This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. In this Sunday’s Gospel, the leaders, the soldiers and the people all mock Jesus as God’s Chosen One and as king. Jesus’ kingship is not one of military or political power, but one of love and mercy. Jesus forgave those who crucified him. He also showed mercy to the criminal who was sorry and called him to share in his kingdom – an offer Jesus also makes to us today.
Pope Francis reminds us that, “In life we all make many mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask God for forgiveness. God is pure mercy.” Each one of us receives mercy as a gift from God – it is a gift which we are called to share with others.
In November 2020, Pope Francis called for a relaunch of National Youth Sunday and moving forward asks the global Catholic community to celebrate locally on the Solemnity of Christ the King. It will be a day for the world to recognise and celebrate young people in our local church communities, whether that be through school, at home, or of course in church.
Congratulations to the following children who have been chosen by their class teacher this week. Well done also to St. Luke for gaining the most house points this week.
|Year Group||Good Work||Catholic Virtues (Compassionate and Loving)|
On Monday, children across the school will have the opportunity to watch the England football fixture against Iran at 1pm. Arrangements will be made for children who do not want to watch this, and alternative activities will be organised by the teachers.
Your Borough, Your Future Survey
Make sure to have your say! Complete the Your Borough, Your Future survey and share your thoughts on how we can work together to tackle climate change. If you are a parent, guardian or a teacher who lives in the borough, make sure to state which primary school you are associated with when you fill out the questionnaire. The school that is associated with the highest number of completed surveys will win a hot composter!
To complete the survey, visit https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/get-involved/your-borough-your-future-survey/
Monday 21st November - World Cup Football Fixture (1pm) - children will have the opportunity to watch this
Tuesday 22nd November - Pantomime - paid for by the PTA - thank you
Sunday 27th November - First Sunday of Advent
Monday 28th November - Flu Vaccination catch up
Tuesday 29th November - Dudley Tag Rugby Finals - Good luck to our Years 5 and 6 mixed team
Wednesday 30th November - St. Andrew's Day
Wednesday 30th November - Year 1 Advent Assembly - parents of Year 1 are welcome to attend Cancelled
Parish Youth Group
The next meeting of the Parish Youth Group will take place on Tuesday 6th December at 6.30pm
Donations for The Parish Christmas Fayre- The donation boxes are now at the back of the church.
we are looking for donations of good quality unwanted gifts, toiletries, candles, toys, games, bottles for the tombola (anything from squash to whisky!) We have a good number of books donated. Thank you in advance for anything you feel you able to donate. Nearer the day we welcome lots and lots of home-made cakes for the cake stall.
The raffle tickets are also available and it would be wonderful if each person could take 2 books of tickets to sell to family, friends and colleagues. A book costs £5.00 - tickets are 50p each. Please post stubs and money through the presbytery door. If you can make a donation towards one of the cash prizes, please do sign the sheet in the porch. If you wish to remain anonymous, please post your donation through the presbytery door in an envelope marked Christmas Fayre raffle prize.
Request for help at Saturday evening Mass
Starting Advent Sunday this will be a Mass with hymns to encourage the participants of our younger parishioners. if you would be willing to help with the music please speak to Father Philip.
On Tuesday 29th March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1st April.
Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1st April.
Updated guidance will advise:
· adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
· children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
· adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.
For education and childcare settings from Friday 1st April:
· regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children's social care settings. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits
· residential SEND settings may be advised by their local health protection team to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing. This would be an exceptional measure, for targeted groups of staff and pupils or students (secondary age or above) in the event of a possible COVID-19 outbreak. These settings are scheduled to receive an automatic delivery of contingency supply test kits during the week commencing Monday 28 March
· the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will publish new guidance. Most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings will be withdrawn from GOV.UK on Friday 1 April. The operational guidance on the testing in education settings document sharing platform will also be removed on the same day.
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.
O Lord our God, You alone are the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations.
We pray to You, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from You, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things.
Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth.
Guard us we pray Most Faithful One.
Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgement.
Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against you.
Jesus, You are a King of Mercy.
We have deserved Your Just Judgement
Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us.
We trust in Your Great Mercy.
O most awe-inspiring King, we bow before You and pray;
May Your Reign, Your Kingdom, be recognised on earth.
Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be Faith-filled in their beliefs and
hopeful for the future.
For children who suffer
We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.