This Sunday, the last Sunday of Advent, we look to Mary, our heavenly mother. Even though Mary had many of her own preparations to make for the birth of Jesus, she still went out of her way to visit her elderly relative Elizabeth. As a family, come and visit Church together this coming Sunday to give thanks for all our family and friends and for the many blessings that Christmas brings. We wish all our staff, volunteers, children and their famiies a very happy and Holy Christmas. Have a truly peaceful and restful time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 7th January 2019.
There will be a children and family Mass at 5pm on Monday 24th December. Alternatively, children and families are also invited to attend the Christmas Day Mass at 10.30am where the Music Group will be playing. The renewal of altar servers' promises for the feast of their patron, St Stephen, will take place on Wednesday 26th December at 9am. All servers and their families are most welcome to attend.
Dudley Local Authority have asked schools to remind parents of children born between 01.09.14 and 31.08.15 to complete an application. Parents can apply online at www.dudley.gov.uk /admissions or they can phone the office on 0300 555 2345 for a paper form. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2019. An additional Supplementary form is required and a copy of your child's Baptismal certificate, please contact school office for more information.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Christmas Jumper day on Monday 17th December. We raised a total of £188.40, which will be donated to Crisis.
A message from Mr Mallinson, Head of Music at Hagley Catholic High School.
Every year, the “Hagley Pyramid of School’s” project involves 300 children from ten local schools (1 High school and 9 Primary schools) joining together to participate in a spectacular music concert. Starting in September, I organise fortnightly rehearsals in curriculum time. I work with every youngster on vocal techniques and new songs so that, collaboratively, they form the basis of a celebration concert in Birmingham Town Hall every February. The project is totally inclusive and encourages pupils of any ability (with an age range from 7 to 19 years old) to work together, whether singing in the choir or performing in the live band. This inspirational community event brings together all generations from across the region to celebrate the children’s music making, which, in turn, makes a lifelong impact on their self-esteem and confidence.
The project forges strong relationships between all the schools taking part and gives every child a sense of pride and achievement. All live music is produced by the High school students (without assistance on stage from professional musicians or staff) whose involvement gives motivation and provides excellent “role models” for the younger pupils, many of whom go on to form the bands in future concerts.
Giving the children something to aim for encourages them to carry on studying music, to learn an instrument, enjoy singing, listen to each other and participate in a large-scale arts event outside of the school environment whilst also developing skills that can be used in other areas of their lives.
We sell tickets (the concert usually sells out), have fund raising events and have a few kind sponsors but the cost of the venue and the actual production keeps escalating each year. One of our sponsors has kindly offered to produce a commemorative colour programme for our “Disco Fever” show in February. These will be complementary for every ticket holder and I wondered if you might like to purchase an advertising slot in this programme.
Please feel free to have a look at the video of the show from last year’s “School of Rock” show, by clicking the link.
The cost to you would be £50 for a quarter page or £100 for a half page. This would be a fantastic way to promote your business, support a local school and be a part of this exciting venture.
