Friday 22nd January 2021

Sunday of the Word of God

This Sunday is dedicated to 'The Word of God' as part of the continued focus on the Year of the Word.  We are now in Year B of the Liturgical Year which focuses on St Mark's Gospel.  Perhaps as part of this year dedicated to scripture, we can all focus on the words within Mark's Gospel. Pope Francis tells us: "Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world."

You may want to use this opportunity to deepen your own faith and understanding of scripture. David McLoughlin, Emeritus Fellow of Christian Theology at Newman University in Birmingham, invites you to join him on a journey through the whole Bible in this wonderful 7 week course. The aim of this series is to help us get a sense of the Scriptures as a whole. To see the unfolding of God's liberating and creative love in the history of Israel and in the Church. To access the online course, please click on the following link:

Saturday is also the Anniversary of the Capture of St. Nicholas Owen, the patron Saint of our Multi Academy Company.  However, we are due to begin a new journey as we form a new, larger MAC from 1st February with the St. Catherine of Siena Schools, to form the Emmaus MAC. Next Wednesday is also dedicated to all those who died in the Holocaust in the Second World War but also to all the men, women and children who have been persecuted because of their faith, race or culture across all wars and conflicts.

Latest advice for parents on coronavirus from the DfE

Click on the following link to the NHS website for information on what to do if you or your child/ren show the main symptoms of Coronavirus.

Latest guidance on what to do if you or your child has symptoms of Coronavirus (updated December 2020)

Covid Family Support Information (Updated)

We have all experienced challenges and difficulties during this pandemic, but sometimes we may need support from someone else or know of someone who may need additional help.  Dudley MBC have created a 'Support for Families' leaflet which signposts local services to parents. We have also included an updated list of support for parents via a range of local and national agencies.  These documents can be found within the Covid 19 tab on the school website landing page.

Multi-Skills Activity Camp for Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children - February Half Term

Black Country Health Care 24-7 Support Line for adults and young people

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have just launched a 24-7 support line for adults, older adults, children and young people who require urgent mental health support during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please don't suffer in silence.  If you are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during these uncertain times, then pick up the phone and speak to one of the specialist mental health professionals who will be able to support you.  Further details and contact information can be found on the flyer within the Covid 19 tab on the school website.  

Prayer of the Week - The God Who Speaks

Living God, you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures. Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us how to live for one another. Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world. Amen

Virtues Focus - Grateful and Generous

Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be: Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.

Pope's Intention for January

Intention for evangelization - Human fraternity
May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.


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