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Catholic Life of the School

The Story of our Patron Saint - Saint Oswald

 

Oswald, son of the Northumbrian King Ethelfrith, fled to Scotland in 616 when Edwin seized his father's kingdom. He became a Christian on the island of Iona.

When Edwin died in 633, Oswald and his family returned to Northumbria. Osric and Eanfrid, his brothers, were soon killed by the tyrant King Cadwalla who ruled Northumbria. Determined to regain his kingdom and rid it of the tyrant, Oswald assembled an army at Hevenfelt (Heavenfield), near Hexham, where he erected a wooden cross, gathered his army around it, and prayed for victory. Despite being heavily outnumbered Oswald won the day and regained his kingdom.

 

 

His next task was to convert his subjects to Christianity. To do this he sent for a Bishop from Iona, who turned out to be very severe and had no success. He was replaced by Bishop Aidan and, although Oswald had to translate his sermons, he had great success and was given the island of Lindisfarne and an episcopal seat near Bamburgh.

Unfortunately, Oswald did not reign for long. After only eight years, he was killed in battle at Maserfield by the pagan King Penda of Mercia; he was only 38 years old. Soon after his death, Oswald was made a saint and his fame spread throughout Europe.

Sixty-two churches are dedicated to him in England and some in Europe.

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Harvest Liturgy 6th October 2017

 

While the earth remains,seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease (Genesis 8.22)

 

During our Harvest Liturgy the children in KS2 reminded us all about how fortunate we are. We celebrated Harvest Fast Day by coming together to pray for our global family and those who are without food. We would like to thank our parents/carers for the donations. These will be going to two local charities that support the homeless; the South Tyneside Key Project and Hospitality and Hope.

 

Advent in our school

During Advent we prepare for Christmas, when Christ's first coming is remembered, and it is the season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ's second coming at the end of time. The season of Advent is a period of joyful expectation. 

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The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord closes the Christmas season and prepares us to follow the teaching of Jesus and celebrate his life during the coming year. Here at St. Oswald's we have the liturgical colours of white and gold on our focus tables which symbolises joy and triumph.  

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Lent

The period of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the evening of Holy Thursday. It is a time of spiritual growth and traditionally a time of prayer, fasting and giving money to charity. During Lent we are journeying together to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. The focus tables have purple cloths as the liturgical colour during Lent is purple.   

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May- The month of the Rosary

During May we come together to pray the rosary. It is a prayer founded on the relationship between Jesus and his mother Mary- which comes with an invitation to us to become part of that relationship through reflecting on the events of Jesus' life on earth and into his risen life. There are four sets of five mysteries, we will be focusing on one each week.

House Group Worship- St. Bede

Today in our house groups we have been learning about St. Bede the Venerable. During our worship we discussed his life and work, together we prayed to St. Bede and reflected on his wisdom and teachings.

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October the Month of the Rosary

Yesterday marked the start of October the 'Month of the Holy Rosary.' Each class will have the chance to pray the Rosary each week, reminding ourselves of Mary, the mother of Jesus through prayer. The Rosary is a beautiful prayer- why not ask your child to pray it with you.

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Harvest Festival

We all celebrated Harvest in a very bright and colourful way today. During our Harvest Liturgy we remembered how lucky we are during this time of thanksgiving and we prayed for those all over the world who aren't as fortunate. Through listening to the gospel of Matthew we thought about how Jesus wants us to be compassionate to those in need because we are ALL God's children. The children wore colourful clothes to take part and raise money for Cafod's Brighten Up for Harvest.

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November - The Month of Remembrance 

In November we remember all those who have died especially those who have died during war. As you can see our focal points reflect this.

Remembrance Day

They shall grow old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

By Laurence Binyon

 

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“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”

John 10:10

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