|Monday 7th January||Spring term begins - children start school||8.45am|
|Wednesday 9th January||Whole School Mass - Baptism of the Lord||9.10am|
|Thursday 10th January||Year 6 Confirmation Penitential Service at OLAS||7pm|
|Sunday 13th January||Year 6 Confirmation Preparation Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Friday 18th January||Years 3 and 4 swimming sessions resume||am|
|Tuesday 22nd January||Year 6 Confessions||11am|
|Tuesday 22nd January||Year 6 Service of Light||7pm|
|Wednesday 23rd January||Year 4 Class Assembly||9.10am|
|Wednesday 23rd January||Anniversary of the capture of St. Nicholas Owen|
|Thursday 24th January||Young Voices Concert (KS2 School Choir)|
|Friday 25th January||Bishop McGough to meet with Year 6 Confirmandi at OLAS Parish Centre||pm|
|Sunday 27th January||Year 6 Sacrament of Confirmation||1pm|
|Wednesday 30th January||Reception Class Mass||9.10am|
|Tuesday 5th February||Safer Internet Day - Together for a better internet|
|Wednesday 6th February||Year 3 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Wednesday 6th February||Dudley Inter School Maths Competition for Years 3 and 4|
|Thursday 7th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Session for Parents at OLAS||7pm|
|Saturday 9th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Preparation Session at OLAS||10.30am|
|Sunday 10th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Monday 11th February||Full Academy Committee Meeting||7pm|
|Wednesday 13th February||Year 4 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Thursday 14th February||Year 5 Pyramid Concert with Hagley Catholic High School||pm|
|Friday 15th February||Dudley Primary Gymnastics Competition at Leasowes||am|
|Friday 15th February||Finish school for half term break||3.15pm|
|Monday 25th February||School INSET Day - children not in school on this day|
|Tuesday 26th February||Spring term 2 starts for children||8.45am|
|Wednesday 27th February||Dudley Inter School Maths Competition for Years 5 and 6|
|Thursday 28th February||Year 3 First Holy Communion Parents' Session at OLAS||7pm|
|Saturday 2nd March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Children's Session at OLAS||10.30am|
|Sunday 3rd March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Preparation Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Tuesday 5th March||SLP Unity Service at St. James' Church||am|
|Wednesday 6th March||Ash Wednesday Service||9.10am|
|Thursday 7th March||Year 3 First Confession at OLAS||6.30pm|
|Monday 11th March||Gospel Assembly - Fr. Hudson's Appeal|
|Monday 11th March||Year 5 Confessions||11am|
|Tuesday 12th March||Parents' Evening||3.30pm-5.30pm|
|Wednesday 13th March||Year 2 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Wednesday 13th March||Dudley Area Finals - Tag Rugby||am|
|Wednesday 13th March||Parents' Evening||5pm-7pm|
|Monday 18th March||Year 4 Confessions||11am|
|Tuesday 19th March||St. Joseph's Feast Day Mass||2pm|
|Monday 25th March||Year 6 Confessions||11am|
|Wednesday 27th March||Year 1 Class Mass||9.10am|
|Thursday 28th March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Parents' Session at OLAS||7pm|
|Saturday 30th March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Children's Session at OLAS||10.30am|
|Sunday 31st March||Year 3 First Holy Communion Preparation Mass at OLAS||10.30am|
|Monday 1st April||Full Academy Committee Meeting||7pm|
|Tuesday 2nd April||Years 3 and 4 Production||6.30pm|
|Wednesday 3rd April||St. Mark's Feast Day - children of this House can wear blue|
|Wednesday 3rd April||Years 3 and 4 Production||6.30pm|
|Friday 12th April||End of term Mass||9.10am|
|w/c Monday 15th April||Holy Week|
|Friday 19th April||Good Friday|
|Sunday 21st April||Easter Sunday|
|Monday 29th April||Start of the Summer term for children|
|Monday||Multi-skills||Years 1 to 3||8am|
|Monday||Dance||Years 3 to 6||3.15pm-4.15pm|
|Tuesday||Gymnastics||Years 3 to 6||8am|
|Tuesday||Irish Dancing||Years 1 to 6||3.15pm-4.15pm|
|Tuesday||Play Leader Training||Years 5 and 6||12.50pm-1.20pm|
|Wednesday||Multi-skills||Years 4 to 6||8am|
|Wednesday||Football (mixed)||Years 3 and 4||12.45pm|
|Thursday||Gymnastics||Years 1 and 2||8am|
|Thursday||School Football Team (mixed)||Years 4 to 6||12.45pm|
|Thursday||High 5 Netball (mixed)||Years 4 to 6||3.15pm-4.15pm|
|Friday||Football (mixed)||Years 5 and 6||12.45pm|
|Friday||Football (mixed)||Years 1 to 6||3.15pm-4.45pm|
Pupils at St. Joseph's growing to be faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to see all visitors to our home this Christmas as special people who are loved by you. Amen.
Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith. That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogie with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.