The Year of St Joseph
we are celebrating the Year of St Joseph.
You chose him to look after Mary and Jesus.
Just as Joseph held and protected Jesus in his loving arms
we ask that he takes care of us.
May we always show love to our families
in the same way as he loved Jesus and Mary.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.
Let us say the prayer that Pope Francis has written for the Year of St Joseph:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.
How to pray the Rosary
There are 20 mysteries in the Rosary, 5 Joyful Mysteries, 5 Luminous Mysteries, 5 Sorrowful Mysteries and 5 Glorious Mysteries.
1) Make the 'Sign of the Cross'
2) Hold the Crucifix and say the 'Apostles' Creed'
3) Holding the first bead, say the 'Our Father'
4) Say 3 'Hail Mary's' on each of the following 3 beads
5) Say the 'Glory Be'
6) For each of the 5 decades, announce the Mystery, followed by the 'Our Father'. Say 10 'Hail Mary's' while touching each of the 10 beads within the decade a. Next say a 'Glory Be'. After each decade pray "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy".
7) Following the five decades, say the 'Hail Holy Queen', followed by this prayer:
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Grant, we beseech thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Joyful Mysteries (said on Mondays and Saturdays)
1) The Annunciation
2) The Visitation
3) The Nativity
4) The Presentation in the Temple
5) The Finding of the Child Jesus after 3 Days in the Temple
Luminous Mysteries (said on Thursdays)
1) The Baptism at the Jordan
2) The Miracle at Cana
3) The Proclamation of the Kingdom & The Call to Conversion
4) The Transfiguration
5) The Institution of the Eucharist
Sorrowful Mysteries (said on Tuesdays and Fridays)
1) The Agony in the Garden
2) The Scourging at the Pillar
3) The Crowning with Thorns
4) The Carrying of the Cross
5) The Crucifixion & Death
Glorious Mysteries (said on Sundays and Wednesdays)
1) The Resurrection
2) The Ascension
3) The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
4) The Assumption of Mary
5) The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin as Queen of Heaven & Earth
Prayer for the Holy Name
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
O Virgin, fair as the moon,
delight of the angels and saints in heaven,
grant that we may become like you
and that our souls may receive a ray of your beauty,
which does not decline with the years
but shines forth into eternity.
O Mary, sun of heaven,
restore life where there is death
and enlighten spirits where there is darkness.
Turn your countenance to your children
and radiate on us your light and your fervor.
O Mary, powerful as an army,
grant victory to our ranks.
We are very weak
and our enemy rages with uttermost conceit.
But under your banner
we are confident of overcoming him.
Save us, O Mary,
fair as the moon,
bright as the sun,
awe inspiring as an army set in battle array
and sustained not by hatred
but by the ardor of love.
Prayer for the Feast Day of Mother Teresa
Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Prayer
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create any way.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Blessed Mother Teresa)
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.
Liturgy of Remembrance
We gather again to celebrate the Year of the Word.
Throughout the year we will celebrate, live and share your word.
Help us to listen to your voice which we hear in scripture,
especially when we listen to Matthew’s story.
May those words guide us and help us to be the best we can be.
As we listen to the God who speaks to us
help us to pass his message on to those we meet
through our words and actions.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.