Friday 2nd December 2022

Our Advent Preparations - Repentance

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Buying presents, decorations and planning our Christmas meal are all good ways of preparing for Christmas. But through all these preparations we do need to keep in mind the real reason for all these festivities. It is important that we spend some time preparing ourselves too.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear John the Baptist calling the people to repent (to come back to God) and to prepare themselves for Christ’s arrival. Christian ‘repentance’ is a wholly positive experience when we invite God into our lives and take a grip on ourselves, changing some of our ways or even, maybe, our direction in life. So, let's listen to John the Baptist and prepare our hearts well - being ready to receive and share God’s love with all we meet as part of this week’s Christmas preparations.

Reverse Advent Calendar - Living in Solidarity

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During Advent, we are asking the children to bring in donations of the following items to help our brothers and sisters in need. Donations received will be shared between Project Gambia and the Stourbridge Food Bank. Thank you.

Reception Class - Chocolates

Year 1 - Shower gel

Year 2 - Shampoo

Year 3 - Tinned food

Year 4 - Hats and scarves

Year 5 - Gloves

Year 6 - Soap

Dates for your diary - Advent 2022

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Wednesday 7th December - Music & Mince Pies (9.30am)

Thursday 8th December - Christmas Jumper Day for Crisis and Christmas Dinner Day - £1 donation for Crisis

Monday 12th December - Reception Christmas Songs (2.30pm) - Reception parents welcome to attend

Wednesday 14th December - Key Stage 1 Nativity Performance - 1.45pm and 6.30pm

Thursday 15th December - Years 5 and 6 Educational Visit to The Rep (Nativity production)

Friday 16th December - End of term Mass - 9.15am - parents and parishioners welcome to attend

Friday 16th December - End of Autumn term 





Gifts from God

Congratulations to the following children who have been chosen by their class teacher this week.  Well done also to St. Matthew for gaining the most house points this week.

Year Group Good Work Catholic Virtues
Reception Finley Noah
Year 1 Flo H Louisa B
Year 2 Katie M Isla
Year 3 Josh Angelina
Year 4 Seb Xanthe
Year 5 Joe Lois
Year 6 Sophia Alyssa

Living with Covid Guidance

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.

Link to The Wednesday Word

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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.

Prayer of the Week - Advent

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Virtues Focus - Faith-filled and Hopeful

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Children at St. Joseph's are growing to be Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.

Pope's Francis' Monthly Intention

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For volunteer not-for-profit organisations

We pray that volunteer non-profit organisations committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation.



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