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Our Catholic Life – Our Journey in Faith

The Catholic life of St Joseph's is rich in opportunities for children to encounter God and to deepen their relationship with Him as a loving, compassionate Father. On this page we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make our Catholic school so special. Here you will find information to help families, the Parish and the school work together in supporting the development of our children’s faith.


Our Parish

At St Joseph's we have strong links with our Parish community. We are so lucky to have the church next to our school grounds. Father Millar is a regular visitor in school and classes enjoy joining the Parish for Mass reguarly and particularly during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  Come along and join the celebrations. Mass begins at 11:15am every Sunday.


First Holy Communion and Reconciliation preparation 2016/17

Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation and Holy Communion usually takes place when the children are in KS2 and is led by Mrs Scanlon in school. Our children have already started preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion.


Prayer and Liturgy

Prayer, worship and liturgical celebration are central to our Catholic tradition and form an integral part of the school day. Prayer is encouraged in a variety of methods; – private individual prayer, group prayer, and whole school prayer.

Each child takes part in a daily act of worship (5-10 minutes) and formal prayers are used to open and close the school day sessions. The children also experience acts of worship within each of their classes. Collective Worship across every class uses the same structure.  We gather, using prayers or actions or music.  Then, we listen to scripture, readings and / or poems.  After that, we respond by doing something or saying a prayer together.  Finally, we go forth by reflecting on the scripture and taking this forward into our work throughout the day. It is wonderful to see the children excited, enthusiastic and deepening their faith through prayer and liturgy.

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