will be sent to CAFOD - cafod.org.uk

 

A Prayer for Lent

O gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that having curbed all carnal desires, we may lead a spiritual life, both thinking and doing everything to please You. For You, O Christ, our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies; and to You we render glory, together with Your eternal Father, and with Your all holy, life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

 

Isaiah 55:10

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.
 

14th February 2020

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Psalm 62:1

12th February 2020

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. 

5th February 2020
Today the Chaplaincy Team lead our collective worship. Their focus was listening to and responding to the Word of God. They chose the hymn ‘Here I am Lord’ to show our willingness to listen. # catholiclifeoftheschool #Edmundspeople

Christingle

A Christingle Holding Prayer
I hold in my hands a picture of your love. I imagine all the other special things I might hold. Lord Jesus, help me to remember those with little or nothing to hold, especially other children who don't have enough to eat or a safe place to live. Amen.

These are some of the gifts that Pre Pre One wanted to say thank you for during our Christingle Assembly.

17th January 2020 - Our prayer focus today during Group Worship was for the endangered animals in Australia.

15th January 2020 - Today our Collective Worship was led by our newly formed Chaplaincy Team. The focus of today’s worship was a desire for peace. The group led our worship in an excellent way and the Chaplaincy Team will be taking responsibility for this every Wednesday.
#catholiclifeoftheschool #edmundspeople

13th January 2020

Psalm 96: 1-3
At the dawn of the new year I'm filled with hope for what is to come, and I have thankfulness in my heart for what has already passed. I pray that I will keep my focus where it needs to be this year and that we'll all have a year filled with joy, love and happiness.

Epiphany

Today marked the end of the Christmas and start of the New Year as Prep 4 and Mrs Watkins led our group worship celebrations for Epiphany. #edmundspeople #catholiclifeoftheschool

A Christmas Prayer to Jesus

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, in the midst of all the hectic activity during this Christmas season let me never forget this holiday is about you, first and foremost. Help me to embrace true humility as you, the King of Kings, did by being born not in a mansion or even an inn, but rather in a cave so that I might one day merit Eternal Life with you in heaven.

Thank you to Father Michael Glover for visiting our school today and blessing our Bambinelli. It was a lovely spiritual end to term. #catholiclifeoftheschool #edmundspeople

  

       

 

Advent

4th December 2019:

Today's assembly marked lighting the first candle representing HOPE on our advent wreath. As part of our advent celebrations Caitlin and Harrison took part saying the responses to receive the Posada figures. Starting with them, Mary and Joseph will be staying with different children in the run-up to Christmas. Posada (meaning inn or hotel) is a tradition in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem.
#catholiclifeoftheschool #edmundspeople

A Child's Prayer for Advent

(To be prayed with your children before bed or before Sunday Mass)

My little Lord Jesus, I love You and thank You for this Advent season. Please help me to understand all that You have done for me. Your loving mother held You in her heart and brought You into this world. Help me to do the same.

My loving Jesus, I choose You, this Advent, as my King and my God. Draw me close to You and help me to see my sins so that I can change the things that You want me to change.

Mother Mary, pray for me this Advent so that I may do all that God wants me to do. You said “Yes” to all that God asked of you. Please pray for me that I may do the same.

Come, Lord Jesus,

Come, Lord Jesus,

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

I love You, Jesus.

Amen.

29th November 2019

This morning the children of Reception class have enjoyed putting up their classroom Christmas tree! We are all looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.

 

25th October 2019

To celebrate the light of a Jesus being present in our world, each class have carved Christian symbols into pumpkins during Multicultural Week to show Gods love in a fun and exciting way.

Thank you to all Parents and Grandparents for their kind donations of Harvest Produce and Monetary Gifts for our Harvest Thanksgiving.
The food was distributed this year between Alice Charity www.alicecharity.com and Stoke on Trent Churches Community Night Shelter https://stokenightshelter.wordpress.com
Monies will be donated to our chosen charities, soon to be announced.

Congratulations to Mr Harding, Mrs Pickford and Mrs Edwards who attended the Edmund Rice Network Garden Party on Saturday where they were awarded the Edmund Rice Charism Award for Leadership.Well done!

PRAYER FOR BUSY PEOPLE

SLOW ME DOWN, LORD


Slow me down, Lord, Slow me down!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.

