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The Serenity Prayer

God grant us the serenity
To accept the things we cannot change;
Courage to change the things we can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as we would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If we surrender to His Will;
So that we may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen
 

Blessings before the Summer Holidays
Take time to claim your strength; this is a gift from God.
Take time to have fun; it is God’s way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others; they will bless you and you will bless them.
Take time to have hope; you are a child of God.
 

Prayer for 25th June

O Lord,

Meet me today in the ordinary rhythms of my working life. I invite you to come and breathe your life into mine.

Come, may your love fill this heart and may it overflow into the lives of others. May your hope well up inside me and bring new vision for my life. And may your truth light up my reactions and decisions.

May this ordinary day become extraordinary because of you.

Amen.
 

A Prayer for Unity

Dear Father,
Just as it was when Jesus made his home on earth,
The world can be a hateful and cruel place.
We ask that you would guide our actions as believers.
Give us an eagerness to be humble and gentle.
Help us have hearts of patience and forbearance.
Thank You for the hope we have in You;
May Your hope unify our thoughts and decisions
And invoke peace through the Spirit.
Amen
 

Alton Castle Residential
The Prep 5 children are back from their Adventures at Alton Castle where they have had a super time. The children enjoyed Prayer, Reflection to include Mass, a Talent Contest and an action packed timetable of team building activities. 
 

   

 

  Prayer of St Columba (Feast Day 9th June)
Be O Lord,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
and a bright flame before me;
today, tonight and forever. Amen.
 

Welcome to the Catholic Life at our School

Prayer of St Boniface (Feast day 5th June)
Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 31st May
Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us, we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Ascension Day Prayer
O Lord Your Ascension into heaven
marks the culmination of the Paschal Mystery,
and it contains an important teaching for us.
May we live life as an earthly reality
and develop our human potential to the fullest.
May we make use of the results of science
to achieve a better life on this planet.
But in our best moments
we know that there must be more
than all of this,
a transcending Reality.
As Christians, we know that this Reality
is Your loving Father
Who awaits us with You and the Holy Spirit.
Where You have gone,
we ultimately will come - if we are faithful.
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book
 

Blessed Edmund Rice Prayer

On Saturday 5th May we celebrate the Feast day of the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice.

Our school is part of the Edmund Rice Family and one of hundreds of school across the world, each one of which follows the charism of Blessed Edmund.

Edmund Rice was a rich merchant based in Waterford, Ireland. He was concerned by the poverty that he witnessed around him. After personal tragedy he focussed his life on the teachings of Jesus and lived out what he believed by educating and caring for the poor boys he saw around him. Other people were moved to join him and to extend the work which he had begun. Nano Nagle undertook similar work with girls in poverty.

The work started in Waterford continues today through the education, social and ecological concern of the Edmund Rice family; of which we are proud to be a small part.

We look forward to our Feast Day Mass on Tuesday 8th May at 1.30pm in St Teresa's R.C. Church. Children from Reception through to Prep Six will be in attendance; we hope that you can make it too.

1st May: Our May Day Celebrations

Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Prep 3 led our May Day Assembly with Freya being our May Queen as we honoured Our Blessed Virgin Mary in her special month. The assembly began at 9-30am; parents and friends were welcomed to join us in our procession and celebrations. All the children were asked to bring a small bunch of flowers to lay before Our Blessed Lady. The flowers were then taken to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice to decorate the wards and be sold to raise money for the marvellous work done at the Hospice.

  

 

May Day Floral Tribute and Donation presented to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice by Head Girl Annabelle and Head Boy, Ptolemy 

Chapel Visit

On Wednesday 18th April the children and staff from the Pre Prep and Prep had the opportunity to use the Chapel at St Joseph’s College for a time of prayer and quiet meditation.

Each class approached this time in a different way and either wrote their own prayers or presentations or used the time to sit quietly.

For example, members of Pre Prep 2 led their class in a reflection and prayers about the animals in God’s Creation.
Prep 3 and Prep 4 spent time appreciating the beautiful icons and banners in the Chapel. Reflecting on these gave the children inspiration to pray. Each icon or banner gave a different meaning or feeling to each child.

It was a lovely time in this beautiful tranquil Sacred Space where the staff were able to share in and with the children’s spirituality and thoughts.

We are grateful to Ms Roberts and Mrs Gradwell at St Joseph’s College for allowing us to use the Chapel. We hope this is the first of many visits.

  


 

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
life;
pursue with Thine aid the good resolves Thou hast
inspired,
and by Thy constant help make them lastingly
effective.
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
gracious,
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
16:1-7]

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,
Amen.
 

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.

Amen

Epiphany

ADVENT WREATH PRAYER FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

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

Posada

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.
Amen

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.
Amen.
 

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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