St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Dear Parents and Carers, I hope that you are well and keeping safe. If you, or anyone you know, has a child who will be of RECEPTION class age in September 2021 (born between 1/9/16 and 31/8/17), and you would like to apply for a place, please contact the school office for an application form. NURSERY admissions - If your child will be 3 years old by 31st December (born before 31/12/17) and you would like to apply for a place to start in January 2021 please contact the school office for an application form and any advice you may need if you believe you qualify for 30 hours. We will then contact you about a tour of the setting. 01484 713037. Keep staying safe and smiling everyone! Mrs Hodges

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Reconciliation Year 3 2021

Our plan is for our Year 3 children to begin preparation for Reconciliation in January 2021. 

They will need to attend 4 sessions after school until 4.30pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 26th January

Tuesday 2nd February

Tuesday 9th February

Tuesday 23rd February

These 4 sessions are for the children only but they will have tasks to do with you in between.

They will then receive the Sacrament of reconciliation on Saturday 6th March at 11am in our church.

Details about this will be posted nearer the time. 

Please be aware numbers will be restricted and social distancing measures will most likely still be in place.

Act of Contrition

(for our children to learn by heart)

O my God, because you are so good, 

I am very sorry that I have sinned against you

and by your grace I will try not to sin again.

Amen.

With the current situation of Coronavirus the Bishop has issued instructions on how First Sacraments are to be organised this year.

First Holy Communion Tasks to be at home with a parent/carer during the week beginning 9th November including the weekend up to 22nd November.

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First Holy Communion 2020 for Year 5

As you know from the message I sent to you, I shall be running the preparation classes in school so please ensure your child's pack is sent into school.

The sessions will be straight after school until 4.45pm on:

Tuesday 3rd November

Tuesday 10th November

Tuesday 17th November

Tuesday 24th November

Your child has been allocated a date in December and will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at the Mass on the date given to you. You should have received this date by text.

The children will be in three groups over the 3 Saturdays in Advent.

Group 1 - Saturday 5th December 11am

Group 2 - Saturday 12th December 11am

Group 3 - Saturday 19th December 11am

Each child will be allocated 3 benches in church.

The first bench will be for the immediate family in your household - your child, you the parents/carers and any siblings.

The other 2 benches allocated to you can be used for family from 2 other households but numbers are limited to 2 people only on each of these benches.

Communion will be of one kind only - the Body of Christ - there will be no chalice.

The Mass will start at 11am on the date assigned to you and although it will be different to how First Communions have been celebrated in the past, rest assured we will ensure this is a special time for your child.

The preparation will also be different to how we intended as we cannot all be together in school.

I will work with your child on some of the sessions in school, and ask you to work through some sections of the book at home.

Do not worry about anything - I will support you through the process and answer any questions you may have!

Please send your child's bag with the preparation book on the first day of school in September and I will keep them together until the first session.

I will keep you updated and nearer the time I will ask for the names of those who will be attending from the three households (yours included) so the benches can be assigned.

Don't forget to chat to your child about their prayer sponsor. I will remind you more about this once the sessions start.

For now, just make a note of the date and be thinking about who else you might ask from outside your household - we wish it could be more than 4 people (2 per bench) but Father Michael has to follow the Bishop's instructions.

What a great start we had to the preparation when we could all be together! The family catechesis is well received from our parents/carers and they, as always, embrace the opportunities offered!

First Holy Communion Year 4 2021

Our plan is for our Year 4 children to begin preparation for Reconciliation in March 2021. 

They will need to attend 4 sessions after school until 4.30pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 30th March

Thursday 22nd April

Tuesday 27th April

Thursday 6th May

These 4 sessions are for the children only but they will have tasks to do with you in between.

They will then receive the Sacrament of reconciliation on Saturday 15th May at 11am in our church.

Details about this will be posted nearer the time. Please be aware numbers will be restricted and social distancing measures will most likely still be in place.

Confirmation Year 6 2021

Our Year 6 children will prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation before the end of the school year. 

They will need to attend 6 sessions and we will let you know the dates as soon as they are organized.

The children will then receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday 30th June at 7pm 2021 in our church. Father Michael will be the celebrant.

Details about this will be posted nearer the time. 

Please be aware numbers will be restricted and social distancing measures will most likely still be in place.