Give me amid the confusion of my day
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles
With soothing music of the singing stream
That lives in my memory.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.

Teach me the art of taking minute vacations,
Of slowing down to look at a flower,
To chat with a friend, to pat a dog,
To read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me each day of the fable
Of the Hare and the Tortoise,
That I may know that the race is not always to the swift -
There is more to life than increasing speed.

Let me look upward into the branches of the flowing oak
And know that it is great and strong
because it grew slowly and well.

Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me
To send my roots deep into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow towards the stars of my great destiny. Amen
 

Congratulations to our First Holy Communion and Confirmation Candidates on taking their Sacraments. We are grateful to Father Michael for our Celebratory Mass.

We wish our children every blessing as they commence their new journey.

June 2019

Our Saint for the Month is Saint Columba - Please refer to ou Prayer Page for our Prayer

Thought for the Day - 22nd May 2019

May God enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you.
Ephesians 1: 18

May Day - Led by Prep Three

The Children, Staff and Parents of St Joseph's celebrated Our Lady and decorated her with floral tributes.

A huge well done to Prep Three for learning and preforming a Morris Dance to ‘All Around My Hat’ during their ‘May Day Procession’.

 

 

       

A Prayer for 13th May 2019

Allow me to serve others with a joyful heart;
Never keeping score;
Always giving;
Never expecting to receive.
Allow me to give of myself,
To give of my talents and of my goods,
To give of my time and of my energy,
To give of my heart and of my soul.
Help me understand the needs of others,
Never criticizing,
Never demeaning,
Never scolding,
Never condemning.
You have been so gracious to me,
Always Loving,
Always forgiving,
Always restoring;
Never gloating over my defeats,
Even when I have been so wrong.
Father, keep a condemning spirit
Far from my heart and further from my lips.
Allow me to serve others as You serve,
With gentleness, compassion, and tenderness,
Never diminishing the worth of another,
Choosing to extend mercy to the brokenhearted,
Like You have repeatedly shown it to me,

Prayer for Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 

Dear God,
Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us.
Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Forgive us for when we do not thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given.
Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh.
Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
 

Catholic Easter Prayer

Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.

Source: New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book


 

8th April - Prep Six celebrated the stations of the cross. The children led the prayers very well as we explored Jesus’ journey to the cross with Father Michael.

I Will Turn
(A daily prayer for Lent)

Lord, I will turn,
Turn my face towards you.
I will lay before you the desert areas I hide
And turn to soak in your refreshing words of life.
I will cast aside the barren, selfish pursuits
And turn to rest in the tranquil warmth of your love.
I will draw back from the harsh pull of media
And turn to bathe in the gentle power of your Spirit.
Lord, today I turn my face towards you.

I will turn
To soak in your words of life,
To rest in the warmth of your love,
And to bathe in the power of your Spirit.
 

Congratulations to Amelia!
Amelia celebrated her Confirmation on 23rd March at St Gregory's Roman Catholic Church. Amelia's sister Georgina, being her sponsor.

St Joseph’s Prayer for the Church - 19th March 2019

Father, you entrusted our Saviour to the care of Saint Joseph.
By the help of his prayers may your Church continue to serve its Lord,
Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
 

Today, 14th March our Prep 6 Edmund Rice Group have enjoyed working with Tom Murray from Edmund Rice England. They have been exploring the qualities of a well rounded person. #edmundspeople

Congratulations to Theo!

Theo celebrated his Confirmation on 13th March with Bishop David at St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church. Theo's Mum, being his sponsor.

 

Congratulations to Charlie!

Charlie celebrated his Confirmation on 13th March with Bishop David at St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church. Charlie's Nan, being his sponsor. 

Prayer for the First Week of Lent

Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.


 

 

CAFOD Family Fast Day

This is an opportunity for us all to put our faith into action and support members of our global family #solidarity #globalfamily #CAFOD

Prayer: A special Lenten Fast


Give up harsh words: use generous ones.

Give up unhappiness: take up gratitude.

Give up anger: take up gentleness and patience.

Give up pessimism: take up hope and optimism.

Give up worrying: take up trust in God.

Give up complaining: value what you have.

Give up stress: take up prayer.

