During October we celebrate the Harvest, usually with a special Harvest Mass. This year we celebrated with a difference.
Children dressed in bright colours, Ms Beaumont led collective worship assemblies in class bubbles during which we talked about One World – One Family and how we can make a difference.
We also discussed Fairtrade and fair treatment for farmers who produce our food.
Family Challenge: children have been asked to look out for FAIRTRADE products when shopping. Please help us to support FAIRTRADE.
In every class we will be thinking about praying for peace and the end of COVID-19. Please fill in your special intentions on the template that will come home on Friday.
Last Sunday Pope Francis invited children to participate together in a very special initiative. A Catholic charity hopes to bring together a million children worldwide to pray the rosary this Sunday.
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is seeking to unite the children in praying for peace and the end of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than a million people around the world.
Please could you take some time with your child the prayers that make up the Rosary. It has been a long Summer so maybe start with the first part of the Hail Mary.
Once you have got to grips with the Hail Mary, be resilient and move on to The Our Father.
A huge thank you to our Religious Education Link Governor, Canon Paul who has played a vital part in working with the children and staff of Saint Joseph’s Infant School. He has been a fantastic support and a visible presence in our lives. We wish him much love and all our prayers as he takes up a new appointment as Parish Priest of St David’s Swansea. Thank you Canon Paul. We will miss you!
Satff join Canon Paul and the children of Our Lady of Margam gather to celebrate Family Mass
Monthly Family Mass celebration in St Joseph’s Parish. Thank you Monsignor Joseph!
Sharing Pope Francis message to Look after our ONE World.
CAFOD Family Fast celebrations- Brighten Up the World
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.
Remembering the Pope’s message for children to pray for children, we created our own prayers for refugees.
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:
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: