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23rd October 2020


Many congratulations to Lucas who was baptised and took his first Holy Communion with Father Michael last Sunday, at the Sacred Heart.

Well done from everyone at St Joseph's🙏
#edmundspeople #catholiclifeoftheschool

Autumn Months
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. remind us to take time to rest. remind us of the wonder of your creation. remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.

Harvest Thanks!

Thank you to all families and friends of St Joseph's Prep who have kindly donated Harvest produce. We have delivered this to Alice Charity this morning to be used in the People's Pantry.



Harvest Thanksgiving Prayer for Children

Lord, thank you for the flowers and thank you for the trees Thank you for my special friends and all the fun they bring Thank you for the food I eat and thank you for my drink But most of all I thank you for the way you love me (a modern prayer of thanks to God from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Read more at: https://www.lords-prayer-words.com/times/harvest_prayers.html

Prayer of Thanks for Blessed Edmund Rice

O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


The Blessing of Our School - 29th September 2020

Our thanks to Father Michael who came in to bless school and lead prayers with all the pupils. We look forward to sharing Mass on Friday at 9:30am and welcome any parents to take part virtually through St Teresa’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CatholicTrentV


Congratulations to Ollie on his First Holy Communion and his mum on being Baptised, as well as to Eliza who also took her First Holy Communion with Father Michael. We are very proud of you all.


To Pray

We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves,
shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow.
We sense its passing in rain that dampens,
winds that chill, Harvest's bounty placed on show.
Creator God, who brings forth
both green shoot and hoar frost,
sunrise and sunset,
we bring our thanks
for seeds that have grown,
harvests gathered,
storehouses filled,
mouths fed.
And, as your good earth rests
through winter's cold embrace,
we look forward to its re-awakening
when kissed by Spring's first touch.

From Sue Hutchinson’s thought for the day


Our Reception Class is a very special place. Our Prayer table is where the children can choose an object and know that they will be close to Jesus.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

COVID-19 Well-being idea for the day: Take a walk outside and have a look at the nature in God's wonderful world around you. Take a photo or draw a picture of something you see:

Well-being idea for today, say a little prayer. For those you are missing, For what you are thankful for. For what the future might hold.
Whether you write it down or speak aloud, or hear your words in your head, take a few moments after the storm to pray in peace.

A Prayer for Easter Morning

As the world sings triumphant cries to heaven over death that You conquered, help us, Lord, tomorrow as well, when the dresses are put away and the candy is all eaten and on with life we go let us not forget.

The celebration of Your Resurrection over death is a celebration of life that should continue well beyond the sunrise service and the music, rehearshed for days prior; it is beyond the sign of spring beyond the lilly beyond new lambs grazing in open fields.

Resurrection is a daily celebration over fear; man's greatest and most powerful enemy. Fear of tomorrow, fear of our yesterdays, fear of what shall become of our young our old our unborn. Resurrection is replacing fear with physical action.

This alone, the most touching and profound of Your signs that fear is dead and belief in You brings, not just hope but life.

What better living parable could You have brought? All fear death. All. Even in the garden, You took on our fear if for only moments, it was as real as our fears can be real and You knew then that this single enemy must be destroyed.

And, You sacrificed Your life, leaving those who had been comfort, and follower; You left them behind, to conquer fear.

I shall cling to this now, and the tomorrows given me.

Peace and Thanksgiving lifted unto You.


Good Friday Prayer

O Jesus, Who by reason of Thy burning love for us
hast willed to be crucified
and to shed Thy Most Precious Blood
for the redemption and salvation of our souls,
look down upon us here gathered together
in remembrance of Thy most sorrowful Passion and Death,
fully trusting in Thy mercy;
cleanse us from sin by Thy grace,
sanctify our toil,
give unto us and unto all those who are dear to us our
daily bread,
sweeten our sufferings,
bless our families,
and to the nations so sorely afflicted,
grant Thy peace,
which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Thy commandments
we may come at last to the glory of heaven.



Prayer Meditation for Holy Thursday

My Most Precious Lord Jesus, this night You gathered with Your Apostles to share with them Your last meal. But this was no ordinary meal. This was the gift of Your most Sacred Body and Blood, soon to be broken and poured out on the Cross for the salvation of the world.

