During the feast of Christ the King 8 children enrolled for their first Holy Communion and have attended classes each week since in order to prepare themselves to receive the sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion.
During Advent St Joseph’s school worked alongside the parish and local community, including the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, to create a food line of people all the way from St Joseph’s Church to The Well (Bassetlaw Food Bank) along Babworth Road in Retford. Over half a tonne of food was passed down the line to support the most vulnerable in our area. Everyone enjoyed the event which was well received by the local community
Education Sunday was celebrated with a parish Mass at church with children, parishioners and staff involved in readings and blessings. It was a fantastic celebration which filled the church. Statues of Mary and Joseph were blessed and the school celebrated its ‘Outstanding’ grade in the Section 48 RE and Catholic Life of the School Inspection. This was followed by bacon butties and refreshments in the school hall.
St Joseph’s feast day was celebrated with a whole school Mass, with new altar servers, introductions and readings from the school prayer chaplains, involvement from staff and wonderful music from all the children. The school received great blessings for achieving ‘Good’ in its most recent Section 5 OFSTED inspection.
During half term holidays Fr Bill Bergin, parish priest, invited younger members of the parish community to celebrate the Eucharist followed by a party of food and drinks.
In March the Hallam Youth Group came to school to work with Y5 during the season of Lent and prepare a special liturgy full of movement, interest and enthusiasm which was celebrated with the rest of the school.
In April the school presented a liturgy of ‘Light and Life’, with dancing, drums, recorders, guitars, singing, readings and wonderful prayer to celebrate a Festival of Life in the community during Eastertide.
A great year worth highlighting!