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Month: December 2019

Autumn Term Collective Worship

In November we remember those who have died.

We especially remember those who have died during the wars. We also pray for our family and friends who have died.

Come along and help us to remember.

Remembering the Pope’s message for children to pray for children, we created our own prayers for refugees.

On Sunday in St Joseph’s Parish we will call out the list of those who died during the First World War, the Second World War, The Falklands and other conflicts.

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

We have REFlECTED in those who have died within our family, friends and community.

We joined with the whole community of Neath Port Talbot and joined in with others

schools to remember and pray for our loved ones who have died.

Missio Ambassador Collective Worship

During the month of November Missio have met with Canon Paul RE Link Governor and Mrs Brigid O’Callaghan.

They have collected photos of our loved ones who have died and placed them on our tree of remembrance. A special Collective Worship service was planned and delivered to the whole school. Missio would like to share this with our school community in the Spring term.

Advent Collective Worship

During December we meet with our parishes and prepare for the birth of Jesus.

In school we have celebrated Advent through special Collective Worships led by Canon Paul, children and staff.

In our monthly Family Mass at Saint Joseph’s Parish we have presented our own prayers for Christmas during the Offertory. We have been thinking hard about how we can get our hearts ready to show love and be hospitable to others. We have also reflected on how we can be ATTENTIVE and listen to God’s word and DISCERN- make right choices.

Parents at home please take time to think about Catholic Virtues:

ATTENTIVE

DEISCERNMENT

 

Collective Worship

Collective Worship at St Joseph’s Infant School

We provide a daily act of collective worship. Worship lies at the heart of Christian life and at the heart of our school. This reflects the traditions of our Catholic community. At St Joseph”s this takes many exciting and spiritually developing experiences for all the children. Collective Worship often makes links to our school’s core Christian Values. We follow the Catholic Church Calendar when planning Collective Worship and St Joseph’s has built up an excellent relationship with Saint Joseph’s Port Talobot and Our Lady of Margam to support this work. Children are encourage to plan, lead and evaluate worship throughout the year. Our Missio Ambassadors have helped provide resources for every class. This term Missio have designed and painted pebbles displaying the Catholic virtues of ATTENTIVE and DISCERNING. These have been presented to each class. Children at an age appropriate level are responsible for setting the space for worship to take place in and leading the gathering, prayers and sending out.   

We believe that the outcomes of Collective Worship should be:

  • Social experience
  • Awareness
  • Spiritual experience
  • Development of Skills
  • Development of Knowledge
  • Confidence
  • Ability to pray

Every child has opportunities to take part in Collective Worship and develop spiritual reflection.

Prepare! He is Coming! Make your paths straight!

What is Advent?

 

A voice cries out in the wilderness:

Prepare a way for the Lord,

Make his paths straight.

Matthew 3:1-12

 

Canon Paul Visits school to share an Advent Collective Worship

Canon Paul shared a reflection on Advent and the symbolism behind the Advent wreath.

He also revisited the significance of the Liturgical colours.

Please take some time to discuss this with your child.