As we move through Advent preparing for Christmas, we can look back at our busy Autumn term and see that St. Joseph’s children and families have been true St. Josepharians, living out the mission statement of “living, loving and working as Jesus taught us” and especially “giving”.
Our new school year started with mass celebrated by Father John, followed by a special liturgy to welcome our new Ducklings and their families to St. Joseph’s.
In early October at our Harvest Liturgy, many donations of food, toiletries, bedding and household items were given to the ‘Hope’ charity for the homeless. Mrs Berti told us that many homeless people arrive at Hope without even their own toothbrush or bar of soap. Our donations are a lifeline to them.
During Heritage week, Mrs Kelly came to do a whole school CAFOD assembly and a workshop with each KS2 class. She talked to us about our needs and our wants and helped us to realise that we are so fortunate compared to many thousands of other children in the world who struggle each day without water, food, shelter and love.
Recently, our wonderful families have given again – this time filling shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse – a charity that brings joy at Christmas to children in other countries by sending out our shoeboxes full of toys and goodies for orphaned or deprived children. This is a great example of showing our faith in action as it demonstrates Jesus’ teaching of how to love our neighbour.
Finally, our Carol Service at St. Joseph’s Church, our Advent liturgies and the Christmas play will bring this busy term to a prayerful end.