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Pope's prayer intention for March: The sacrament of reconciliation

Feast days and holy days in March

St David’s Day - Monday 1st March 



Your light must shine in the sight of men


Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:13-16


CBeebies - Preparing For St David's Day - Let's Celebrate

CBeebies: Celebrating St David's Day - Let's Celebrate

Second Sunday of Lent


This is my Son, the Beloved



Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: ‘Rabbi,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean. Mark 9:2-10




Transfiguration of Jesus

Feast of St Peter's Chair - Monday 22nd February


You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’ Matthew 16: 13-19


The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

Feast days and holy days in February

First Sunday of Lent



Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels looked after him

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ Mark 1: 12-15





A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew


Your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you


Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men’s admiration. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.

  ‘And when you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them; I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.

  ‘When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’


Lent in 3 Minutes

Wednesday Word

The Presentation of the Lord

Tuesday 2nd February 


When the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, – observing what stands written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord – and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

  Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel’s comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:

‘Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace,

just as you promised;

because my eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared for all the nations to see,

a light to enlighten the pagans

and the glory of your people Israel.’

As the child’s father and mother stood there wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’

  There was a prophetess also, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.

  When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him. Luke 2:22-40


God's Story: Anna and Simeon

Feast days and holy days in January

The Baptism of the Lord - Sunday 10th January 2021

In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said:

  ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

  It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’ Mark 1:7-11

The Baptism of Jesus

The Pope’s Prayer Intention - January 2021

Epiphany 2021

Solemnity of the Epiphany of The Lord
Wednesday 6th January
9.30am Mass for children and families
celebrated by Archbishop Bernard


The music for this Mass is being provided by Dan and Emily from One Life Music and is sure to be a joyous celebration.



Please write a short reflection about this special Epiphany Mass with the Archbishop and send it to your teacher on DB Primary. 

Mass Sheet (so you can join in with the singing at home)

Bless your house today 

There is a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January) when the family gather to ask God’s blessing on their home and family life. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our homes.



Instructions for Blessing the Home


Using the blessed chalk (which many parishes will bless and make available) mark the lintel of your front door as follows:
20 + C + M + B + 21 saying:

The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and twenty one years ago.
May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year.


Then say the following prayer:
Visit, O Blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence.
Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love;
and grant that we may manifest your love to each other
and to all whose lives we touch.
May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you;
guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace,
O Jesus Christ, now and for ever.



What does the inscription ‘20 + C + M + B + 21′ mean? 

The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi – Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar – who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.”

The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “21” at the end mark the current year.

Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that He stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.


Advent 2020

Click on the image above to find One Life Music’s Advent Calendar. Open a new door each day to a free streamed liturgy. Just register with your name and email address to join with Dan and Emily each day of Advent. 

First Holy Communion


Nine children from Year 4 and 5 in our school community received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in a celebration delayed from May on Saturday 3rd October. Please keep them in your prayers as they take this important step in their journey of faith.

You are invited...

Wednesday Word

St Benedict’s Day - 11th July

Fr Jimmy will be celebrating Mass for our school at 9.30am on Friday 10th July. 


Join the live-stream here. 

Story of Saint Benedict | St. Benedict | Stories of Saints

Miracles of Saint Benedict | Stories of Saints

The Rule of St Benedict

Pope’s Prayer Intention for July

Our Families - The Pope Video 7 - July 2020


Wednesday Word

The Feast of St Peter and St Paul - Monday 29th June

God's Story: Peter

God's Story: Paul

Let us pray...

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Once Upon a Saint - St. Margaret Mary Alocoque

Let us pray...

Learning Activities

Link to Shared Resources from the Birmingham Diocesan Education Service

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Say your prayers!

My Hands are Yours

Dan and Emily Sing together Be My Stronghold

During a very difficult and challenging time for everyone #COVID19 Dan and Emily had to get creative in how they could sing together.

Dan & Emily sing His Goodness Never Fails

Dan and Emily are continuing to be working from separate places during this time of Isolation. But that doesn't stop us singing together and calling on God's Goodness and Love as the Good Shepherd watches over us all.

"My Lighthouse"

One of our favourite hymns

Another favourite hymn: Here I am to Worship

Another favourite hymn: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)