Allow me, dear Lord, to spend this night in prayer and meditation with You. After the meal, You invited Your Apostles to join You for one hour, to stay awake and keep vigil as You prepared for Your arrest. The Apostles fell asleep, leaving You in Your bitter agony alone.

I accept Your gentle invitation of love, dear Lord, to spend this night in vigil with You. May I enter Your Heart as it faced the coming persecution You were to endure for my sins. May I console Your Sacred Heart and know the love and Mercy that flowed forth.Lord, when I face the crosses of my own life, give me Your divine courage and strength to say “Yes” to the Will of the Father. Your love for me is abundant and is perfect in every way. Help me to know that love, to embrace it and to allow it into my life.

I make my vigil with You this night, dear Lord. I love You, help me to love You with all my heart. Jesus, I trust in You.


A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.

We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

(mention your particular concerns and prayers now)

Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.


Short Litany to Our Blessed Mother

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us.


Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

A Celtic Prayer for Protection

Circle me Lord
Keep protection near
And dangers afar

Circle me Lord
Keep hope within
Keep doubt without

Circle me Lord
Keep light near
And darkness afar

Circle me Lord
Keep peace within
Evil without

David Adams

13th March 2020

During this morning’s Group Worship, the children reflected on individuality and that God loves ‘everyone’ and so ‘everyone’ no matter their differences, should be treated exactly the same’. The children concluded their worship with ‘Shine Jesus Shine’.

6th March 2020

Today the School Family sees Family Fast Day. Instead of our usual mid-morning snack, the children took a piece of bread in exchange for £1, prayer and reflection. We prayed for families overseas less fortunate than ourselves who are struggling with hunger and illness. As part of our thoughtfulness, we talked about ‘Temptation’ and surrendering the things that we enjoy during Lent. All donations will be sent to CAFOD - cafod.org.uk


A Prayer for Lent

O gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that having curbed all carnal desires, we may lead a spiritual life, both thinking and doing everything to please You. For You, O Christ, our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies; and to You we render glory, together with Your eternal Father, and with Your all holy, life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and forever.


Isaiah 55:10

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.

14th February 2020

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Psalm 62:1

12th February 2020

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. 

5th February 2020
Today the Chaplaincy Team lead our collective worship. Their focus was listening to and responding to the Word of God. They chose the hymn ‘Here I am Lord’ to show our willingness to listen. # catholiclifeoftheschool #Edmundspeople


A Christingle Holding Prayer
I hold in my hands a picture of your love. I imagine all the other special things I might hold. Lord Jesus, help me to remember those with little or nothing to hold, especially other children who don't have enough to eat or a safe place to live. Amen.

These are some of the gifts that Pre Pre One wanted to say thank you for during our Christingle Assembly.

17th January 2020 - Our prayer focus today during Group Worship was for the endangered animals in Australia.

15th January 2020 - Today our Collective Worship was led by our newly formed Chaplaincy Team. The focus of today’s worship was a desire for peace. The group led our worship in an excellent way and the Chaplaincy Team will be taking responsibility for this every Wednesday.
#catholiclifeoftheschool #edmundspeople

13th January 2020

Psalm 96: 1-3
At the dawn of the new year I'm filled with hope for what is to come, and I have thankfulness in my heart for what has already passed. I pray that I will keep my focus where it needs to be this year and that we'll all have a year filled with joy, love and happiness.


Today marked the end of the Christmas and start of the New Year as Prep 4 and Mrs Watkins led our group worship celebrations for Epiphany. #edmundspeople #catholiclifeoftheschool

A Christmas Prayer to Jesus

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, in the midst of all the hectic activity during this Christmas season let me never forget this holiday is about you, first and foremost. Help me to embrace true humility as you, the King of Kings, did by being born not in a mansion or even an inn, but rather in a cave so that I might one day merit Eternal Life with you in heaven.

Thank you to Father Michael Glover for visiting our school today and blessing our Bambinelli. It was a lovely spiritual end to term. #catholiclifeoftheschool #edmundspeople





4th December 2019:

Today's assembly marked lighting the first candle representing HOPE on our advent wreath. As part of our advent celebrations Caitlin and Harrison took part saying the responses to receive the Posada figures. Starting with them, Mary and Joseph will be staying with different children in the run-up to Christmas. Posada (meaning inn or hotel) is a tradition in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem.
#catholiclifeoftheschool #edmundspeople

A Child's Prayer for Advent

(To be prayed with your children before bed or before Sunday Mass)

My little Lord Jesus, I love You and thank You for this Advent season. Please help me to understand all that You have done for me. Your loving mother held You in her heart and brought You into this world. Help me to do the same.

