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Year 6 lead their final school Mass

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Year 6 receiving their certificates for Confirmation.

On Tuesday 17th July the children from Year 6 lead the final Mass of our school year in school.

The Mass was a joint Leavers and Confirmation Celebration Mass and the children received their certificates in celebration of receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation last week in Church.

The children gave thanks to God for the wonderful memories they will take with them from St Joseph’s and for the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation,

Well done children!

Year 5 and 1 hold their gathering in Church

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Year 5 and 1 in church together!

On Thursday 12th July the children from Year 5 and 1 walked to the church together to hold their Prayer Partner Gathering.

The school Mission Team thought it would be a lovely idea to go on trips with their prayer partners so the children thought it would be nice to hold their gathering in Church so they could walk together, pray together and take extra time to look around the church together too.

The children had a wonderful time, one child commented, “Going to Church made our gathering extra special and I really enjoy praying with my prayer partner.”


Thursday, 12 July 2018

All of the children who were Confirmed.

On Wednesday 11th July children from Year 6 along with a number of children from the Parish of Sacred Heart in Tipton and Our Blessed Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury were Confirmed by Bishop David McGough in church.

It was such a lovely occasion and the children were supported by other children from school who came to sing in the choir and play musical instruments.

One child commented, “Now that I have been Confirmed I feel really happy in a way that I can’t explain.”

Well done children!

Reconciliation for Confirmation

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Reconciliation Service display.

On Tuesday 10th July following our whole school Mass the children who are being Confirmed in Church tomorrow by the Bishop took part in a special Reconciliation service with Father Emmanuel.

During the service the children listened to readings, listened to music and sang before taking time to think about what they were sorry for.  The children then received the Sacrament of Reconciliation form Father and completed their penance in the schools prayer area.

One child commented, “I now feel I am completely ready to receive Confirmation tomorrow, I am ready to take the next step on my faith journey.”


Year 5 lead Mass

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Year 5’s altar display.

On Tuesday 10th July it was the turn of Year 5 to lead our whole school Mass.

The children prepared the readings, acting, a lovely display and wrote some lovely thoughtful bidding prayers to make Mass a lovely celebration in school.

One of the children said, “I like Mass when Father talks to us – he is funny and he makes the Gospel easy to understand.”

Reception’s Prayer Partner Gathering

Friday, 6 July 2018

Reception and Nursery together in their gathering.

On Friday 29th June the children from Reception organised a Prayer Gathering for their Prayer Partners in Nursery.

The children from Reception chose songs which they wanted to sing and bible stories which they wanted to share with their Prayer Partners as well as creating a lovely prey focus.

Well done Reception class!

KS1 lead our whole school Mass

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

KS1’s lovely altar display

On Tuesday 3rd June it was the turn of the children from KS1 to lead our whole school Mass on the Feast Day of St Thomas.

The children wrote thoughtful bidding prayers, ready clearly, acted and brought up the Offortory beautifully to make Mass extra special.

One child commented, “We have faith in Jesus even though we haven’t seen him – but we know he sent us the Holy Spirt to be with us always.”

Year 3 lead Mass

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Year 3’s altar display

On Tuesday 26th June it was the turn of the children from Year 3 to lead our whole school Mass.

The children did a smashing job of writing and reading the bidding prayers, creating a prayer display, reading, acting and bringing the Offertory.

The children linked the bidding prayers to the virtues of Attentive and Discerning which are a focus this half term.

“We pray that we can be discerning and make the right choices, even when making the right choice is hard.”


St John Fisher, St Thomas Moore and St John the Baptist

Friday, 22 June 2018

A prayer focus for the three saints

On Friday 22nd June during our merit assembly we learned all about St John Fisher and St Thomas Moore who celebrate their Feast Days today and St John the Baptist who celebrates his Feats Day on Sunday 24th June.

The children knew lots about all three Saints and learned even more about St John the Baptist from watching a short video.

We thought about how the Saints set us an example of how to live and how they were attentive and discerning.

One child commented, “They were attentive because they listened to the Word of God.”

Another child said, “They were discerning because they made the right choice – even though it meant they got killed!”

Choir sing during Mass

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Our choir singing during Mass

On Tuesday 19th June the children who are in our school choir sang during our whole school Mass.

The children sang while the other children, staff and Parishioners went forward to receive Holy Communion.

It was lovely to hear the choir sing, and they sang beautifully with such reverence, which helped to make our Mass even more special.

Thank you choir!