Give up judging others: discover Jesus within them.

Give up sorrow and bitterness: fill your heart with joy.

Give up selfishness: take up compassion for others.

Give up being unforgiving: learn reconciliation.

Give up words: fill yourself with silence, and listen to others.

 

World Book Day

This morning Prep 6 delivered a wonderful group worship inspired by World Book Day and the power of literature πŸ“š

 

 

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Today our school took part in an Ash Wednesday service.
We gathered together in school and were led by a small group of Prep 6, to mark the beginning of Lent.

     

A Collect for Shrove Tuesday:
Begin our prayer time is silence reflecting that that we may live as forgiven people
God of infinite mercy,
grant that we who know your compassion
may rejoice in your forgiveness
and gladly forgive others
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour
who is alive with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen

1st March 2019 - Happy St. David's Day!

St David's Day is here, with daffodils beginning to bloom and celebrations in honour of the Welsh figure set to take place.

 

Nursery Class have been baking some delicious cakes for the Stoke on Trent Churches Community Night Shelter.https://www.facebook.com/SOTWinterNightShelter/

     

 

EREBB CONGRESS FEBRUARY 1ST 2019 - DUBLIN

Setting out on our Pilgrimage Journey

Lighting the way ... #erebb #journeyingtogther #lookingoutsideyourwindow #Edmundspeople

'Stone Drop' 

Our Early Years Foundation Stage Department have been painting stones. Once the stones have been painted, the children will then scribe them with words from the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit.

Anyone whom picks a stone will read words of encouragment.
#outsideyourwindow
#journeyingtogether
#edmundspeople
#erebb

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage have now finished their stones! They are beautifully decorated with the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit; 'Charity', 'Joy', 'Peace', 'Patience', 'Kindness', 'Goodness' and many moreover. The children will now take their stone home and leave it out and about to offer words of encouragement for anyone who picks up a stone.
#lookingoutsideyourwindow
#journeyingtogether
#Edmundspeople
#EREBB

 

 

Joshua and Giovanna of Reception Class have safely delivered their beautiful stones to their new resting place. Hopefully, the next person that picks their stones will be reassured and comforted by the message displayed on them. 

Litter Picking

Pre Prep One and Prep Prep Two have been out Litter Picking in our Local area this morning.
#lookingoutsideyourwindow
#journeyingtogether
#Edmundspeople
#EREBB

 

Literacy and Numeracy Displays

Pre Prep have been preparing Literacy and Numeracy displays for the Salford Refugee Centre this afternoon. www.salfordrefugeeforum.org.uk/ 
#lookingoutsideyourwindow
#journeyingtogether
#Edmundspeople
#EREBB

 

Homelessness

Prep Three and Prep Four have been debating the issue of homelessness this morning:

The reasons why people are homeless; The problems homeless people face; How we can help these people in our community.

#lookingoutsideyourwindow
#journeyingtogether
#edmundspeople
#erebb

   

Prep Five and Prep Six

Prep Five and Prep Six took part in a Workshop on Refugee Awareness, which was delivered by the British Red Cross www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/we-speak-up-for-change/improving-the-lives-of-refugees

Thank you to Rupesh for delivering an inspiring workshop.

#lookingoutsideyourwindow
#journeyingtogether
#Edmundspeople
#EREBB

  

Prep Department

The Prep Department have been preparing an evening meal for the Stoke on Trent Churches Community Night Shelter this afternoon. www.facebook.com/SOTWinterNightShelter/

Prep Five/Six have made Spaghetti Bolognese and Prep Three/Four have made Cheesecake for desert.

#lookingoutsideyourwindow
#journeyingtogether
#Edmundspeople
#EREBB

    

St Joseph's Preparatory School have enjoyed celebrating Congress Day with all of our Pupils, Colleagues and other Edmund Rice Schools Internationally today.

 

Pre Prep One led our Christingle Assembly on 29th January

A Christingle Holding Prayer
Lord Jesus, I stretch out my hands and receive this gift,
and I hold it tight because it is mine. My Christingle.
Light, fruit, sweets, colour, but so much more precious than this.
I hold in my hands a picture of your love. I imagine all the other
special things I might hold.
Lord Jesus, help me to remember those with little or nothing to hold,
especially other children who don’t have enough to eat or a safe
place to live.
Today, as I hold my Christingle and remember you,
I pray that you would make me someone, like you,
who will reach out my opened hands to give and love like you do.
Amen.

