Parish News

Parish News

Thursday, 15 August is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holyday of Obligation. Please see the Mass schedule for Mass times.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, St Joseph’s is taking a break for the summer holidays. It will restart on 14th September. The CLOW team would like to wish all children a happy and blessed summer holiday.

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,647.63 including standing orders.

Application forms for First Holy Communion 2020 are available in the back of Church Completed forms need to be returned to a priest or the Parish Office by Sunday, 11 August. Further details on start date, etc., will be posted in the bulletin later.

Adult Confirmation/RCIA Application Forms are available in the Parish Office. Classes will begin later in the year, at a date to be announced.

Second collections and special appeals: At the review of the parish finances given at all Masses on 23/24 March, it was announced that the only second collections taken up will be those designated as mandatory by the Diocese. Details of these for the remainder of the year are:

* September 14/15: Home Mission

* September 19/20: World Missions

* December 14/15: Diocesan Dependent Priests

* There will also be a collection in the Autumn for the charitable works carried out so well by the St Vincent de Paul Society

At this time there are no other planned collections or appeals. Sometimes the parish is approached by charitable organisations wishing to visit to talk about their work and  make an appeal, and these may go ahead at the discretion of the Parish Priest. Similarly, any appeals by individuals or organisations in the parish must be agreed in advance by the Parish Priest and any funds donated must be handled through the parish accounts, in accordance with Diocesan procedures.

 Meetings and Events

14 August—The Meditation Group will meet from 1.00 to 2.00pm.  7 Osier Court, Eaton Ford PE19 7QR. For details ring Anne, 07749 585368.

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is taking its annual break during August. The next meeting will be 9th September.

English for Mission Meeting:  Thank you very much to all those people who responded to the appeal for new teachers at English for Mission. There will be a meeting for all those people at the beginning of September when the holidays are over. Thank you again for a terrific response—Margaret Fox

Save the date! The Spiritual Development Group is planning a morning of prayer and meditation on Saturday, 2 November. More details to come.


Monday August 26th (Bank Holiday) is Claretian Family Day
People will come from Hayes, Leyton and other places where the Claretians have served.
Donations of bottles are needed for the bottle store. If we could have them by August 19th we would be grateful. Thank you.

Also needed are donations of cakes and scones, plus volunteers to serve refreshments morning, lunchtime or teatime.
If you’re able to help, please contact Stella on 01480 433 256 or see the sign-up sheet at the back of church.

Marriage Help: Is your marriage struggling under the burden of arguments, resentments, or outright conflict? Or would you simply like a chance to enrich the way you communicate as a couple? The diocese is offering a half-day session on the Smart Loving Breakthrough program, which helps couples improve the way they communicate with each other. The program draws on relationship psychology and the Theology of the Body. It is both scientific and fully Catholic. 10.00am — 1.00pm on Saturday 14 September at OLISE Newmarket. Tea and coffee will be provided. To register as an individual or couple, please email: The Breakthrough program is also available online:

Pilgrimages and Retreats

Walsingham Pilgrimage for the Sanctity of Life – Sunday 6th October.  Tickets: Adults £17.50, Children & Students £8.00. Let us join in prayer together  to ask for the strength and wisdom to fight on and overthrow the evil of the many challenges we are facing.   For more information:   To book-  Emanuela 01582 655246 / 07749 881060 /

Walsingham Retreats

A series of weekend retreats are being offered by the sisters of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham at Dowry House in Walsingham on various subjects.

Dowry House Retreat is a beautiful, listed building situated just opposite the 12th Century Walsingham Abbey grounds in Walsingham. The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham would be delighted to welcome you to one of their many retreats taking place or simply to come for some quiet time.

Jam, Cakes, History, Heritage and Evangelisation: Friday August 9 – Sunday 11
A weekend celebrating Catholic culture – and how to use it to evangelise. Led by author, historian and TV cook Joanna Bogle. Talks and practical activities to celebrate and spread the Faith.

The door of entry to God’s dwelling place is prayer: September 13 to 15
A retreat led by Fr Matthew Blake OCD, a renowned retreat-giver, will guide us in exploring St Teresa of Avila’s book, ‘The Interior Castle’.

Loving for Life – Marriage Enrichment Retreat: October 4 to 6
Take time out to turn your marriage into a great marriage. Whether recently married, married for several years or enjoying the golden years your marriage will be strengthened.

Smart Loving: October 25 to 27
A formation retreat for couples preparing to marry in the Catholic Church. This course satisfies the requirements for Marriage Preparation and a certificate will be given which is internationally accepted in the Church.

Prayer, Intimacy and Relationships: November 22 to 24
A weekend looking at how the journey into a deeper prayer life enables us to love the people in our lives, even the most difficult!

Beginning Lectio Divina: November 29 to December 1
Join others in learning the art of Lectio Divina so that entering more deeply into the Word of God, our hearts can be filled with the thoughts, desires and sentiments of Christ’s.

For more information on these and other retreats, visit:
Email  or call 01328 801018. Dowry House Retreat, Walsingham, NR22 6BZ.

Youth Organiser: Outline Job Description and Person Specification

We wish to recruit a Youth Organiser, reporting to the Parish Priest, to develop and implement ways of engaging children and young people in the life of the Church. The person appointed will work with existing catechists and others involved in youth instruction in both churches in the Parish, to co-ordinate all youth activities from pre-school to post-Confirmation.

Ultimately, we need the younger generation to grow to be life-long Catholics, who will hand on the Faith to the next generation. They should live according to Christian values and be recognised as good citizens in society. To do this we need to give our young people opportunities to take an active part in the life of the Parish. We also need to encourage them to gather together by offering a variety of different activities, both as part of existing worship and as extra events.

Duties to include:

Identify ‘best practice’ in the parish and in other parishes/areas, mainly, but not exclusively Catholic.

Working with the Parish Priest, select suitable teaching and learning materials.

Seek out and gain parental support and commitment.

Set up annual programmes for each age range:

Pre-school and infant/early junior school

First Communion preparation

Post First-Communion

Confirmation preparation

Post-confirmation up to 18 and beyond

Evaluate the effectiveness of these programmes


Flexible according to need and specific activities. This is a new and paid position and a programme of work and hours will be agreed with the successful applicant. This is not a permanent position and will be on a one-year contract which may be renewed by agreement. Cont’d


The person appointed must be well-versed in the Catholic Faith, able to relate to children and young people and have good organisational skills. DBS checking is mandatory. As this is not a permanent position, the role may suit someone still in full-time education, e.g. at university or taking a gap-year before university or employment.


Interested persons should send a CV and name of a referee, along with a cover letter   stating what they could bring to the role, to Fr Antony. The closing date for applications is 28th July 2019.