One of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium (“Light of the Nations”), describes the family as the ‘domestic Church’ because it is the first place where young, baptized Christians learn about their faith. During this time when families will be spending more time in the home following the school closures it presents more opportunities for our domestic Churches to be nurtured.
Children’s Liturgy and colouring pages:
Mass live streams:
Isolated but not alone, resources, prayers and links for faith at home:
“Ninety-nine, one hundred, one hundred and one…”
Suddenly, I lost count! In the distance, I could see a bright light – like a star- moving towards me. It couldn’t be a star, could it? It was too large! As it came closer, I discovered it wasn’t a star at all… it was an angel!
I ran to fetch the others, who were huddling round the fire, as the angel shouted, “Don’t be frightened,” as I covered my face with my hands. He continued, “I am here with good news for you, and for everyone in the world! “Tonight in Bethlehem, The Lord, The Messiah will be born! You will know it is him because he is lying in a manger, in a stable, fast asleep!”
Then other angels started to appear in the starry sky and began to sing,. “Glory to God in the highest , and on earth, goodwill and peace to men!”
I dashed to tell the others all that had just happened and told them,
“We must go to Bethlehem straight away!,” We took a lamb to give to the newborn king and we set off down the hill.
When we reached Bethlehem, it wasn’t hard to find the baby Jesus because the angel had told me he would be in a stable. As the angel had said, the baby lay in a manger in a stable surrounded by animals. His mother, Mary, welcomed us to stay in the stable for as long as we liked because he was not just their baby!
A few days after, the shepherds and I arrived. Three wise men also came to meet the new king!
They told us, “We have come from far away, from the east of Bethlehem.”
We have spent our lives studying stars and planets. We saw a great new star! Such a star could mean only one thing: a new king had been born, a great king.
We all agreed we must find him and worship him! The star shone, guiding us on our journey. When we arrived in Jerusalem, we thought we didn’t need the star anymore because the king would be in the palace!
We asked king Herod if we could see the newborn king and he looked horrified!” He spluttered, “A new king, here, in Jerusalem! How could this be? How do I not know about it? I AM KING HERE!”
He sent for his guards and ordered, “Bring me this king, so I can worship him too.” However, in his head he was plotting Jesus’ murder!
“We, as wise men, decided we must not go back there for the safety of the baby king. Instead, we kept following the star till we found you in the stable!”
I asked how they knew to follow the star and the tallest of the wise men replied, “ It is not every day you see a bright new star!”
The men then continued to give their gifts to Mary and Joseph – one gave gold for a king; the second, frankincense for someone more than human, and myrrh for a man who would die. I was confused by these gifts but I didn’t ask anymore questions!
Please see below a range of health, wellbeing, financial and family support links:
Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service
In a year of uncertainty and upheaval, it’s no surprise that many families are facing difficulties in their daily lives. Children and young people may be feeling anxious, frustrated, sad, stressed and many other difficult emotions, which may contribute to wider issues such as sleep disorders, substance misuse and challenging behaviour.
While it’s not unusual to be dealing with these problems, that doesn’t mean they can be ignored if they are impacting on your or your child’s wellbeing, or that families have to go through this alone; help is here when you need it. https://www.compass-uk.org/news/parents/help-at-christmas/
The Family Support Line & Parenting Presentations
Recorded parenting presentations from the Early Help and Targeted Support team:
- Top tips for co-parenting at Christmas
- Game plan for teenagers
- Christmas with children aged 5 – 11 years
- Internet safety advice at Christmas
- Top Tips for parents & carers of children with SEND at Christmas
The Family Support Line – 01926 412412 offers advice, support and guidance for parents, carers and professionals.
The team are planning a comprehensive range of free parenting programmes for delivery during 2021 which will be advertised on the Warwickshire website and can be booked through Eventbrite:
For information about wider support from the council and other services, go to: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/facinghardship
The leaflet about help with food access and money management is available at: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/winterhardship
For the latest COVID support and advice please visit:
Just a quick reminder that with the easing of the second lockdown, public Masses have now resumed. In our parish masses are:
- Saturday at 5.30pm
- Sunday at 10.00am
- Wednesday Eucharistic Adoration at 6.30pm with Mass at 7.00pm
All are welcome
(Please remember that face coverings must be worn and social distancing measures will apply)
The Children’s Liturgy at our Church normally takes place alongside Mass on Sunday mornings but of course this has not been happening in recent weeks due to the pandemic. Our Church is now proposing to hold the Children’s Liturgy on-line using Zoom. The Liturgy is a time of worship and fun for children of primary school age and usually involves a bible reading, songs, prayers and handicraft activities. The first on-line Liturgy will take place on Sunday 14th June at 10.15 – 10.45.
All children will be most welcome to attend even if you do not attend Church. If you would like your child to take part please e mail Father Arul (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible and further details including log in instructions will be sent to you
Dear Children and Parents,
As a school we sympathise with you during this uncertain and challenging time. The unknown and constant changes can cause anxiety to rise and mental health to decline. We have received some resources to support you all during this period. Below are links to some visual resources to help young children, or children with SEND, to prepare for the return to school, and to reflect on their lockdown experience.
There is a flier below with contact details for any children to call regarding their mental health. It is a 24 hour 7 days a week telephone advice helpline run by qualified mental health clinicians to be there for you to contact when you need.
There is a Council helpline for any parents and carers who have any concerns or queries. You can contact the Parental helpline on 01926 412021, from 9am to 5pm, or check the Council’s website for further information.
The parent and carer webpage can be found by clicking here
Take care of yourselves,
St. Mary’s Team
We are excited to be able to invite you to the opening of our new Peace Garden. This beautiful space has been created on the site of the old nursery building with a generous donation from the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, and support from FOSM. It grew out of designs made by the children themselves and is a space where they will be able to enjoy peace and quiet, contemplation and nature. There will be opportunities for gardening and outdoor activities.
At 2.30pm after an afternoon of gardening related activities the children and staff will join our Town Mayor, Councillor Mike Brooks, Father Arul, Sister Sharon and Sister Mary Paul, Parishoners, special guests and parents for the grand opening of the garden.
A cake sale and afternoon tea will the take place in the school hall following the opening. We hope that lots of people will come along and support this event, it should be a lovely occasion.
In addition to the financial contributions from the Sisters and FOSM, we also want to say thank you to Terry and Jackie Grey for donating a fabulous bench, and DobbiesGarden Centre for donating some wonderful trees.
The judges have gathered their scorecards, dancers are waiting in the wings
and the audience is assembled for Lights, Camel Action 2! The Sequin.
A star-studded line-up of nativity celebrities – our talented Key Stage 2
children – gathered in the stable once again to celebrate the amazing events of
that first Christmas, retelling the incredible story of Jesus’ birth in a
celebration full of pizzazz and razzmatazz! They performed a fabulous range of
dance styles from gospel to hustle and ceilidh to conga. Bravo to our amazing