St Joseph's Day
St. Joseph the refugee
For St Joseph's Day this year we focused on offering prayers and support to refugees. St Joseph himself was a refugee when the Holy Family fled to Egypt.
The children were invited to write prayers offering support to refugees. As part of a prayer & liturgy session these prayers were then placed under and around our sleeping St Joseph statue.
St. Joseph keyrings
As part of St Joseph's Day celebrations, the children drew pictures of St Joseph. These were turned into keyrings along with a prayer to St Joseph.
St. Joseph decorations
As part of St Joseph's Day celebrations, Y5 & Y6 created wood decorations. They produced some stunning designs.
Year 6 gave one of their wood decorations as a gift to their Reception Class buddies.
St Joseph's Day Mass
St Joseph's Day 2022
We started St Joseph's Day with a special Mass in St Joseph's Church. It was the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that we have been able to come together to celebrate Mass in church.
Prayers & sunflowers for Ukraine
St Joseph protected and provided for the Holy Family. We ask St Joseph to pray for protection for the people of Ukraine. We pray for peace.
The children wrote prayers for Ukraine and coloured in sunflowers (The unofficial national symbol of Ukraine). As part of a collective worship these were placed under our sleeping St Joseph statue. Later these sunflowers were used to decorate the school hall.
St Joseph's Day 2021
We started St Joseph's day with a special online Mass from St Joseph's Church.
St Joseph's Day Prayer Stations
The children visited different prayer stations in the school hall.
St Joseph is often pictured with a lily.
A lily is a symbol of purity. St. Joseph holds a lily to represent his holiness.
Click here for story of St Joseph & the lilies
St. Joseph cared for Mary & Jesus. We made and gave out lilies to people to show that we care for them.
Sleeping St Joseph
The sleeping St Joseph is a common image of Joseph in the South American culture. The Pope’s own statue came with him to Rome after he was elected Pope.
But why is St Joseph sleeping? Joseph is warned about King Herod by an angel in a dream & after speaking to an angel in a dream Joseph accepted Jesus as his son.
Pope Francis said this:
“I would also like to tell you something very personal. I have great love for Saint Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength. On my table I have an image of Saint Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the Church! Yes! We know that he can do that. So when I have a problem, a difficulty, I write a little note and I put it underneath Saint Joseph, so that he can dream about it! In other words I tell him: pray for this problem!”
To go with our sleeping St Joseph statue, the children created their own sleeping St Joseph envelope which they took home. Giving children the opportunity to add any prayers at home whenever they wish.
St Joseph's Day Podcast
The Chaplaincy Team recorded a special St Joseph's Day podcast.
Click here for St Joseph's Day podcast
Other St Joseph's Day activities
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