‘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
Each class has two Guardian Angels who help lead prayers, ensure the prayer areas follow the liturgical calendar and look after religious artefacts and other special resources within the classroom. They also welcome parents during Friday parent prayer group when it is their class turn to host the prayers and worship.
Meet St Joseph’s Class Guardian Angels
St Joseph’s Archangels
At St Joseph’s we have six Archangels. These angels have a very special role as Guardian Archangel Ambassadors for our school. Our Archangels have a lead role in supporting the Catholic teaching, ethos and life of St Joseph’s. They also support and encourage the development of the teachings of RE across the school and the spiritual, social and moral journey we make. The Archangels play a significant role, promoting our Catholic faith and practices and are important, visible witnesses to faith in action within our school community.
Our Archangels have recently been appointed and have taken on this prestigious role with immense enthusiam faith and love.
Over the next few months they will continue to learn how to lead prayer and worship within our school. They will work closely with our parish priests in celebrating important activities and events and present their work to the school governors sharing learning and practice on behalf of all the children in the school and talk about their vision for the future. 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. As their role is both special and prestigious, they too therefore will need the help and support of all of us in the St Joseph’s community and so we keep them in our prayers.
We pray for our Archangels as they embark upon a role where they will not only continue to grow in their own personal faith and spiritual journey but also we pray for Christ’s intercession in enabling them to lead by example for all of our children. May they continue to show others how to love Jesus and live out our lives as He has taught us.
The Role of an Archangel at St Joseph’s
The role of an Archangel at St Joseph’s is to serve as a member of the Chaplaincy Team to support the Catholic Life of the School.
The Guardian Archangel is both to guide us to good thoughts, works and words, and to preserve us from any wrong choices.
The Archangels meet once every three weeks to discuss areas for maintaining and improving the way our Catholic faith is taught and lived out within the School. This is ongoing and the angels are working on what areas they feel they can help support and make a difference. Aspects have included:
planning and taking the lead in prayer during whole school worship
making decisions about the charities we support and why
undertaking key roles during whole school mass services such as welcoming those attending into the church, leading prayers, ushering during the communion procession and accompanying the younger children to and from the church
In the summer term, they are planning to support classes who lead weekly prayers with our St Joseph families. They are also going to lead another Parent Prayer Group and work with parents to raise money for a chosen charity.
Read our Archangel Accounts below:
My name is Ellen and as one of St Joseph’s Archangels I will help others around the school, I will help fellow students to live, love and learn through Jesus Christ and I will connect with Jesus by leading prayers in class and in assemblies. I will set an example to others within the family of St Joseph’s and finally, I will help guide others to love one another just as Jesus loves us.
I attend St Anselm and St Caecilia and sing in the choir in masses. In Year 3, I made my First Holy Communion there and ever since I have felt a true connection with the Lord in my life and hope to continue to be his loyal and humble servant.
The other Archangels and I meet up once a fortnight to discuss ways to improve the way our peers learn and think about our Catholic faith within school. Our role is to support and encourage the progress of the teachings of RE across the school.
In our school’s society, we try our very hardest to organise different events to raise money and support various charities, such as, CAFOD; WWF; Cancer charities; Four Walls and Caritas.
‘It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment. For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever. He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear, Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries. He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honour.’
Hi, my name is Eddie. I am an altar server at St Anslem & St Caecilia’s Church in Holborn, therefore I attend mass every week. On Saint Stephen’s day 2018, I was enrolled as a member of the Guild of Saint Stephens. I promise to God Almighty, to Blessed Mary ever Virgin to pray for all the angels and saints and to pray for me and Saint Joseph’s Guardian Archangels.
Psalm 9 1:11
‘For He will give his angels charge concerning you to guard you in all your way.’
As Archangels we need to take charge and we need to help guide people into the direction of God and Jesus so that we can protect each other and our school. I believe that I am capable to help my fellow pupils to do this too.
‘For it is written He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully.’
With the other Archangels we will help everyone become better Catholics and to guide all pupils and others in becoming closer to God.
I will try my best to continue to make Saint Joseph’s a holy and spiritual place.
Hi my name is Mia! I am one of St Joseph’s Archangels. I feel blessed to have been commissioned as an Archangel for our school. I know how important being a good Catholic role model is and I show this in my life by serving God on the altar at our local church St Anselm and St Caecilia. I have been serving on the altar since making my First Holy Communion. I have been enrolled into the Guild of St Stephen. My role is to encourage the highest standards of serving at the Church’s liturgy and help the community to participate in a more fruitful worship of God. This will help me as an Archangel because I can help classes in school to think about how they can participate in worshiping God and what good changes in their lives they can make to become better people. I help the year 3 ‘s to get ready for receiving the sacrament of communion and growing in their faith.
One of our school saints is Padre Pio, he said;
“Pray, hope and don’t worry.
Worry is useless.
