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The God Who Speaks

The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word


"You are holding something in your hands: a book that is like fire! A book through which God speaks.”

- Pope Francis


This year, 2020, is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.


The official launch of The God Who Speaks – The Year of the Word was on 30th September 2019 on the feast of St. Jerome, although the ‘year’ officially started on Sunday 1st December 2019, the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the Church's Liturgical Year, which we celebrated by making Bambinelli's for our Mass in school.


Bambinelli Blessing

All of our children from Nursery to Year 6 have been very busy making their own baby Jesus. This is to keep with the Italian tradition where every Italian child makes a baby Jesus to be blessed by the Pope on Gaudete Sunday (3rd Sunday of Advent). Father Noel blessed all of our amazing babies at our wonderfully spiritual Christmas Carol Service, where our children read, prayed and sang beautifully. 


The Official Prayer for The God Who Speaks 


Living God,

you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.
Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us how to live for one another.
Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world.



Your word is our path and your truth is our light.
This day and every day


Our Lady of the Annunciation
Pray for us

St Matthew
Pray for us

St Jerome
Pray for us


LEGO Competition


Our Diocese, the Archdiocese of Birmingham, are running an exciting LEGO competition for all pupils based on the theme of Vocations- A Vocation is whatever God is calling you to be e.g. a nurse, policeman, carer, teacher, Priest, Nun etc.


Your challenge is to create a scene from LEGO and write a sentence explaining how it shows the Vocation of key figures from the Bible, for example;

- God calls Noah to save humanity and nature 

- God calls Moses to free the Israelites

- God calls Mary to become the Mother of Christ – The Annunciation

- Jesus calls the disciples 

- Jesus makes Peter the First Pope


Each entry must include the following three things:
1. A scene made from LEGO bricks
2. A short description talking about which story from the Bible the scene shows, trying to explain how this person was called by God
3. Your name in full, age and school details.


Entries will be judged on their creativity in use of Lego, how clearly the scene shows vocation and the appropriateness of the link to Scripture. If you are worried about finding a suitable Bible story, please speak to either Miss Armstrong or Mrs McSharry. 


Entries must be returned to school by Friday 13th March so that we can judge them in school before sending three of them to the Diocese for them to judge alongside those from all the other Catholic primary schools in the area. 


One overall winner and two runners-up will be announced by the Diocese on Wednesday 25th March 2020.

The prizes for the winning children will be:
1st - A custom Lego set ‘Fr. Leopold Celebrates Mass’

2nd and 3rd - A custom Lego cleric minifigure;


The Diocese would like encourage entrants’ parents/guardians to share their entries on social media, using the hashtag #VocationsLego. The Diocesan Vocations Office can be tagged with @AskInvitePray on Twitter, and Birmingham Vocations on Facebook.


We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!