St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Mobberley Road, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 5RN, Tel: 01782 235393

"Learning and Growing Together in Faith and Friendship"

Vocations

Vocations- our calling from God

We teach the children of St Joseph's that we all have a calling from God. Much of our work in RE, Collective Worship and assemblies focus upon who God has called us to be. In addition to this, we seek to involve others from the parish, diocese and beyond to support this mission, and many of our visitors promote vocation. We work closely with the parish, diocese and charities such as CAFOD and Fr. Hudson's Care, to make God known to all in school. Our annual Vocations day, held on Monday 17th June this year, to correspond with our parish day for Vocations, involved children discovering more about whether God has called them to a life of priesthood, religious life, marriage or single life. 

We were blessed to be visited by different people during our Vocations Day:

Sisters Bridie and Betty from the Sisters of Mercy, Coolock, who shared their vocation with us and led a beautiful whole-school liturgy based on Vocations and the Call of Samuel

Mrs Paula Paskin- area president for the SVP, who spoke to the children about her charitable work for the church

A group of inspirational Sixth-Form students from our local feeder high school, St Margaret Ward, who shared their experience of fundraising for the church and their recent pilgrmage to Lourdes

Phil Mayland- CAFOD campaigner and missionary teacher who has previously worked in Zambia

Tharushi Jayakody, who works for the Birmingham Diocese Vocations Office- she spent the afternoon with our Year 6 children discussing vocations and the inspiration of the saints. 

Children who lead our faith

At St Joseph's, we encourage all children to be active in their life of faith. Five of our Year 6 children (Thomas, Christopher, Summer, Lailie-Grace and Callum) make up our team of Catholic Life Leaders, who support Mrs Wilson, the RE Leader, in her work in sharing the Catholic faith with all pupils, through monitoring the school environment, preparing and delivering assemblies and prayer groups, etc. We also have an active 'Mini-Vinnies' group, who meet weekly with Miss McGough to promote faith and charitable works within our school. The Mini-Vinnies have been involved in a number of projects this year, including making Advent wreaths for each class prayer space, providing much-needed food to the local Food Bank and visiting the sick and elderly in our local community.