‘Christians have guardian angels to encourage and guide them’
Pope Francis, October 2nd
Commemorating the Universal Church’s feast day of Guardian Angels.
Pope Francis said, Guardian Angels are the help ‘the Lord promises his people and us who walk along the path of life.’
He added, Christians should heed their guardian angel and listen to ‘their inspirations, which are always from the Holy Spirit.’
St Joseph’s Guardian Angels
St Joseph’s Guardian Angels meet once a fortnight to discuss areas for improving the way our Catholic faith is taught and lived out within the School. Our Guardian Angels play a very important and special role within our school and enjoy not only supporting and encouraging the development of the teachings of RE across the school but also the spiritual, social and moral journey we make. Aspects have included planning and taking the lead in prayer during whole school worship, making decisions about the charities we support and why and supporting classes who lead weekly prayers with our St Joseph families.
‘He will put you in his angels charge to guard you wherever you go.’
The Role of a Guardian Angel at St Josephs
The role of a Guardian Angel at St Josephs is to serve as a member of the Chaplaincy Team to support the Catholic Life of the School.
The Guardian Angel is both to guide us to good thoughts, works and words, and to preserve us from any wrong choices.
Meet St Josephs Guardian Angels
They are entrusted with the responsibility of:
Giving joyful witness of Jesus Christ in our school.
Providing support for staff in the delivery of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils across the curriculum.
Pastoral care of staff and pupils.
Assisting with the delivery and development of the prayer life of the school supporting assemblies, class prayer times and prayer groups.
Being present on parents’ afternoons and/or evenings, and other school events, to help with the welcome of all the community.
Organising a variety of events to support local, national and international charities, for example: CAFOD; WWF; Cancer charities; Four Walls; Caritas
The Guardian Archangels
We also have St Josephs Archangels who are our lead Guardian Angels. These angels have a very special role as Guardian Archangel Ambassadors for our school.
Read their Archangel Accounts below:
(TO BE COMPLETED SPRING 2019)
Ellen Year 6
Eddie Year 6
Redeat Year 6
Mia Year 5
Stanley Year 5
Romain Year 3
Commissioning of St Joseph’s Archangels, 17th March 2019
On Tuesday 19th March, the Feast Day of St Joseph our School’s Patron Saint, we welcomed and commissioned our Archangels who have taken on the role of Superior Guardian Angels in our school. They promise to show a good example to all in our school and to spread the message of God’s love by their example.
Over the next few months they will learn how to lead prayer and worship within our school. They will support the role of the class Guardian Angels and will also be RE Ambassadors for our school. They will begin to take on different lead roles in and around the school and help make decisions regarding the Catholic life and teachings within St Joseph’s. Their role is both special and prestigious, therefore they too will need the help and support of all of us in St Joseph’s and so we keep them in our prayers.
The Angels receive their special certificates during mass
Our St Joseph’s Guardian Archangels are officially commissioned
As Guardian Angels, we promise:
to help others live, love and learn through Jesus;
to communicate with Jesus by leading prayer times in class and in assemblies;
to help guide others to love one another just as Jesus loves us;
to set an example to others within the family of St Joseph’s
to lead by example through the intervention of the Holy Spirit and the Archangels
Guardian Angel Action Points
In Spring 2019, our Guardian Angels will begin to think about ways for using our quiet zone as an outside prayer and reflection area. We hope to have this in place by the Summer Term.
During Social Justice week, the Angels will be helping staff and pupils become more aware of the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching and looking at ways in which everyone at St Josephs can play their part in taking responsibility.
The Archangels will be working with Sr Silvana, a volunteer from Caritas to promote Love in Action with a focus on modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Our new Nursery building will be blessed by the Bishop in May 2019. The Guardian Angels will be involved in helping with the planning and preparation for this special event. Watch this space!
In the Summer term 2019, our older Archangels will play an important role in supporting our Year 3 candidates as they prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation and in receiving the Eucharist during First Holy Communion. They will become ‘Faith Friends’ to the Year 3’s and support them in their preparation for the Sacrament.
Our Guardian Angels have been carefully compiling a pupil questionnaire so that we can look at all areas of religion and the Catholic life of our school and wider community. Watch this space for our results!
Archangel Gabriel Appears to Mary
Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th
What a special day this is! Our very own Archangels have been thinking about how God has chosen them to bring good news to everyone here at St Joseph’s and how their role is sometimes challenging but also incredibly rewarding!
The angels reflected on the special poem below;
By Jan Richardson
For a moment
on the threshold.
For the space
of a breath
unwilling to disturb
her last ordinary moment,
knowing that the next step
would cleave her life:
that this day
would slice her story
dividing all the days before
from all the ones
The artists would later
depict the scene:
by the archangel,
her head bowed
in humble assent,
awed by the messenger
to leave paradise
to bestow such an honor
upon a woman, and mortal.
Yet I tell you
it was I who was dazzled,
I who found myself agape
when I came upon her—
reading, at the loom, in the kitchen,
I cannot now recall;
only that the woman before me—
blessed and full of grace
long before I called her so—
shimmered with how completely
she inhabited herself,
inhabited the space around her,
inhabited the moment
that hung between us.
I wanted to save her
from what I had been sent
Yet when the time came,
when I had stammered
(history would not record
the sweat on my brow,
the pounding of my heart;
would not note
that I said
Do not be afraid
to myself as much as
it was she
who saved me—
her first deliverance—
her Let it be
not just declaration
to the Divine
but a word of solace,
for the angel
in the doorway
who would hesitate
one last time—
just for the space
of a breath
torn from his chest—
before wrenching himself away
from her radiant consent,
her beautiful and
Get collecting over Lent and Easter!
In the run up to Easter, our Guardian Angels will be sending home a Children’s Mission box, stickers and a book mark to every child in each class!
Our Angels have asked that throughout Lent, everyone will collect coins in their collection box. After the Easter holiday, our Angels will collect the boxes and send the money to their chosen charity, Mission Together.