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A Prayer from St. Anselm

Easter Prayer

Father: Christ is risen, Alleluia.
Family: He is truly risen, Alleluia.

Father: The Lord is risen from the grave, Alleluia.
Family: Who hung upon the Cross for us, Alleluia.

Father: Let us pray. O God,
through Thine only-begotten Son
Thou hast overcome death on this day
and hast opened unto us the gate of everlasting
pursue with Thine aid the good resolves Thou hast
and by Thy constant help make them lastingly
Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
who is living and reigning forever and ever.
Family: Alleluia, Alleluia.

Father: This is the day the Lord has made, Alleluia.
Family: Let us be glad and rejoice in it, Alleluia.

Father: To God the Father let us sing, to God the Son, our
Risen King.
Family: And let us equally adore the Spirit, God forever
more, Alleluia.

Father: Praise the Lord, for He is good,
Family: Sing praise to our Lord, for He is
it is fitting to praise Him.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
sing praise with the harp to our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
who provides rain for the earth;
Who makes grain sprout on the mountains
and herbs for the service of men;
Who gives food to the cattle,
and to the young ravens when they cry to
In the strength of the steed He delights not,
nor is He pleased with the fleshness of men.
The Lord is pleased with those who fear Him,
and with those who hope for His kindness.

Father: Now when the Sabbath was past,
Mary Magdalen and Mary, the mother of Jesus,
and Salome bought sweet spices that coming they
might anoint Jesus.
And very early in the morning,
the first day of the week,
they came to the sepulchre,
the sun being now risen.
And they said to one another:
Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of
the sepulchre?
And looking they saw the stone rolled back,
for it was very great.
And entering into the sepulchre
they saw a young man sitting on the right side,
clothed with a white robe;
and they were astonished.
Who saith to them: Be not affrighted.
You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.
He is risen! He is not here!
Behold the place where they laid Him.
But go tell His disciples, and Peter,
that He goes before you into Galilee
where you shall see him, as He told you. [Mark

The resurrection
[From The Story of the Redemption for Children, copyright
by the Gregorian Institute of America, Toledo, Ohio.]

They placed Him in a tomb of stone,
Dead, all helpless, and alone.
But Easter morn, before the light,
He rose alive in glory bright!

Source: Family Customs: Easter to Pentecost by Helen
McLoughlin, The Liturgical
Press, Collegeville,

Minnesota, 1956.]

Matthew 26:36-46; Hebrews 5:7-9
Lord God,
The message of the cross is difficult to take.
How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?
Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,
Took on human flesh
And suffered the worst kind of death.
How can this be?
This message is indeed difficult to take.
But your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.
Your weakness is greater than our strength.
Help us to know that none of us can boast before you.
It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast.
In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief.
That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us.
In his name,

Prayer for Palm Sunday

All-powerful, eternal God, You have chosen to give mankind a model of humility; our Saviour took on our flesh, and subjected Himself to the Cross. Grant us the grace to preserve faithfully the lessons He has given us in his Passion and to have a share in His resurrection. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

Lorica of St Patrick

Ash Wednesday Prayer

St Blaise Feast Day: February 03
Died: 316

Prayer to St Blaise

Rosary Prayer on the First Luminous Mystery - The Wedding at Cana

Dear God, your greatness is shown through the miracles of Jesus, letting the world realize that you are very real.
Thank you for all the little miracles that you have allowed to happen in my life. I know that You will provide for me in all that I need.
Help me turn to Mary, Your Mother in confidence in the knowledge that You would deny her nothing and that she as a loving mother will protect and guide me.




8th December -  We welcomed the Posada figures into our school ...


Posada is a Spanish word that means 'inn', and is also the title for a Mexican Advent celebration in which two young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house in their village to proclaim the imminent arrival of Jesus and request that the newborn baby be given a room.

On Christmas Eve they would re-enact a community play and bring figures of Mary and Joseph to be placed in a crib at church.

The idea has been updated so that nativity figures travel round the parish from place to place, staying at a different house every night, and finally taking their place in the church crib at the Crib Service, ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day.

Mary and Joseph's journey through the parish reminds us that we need to make room for Jesus in our lives, homes and communities.


