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Pope Francis proclaims 'Year of St. Joseph'

Feast days and holy days in January

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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.
Amen.

 

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.

Amen.

 

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

Congratulations! 

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

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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)


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