My loving Jesus, I choose You, this Advent, as my King and my God. Draw me close to You and help me to see my sins so that I can change the things that You want me to change.

Mother Mary, pray for me this Advent so that I may do all that God wants me to do. You said “Yes” to all that God asked of you. Please pray for me that I may do the same.

Come, Lord Jesus,

Come, Lord Jesus,

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

I love You, Jesus.


29th November 2019

This morning the children of Reception class have enjoyed putting up their classroom Christmas tree! We are all looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.


25th October 2019

To celebrate the light of a Jesus being present in our world, each class have carved Christian symbols into pumpkins during Multicultural Week to show Gods love in a fun and exciting way.

Thank you to all Parents and Grandparents for their kind donations of Harvest Produce and Monetary Gifts for our Harvest Thanksgiving.
The food was distributed this year between Alice Charity www.alicecharity.com and Stoke on Trent Churches Community Night Shelter https://stokenightshelter.wordpress.com
Monies will be donated to our chosen charities, soon to be announced.

Congratulations to Mr Harding, Mrs Pickford and Mrs Edwards who attended the Edmund Rice Network Garden Party on Saturday where they were awarded the Edmund Rice Charism Award for Leadership.Well done!



Slow me down, Lord, Slow me down!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.

Give me amid the confusion of my day
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles
With soothing music of the singing stream
That lives in my memory.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.

Teach me the art of taking minute vacations,
Of slowing down to look at a flower,
To chat with a friend, to pat a dog,
To read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me each day of the fable
Of the Hare and the Tortoise,
That I may know that the race is not always to the swift -
There is more to life than increasing speed.

Let me look upward into the branches of the flowing oak
And know that it is great and strong
because it grew slowly and well.

Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me
To send my roots deep into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow towards the stars of my great destiny. Amen

Congratulations to our First Holy Communion and Confirmation Candidates on taking their Sacraments. We are grateful to Father Michael for our Celebratory Mass.

We wish our children every blessing as they commence their new journey.

June 2019

Our Saint for the Month is Saint Columba - Please refer to ou Prayer Page for our Prayer

Thought for the Day - 22nd May 2019

May God enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you.
Ephesians 1: 18

May Day - Led by Prep Three

The Children, Staff and Parents of St Joseph's celebrated Our Lady and decorated her with floral tributes.

A huge well done to Prep Three for learning and preforming a Morris Dance to ‘All Around My Hat’ during their ‘May Day Procession’.




A Prayer for 13th May 2019

Allow me to serve others with a joyful heart;
Never keeping score;
Always giving;
Never expecting to receive.
Allow me to give of myself,
To give of my talents and of my goods,
To give of my time and of my energy,
To give of my heart and of my soul.
Help me understand the needs of others,
Never criticizing,
Never demeaning,
Never scolding,
Never condemning.
You have been so gracious to me,
Always Loving,
Always forgiving,
Always restoring;
Never gloating over my defeats,
Even when I have been so wrong.
Father, keep a condemning spirit
Far from my heart and further from my lips.
Allow me to serve others as You serve,
With gentleness, compassion, and tenderness,
Never diminishing the worth of another,
Choosing to extend mercy to the brokenhearted,
Like You have repeatedly shown it to me,

Prayer for Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Dear God,
Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us.
Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Forgive us for when we do not thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given.
Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh.
Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Catholic Easter Prayer

Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.

Source: New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book


8th April - Prep Six celebrated the stations of the cross. The children led the prayers very well as we explored Jesus’ journey to the cross with Father Michael.

I Will Turn
(A daily prayer for Lent)

Lord, I will turn,
Turn my face towards you.
I will lay before you the desert areas I hide
And turn to soak in your refreshing words of life.
I will cast aside the barren, selfish pursuits
And turn to rest in the tranquil warmth of your love.
I will draw back from the harsh pull of media
And turn to bathe in the gentle power of your Spirit.
Lord, today I turn my face towards you.

