Friday 14th January 2022

Peace Sunday

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Peace Sunday follows the international World Day of Peace and is celebrated in the parishes of England and Wales on the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. In 2022 this falls on 16th January 2022.

The theme is taken from Pope Francis’ message for the 55th World Day of Peace:

Dialogue between Generations, Education, Work and Dialogue: Tools for Building Lasting Peace.

Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace, takes the lead in providing resources for Peace Sunday. Its National President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool, says:

“This year has been one of unprecedented and continuing challenges. We are all conscious of the need to restore and rebuild our communities here and around the world, accepting that we need new ways of working and relating to each other.

“The Christian message of peace, through reconciliation, justice and nonviolence, can offer hope and direction in these times.”

Pax Christi provides parish resources, posters, podcasts, family activities, resources for children and more. Visit the Pax Christi website for further information.

Weekly Gifts from God Assembly

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Congratulations to the following children for being chosen for Good Work or for displaying the Catholic virtues (Curious and Active) this week.  Well done to St. Matthew's house for gaining the most points too.

Class Good Work Catholic Virtues (Curious and Active)
Reception Joshua Nancy
Year 1 Ophelia Peony
Year 2 Isla L and James Albert
Year 3 Gabriella Flynne
Year 4 Isaac Sam
Year 5 Eddy Nancy
Year 6 Adam and Lara Veronica

Updated guidance on the end of Covid isolation period from 17.01.22

Updated Covid-related information was published by the DfE on 14.01.21 regarding the new isolation guidance which comes into force on Monday 17th January, as follows:

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Covid Family Support Information

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 home page.

Synodal Pathway Meetings at St. Joseph's

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Pope Francis has called for the Church to engage in a time of listening, reflection and discernment after an unprecedented time of disruption caused by the Covid pandemic.

This process is called the Synodal Pathway. All parishes are invited to gather, listen actively to one another and reflect on what is said. This is not a time for discussion but of openness to one another, and to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

For further information about this Synod, please click on the following link. Watch! Explaining the Synod Process | Birmingham Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk)

All parishioners are also encouraged to be a part of this process of consultation and reflection.

Meetings will be held in the Parish Centre at Our Lady and All Saints Church every Thursday at 10 am and 7pm from 13th January to 17th February.

There will also be meetings to reflect upon the three areas which will take place in school on the following dates:

Wednesday 19th January at 7pm – Communion

Wednesday 2nd February at 7pm – Participation

Wednesday 16th February at 7pm – Mission

Please contact the School Office if you are able to attend any of these sessions.

If you would like to organise your own meeting – please contact Fr. Philip at the Parish Office so that a volunteer enabler from the parish can be present to support in the meeting.

Feedback forms will also be available to you to submit your reflections – these are to be returned to the Parish Office or the School Office. 

Wednesday Word Link

The Wednesday Word can be accessed via following link: The Wednesday Word Primary School Resource | Catholic Church.  Please go through this with leaflet with your child so that they become more familiar and understand the focus of the Gospel each week.

Prayer of the Week - Peace Sunday

O God of peace, who are peace itself
and whom a spirit of discord
cannot grasp,
nor a violent mind receive,
grant that those who are one in heart
may persevere in what is good
and that those in conflict
may forget evil and so be healed.
Amen

Virtues Focus - Curious and Active

Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be curious about everything; and active in
their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.

Pope's Intention for January

For true human fraternity:

We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

For more information on the Holy Father's Monthly Intention, please click on the following link: Pope's prayer intentions for 2022 - Vatican News

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