Friday 29th January 2021

Racial Justice Sunday

This coming Sunday is Racial Justice Sunday. The theme is A Time to Act. Racial issues and inequalities were identified nationally and internationally in 2020 generating awareness, emotion and outrage. In light of this Racial Justice Sunday 2021 is particularly significant. The Bishops' Conference website have shared this message: 'This year's Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever.  The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.'  On the page you will find a beautiful prayer and links to a reflection. There is also a message from Bishop Paul MacAleenan (Lead Bishop for Racial Justice).

Fratelli Tutti:The Vatican have a website devoted to Pope Francis' latest EncyclicalIncluded on it are some useful infographics to help you navigate this important document.

Updated School Website Design

You will have noticed the new, refreshed design of our school website.  This is the updated version produced by School Life.  Most of the main tabs and content are the same as the previous version, however, if you have any questions or queries please contact the school office. The remote learning page can now be found within the 'Our School' tab along the tool bar at the top of the landing page.

Formation of New Catholic Multi Academy Company - Emmaus

From Monday 1st February St. Joseph's will form part of a new, larger Multi Academy Company named Emmaus.  A letter from the Chair of the Board and the CEO will be sent to all members of our community on Monday.  We give thanks to God for all we have achieved as part of St. Nicholas Owen CMAC, and look forward to the new chapter in St. Joseph's history as part of a new family of schools together.  St. Nicholas Owen...Pray for Us.

Project Gambia Update

Adama and Awa are the two children St. Joseph's are sponsoring in The Gambia. They were delighted along with their friends to receive their shoe boxes. St. Joseph's sent over 150 shoeboxes to The Gambia to children who attend Half Dye, Hanne Vibe and Spring of Life Schools. Adama and Awa have written to St. Joseph's to thank the children for sponsoring them. The money helps to pay for their schooling and uniform. They loved their Christmas and birthday gifts too.

Sacramental Preparation Video from Fr. Philip for Year 3 Parents

Fr. Philip has created the first of four short videos to inform and support our Year 3 parents with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  The theme for the first video is Reconciliation. This can be viewed via the school website within the Catholic Life tab on the landing page.

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 - A Prayer for Racial Justice

Lord Jesus Christ,
in your ministry
you were approached by people
of many different nations and cultures.
You listened to their cry for help,
treated them with love and compassion,
and brought them healing and wholeness.

In our own time may we provide
to all those who are suffer
the help that they need
and the care that they require.

May we respond to the invitation of the Holy Spirit
to dream of a world made new
where the poor are not forgotten
but are given the opportunity
to live and flourish
with good health and equal prospects.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.


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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