Feast of St Joseph
Today (Friday 19th March) we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph.
We will be thinking about how St Joseph is an example to us of how to live - he was a hard worker, a loving father, a missionary of God's love and he lived a life of love and service.
Let us pray to St Joseph, thanking him for showing us how to trust in God's fatherly love, especially when we are sad, or worried. Teach us to use our gifts to bring God's love into the world, especially to those people who most need our help.
Dear St Joseph,
God trusted you to care for his Son, Jesus, and Mary, your wife.
Blessed Joseph, we ask you to be like a father to us.
Guide us and ask God to give us hope and courage,
and to keep us safe from harm.
Pray for us.
Our Lent in a bag have been delivered to all children at Our Lady and St Joseph's for the season of Lent.
‘Wait a Minute – It’s Lent’ daily videos are available to watch on YMT's YouTube channel, with daily reflections from across the Diocese. We invite you to subscribe to YMT’s YouTube channel.
This year as we enter Lent, we are considering what it means to be Missionary Disciples. Reflecting on our calling ‘To go and make disciples’, the Vicariate for Faith & Mission has worked with Clergy and Laity to produce daily reflections that offer support as you reflect on the readings for the day.
The written Short Daily Reflections are available in various formats to view online, download and print, or to receive as a daily email direct to your inbox.
We invite parishes and partnerships to share these Lenten resources with their communities in digital and printed formats, where possible.
Amy Cameron, Coordinator for Faith & Mission.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Following on from last year, it was decided to once again to collect items for ‘Reverse Advent Calendar.’ The Reverse Advent Calendar is a simple way to make a big difference to your local and wider community. It is also a great way to share the true spirit of giving this Christmas. During Advent rather than sending in money donations with a Christmas card, we collected items and brought them into school. The hampers this year were donated to the following: PACT House, Stanley SVP (St Vincent de Paul) Local Community.
This week is the start of Advent. Advent is when the Church re-sets the calendar of our remembering and celebrating the saving work of Christ.
This year, each child has been given a tea light which they have placed around school.
Advent Week 2
‘Prepare a way for the Lord, make his path straight’ Mark 1:3
John the Baptist is in the desert, calling people to repent and to change their ways. He is the messenger foretold by Isaiah.
We, too, are called to repent during Advent. To change our lives and prepare a way for the Lord.
You sent John the Baptist to preach repentance.
Forgive us for the times we have done wrong,
when we have hurt other people
and damaged our earth.
Lead us to make a change, to live differently,
preparing a way and making your paths straight.