Our Catholic Life
Each day in school begins and ends with a prayer and of course we pray at other times of the day too. We celebrate worship as a whole school at least once a week and KS1 gather to celebrate worship together, as do KS2. This is led by our class teachers with the support of some of the children. The worship is based around a piece of scripture and we have a value which is displayed around school and which supports our spiritual, personal social and emotional growth. This value is chosen by the children and links with the season of the church.
The children throughout the year plan and lead a worship for their own class, Key Stage or for the whole school. The younger children are supported by the staff but as they grow in both confidence and skill they become independent in doing this.
We come together for Mass at different times of the year. Mass is celebrated by Father Firth in school and we also make the walk to church too to celebrate Mass there.
We have a group of children who are trained altar servers and serve in both school and the parish. We also have members of staff who are Eucharistic ministers in church and serve in school and family Masses too.
We also share many Liturgies together during the year, reflecting the church's calendar, such as Christingle.
I am pleased to say that all our Masses and liturgies are very well attended by parents/carers, family members, governors and parishioners who are always most welcome!
‘Statements to live by’
There are 36 statements in all which are linked to our Religious Education programme and the Catholic life of the school. These statements allow us to explore how we live out our school ethos and promote living our faith, celebrating equality and diversity and promoting British Values. We live out our school ethos and mission statement in all that we do. Each week we focus on a different statement to:
- appreciate and value each other and know that we are all different and all special because of our differences
- know the difference between right and wrong
- learn how to help ourselves and each other when someone is in trouble
- appreciate the beauty and the wonder of the world around us
The children are able to receive three Sacraments during their time at St. Joseph’s:
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Year 3
- First Holy Communion - Year 4
- Confirmation - Year 6
Our school prides itself on strong links between the Parish, school and home. This means that the preparation for these sacraments remains very strong.
Parents are encouraged to attend workshops with their child, in order to be fully involved in the preparation for the Sacraments.
Year 3 take the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children at the end of Year 3.
All children in Year 3 are included in the celebration of the sacrament and our inclusive ethos ensures that those children who are not baptised Catholics are enabled to participate as fully as possible in supporting their classmates during the programme.
Year 3 take a step along their Faith Journey, by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a chance to say sorry to God for the things they have done that have hurt God, others and themselves. When God created man, in his image and likeness, he knew we would make wrong choices so he gave us the gift of Reconciliation so that we have the opportunity to put our wrongs, right and grow closer, to God; following in his ways.
The children will learn the Act of Contrition;
O my God, because you are so good,
I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
And by the help of your grace, I will try not to sin again.
As from September 2018, children in Year 4 receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The children prepare thoroughly for this Sacrament. The preparation takes place during RE lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents, and our parish priest Father Firth.
The children receive Holy Communion after Easter. This sacrament is widely celebrated by the entire school and parish community.
Children in Year 6 receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Here they learn to grow in faith whilst considering the role of the Disciple. The Bishop confirms the children, during a moving service.
If you do not attend St Joseph’s Primary School but you are interested in preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation or would like to know more about the Catholic Faith please contact Fr Kevin Firth on 01282 812204
Stations of the Cross
Father Firth has worked with the children helping them understand the importance of each of the Stations of the Cross. The children reflected on each station and asked questions which Father
Firth was happy to answer.
Service of Remembrance
Representatives from school attended the Service of Remembrance at the cenotaph in Barnoldswick to remember and honour those killed or injured in conflicts around the world.
Learning the Rosary with Father Firth
The children in Class 2 and Class 3 have been learning about the meaning of the Rosary and learning the prayers which are said in the Rosary.