I will turn
To soak in your words of life,
To rest in the warmth of your love,
And to bathe in the power of your Spirit.

Congratulations to Amelia!
Amelia celebrated her Confirmation on 23rd March at St Gregory's Roman Catholic Church. Amelia's sister Georgina, being her sponsor.

St Joseph’s Prayer for the Church - 19th March 2019

Father, you entrusted our Saviour to the care of Saint Joseph.
By the help of his prayers may your Church continue to serve its Lord,
Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today, 14th March our Prep 6 Edmund Rice Group have enjoyed working with Tom Murray from Edmund Rice England. They have been exploring the qualities of a well rounded person. #edmundspeople

Congratulations to Theo!

Theo celebrated his Confirmation on 13th March with Bishop David at St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church. Theo's Mum, being his sponsor.


Congratulations to Charlie!

Charlie celebrated his Confirmation on 13th March with Bishop David at St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church. Charlie's Nan, being his sponsor. 

Prayer for the First Week of Lent

Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.



CAFOD Family Fast Day

This is an opportunity for us all to put our faith into action and support members of our global family #solidarity #globalfamily #CAFOD

Prayer: A special Lenten Fast

Give up harsh words: use generous ones.

Give up unhappiness: take up gratitude.

Give up anger: take up gentleness and patience.

Give up pessimism: take up hope and optimism.

Give up worrying: take up trust in God.

Give up complaining: value what you have.

Give up stress: take up prayer.

Give up judging others: discover Jesus within them.

Give up sorrow and bitterness: fill your heart with joy.

Give up selfishness: take up compassion for others.

Give up being unforgiving: learn reconciliation.

Give up words: fill yourself with silence, and listen to others.


World Book Day

This morning Prep 6 delivered a wonderful group worship inspired by World Book Day and the power of literature 📚



A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Today our school took part in an Ash Wednesday service.
We gathered together in school and were led by a small group of Prep 6, to mark the beginning of Lent.


A Collect for Shrove Tuesday:
Begin our prayer time is silence reflecting that that we may live as forgiven people
God of infinite mercy,
grant that we who know your compassion
may rejoice in your forgiveness
and gladly forgive others
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour
who is alive with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.

1st March 2019 - Happy St. David's Day!

St David's Day is here, with daffodils beginning to bloom and celebrations in honour of the Welsh figure set to take place.


Nursery Class have been baking some delicious cakes for the Stoke on Trent Churches Community Night Shelter.https://www.facebook.com/SOTWinterNightShelter/




Setting out on our Pilgrimage Journey

Lighting the way ... #erebb #journeyingtogther #lookingoutsideyourwindow #Edmundspeople

'Stone Drop' 

Our Early Years Foundation Stage Department have been painting stones. Once the stones have been painted, the children will then scribe them with words from the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit.

Anyone whom picks a stone will read words of encouragment.


The Early Years Foundation Stage have now finished their stones! They are beautifully decorated with the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit; 'Charity', 'Joy', 'Peace', 'Patience', 'Kindness', 'Goodness' and many moreover. The children will now take their stone home and leave it out and about to offer words of encouragement for anyone who picks up a stone.



Joshua and Giovanna of Reception Class have safely delivered their beautiful stones to their new resting place. Hopefully, the next person that picks their stones will be reassured and comforted by the message displayed on them. 

Litter Picking

Pre Prep One and Prep Prep Two have been out Litter Picking in our Local area this morning.


Literacy and Numeracy Displays

Pre Prep have been preparing Literacy and Numeracy displays for the Salford Refugee Centre this afternoon. www.salfordrefugeeforum.org.uk/ 



Prep Three and Prep Four have been debating the issue of homelessness this morning:

The reasons why people are homeless; The problems homeless people face; How we can help these people in our community.



Prep Five and Prep Six

Prep Five and Prep Six took part in a Workshop on Refugee Awareness, which was delivered by the British Red Cross www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/we-speak-up-for-change/improving-the-lives-of-refugees

Thank you to Rupesh for delivering an inspiring workshop.



Prep Department

The Prep Department have been preparing an evening meal for the Stoke on Trent Churches Community Night Shelter this afternoon. www.facebook.com/SOTWinterNightShelter/

Prep Five/Six have made Spaghetti Bolognese and Prep Three/Four have made Cheesecake for desert.



