Every week, Key Stage Two join together for Collective Worship, with our weekly 'Wednesday Word' Assembly. Here we share and discuss the Wednesday Word, listen to each others prayers, as well as practicing our favourite hymns.
October - The Month of the Holy Rosary
At the beginning of October, Mrs Darren led a whole school worship about The Rosary. We also had a display in the hall to recognise the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
We gathered together to thank God, our heavenly Father, for his plentiful Harvest: not only the Harvest of crops from the fields, which feed us and help us to grow, but also the Harvest of faith, which grows in each one of us, every day.
Harvest Thanksgiving called us to look around God’s magnificent creation and give thanks for all our wonderful food, which our world provides for us. We were also able to reflect on how we have failed to do our best, for our world or for those in the world, and so, as St Joseph’s community, we offered our intentions and gifts to people in our local area, as well as our wider world.
Upper Key Stage 2 Mass - 'Peace for our World'
On Monday 20th October, 2014, Year 5 and 6 came together, in the School Hall, for a joint Class Mass. Parents', Grandparents', as well as St Joseph's parishioners, also joined the children for the Mass.
Year 5 and 6 led the planning and preparation for the Mass and so decided that the theme should centre around 'peace', due to the current wars and conflicts within our world. Father Fenton spent some time with both classes, discussing why peace was so important within our own lives, and the wider world, as well choosing possible Gospel readings and other features of the Mass. The children were extremely proud of their hard work.
Celebration of Catholic Education - Bishop Stock's Episcopal Ordination
and Installation Service
On Friday 14th November, we were very privileged to attend a celebration of Catholic Education to mark the episcopal ordination and installation of the Right Reverend Marcus Stock as the tenth Bishop of Leeds, along with other schools of the Diocese.
Year Six children presented Bishop Marcus with a welcome card on behalf of our school community.
We continue to keep our new Bishop in our prayers.
Lower Key Stage 2 Mass - The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
On Monday 8th December, 2014, Year 3 and 4 came together, in the school hall, for a joint Class Mass. Parents', Grandparents', as well as St Joseph's parishioners, also joined the children for the Mass.
Year 3 and 4 led the planning and preparation for the Mass, which fell on the feast day of the Immaculate Conception; when the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived Our Lord and was free from sin.
Father Fenton spent some time with both classes, discussing the meaning of this feast day, as well choosing possible Gospel readings and other features of the Mass. The children were extremely proud of their hard work.
Advent Praise Liturgies - December 2014
Throughout the first three weeks of Advent, we came together, each Monday afternoon, as a school community, to reflect and prepare, both our hearts and minds, for the coming of Our Lord.
Each week focused on a different theme and was planned and led by different year groups:
All liturgies contained the lighting of the school and class Advent Wreaths, a Gospel reading, prayers and reflections, as well as Advent liturgical dances; all classes were also presented with a gift for their worship area.
Penitential Service - March 2015
At the beginning of Lent, Father Fenton led a KS1 and KS2 Penitential Service in the school hall. This reflective time allowed us to examine our conscience, repent for the things we may have done wrong and have the opportunity to turn away from sin. We all felt much better after this!
Lord, with all my heart, I am sorry for my sins.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do well,
I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His Name, My God have mercy.
Marian Service - May 2015
Father Fenton led a beautiful and reverent Marian Service, supported by our Chaplaincy Team.