Children’s Prayer (KS1)
Loving God, for the people who help us every day, thank you,
Lord.
For the freedom we have to help others, thank you, Lord.
For the work of The Children’s Society to help parents and their
children, thank you, Lord. Amen.

Children’s Prayer (KS2)

Loving Lord, we pray for people like Maya, who need help to
change their lives.
Help us to change the world.
We pray for the people we know, those we might be able to help.
Help us to change the world.
We pray for the work of The Children’s Society, that they might
change lives.
Help us to change the world. Amen

Thank you to all of our families who kindly donated to a destitute family that are currently being supported by the Edmund Rice Network. £103 was also sent to the family along with food, books, clothing, baby necessities and much more. We are most grateful.

 

10th January - Collective Worship

Prep Six led our collective worship this morning, which was based on our schools theme for this term 'Caring For Our Planet'.

A big thank you to Prep Six for their care, enthusiasm and knowledge, particularly towards their newly adopted Emperor Penguin 'McDonald' during our collective worship.

 

A New Year's Prayer

Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.

Amen
 

A Prayer

Light of the World, Come

In this Advent season we await the coming of Christ.
Light of the World, come,
Come to the oppressed and exploited,
Come to the despised and rejected,
Come to all in whom the divine image is distorted.

We wait in joyful expectation.
Come not as a man of power, but in love and compassion,
Come to the outcast – like the shepherds in the fields,
Come to foreigners – like Magi watching from afar,
Come to rich and poor, young and old, male and female,

We wait in hopeful anticipation.
Come to bless all creation with your love,
Come to bring salvation on the earth,
Come to rule with justice and in peace.
Come Light of the World, illuminate our path.

We wait with all the peoples of the earth,
Light of the World, we welcome your coming.

An Advent Prayer

Into the daily cycle of our lives
When all seems well
With us and with the world
When our yoke is easy
And the burden light
You break in
And scatter our complacency
Into the daily cycle of our lives
When we are comfortable
And at our ease
When the fire is lit
But eyes are closed
You break in
And challenge our dependency
You break into
Our daily prayers
Humble hearts
Lay souls bare
You break in
You break in

You break in
When defences are down
With an Angel's shout
Or the quietest sound
You break in
You break in
And we change
And all things change
When you break in

 

Today we lit the second candle on our Advent wreath. A prayerful Prep 6 in quiet reflection listening to the music during group worship.

 

An Acrostic Poem for Advent based on the word PREPARE

 

Prepare for the birth of Jesus
Respect God
Every day we take another step
Pray as we journey
Advent is a time to get ready
Prepare our hearts and minds
Everlasting Jesus

By Caitlin Prep 3
 

Posada Figures

Our Third day of Advent saw the Posada figures going to Theo and in group worship, we lit the first candle on our Advent Wreath.

 

   

With December now upon us, we begin our Advent celebrations with Alfie taking home our new Posada figures. Mary and Joseph will be staying with different children each week in the run-up to Christmas. Posada (meaning inn or hotel) is a tradition in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem.

 

Advent Prayer

Christ of the cosmos, living Word,
come to heal and saveΒ…
Incognito, in our streets,
beneath the concrete,
between the cracks,
behind the curtains, within the dreams,
in ageing memories, in childhood wonder,
in secret ponds, in broken hearts,
in Bethlehem stable, still small voice,
Word of God, amongst us.


 

Prayer based on Awe and Wonder

God of earth. God of fire, God of the waters of wonder. God of the gusting and blustering air. God of the many languages found throughout the world, heavenly Father, you who abide in heaven, Have mercy on this day and guide us in our wanderings.

Amen

Reverse Advent Calendar - 'Open Door' Project

 Our focus this Advent is to consider people less fortunate than ourselves.

 Each day throughout Advent, we invite you to send in an item of food which we will then take to Open Door Stoke on Trent.

Please click on this link for ‘Daily Suggestions’ for the Reverse Advent Calendar

www.opendoorstokeontrent.co.uk/about.html

Thank you for your continued support at Christmas time.

