Jesus was born to save us from sin and lead us to Heaven, so, the Easter story was written even before His birth. Jesus is a friend to everyone, including the poor and the sinful, and He always speaks the truth. In the Bible we hear that, some of the powerful leaders of the time, did not like this; because they were afraid, and they refused to believe that He was the Son of God. Jesus knew this, knew they wanted to kill Him and understood that going to Jerusalem would result in His death. Despite this, on Palm Sunday, He rode into the city on a donkey as people waved branches at Him and sang ‘Hosanna.’ They did this because they loved Him.

The Thursday was a Jewish holiday called Passover, and Jesus and His disciples sat and ate a meal together. This is called The Last Supper and, whilst they were eating, He said that one of them would betray Him and the others would deny Him. They didn’t believe Him, but Satan had entered Judas’ heart; so, he left them and, going to the people who wanted to kill Jesus, offered to take them to Him for some money. After supper Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and, it was there that Judas took some soldiers and betrayed Him with a kiss. Even though He was totally innocent, Jesus was arrested and His disciples were frightened so they ran away. Peter followed Him but when he was asked if he knew Jesus, he denied knowing Him three times, when he realized what he’d done he cried with disappointment and shame.

The Roman leader Pontius Pilate, did not want to kill Jesus but the crowds shouted ‘Crucify Him;’ so he washed his hands, said that he wasn’t to blame. and then put Him to death. Jesus was then beaten and a crown of thorns was placed upon His head, whilst he was tormented by people bowing, laughing and saying, ‘All hail King of the Jews.’ He was then ordered to carry His cross to Calvary, but He was hurt and bleeding so, a man called Simon helped Him. When they got there Jesus was nailed to the cross and hung there until He died. We call this day Good Friday. Whilst he was dying the sky went dark, the soldiers played games to win His clothes, and He was bullied and teased. His Mother, Mary, knelt by His cross with and Jesus told His friend that She would now be his Mother and, by doing this, made Her our Mother too.

Jesus could have stopped His suffering at any time, and He could have defended Himself, but He didn’t because He loves us and knew that His death would bring our forgiveness. After He died, a friend of Jesus’ called Joseph collected His body wrapped it in white cloths and placed in it his own tomb. His disciples and friends were very, very, sad because Jesus was dead and for three days Jesus went to Hell. On the Sunday, Mary Magdala and Peter went to Jesus’ tomb and saw that the big stone that had covered the door had been rolled away. The grave was empty and the bandages were rolled up, because Jesus has Risen from the dead! This is called the Resurrection, and it had always been God’s plan. Everyone understood this now and were completely happy. This happened on Easter Sunday and it is why it is such a special day We therefore really need to celebrate Easter and remember that Jesus is still alive and with us today. He is our best friend and will love us forever. Alleluia, Jesus is Risen from the dead, alleluia.


 

The Easter Story

WB 25th April

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

Do you love me feed my sheep

WB 3rd May

 

 

4th Sunday of Easter

I know my own sheep

and my own know me

WB 9th May

   

5th Sunday of Easter

Love one another

WB 16th May

   
     

 

 

Louise Bowen from our parish shares her thoughts and reflections on the Sunday liturgy with you.


 

Teaching Masses

 

We are working with Father Amal and Deacon to support our children in understanding the mass. We are sharing in weekly teaching masses in school, working together to provide the living experience of the mass for all of our children.

A Teaching Mass with Year 1 focused on the

Sacred Heart

June 2021 

We teach the children through the use of powerpoint.

Mrs Bury works together with Deacon Kevin

and Father Amal to explain and model responses and actions.


 


 

Here is a prayer that you

can say every Sunday morning. 

Access the Celebration of Sunday mass here

Our Children's Prayer Book

Enjoy the singing

and quiet reflection

led by Dan Callow.

 


 

We remember our Year 6 pupils as they begin their Key Stage 3 journey and Reception pupils as they begin their journey at St Joseph's


 Reception Summer Pudding assembly.


 

The Reception children have been gifted a bag from Mrs Bury. Each element of the bag represents our faith journey at St. Josephs:

Prayer Book –Prayer is a way of relating to God, to ourselves, to those around us

A candle – Jesus is the light of the world

St. Joseph’s Prayer Card – our school prayer

St. Joseph’s pencil – new deeds and creativity

Prayer Stone – for the children to hold at home when they prayer together. 

 

In our first assembly in Reception Mrs Bury shared her summer pudding, which always reminds her of our school. Each part of the summer pudding represents our amazing school:

Bread – is like the walls of our school, which keep us safe

Mixture of berries – all the different children and adults in our school

Sugar – is the love that we share with one another

The juice of the berries – all the kindness, support and care pouring out of us to one another

Time – patience

Separately all the ingredients will be fine but when we put them all together we can make something special.

