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Friday 6th March 2020

The Seven Last Words of Jesus

Once again we set out on this time of penitential pilgrimage, fully aware of the mercy of God for us all.  We trun again to God, confessing our sinfulness, and receiving again the new life of Easter.  Jesus is the Word made flesh.  In the final hours of his life he spoke Seven Last Words:1. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do; 2. Today you will be with me in paradise; 3. Woman, behold they son! Son, behold, they mother!; 4. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?; 5. I thirst; 6. It is finished; 7. Father, into they hands I commend my spirit. Reflecting on the Seven Last Words of Jesus might at first seem a rather gloomy or mournful thing to do but this is to misunderstand the meaning of the cross. The day of Jesus' death is named 'Good Friday' and words spoken by him are good.  The late Cardinal Basil Hume said: 'There is no Good Friday experience that does not lead to a greater understanding of sharing in the joys and triumphs of Easter Sunday.' This Lent our hearts' desire is to glory in the cross of Jesus.  In doing so we find a strange joy knowing that this dreadful suffering will bring healing to the world.  The word of the cross itself is the message of God's love - the message that  to live we must die to self and to flourish we must take up our own cross daily and follow Jesus.

Parents' Evening Sessions

A reminder that our Spring term Parents' Evening sessions will take place on Tuesday 10th March (3.30pm-5.30pm) and Wednesday 11th March (5pm-7pm).  If you have not made an appointment to see your child's class teacher then please contact the school office.  Our Year 6 parents are also invited to meet with Mr Miastowski from Hagley Catholic High School on Wednesday evening too - please also contact the school office to arrange an appointment.  Before leaving school at the end of your session, please complete the updated parent questionniare which you can complete on the PCs in the Junior Corridor or on iPads available in the hall.  Mike Geer from School Life (the platform the school uses for its website) will also be in attendance at the two sessions to provide any technical support for parents.

Years 2 and 6 Parent Sessions about SATs

If your child is in either Year 2 or Year 6 (or both) then please come along to our parents' information sessions about the SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests).  The Year 2 parent session will take place on Tuesday 17th March and the Year 6 session on Thursday 19th March.  This will provide our parents with information and advice on how best to support their child in preparation for these assessments.

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 .Thank you to everyone who has already activated your account, letters have been sent home to Reception class & Year 1 this week. If you have any questions please contact the school office.School trips for Years 2,3 and 4 are now active on ParentPay, log in to your account for more details.

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.

Praise Assembly

Year Group Catholic Virtues Good Work Golden Table
Reception Emily-Rose Alexandra Leo
Year 1 Iris Alfie Gabriella
Year 2 Rhodri Daisy-May Rhodri
Year 3 Noah Oliver Lissie
Year 4 Holly Adam Issy
Year 5 Daniel Oliver Emilia
Year 6 Michael Freya Francis

Prayer of the Week

Lord, teach me to examine my conscience and not let the sun go down on my anger, but rather seek to be reconciled and at peace with you and my neighbour. 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 March

Catholics in China: We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

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