St Joseph's Preparatory School have enjoyed celebrating Congress Day with all of our Pupils, Colleagues and other Edmund Rice Schools Internationally today.


Pre Prep One led our Christingle Assembly on 29th January

A Christingle Holding Prayer
Lord Jesus, I stretch out my hands and receive this gift,
and I hold it tight because it is mine. My Christingle.
Light, fruit, sweets, colour, but so much more precious than this.
I hold in my hands a picture of your love. I imagine all the other
special things I might hold.
Lord Jesus, help me to remember those with little or nothing to hold,
especially other children who don’t have enough to eat or a safe
place to live.
Today, as I hold my Christingle and remember you,
I pray that you would make me someone, like you,
who will reach out my opened hands to give and love like you do.

Children’s Prayer (KS1)
Loving God, for the people who help us every day, thank you,
For the freedom we have to help others, thank you, Lord.
For the work of The Children’s Society to help parents and their
children, thank you, Lord. Amen.

Children’s Prayer (KS2)

Loving Lord, we pray for people like Maya, who need help to
change their lives.
Help us to change the world.
We pray for the people we know, those we might be able to help.
Help us to change the world.
We pray for the work of The Children’s Society, that they might
change lives.
Help us to change the world. Amen

Thank you to all of our families who kindly donated to a destitute family that are currently being supported by the Edmund Rice Network. £103 was also sent to the family along with food, books, clothing, baby necessities and much more. We are most grateful.


10th January - Collective Worship

Prep Six led our collective worship this morning, which was based on our schools theme for this term 'Caring For Our Planet'.

A big thank you to Prep Six for their care, enthusiasm and knowledge, particularly towards their newly adopted Emperor Penguin 'McDonald' during our collective worship.


A New Year's Prayer

Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.


A Prayer

Light of the World, Come

In this Advent season we await the coming of Christ.
Light of the World, come,
Come to the oppressed and exploited,
Come to the despised and rejected,
Come to all in whom the divine image is distorted.

We wait in joyful expectation.
Come not as a man of power, but in love and compassion,
Come to the outcast – like the shepherds in the fields,
Come to foreigners – like Magi watching from afar,
Come to rich and poor, young and old, male and female,

We wait in hopeful anticipation.
Come to bless all creation with your love,
Come to bring salvation on the earth,
Come to rule with justice and in peace.
Come Light of the World, illuminate our path.

We wait with all the peoples of the earth,
Light of the World, we welcome your coming.

An Advent Prayer

Into the daily cycle of our lives
When all seems well
With us and with the world
When our yoke is easy
And the burden light
You break in
And scatter our complacency
Into the daily cycle of our lives
When we are comfortable
And at our ease
When the fire is lit
But eyes are closed
You break in
And challenge our dependency
You break into
Our daily prayers
Humble hearts
Lay souls bare
You break in
You break in

You break in
When defences are down
With an Angel's shout
Or the quietest sound
You break in
You break in
And we change
And all things change
When you break in


Today we lit the second candle on our Advent wreath. A prayerful Prep 6 in quiet reflection listening to the music during group worship.


An Acrostic Poem for Advent based on the word PREPARE


Prepare for the birth of Jesus
Respect God
Every day we take another step
Pray as we journey
Advent is a time to get ready
Prepare our hearts and minds
Everlasting Jesus

By Caitlin Prep 3

Posada Figures

Our Third day of Advent saw the Posada figures going to Theo and in group worship, we lit the first candle on our Advent Wreath.



With December now upon us, we begin our Advent celebrations with Alfie taking home our new Posada figures. Mary and Joseph will be staying with different children each week in the run-up to Christmas. Posada (meaning inn or hotel) is a tradition in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem.


Advent Prayer

Christ of the cosmos, living Word,
come to heal and save…
Incognito, in our streets,
beneath the concrete,
between the cracks,
behind the curtains, within the dreams,
in ageing memories, in childhood wonder,
in secret ponds, in broken hearts,
in Bethlehem stable, still small voice,
Word of God, amongst us.


Prayer based on Awe and Wonder

God of earth. God of fire, God of the waters of wonder. God of the gusting and blustering air. God of the many languages found throughout the world, heavenly Father, you who abide in heaven, Have mercy on this day and guide us in our wanderings.


