Friday 28th February 2020
Our Lenten Journey 2020
Lent is 40 days from Ash Wednesday concluding with the Triduum (the three days) Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. The 40 Days help us to identity with Jesus who spent 40 days in fasting and prayer in the desert before beginning his public ministry. Welcome to 40 days in the ‘Get Spiritually Fit Club’!! Accepting Ashes on Wednesday means signing on for this penitential programme, and growing closer to the Lord, in faith, in love and in life. The Gospel mentions three ways - Prayer (God), Fasting (Self) and Almsgiving (Others) – making time for God each day, - a time for Prayer, Weekday Mass, Stations of the Cross, Spiritual Reading, the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Reconciliation, Meditation, Serving and Helping those in Need, the Foodbank. Let us join together both as a school and parish community in commitment to pray, fast and give.
Ways that we can prepare during Lent
Speak to someone about the Faith – Pray Fast Give to the Poor – Read the Scriptures every day - Help a neighbour - Don't wait to be asked – Wear a symbol of Christianity –Support the Parish Activities- Go to Mass, Holy Hour, Stations of the Cross – Pray the Rosary – Pray together as a Family - [6-00pm!!!] - Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Faith-filled and Hopeful
This half term, the children will be learning to be faith-filled and hopeful for the future. At school, we are trying to help them achieve this, through passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them, in turn, to have faith and hope in others. Having faith is crucial to human well-being - faith in myself, my emotions, my judgements; faith in others and their faith in me; faith my family and in the communities to which I belong; and faith in God. Faith cannot be taken for granted; it has to be built up day-by-day. Once we begin to have a little faith, we have hope, because we can trust ourselves and those around us in the decisions which will shape the future. Without hope we become insular, lacking in love, and ultimately despairing. The three core virtues of the gospel are faith, hope and love.
ParentPay - Cashless Payment System
As part of St Nicholas Owen CMAC, we are in the process of setting up ParentPay, a cashless payment system for school trips,before and after school clubs and purchasing school uniform. Over the next few weeks, we will be sending home Parent Activation Letters with Username and Password details for you to set up your account , starting with Year 2. If you have any questions please contact the school office.
Stourbridge Foodbank Request
Food shortages for the loacl food bank are as follows: SMALL JARS COFFEE, 1L CARTONS UHT MILK, RICE PUDDING / CUSTARD, FRUIT JUICE (1L cartons), TINNED POTATOES / INSTANT MASH, JAM / MARMALADE, VEG READY MEALS, TINNED SPAGHETTI. COOKING SAUCES (jars), TINNED MEAT & FISH. Non-food shortages: DEODORANT, TOILET ROLLS, SINGLE TOOTHBRUSHES, SHOWER GEL / SOAP, TOOTHPASTE, CAN OPENERS, WASHING-UP LIQUID. SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER, FLANNELS / SPONGES. Thank you for your continued support.
Save the date - PTA Fundraiser -Saturday 21st March 2020
The PTA are holding a fundraiser football match on Saturday 21st March 1pm on the playing fields by school. Kick off 2pm. There will be a parents' football match, kids penalty shoot-out, games, food, drink and fun for all the family. Please come along and join in the fun. Donations for raffle prizes greatly appreciated. Please show your support for this fantastic event. All monies raised by the PTA goes directly to enriching the lives of all our children at St. Joseph's.
Primary School Gymnastics Competition
On Wednesday 12th February we took 3 teams to compete in the Primary School Gymnastics Competition at Earls, Oldbury. The children all preformed extremely well in their respective age groups. Congratulations to our Year 1/2 team of Holly, Georgia, Amelia, Grace and Florence who came 1st in their age group. All the children competing received a certificate and the Year 1/2 team received medals as well.
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Prayer of the Week - PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF OUR PARISH DURING THE SEASON OF LENT
God our Father, as a Parish this day we re-dedicate our whole lives to the service of your Church. With confidence, we present our heartfelt prayers to You. We ask you to bless this Parish Community, our homes, our families. Strengthen with your peace all our days. We commend ourselves to the protection of Mary, our Lady, the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church. Through her prayers may we be preserved from all evil influences, now and at the hour of our death. This prayer we ask in the Name of Jesus who lives and reigns with you, the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Virtues Focus - Faith-filled and Hopeful
Pupils at St. Joseph's are growing to be: faithf-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Pope's Intention for February
Listen to the Migrants' cries: We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.