A Prayer at the end of Anti Bullying Week 2018 

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me, he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me on my day of disaster, but the Lord was my support.” ~ 2 Samuel 22:17


Father,
We ask for your protection over those who have experienced bullying. Please rescue them from emotional and physical danger.
Protect them from the fear associated with bullying.
We turn to you in our prayers — use us as your instruments of peace to nourish the souls of those affected by bullying; to bring encouragement, and to release them from the anxiety and insecurity that comes when we feel vulnerable.
Help victims of bullying to forgive their enemies as You instructed.
May we use our words to pray for blessing upon those who do us harm.
May that blessing ultimately be a transformation of heart and mind, which we pray you will grant us all.
Amen

 

Remembrance

A Thought for Halloween
In our world where there is so much darkness and so many bad things at St Joseph’s Preparatory school we celebrate just the opposite. At this time of year when ‘Halloween’ is in all the shops and seems to be the celebration before Christmas we think about Jesus as the ‘Light of the World’
Light is very powerful. If you light a candle in a completely dark room. The darkness gets chased away – destroyed!
When we walk close to Jesus, darkness does not stand a chance.
Jesus is the Light of the World.
When we walk in Jesus way we are also the Light of the World. The way we live our lives brings God’s light and goodness and truth to the whole world, wherever we go.

Prayer
Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

The School Family Welcomes our New Priest, Father Michael Glover to St Teresa of the Child Jesus Church

www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/st-teresa-of-the-child-jesus-trent-vale

Our Harvest Mass

Pre Prep One up to Prep Six took part in our Harvest Thanksgiving Mass at St Teresa’s Church.

The Mass was celebrated by our new Priest at St Teresa’s, Father Michael Glover.

Our Harvest Baskets were distributed to Age UK.

    

Pre Prep One 'Prayers of a Child'

Psalm 23 by Eniwaju P4The Lord’s my shepherd.
He takes care of me.
He has got everything under control.
He calms my soul.
He washes my sins away and makes me clean.
I believe in Him with all my heart.
Even when we walk in scary places He comforts us and loves us.
Surely your love will go around the world.
Every day we will have peace.

A Modern Interpretation of Psalm 23  by Daniel P4
The Lord is my Carer.
He gives me peace.
He makes me lie in pastures which are green.
He gives me good power.
He enables me to make the right choices.
If I go on the wrong path He will make it short and help me to find the right way.
He gives me a strong soul.
He will make me brave and strong.
No evil will come to me.
I will not be afraid of the devil
God will always love and protect me.
One day I will be in Heaven.

Psalm 23 by Freya P4
The Lord is my protector.
He loves me so much.
He takes me to peaceful places
God helps me to do the right things.
Even when I am scared He will guide me.
He protects me from my enemies. He will give me power.
He will love me forever.
I will be protected by God always.

Psalm 23 by Amirah P4
Lord be my Shepherd.
I lack nothing with You.
You make me lie in long, soft green grass
And He takes me to walk by quiet brooks.
He redeems my soul.
He guides me to make the right choices and I believe in them.
Even if I walk in the darkest path I will be brave.
I will fear no one because he will be with me always.
You love me even if I have a dark heart.
You make me feel special no matter what.
You give me so much, which is why my cup overflows.
All the days of my life your happiness will follow me around. I will be with You forever.

P6 Class Prayer

P4 Class Prayer

P3 Class Prayer 

PP2 Class Prayer

PP1 Class Prayer

Reception Prayer

Nursery Prayer

Hello God,
Thank you for a beautiful summer.
We are looking forward to a happy year in Nursery and to making new friends as we play.
We will try our best to be kind and helpful.
Dear God help us to be good listeners so that we can become good learners.
Thank you
Amen

Prayer for the New School Year
Loving Father, thank you,
We have had time to rest,
And now we are full of energy.
We have had time to think,
And now we are full of ideas.
We have had time to stop,
And now it’s time to get going.
Help us all to be the very best we can be.
Be with us Father we pray as we begin this new school year together.
Amen

The Serenity Prayer

God grant us the serenity
To accept the things we cannot change;
Courage to change the things we can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as we would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If we surrender to His Will;
So that we may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen
 

Blessings before the Summer Holidays
Take time to claim your strength; this is a gift from God.
Take time to have fun; it is God’s way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others; they will bless you and you will bless them.
Take time to have hope; you are a child of God.
 

