Pastoral Report for the 2018/2019 Pastoral Year
Fr Gervase Visiting Priest
2nd September 2019
I invite parishioners with children approaching secondary school age to visit our website www.sjp.essex.sch.uk and attend our Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October from 5.30-8.00 p.m. The evening always provides a wonderful showcase of all that the school has to offer.
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Social Events Column Parish Quiz Night with Fish ‘n’ Chip Supper
Hosted by ‘Quizman’ Peter Turner
(regular quizmaster at The Griffin Pub Quiz Nights, Danbury)
Friday, 27 September Little Baddow Memorial Hall Adult Ticket: £12 Child Ticket: £6 (Adult ticket includes fish ‘n’ chips or veggie option meal and a child’s ticket includes a children’s meal, all supplied by Robinsons Fish Shop, Chelmsford) Doors Open 7pm (food to be served from 7.15pm)followed by Quiz.
For tickets please see a social committee member as you leave Mass today or call Maria in the office on 01245 226 724 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tables of up to 8 or smaller but if you are not part of a table don’t worry, we can help you find team mates. Bring your own drink and drinking glasses.
VISION DOCUMENT: SHAPING OUR FUTURE
e-bulletin July 2019
Welcome to the July e-bulletin.
Christian Life and Worship/Formation/Integration/Prayer and Spirituality/ Young People:
Last week I was privileged to be on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Our Diocese is under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes and to travel together as a diocese to Lourdes is always a wonderful experience and we hear stories of many vocations that have strong connections with it.
Led by Bishop Alan, the pilgrimage was attended by several priests, deacons, seminarians and parishioners from right across our rich and diverse diocese. Spending several days together with people we may not have previously known is a wonderful way for us to become a more integrated diocese. It is hard to fully express the real beauty of watching our young people assist and care for our assisted pilgrims and the joy that connection brings to both.
The beauty of the liturgies that we shared in was a great credit to everyone concerned but particularly our priests, deacons, seminarians and the musicians. It was a great joy to hear our very newly ordained Deacon (Rev Paschal Uche) and our very recently ordained Priest (Fr Gary Dench) preach and be reminded of the blessing that they represent. The prayers brought to Lourdes from so many of our parishes were offered by those of us who travelled to the shrine. Many prayers for vocations were offered at Lourdes and we continue them now that we are home.
I doubt very much that anyone who goes on this pilgrimage returns unchanged by the experience. As we prayed, talked and worshipped together, I was reminded of the close links between many of our Strands of Renewal. Each is important of itself but when combined and overlapped they become so much more together.
I would like to thank everyone involved and encourage anyone who has not been to consider it for the future.
Steven Webb Director of Development.
Congratulations to John & Kath Gable on their Golden Wedding Anniversary
on the 7th June 2019
Kath & John with there 50th wedding anniversary Papal blessing
Please pray for
James, Tia, Caiden, Erin, Luis, Abigail, Scarlett, Connie, William, Danica, Erin, Ivy, Ruby and Connor who received our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion during this Easter season.
Every Blessing to the children and their families.
Saturday evening, 4 May 2019 saw parishioners and friends and families turn back the clock to the year 1940.
The evening was a great success and was a wonderful evening of laugher, music and entertainment by The Femmes, who were quite simply fantastic and very professional.
Over 80 people attended, many in fancy dress as you can see from the photos!! It was lovely to see so many children/teenagers present with their parents.
We have received lots of positive feedback and quote a few of the comments.
Thank you all for attending and anyone who supported this event in any way. Please keep an eye on the newsletter for the next social event that will be taking place in the parish next.
Fr Gervase travelled to Birmingham on Tuesday 9 April to support Alexander Johnson, second year seminarian at St Mary’s College, Oscott, as he was instituted in the ministry of Reader by the Right Reverend Paul Swarbrick, Bishop of Lancaster. This is one of the first steps toward priesthood and was previously one of the “minor orders” which lead to the major ordinations, first to the transitional diaconate and finally to priesthood.
During the Mass, Bishop Paul invited everyone to pray and ask God “to bless these servants who have been chosen for the ministry of reader” that “they may be faithful to the work entrusted to them, proclaim Christ to the world, and so give glory to our Father in heaven.” On giving each candidate a Bible, the bishop said: “Take this book of the holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.”
Alexander is one of four seminarians from Brentwood who are discerning for the priesthood at Oscott. Please keep Alexander and the other seminarians in your prayers; pray also for vocations to the priesthood.