St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

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Dear St Joseph,

Help us to love and care,

To be gentle and fair.

Help us to work and play together,

Help us to live and grow together,

To be always glad to help each other,

Happy in your loving care.

Amen

 

DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON

Please see below for links to prayers, messages from the Diocese and The Northampton Cathedral Live Streaming Service:

Please click here for a link to the Live and recorded streaming of Catholic services at The Northampton Cathedral. 

A Message of greeting from Bishop David to all schools for the new school year 2020. 

Bishop David's video message for Catholic Schools Week (week 5th October 2020).

 

Please click here for the link to The Catholic Diocese of Northampton website for more diocesan information, links to Live streamed Masses and to sign up for the Diocesan e-newsletter.

 

IMPORTANT DATES THIS TERM/RESOURCES AT ST JOSEPH'S

Candlemas/The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Tuesday 2nd February:

Please click here for a slide show of the virtual prayer bag sent by the Diocese for Candlemas/The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which is celebrated on Tuesday 2nd February. 

 

Celebrating Our Lady of Lourdes - 11th February

Please click here for a slide show of the virtual prayer bag sent by the Diocese to help us celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes.  There is a message from Bishop David, a Gospel reading and a reminder that the 11th February is also a World Day of Prayer for the Sick.

Please take some time over the next few days to come together, as a family, in prayer.

Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the 11th February. 

On 11th February, Our Lady appeared to a 14 year old girl named Bernadette in Lourdes.

Mary's message was simple. She told Bernadette to pray and turn away from wrongdoing to bring other people closer to God.  Mary appeared many times to Bernadette and asked her to dig a hole in the ground.  When Bernadette did this, she discovered a spring which still gives gallons of water today.  Some people who were sick drank the water and were made better, other people who couldn't walk bathed in the water and could walk again.

The final slide has a link to Bernadette's Story.

 

PRAYER TIME AT ST JOSEPH'S

Prayer time at St Joseph’s provide opportunities for spiritual growth and development through participation in a variety of forms of worship and all forms of prayer – formal, informal, spontaneous, private, shared, petitionary and meditative.

We aim to help the children value and respect the power of prayer and to use it to help strengthen the children’s relationship with God.

We want to be a praying community.  It is important for children to know the ‘formal’ prayers of the church which we may all pray together and which we all hear and say with the parish / family communities outside school.

We also value ‘formal’ prayers which have been written especially for children and which hold meaning for them.  With these two aspects in mind, we aim to teach particular prayers to the children.

Children are encouraged to develop their individual prayer life through daily participation in collective worship, grace before meals and afternoon prayer.

Prayer does not only mean ‘formal’ prayers.  We do hope to help each other to listen to God speaking to us and to respond in our hearts and minds during moments or stillness, reflection and silence.

We also encourage prayer writing by the children themselves.St Joseph's Prayer Garden

 

Each class has a prayer area which provides a focus for prayer in the classroom.  Opportunities for prayer arise often from the ‘Come and See’ scheme, but particularly during the ‘Respect’ and ‘Rejoice’ sections.

 

At St Joseph’s, the children are taught to know by heart the following prayers:

The Sign of The Cross

The Lord’s Prayer

The Hail Mary

Grace Before Meals

Afternoon Prayer
 
During Year 2, children become familiar with and are encouraged to learn:

Praying of the Rosary

Responses to the Mass

The Guardian Angel Prayer

 

Please click here to see our handbook for parents  "Helping your Child to know God".

 

St Joseph Pray for Us