Prayer for Advent

A Psalm by Damien Prep 3
God, grace my heart,
I want to talk to You about the environment
I am praising God because he is kind
I thank God that He gave us talents
God you are like an endless galaxy
You are more wonderful than the sun
Heavenly Father you are a light
You are so magnificent
Mighty Saviour you make me want to love you.

A Psalm by Freya Prep 3
I love You God
God made the world
God gave us food
God forgive our sins
Bring peace to the world
O God you are like a star
Lord Jesus you are greater than the world
You are more wonderful than money
Heavenly Father you are like a diamond
Lord of Lords, King of kings you are so amazing
Mighty Saviour you make me want to Praise you.

22nd November - St Cecilia’s Feast Day - Patron Saint of Music

‘Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth’ (attributed to Mark Twain amongst others)

21st November 2017: Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary - Celebrates the legendary account of Mary being presented in the Temple at aged 3, the Eastern Church honours Mary as God’s temple the place where God came to live. This feast points towards Advent and the opportunity for each person to become God’s temple.

A CAFOD prayer for Poverty

Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced that 19th November would be the World Day for the Poor (Misericordia et Misera MM 21).

In his message Pope Francis invites “the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity.”

It is his wish that, “in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on 19 November, the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance. They can invite the poor and volunteers to take part together in the Eucharist on this Sunday ... This Sunday, if there are poor people where we live who seek protection and assistance, let us draw close to them: it will be a favourable moment to encounter the God we seek.”

Click here to view ... Pope Francis’ message entitled 'Let us love, not with words but with deeds', along with a Oxfam report on poverty “Economy for 99 percent “published last January.

 Click here to view ... AN ECONOMY FOR THE 99% It‟s time to build a human economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few! 

Prep 3 Visit Father Rob Taylerson - St Teresa’s
On Monday 13th November Prep 3 went down to St Teresa’s Church with Mrs Hutchinson and Miss Kent. The visit was part of the learning journey on the topic of ‘Prayer’.

In Prep 3 we are considering the variety and different forms of prayer that there are. We are trying to understand the significance of signs and symbols and actions in times of prayer and worship.

Father Rob Taylerson kindly showed us around the Church and talked to us about some of the important features.

The Children found this fascinating. They particularly liked the Paschal candle and the Indian statue of St Thomas.

On returning to school Prep 3 have completed work on the aspects of Church that help them to pray.


11th November 2017 - We Remember ...

2nd November: The Prep Department visit Liverpool Cathedral: Some of the children were able to lead a short act of worship in the Cathedral which was a wonderful experience for them. www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk



Friday 6th October - CAFOD Family Fast Day - Assembly and Presentation with Joe Andrew cafod.org.uk

Head Boy and Head Girl present  Mr Andrew with a fundraising cheque for CAFOD


Thursday 5th October - We celebrate the Harvest with our Harvest Thanksgiving Mass.

Harvest Mass is at 1-30pm, parents and carers are most welcome to attend and join us as we give thanks to God for all His goodness.

A Prayer to Saint George by Madeline of Pre Prep Two - October 2017

Liturgy of the Hours All - Saints Prayer

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Liturgy of the Hours

31st October: All Saints Day Celebrations - Every Class carved a pumpkin to show a sign of hope, these were then lit during our afternoon assembly and the children took up some time of reflection.


Prep 4 Reconciliation Prayer

Lady of Walsingham

Special Days in the Liturgical Calendar:


Prayers based around the Eight Essentials of an Edmund Rice Education

The Edmund Rice Prayer (rewritten by pupils at St Joseph’s Preparatory School)

Connecting the Edmund Rice Movement - Life of Edmund Rice

Religious Education Policy

Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Development Policy

St Joseph's Collective Worship Policy 

Sex and Relationship Policy

Ascension Day Prayer

Prayer on the Feast of the Ascension

Our visit to Edmund Rice Network Visit to Geneva - 4th May 2017

 Nursery Class Prayer      Reception Class Prayer

Pre Prep One Class Prayer

Pre Prep Two Class Prayer

Prep Three Class Prayer

Prep Four Class Prayer

Prep Five Class Prayer

Prep Six Class Prayer



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