Prayer for 25th June

O Lord,

Meet me today in the ordinary rhythms of my working life. I invite you to come and breathe your life into mine.

Come, may your love fill this heart and may it overflow into the lives of others. May your hope well up inside me and bring new vision for my life. And may your truth light up my reactions and decisions.

May this ordinary day become extraordinary because of you.

Amen.
 

A Prayer for Unity

Dear Father,
Just as it was when Jesus made his home on earth,
The world can be a hateful and cruel place.
We ask that you would guide our actions as believers.
Give us an eagerness to be humble and gentle.
Help us have hearts of patience and forbearance.
Thank You for the hope we have in You;
May Your hope unify our thoughts and decisions
And invoke peace through the Spirit.
Amen
 

Alton Castle Residential
The Prep 5 children are back from their Adventures at Alton Castle where they have had a super time. The children enjoyed Prayer, Reflection to include Mass, a Talent Contest and an action packed timetable of team building activities. 
 

   

 

  Prayer of St Columba (Feast Day 9th June)
Be O Lord,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
and a bright flame before me;
today, tonight and forever. Amen.
 

Welcome to the Catholic Life at our School

Prayer of St Boniface (Feast day 5th June)
Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 31st May
Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us, we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Ascension Day Prayer
O Lord Your Ascension into heaven
marks the culmination of the Paschal Mystery,
and it contains an important teaching for us.
May we live life as an earthly reality
and develop our human potential to the fullest.
May we make use of the results of science
to achieve a better life on this planet.
But in our best moments
we know that there must be more
than all of this,
a transcending Reality.
As Christians, we know that this Reality
is Your loving Father
Who awaits us with You and the Holy Spirit.
Where You have gone,
we ultimately will come - if we are faithful.
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book
 

Blessed Edmund Rice Prayer

On Saturday 5th May we celebrate the Feast day of the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice.

Our school is part of the Edmund Rice Family and one of hundreds of school across the world, each one of which follows the charism of Blessed Edmund.

Edmund Rice was a rich merchant based in Waterford, Ireland. He was concerned by the poverty that he witnessed around him. After personal tragedy he focussed his life on the teachings of Jesus and lived out what he believed by educating and caring for the poor boys he saw around him. Other people were moved to join him and to extend the work which he had begun. Nano Nagle undertook similar work with girls in poverty.

The work started in Waterford continues today through the education, social and ecological concern of the Edmund Rice family; of which we are proud to be a small part.

We look forward to our Feast Day Mass on Tuesday 8th May at 1.30pm in St Teresa's R.C. Church. Children from Reception through to Prep Six will be in attendance; we hope that you can make it too.

1st May: Our May Day Celebrations

Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Prep 3 led our May Day Assembly with Freya being our May Queen as we honoured Our Blessed Virgin Mary in her special month. The assembly began at 9-30am; parents and friends were welcomed to join us in our procession and celebrations. All the children were asked to bring a small bunch of flowers to lay before Our Blessed Lady. The flowers were then taken to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice to decorate the wards and be sold to raise money for the marvellous work done at the Hospice.

  

 

May Day Floral Tribute and Donation presented to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice by Head Girl Annabelle and Head Boy, Ptolemy 

Chapel Visit

On Wednesday 18th April the children and staff from the Pre Prep and Prep had the opportunity to use the Chapel at St Joseph’s College for a time of prayer and quiet meditation.

Each class approached this time in a different way and either wrote their own prayers or presentations or used the time to sit quietly.

For example, members of Pre Prep 2 led their class in a reflection and prayers about the animals in God’s Creation.
Prep 3 and Prep 4 spent time appreciating the beautiful icons and banners in the Chapel. Reflecting on these gave the children inspiration to pray. Each icon or banner gave a different meaning or feeling to each child.

It was a lovely time in this beautiful tranquil Sacred Space where the staff were able to share in and with the children’s spirituality and thoughts.

We are grateful to Ms Roberts and Mrs Gradwell at St Joseph’s College for allowing us to use the Chapel. We hope this is the first of many visits.

  


 

A Prayer from St. Anselm

Easter Prayer

Father: Christ is risen, Alleluia.
Family: He is truly risen, Alleluia.

