Latest updates in school
22nd February 2021
Lent is when we prepare for Easter. Did you know that Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'? Lent is observed in the Spring when the days get longer. Lent lasts for 40 days and ends on Easter Saturday. Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray before beginning his work for God. He was tempted several times by Satan in the desert, but was able to resist. Lent allows us to remember Jesus' time in the desert. It is a time of giving things up and self discipline.
As part of our learning around Lent, we will be zooming in each week to Fr David and Linda Guilding at Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph Catholic Church for a liturgy!
You should be shortly receiving (if you haven't already) a little gift from school to help you prepare for Lent during lockdown - a day by day Lent book from Arch Publishing. We hope you enjoy it!
We will be focusing on Lent as part of our RE work during our Zoom lessons from home. However, if would like to find out more about Lent as a family, please see the diocesan website, which has lots of ideas for remote learning around Lent that you can complete at home. http://www.casoportsmouth.org.uk/lent/
Fr David and Linda have also sent us some fantastic resources that can help you focus on Lent as a family too - please see below! There is also a family wall chart - this gives you 40 different ideas for acts of generosity you can carry out together at home.
Here are some other websites you may find useful.
Just in case you've missed them - here are the boards and videos created for the Pennington Community Advent Calendar!
You can see each video by visiting:
Oscar Romero Award Our Lady & St Joseph have been awarded the ‘Oscar Romero Award’ at Participator Level, after submitting evidence to an assessor. The Oscar Romero Award celebrates the school’s commitment to Catholic Social Teaching. OLSJ were able to demonstrate that the children and staff put their faith into action to become agents of change. This was demonstrated at a leadership, curriculum and practical level. A big thanks to all of our children and families who have supported our charity drives and initiatives to help us achieve this award and enrich the lives of others. We will now be working towards the next level of the award this academic year.
26th November 2020
Online Advent Calendar 2020
Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched a 2020 online Advent Calendar, which will go live today, the first Sunday of Advent. You can find a link to this on the website for New Forest Catholic Churches https://www.nfwp.org.uk/go-here-for-advent-calendar-readings/
The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year. Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
The theme of the Advent Calendar this year is Hope.
It has been a difficult year for so many people as we faced the consequences of a global pandemic.
We are inviting people to journey with us this Advent Season by #SharingHope through acts of kindness and charity that all of us are encouraged to undertake during the month of December.
Behind each door during Advent there will be content aimed at assisting people to pray and to reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season.
Light A Candle in Prayer with CAFOD
Here is how.
Go to the CAFOD page on the website for New Forest Catholic Churches https://www.nfwp.org.uk/coronavirus-cafod/
Click the link.
Type who you are praying for.
Type in your message, make your donation, then light and place your candle on the 'virtual' votive stand.
By doing this you are making an act of remembrance and supporting our Catholic Aid charities.
By celebrating the life of someone special, you can help to change thousands more.
27th November 2020 - Twenty four Hours with the Lord
Fr David is inviting everyone across the Diocese, clergy, religious and laity,
to keep with him a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for an End to the
The day is called “Twenty-Four Hours with the Lord” and will take
place on Friday 27th November 2020. This is the last Friday of the
Church’s Liturgical Year before we enter the new Year with the First
Sunday of Advent (29th November).
Please see information attached from Fr David for further details, as well as opening times for private prayer at the churches.
23rd November 2020 - Family Advent Pack
Please find attached an Advent Pack for families from Bishop Philip.
Within the pack are prayers and readings for you and your family to use throughout Advent as we prepare to welcome Jesus Christ into our homes this Christmas.
Perhaps you could try to make an Advent wreath together for your home?
23rd November 2020 - Update re Christmas Mass
Due to social distancing, there are a limited number of places at Mass for Christmas.
The fairest way Fr David can see to allocate seats for Christmas is through a 'lottery' with names in a hat.
The closing date for the 'lottery' for places at Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph (Lymington), St Anne's (Brockenhurst) or St Francis (Milford on Sea) is 6th December.
Please see information attached from Fr David for more details.
National Youth Fun Day
Friday 20th November
Today we took part in the Virtual National Youth Fun Day - hosted by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation.
Schools and their classes from all over the UK joined in with acts of worship and prayer together, one of which was led by Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols!
We also got to listen to a wonderful presentation by CAFOD and learn more about the work they are doing to support those in need all over the world.
Take a look at the photos below.