ANNUAL PARISH CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
Please find a set of raffle tickets are in this week’s newsletter for our annual parish Christmas raffle.
1st PRIZE – LUXURY CHRISTMAS HAMPER
(list of hamper contents can be found with your tickets)
2ND PRIZE – £100 CASH
3rd PRIZE – AFTERNOON TEA FOR 2 AT ANY TIPTREE TEA ROOMS
All money received from the raffle will go towards parish funds. Please complete and return all raffle ticket counterfoils and money in the envelope provided and return to either the collection baskets or the Church office over the coming weeks. The draw will take place at the mulled wine and mince pie afternoon on 15 December. Thank you for your kind support and good luck—The Social Committee
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VISION DOCUMENT: SHAPING OUR FUTURE
e-bulletin October 2019
Welcome to the October e-bulletin.
Parish Partnership Plans
This month I would like to ask everyone to please re-read our Vision Document: Shaping Our Future.
My reason for asking is because it should form your thinking as you draw up your draft Parish Partnership Plans and as you begin to implement them in the future.
As you are aware these draft Parish Partnership Plans are to be sent in to my office during advent. The start of Advent is just over 4 weeks away. As you re-read our Vision Document: Shaping Our Future please reflect on three key points:
Firstly, it speaks of change, opportunity to look at things anew and finding new responses. It speaks of being bold and unafraid of change.
Secondly, it speaks far more about Renewal than it does about Restructuring. Restructuring is important but only if we use it as a platform for Renewal.
Thirdly, it speaks of each Parish Partnership being a temporary entity that will evolve over the coming years.
Thank you for all the good work and prayer.
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.