‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.’
June is the Month of the Sacred Heart
‘Oh most sacred heart of Jesus I put all my trust in thee’
The heart of Jesus was a human heart like ours. It stopped beating the day Jesus was crucified.
According to the Gospel of John, after Jesus had died a soldier made sure that was dead by using a lance to pierce Jesus’ side as He hung from the cross. Blood and water ran out.
Jesus’ pierced heart became a sign of the completeness of his love for us, a love that compelled him to die for us and that prompted him to remain with us in the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
The physical heart of Jesus is the symbol of the total love of Jesus, divine and human.
May 21st sees the 10th anniversary of Cardinal Nichols as the Archbishop of Westminster! We keep him in our prayers and ask God to continue to support and guide him
A Prayer for Our Priests
Grant that our priests be strengthened and healed by the power of the Eucharist they celebrate.
May the Word they proclaim give them courage and wisdom.
We pray that all those whom they seek to serve may see in them the love and mercy of Jesus, our Eternal High Priest, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen
Mary, Mother of the Church, look tenderly upon your sons, our priests.
Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us all.
May is the Month of Mary
May is a very special month which is dedicated to Mary Our Blessed Mother.
The children made class May altars and were praising Mary throughout the entire month.
May is a month of sunshine, flowers and beauty. It is the perfect time for our thoughts and prayers to be directed towards our lovely Queen of Heaven.
The children prayed the Hail Mary every day across the school to honour Our Lady and classes prayed the rosary in the playground where our beautiful painting of Mary can be found.
Year two made crowns of flowers for Mary and Key Stage Two said novenas. Year 6 led the school in a May procession, where all the children added different items which they made or prayers which they wrote to our May Altar. We asked Mary for intercession for year 6 and year 2 who were taking part in the SATs and we prayed and thanked Mary for looking after Jesus and for being our heavenly mother too.
The Memorare is a beautiful prayer that expresses our confidence in the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession,
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me,
Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. This marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year. Easter this year is on Sunday 21st April.
Don’t forget to bring in your Easter Gardens at the start of the new term! See the newsletter for further details
Year 4 painted these large tapestries to depict the death and resurrection of Jesus
Sunday 28th April we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. An amazing opportunity this Easter time to extend forgiveness and reconciliation to all. May we always know the unconditional love, mercy and forgiveness of God.
Jesus I trust in you!
Reflection on today’s Gospel John 20:19-31
Today’s Gospel is a powerful testament to the loving, forgiving heart of Jesus, our Saviour. He appears among his disciples who are scared of the Jewish leaders believing that if they are seen or found, they will be killed too! Jesus found them hiding in a room together behind locked doors. He wishes them peace and gently breathes the Holy Spirit on them. He shows them his wounds and by doing so, acknowledges the wounds of humankind, the sins of the world!
A week later, the disciple Thomas, says that he will only believe in the resurrected Jesus if he can see and touch those wounds himself. Jesus appears and shows his wounds to Thomas to examine. Thomas, exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus gently reminds Thomas that he believes because he has seen the proof for himself but then reminds him that others, like us today, still have faith and believe Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have believed.’
Easter Garden Celebration 2019
Look at all the absolutely amazing gardens you have made! Christ has risen!
Have a closer look!
Easter is a time of new life and when we think about how much Jesus loves us!
‘He is risen; He is not here.’ Mark 16:6
John 14:6 ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’
Children made Easter bonnets also!
Chicks, eggs, flowers!
EYFS and KS1 are thoroughly enjoying our Easter worship and Easter bonnet parade!
These bonnets are fantastic! Even one of our mums joined in with all the fun!
The 40 days of Lent started on 6th March with Ash Wednesday. Palm Sunday is on 14th April and marks the start of Holy Week including Maundy Thursday on 18th, Good Friday on 19th and Easter Sunday on 21st April.
During this time we ask children and families to engage with the life and death of Jesus. To help journey through the season of Lent, towards Christ’s death and resurrection and be inspired in our Lenten ministry, it’s important to think about the meaning of Lent. To support our children in this spiritual journey see the Lenten resources and prayers below.
Pray the Stations of the Cross Click at the power point below
Think about your Lenten Promises. What will you give up or work on to be a better person? How will you think about others during this special season? See ideas from CAFOD’s Give It Up resources for Lent and watch the video below.
We started the week off with very interesting and enlightening assembly then different workshops for all classes including EYFS with Mr Singh from the Sikh Education Service.
On Wednesday, KS2 visited a Gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship, in Shepherds Bush. They were able to dress up in traditional Sikh clothing, learn all about how Sikhs worship and even got lots of tasty traditional food to eat!
Area where weddings take place
Children learned about how Sikhs worship and the importance of the Gurus
Everyone was given delicious daal curry and other tasty traditional foods
On Friday we ended the week with a bang! We had Bhangra 4×4 who taught the children folk dance from the Punjab in Northern India using drums and traditional music.
Nursery and Reception
Dressing up in traditional clothing
Even the staff joined in!
At the end of our wonderful week of learning about the Sikh faith, traditions and practice, the children had a real insight into how Sikhs worship, their main beliefs, traditions and way of life. The children were able to reflect on what they had learned as they continue to develop a respectful attitude for religious diversity. The children across the school really enjoyed their week and have impressed everyone who worked with them!
Sister Lucina’s Farewell Tea party
Good bye and good luck!
We had a very special tea party to say farewell to the lovely Sister Lucina, who has been part of our school family for many years! Sister Lucina has been with us at our parish of St Anslem’s and St Cecelia’s and it is with both sadness and love that we say goodbye to her. We have been incredibly lucky here at St Joseph’s to have Sister Lucina who has dedicated a lot of her time to all of our children and families within our school community. We will remember her with great fondness and wish her lots of luck and happiness as she moves back to her Holy Order in Loughborough at the end of January 2019.
Sister Lucina kindly left us some beautiful gifts to remember her by. One of these was a statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace which proudly sits on display in our hall for all to see, admire and pray to with Sister Lucina’s memory in our hearts.
Sister Lucina also donated £50.00 to each class to spend on a CAFOD gift. Each class chose different ways in which the money could be gifted to others. These are the choices they made;
Nursery chose a Vegetable Garden
Reception chose Fabulous Football, a Solar Lamp and some Wonderful Worms
Year One chose Help a Refugee Child and Happy Queen Bumblebee
Year Two chose Help a Refugee Child
Year Three chose Goat that Gives
Year Four chose Emergency Water and Fantastic Fish
Year Five chose a Mosquito Mat, Water for a Family and Teach a Child to Read
Year Six chose a Happy Queen Bumblebee, a Goat that Gives and a Chicken
We had a special liturgy in honour of Remembrance Day 11th November. Every class wrote the names of special people who are no longer with us and we kept these in a book of remembrance. We watched a clip called ‘Poppies’ about War as experienced by the animal inhabitants of a battlefield.