Reverse Advent Calendar - 'Open Door' Project

 Our focus this Advent is to consider people less fortunate than ourselves.

 Each day throughout Advent, we invite you to send in an item of food which we will then take to Open Door Stoke on Trent.

Please click on this link for ‘Daily Suggestions’ for the Reverse Advent Calendar


Thank you for your continued support at Christmas time.

A Prayer at the end of Anti Bullying Week 2018 

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me, he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me on my day of disaster, but the Lord was my support.” ~ 2 Samuel 22:17

We ask for your protection over those who have experienced bullying. Please rescue them from emotional and physical danger.
Protect them from the fear associated with bullying.
We turn to you in our prayers — use us as your instruments of peace to nourish the souls of those affected by bullying; to bring encouragement, and to release them from the anxiety and insecurity that comes when we feel vulnerable.
Help victims of bullying to forgive their enemies as You instructed.
May we use our words to pray for blessing upon those who do us harm.
May that blessing ultimately be a transformation of heart and mind, which we pray you will grant us all.



A Thought for Halloween
In our world where there is so much darkness and so many bad things at St Joseph’s Preparatory school we celebrate just the opposite. At this time of year when ‘Halloween’ is in all the shops and seems to be the celebration before Christmas we think about Jesus as the ‘Light of the World’
Light is very powerful. If you light a candle in a completely dark room. The darkness gets chased away – destroyed!
When we walk close to Jesus, darkness does not stand a chance.
Jesus is the Light of the World.
When we walk in Jesus way we are also the Light of the World. The way we live our lives brings God’s light and goodness and truth to the whole world, wherever we go.

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

The School Family Welcomes our New Priest, Father Michael Glover to St Teresa of the Child Jesus Church


Our Harvest Mass

Pre Prep One up to Prep Six took part in our Harvest Thanksgiving Mass at St Teresa’s Church.

The Mass was celebrated by our new Priest at St Teresa’s, Father Michael Glover.

Our Harvest Baskets were distributed to Age UK.


Pre Prep One 'Prayers of a Child'

Psalm 23 by Eniwaju P4The Lord’s my shepherd.
He takes care of me.
He has got everything under control.
He calms my soul.
He washes my sins away and makes me clean.
I believe in Him with all my heart.
Even when we walk in scary places He comforts us and loves us.
Surely your love will go around the world.
Every day we will have peace.

A Modern Interpretation of Psalm 23  by Daniel P4
The Lord is my Carer.
He gives me peace.
He makes me lie in pastures which are green.
He gives me good power.
He enables me to make the right choices.
If I go on the wrong path He will make it short and help me to find the right way.
He gives me a strong soul.
He will make me brave and strong.
No evil will come to me.
I will not be afraid of the devil
God will always love and protect me.
One day I will be in Heaven.

Psalm 23 by Freya P4
The Lord is my protector.
He loves me so much.
He takes me to peaceful places
God helps me to do the right things.
Even when I am scared He will guide me.
He protects me from my enemies. He will give me power.
He will love me forever.
I will be protected by God always.

Psalm 23 by Amirah P4
Lord be my Shepherd.
I lack nothing with You.
You make me lie in long, soft green grass
And He takes me to walk by quiet brooks.
He redeems my soul.
He guides me to make the right choices and I believe in them.
Even if I walk in the darkest path I will be brave.
I will fear no one because he will be with me always.
You love me even if I have a dark heart.
You make me feel special no matter what.
You give me so much, which is why my cup overflows.
All the days of my life your happiness will follow me around. I will be with You forever.

P6 Class Prayer

P4 Class Prayer

P3 Class Prayer 

PP2 Class Prayer

PP1 Class Prayer

Reception Prayer

Nursery Prayer

Hello God,
Thank you for a beautiful summer.
We are looking forward to a happy year in Nursery and to making new friends as we play.
We will try our best to be kind and helpful.
Dear God help us to be good listeners so that we can become good learners.
Thank you

Prayer for the New School Year
Loving Father, thank you,
We have had time to rest,
And now we are full of energy.
We have had time to think,
And now we are full of ideas.
We have had time to stop,
And now it’s time to get going.
Help us all to be the very best we can be.
Be with us Father we pray as we begin this new school year together.

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.


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.


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.

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
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

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Pre Prep One Class Prayer

Pre Prep Two Class Prayer

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