 

Dear Lord

Help us be the sweetness that makes the juice that brings us all together.

Amen


 

 

 

Supporting Prayer and Reflection at home


Below is a selection of different prayer activities. Perhaps as a family, you could choose a different prayer activity to share in together each day during the week. Some of the activities will be familiar to the children and they may already have their favourites. Some will be new activities. All of the ideas require very little preparation. If you do try out some of the ideas, please share with us how you have got on.

Yours in faith,

Mrs Nickless

Rosary:

Pray together a decade of the rosary. Begin with one Our Father followed by ten Hail Marys and finish with the Glory Be prayer. On Wednesdays we reflect upon the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary so you could reflect upon on the story of the Resurrection (the 1st Glorious Mystery). If you have a children’s picture Bible you could find a picture of the resurrection to focus on. If you do not have any rosary beads you could find ten small objects to use to keep track of the Hail Marys or you could make your own small rosary using ten beads.

Action prayer:

Say together the Lord’s Prayer. Can you think of any actions to accompany the prayer? Share the prayer together again using your new actions.

Video:

Share and talk about the following Holy Moly video clip 

Which story is this from the bible?

Would we find it in the Old or New Testament and how do you know?

Why do you think there are some characters that are coloured and others that aren’t?

Why do some characters change colour?

If you were in the story would you be coloured or uncoloured? Why?

Watch it for a second time and discuss what you think the characters might be saying.

Sign of the cross:

Practise making the sign of the cross together. Ensure the children start by toughing their forehead, then heart, school badge (left shoulder) and then right shoulder. Discuss what the cross symbolises (Jesus dying on the cross and we also acknowledge God in the three persons of the Trinity). Why do we make the sign of the cross at beginning an end of each prayer and each Mass?

Hymn:

Sing along or dance to this “Alleluia” hymn.

Bubble Prayer:

You will need a pot of soap bubbles (or you could make your own with washing up liquid). You might want to do this outside! Jesus promises to hear our prayers and act on them. Think of someone (or a group of people you want to pray for). Blow a bubble, and say Jesus, be with…(name)Â’ - Watch the bubble as, just like our prayers, it rises and vanishes.

Lego Prayer:

You will need: One Lego or Duplo brick per person Hold your brick. Pray for yourself. Thank God for the things he has given you. Ask Him to bless you and to help you to bless others. Count the bumps on your brick. For each bump on your brick, pray for a different person- friends or family members. Ask God to bless them this week. Find someone who has a different colour brick to you.

Thank God for making each person special. Thank him for the things that are different but special about other people. Pray that we will learn how to celebrate and understand people who are different to us. Find someone with the same number of bumps on their brick as you. Thank God for families and friends and all who care for us. Pray that He will help us to be friends to those who are lonely. Swap your brick with someone. Thank God for the person you swapped with and ask God to bless them this week. Put all of the bricks together and build a structure or tower with them. Thank God for the church and the communities we live in. Pray that He will help us to include others and to help people know that they are loved and valued.

Hands of Prayer:

Draw around one of your hands (you could cut them out too). Either choose 5 people to pray for (one for each finger) or pray for 5 different intentions (see the ideas below). Younger children could draw the people they want to pray for on each finger or write their prayer intentions.

Pray as you go:

Go to the ‘Pray as you go’ website. Use the reflection for Easter Sunday. Listen to this together. Consider dimming the lights and lighting a candle (with adult supervision) to create a sense of calm.

Lectio Divina:

Using the scripture reading for Easter Sunday from your Bible, choose someone to read the passage out loud several times. Focus on a particular word or phrase that stands out to you in the passage. Share the words/phrases with each other. Younger children could draw or colour a picture of the story whilst listening.

· Read: Read the passage out loud.

· Meditate: Read the passage a second time. Listen for a word or phrase that speaks to you.

· Pray: Read the passage a third time. Reflect on how God may be speaking to you through that word or phrase.

· Contemplate: Read the passage a fourth time. Reflect on how God may be calling you to act through the word or phrase that spoke to you.

· Act: Close with your own prayer of gratitude and response to God’s invitation.

Examen:

Use this online reflection 

Bidding prayers:

Write your own prayers (you could put on some quiet music whilst writing the prayers). Share the prayers that have been written. Consider dimming the lights and lighting a candle (with adult supervision) to create a sense of calm. You could say or sing the following response ‘hear our prayer, hear our prayer, God of mercy hear our prayer.’

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