Father: The Lord is risen from the grave, Alleluia.
Family: Who hung upon the Cross for us, Alleluia.

Father: Let us pray. O God,
through Thine only-begotten Son
Thou hast overcome death on this day
and hast opened unto us the gate of everlasting
life;
pursue with Thine aid the good resolves Thou hast
inspired,
and by Thy constant help make them lastingly
effective.
Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
who is living and reigning forever and ever.
Family: Alleluia, Alleluia.

Father: This is the day the Lord has made, Alleluia.
Family: Let us be glad and rejoice in it, Alleluia.

Father: To God the Father let us sing, to God the Son, our
Risen King.
Family: And let us equally adore the Spirit, God forever
more, Alleluia.

Father: Praise the Lord, for He is good,
Family: Sing praise to our Lord, for He is
gracious,
it is fitting to praise Him.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
sing praise with the harp to our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
who provides rain for the earth;
Who makes grain sprout on the mountains
and herbs for the service of men;
Who gives food to the cattle,
and to the young ravens when they cry to
In the strength of the steed He delights not,
nor is He pleased with the fleshness of men.
The Lord is pleased with those who fear Him,
and with those who hope for His kindness.

Father: Now when the Sabbath was past,
Mary Magdalen and Mary, the mother of Jesus,
and Salome bought sweet spices that coming they
might anoint Jesus.
And very early in the morning,
the first day of the week,
they came to the sepulchre,
the sun being now risen.
And they said to one another:
Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of
the sepulchre?
And looking they saw the stone rolled back,
for it was very great.
And entering into the sepulchre
they saw a young man sitting on the right side,
clothed with a white robe;
and they were astonished.
Who saith to them: Be not affrighted.
You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.
He is risen! He is not here!
Behold the place where they laid Him.
But go tell His disciples, and Peter,
that He goes before you into Galilee
where you shall see him, as He told you. [Mark
16:1-7]

The resurrection
[From The Story of the Redemption for Children, copyright
by the Gregorian Institute of America, Toledo, Ohio.]

They placed Him in a tomb of stone,
Dead, all helpless, and alone.
But Easter morn, before the light,
He rose alive in glory bright!

Source: Family Customs: Easter to Pentecost by Helen
McLoughlin, The Liturgical
Press, Collegeville,

Minnesota, 1956.]

Matthew 26:36-46; Hebrews 5:7-9
Lord God,
The message of the cross is difficult to take.
How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?
Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,
Took on human flesh
And suffered the worst kind of death.
How can this be?
This message is indeed difficult to take.
But your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.
Your weakness is greater than our strength.
Help us to know that none of us can boast before you.
It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast.
In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief.
That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us.
In his name,
Amen.
 

Prayer for Palm Sunday

All-powerful, eternal God, You have chosen to give mankind a model of humility; our Saviour took on our flesh, and subjected Himself to the Cross. Grant us the grace to preserve faithfully the lessons He has given us in his Passion and to have a share in His resurrection. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

Lorica of St Patrick

Ash Wednesday Prayer

St Blaise Feast Day: February 03
Died: 316

Prayer to St Blaise

Rosary Prayer on the First Luminous Mystery - The Wedding at Cana

Dear God, your greatness is shown through the miracles of Jesus, letting the world realize that you are very real.
Thank you for all the little miracles that you have allowed to happen in my life. I know that You will provide for me in all that I need.
Help me turn to Mary, Your Mother in confidence in the knowledge that You would deny her nothing and that she as a loving mother will protect and guide me.

Amen

Epiphany

ADVENT WREATH PRAYER FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

8th December -  We welcomed the Posada figures into our school ...

Posada

Posada is a Spanish word that means 'inn', and is also the title for a Mexican Advent celebration in which two young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house in their village to proclaim the imminent arrival of Jesus and request that the newborn baby be given a room.

On Christmas Eve they would re-enact a community play and bring figures of Mary and Joseph to be placed in a crib at church.

The idea has been updated so that nativity figures travel round the parish from place to place, staying at a different house every night, and finally taking their place in the church crib at the Crib Service, ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day.

Mary and Joseph's journey through the parish reminds us that we need to make room for Jesus in our lives, homes and communities.