God is merciful and will hear your prayer”
I don’t want anyone in our school to worry, I want to remind people that we will learn and be guided by Jesus. If people have worries they can come to me and I can listen and pray with them.
Hi, my name is Stanley. I feel very honoured to be a St. Joseph’s Guardian Archangel. I was very proud to have been chosen and I take my role seriously along with the grace of God.
Every Sunday I attend mass at St. Anselm & St. Caecilia’s Church. For the last 18 months I have served on the altar with Father David and Michael. I was enrolled as a member of the Guild of St. Stephen on 26th December 2018. I promised to offer myself to God Almighty, to Blessed Mary our Mother and to St. Stephen. I think that what I have learnt serving at mass will help me be a good Archangel. I will try and help the children and make sure we all follow God, leading us to heaven. I will use The Great Commandment to make sure we all get along and follow the teachings of Jesus;
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. And your neighbour as yourself.’
Prayer is important, hopefully I can encourage others to pray. We can use the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel to help everyone within St. Joseph’s family.
‘Pray for me, St. Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through your powerful intercession, may we live a holy life.’
As an Archangel, I will make sure that everyone in St. Joseph’s will help raise money and awareness for people less fortunate than us. I suggested Bakhita House as one charity for us to focus on. This is very special as we raise awareness of those who have been trafficked and raise money for these women who are now safe and need help. Some women will have little babies which also need protected and modern day slavery is something we have been learning about.
I believe that God’s angels will always watch over us. If we trust in God we will be protected by his angels. God uses his angels to protect his children. At St. Joseph’s all the Archangels and Guardian Angels will work together to help protect everyone at our school and make it a happy place to be.
Hello I’m Romain and I’m one of my school Archangels. I feel very proud to be an Archangel especially because I love learning about Jesus! Ms Logue tells us that all the children at St Joseph’s are angels but I feel very thankful that I am an Archangel because I have a special job to do. Ms Logue told me that once you become a St Joseph’s Guardian Archangel you will always be an Archangel because Jesus has special jobs for us to do at school.
Mother Theresa is one of our school saints. She is an inspiration to all of us. She spent her whole life looking after people who were hungry and taking care of the poor. She was made a saint because of all the work she did. She said,
‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’
I will continue to help raise awareness of the poor and homeless. As an Archangel I want to raise money for our Four Walls charity. I also want to look after our planet because Pope Francis wrote a letter to everyone around the world called Laudato Si. He told us that we need to take care of our world and protect it.
He said, ‘The Earth is God’s gift to us.’ Pope Francis talks about how much people are hurting the world so I will help raise awareness about the damage plastic has especially for the animals in the sea.
As an Archangel I believe that if I pray to Jesus He will help me to teach others how to lead good lives and love others whether they are Christian, Muslim or any other religion because we are all equal.
‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.’ Mother Theresa.
Hello everyone, my name is Redeat and I am an Archangel. I was very happy and proud when I became an Archangel and I will do my best to show others how to pray and show kindness to others. I have led prayers in our school worship assemblies and in the Church. I am also in our school choir. As an Archangel I will continue to lead all the children in prayer and lead by example. I will be an example in Mass and be a good role model for others to follow.
Being an archangel is very important to me. I am like the apostles who followed Jesus because I follow Jesus and want to teach others how to live out their lives like Jesus taught us.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.’
I support the charity Caritas, where we show love to others through action by helping the poor, caring for women who have been victims of slavery and exploitation and for people who are lonely. Saint Josephine Bakhita is our class saint and she showed great faith in God. She was kidnapped and made a slave when she was only a little girl. I will continue to help raise money for Bakhita House in Westminster where women stay and get looked after because they have been slaves too like Saint Josephine Bakhita. If I had money to give to charity, I would give it to Bakhita House.
I would also give money to Four Walls. I helped pack the bags which we collected to give to the homeless in Camden for Four Walls. It is important to give to others especially those less fortunate than us. I will help my school do more work for Four Walls and help raise awareness about the poor and homeless which we see every day here in Covent Garden and in London.
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
Commissioning of St Joseph’s Archangels, 19th 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 as Religious Ambassadors for 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.
The Angels receive their special certificates during mass
Our St Joseph’s Guardian Archangels are officially commissioned
As Angels, we promise:
to help others live, love and learn through Jesus;
to communicate with Jesus by leading prayer and worship;
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 all the angels of heaven
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
Archangel Action Points
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 Joseph’s 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.
The Archangels will begin to think about ways for using our quiet zone as an outside prayer and reflection area. We hope to begin to put this in place by the Autumn Term 2019.
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.
The Archangels will introduce Children’s Missio, the children’s charity for overseas mission, to help pray and fundraise for children around the world.
Our Archangels have begun talks about 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!
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 and talked about it’s significance during one of our Parent Prayer Meetings;
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!
Here are the Archangels with Fr Philip, who came to lead an assembly and talk to everyone at St. Joseph’s about Children’s Missio.
In the run up to Easter, our Archangels 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.
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