 

Prayer for Advent

A Psalm by Damien Prep 3
God, grace my heart,
I want to talk to You about the environment
I am praising God because he is kind
I thank God that He gave us talents
God you are like an endless galaxy
You are more wonderful than the sun
Heavenly Father you are a light
You are so magnificent
Mighty Saviour you make me want to love you.
Amen

A Psalm by Freya Prep 3
I love You God
God made the world
God gave us food
God forgive our sins
Bring peace to the world
O God you are like a star
Lord Jesus you are greater than the world
You are more wonderful than money
Heavenly Father you are like a diamond
Lord of Lords, King of kings you are so amazing
Mighty Saviour you make me want to Praise you.
Amen.
 

22nd November - St Cecilia’s Feast Day - Patron Saint of Music

‘Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth’ (attributed to Mark Twain amongst others)

21st November 2017: Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary - Celebrates the legendary account of Mary being presented in the Temple at aged 3, the Eastern Church honours Mary as God’s temple the place where God came to live. This feast points towards Advent and the opportunity for each person to become God’s temple.

A CAFOD prayer for Poverty

Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced that 19th November would be the World Day for the Poor (Misericordia et Misera MM 21).

In his message Pope Francis invites “the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity.”

It is his wish that, “in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on 19 November, the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance. They can invite the poor and volunteers to take part together in the Eucharist on this Sunday ... This Sunday, if there are poor people where we live who seek protection and assistance, let us draw close to them: it will be a favourable moment to encounter the God we seek.”

Click here to view ... Pope Francis’ message entitled 'Let us love, not with words but with deeds', along with a Oxfam report on poverty “Economy for 99 percent “published last January.

 Click here to view ... AN ECONOMY FOR THE 99% Itβ€Ÿs time to build a human economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few! 

Prep 3 Visit Father Rob Taylerson - St Teresa’s
On Monday 13th November Prep 3 went down to St Teresa’s Church with Mrs Hutchinson and Miss Kent. The visit was part of the learning journey on the topic of ‘Prayer’.

In Prep 3 we are considering the variety and different forms of prayer that there are. We are trying to understand the significance of signs and symbols and actions in times of prayer and worship.

Father Rob Taylerson kindly showed us around the Church and talked to us about some of the important features.

The Children found this fascinating. They particularly liked the Paschal candle and the Indian statue of St Thomas.

On returning to school Prep 3 have completed work on the aspects of Church that help them to pray.
 

 

11th November 2017 - We Remember ...

2nd November: The Prep Department visit Liverpool Cathedral: Some of the children were able to lead a short act of worship in the Cathedral which was a wonderful experience for them. www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

     

          

Friday 6th October - CAFOD Family Fast Day - Assembly and Presentation with Joe Andrew cafod.org.uk

Head Boy and Head Girl present  Mr Andrew with a fundraising cheque for CAFOD

 

Thursday 5th October - We celebrate the Harvest with our Harvest Thanksgiving Mass.

Harvest Mass is at 1-30pm, parents and carers are most welcome to attend and join us as we give thanks to God for all His goodness.

A Prayer to Saint George by Madeline of Pre Prep Two - October 2017

Liturgy of the Hours All - Saints Prayer

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Liturgy of the Hours

31st October: All Saints Day Celebrations - Every Class carved a pumpkin to show a sign of hope, these were then lit during our afternoon assembly and the children took up some time of reflection.

 

Prep 4 Reconciliation Prayer

Lady of Walsingham

Special Days in the Liturgical Calendar:

 

Prayers based around the Eight Essentials of an Edmund Rice Education

The Edmund Rice Prayer (rewritten by pupils at St Joseph’s Preparatory School)

Connecting the Edmund Rice Movement - Life of Edmund Rice

Religious Education Policy

Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Development Policy

St Joseph's Collective Worship Policy 

Sex and Relationship Policy

Ascension Day Prayer

Prayer on the Feast of the Ascension

Our visit to Edmund Rice Network Visit to Geneva - 4th May 2017

 Nursery Class Prayer      Reception Class Prayer

Pre Prep One Class Prayer

Pre Prep Two Class Prayer

Prep Three Class Prayer

Prep Four Class Prayer

Prep Five Class Prayer

Prep Six Class Prayer

 

 

 

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