Big decisions lie ahead radically affecting our parish life. Last week you read the bishop’s warning that we cannot simply shut our eyes and presume all will continue as it is. Already we see a decline in interest in parish activities including the numbers at Sunday mass. You see today a brief summary of what the Council has achieved in the past year. I hope you will come to the meeting to show appreciation, and then your readiness to provide the support needed for the next s
Today I know there will be very many exhausted by the work you have done to create and carry through the Parish Fete. I do thank you. I hope we can pause a little to draw breath as we embark on the final stage of the school – and therefore parish – year. A postscript to last week’s item about the Mass. You have probably heard often the statement that every baptised person is a priest. At your baptism the priest said: As Christ was anointed priest prophet and king, so may you
Each year Bishop Alan celebrates this Mass particularly for those who are newly married or celebrating special anniversaries. The Mass is on Saturday 6th July at 3pm in Brentwood Cathedral, with a reception afterwards. If you would like an invitation, please speak to your parish priest. On the same day there is a conference in the Cathedral Hall for all those involved in supporting and promoting the vocation to marriage—see the diocesan website for more information.
Martin Fitzpatrick will be conducting performance of Benjamin Britten’s short opera ‘Noye’s Flute’ (10 minutes) at the Theatre Royal, Stratford from 1st-13th July. A children’s chorus, 120 strong, with half taken from Churchfields School, will be singing. Tickets can be bought online.
Today is the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is a day to stop and think what happens at Mass. At the centre of each mass the climax comes when we hear the priest say: This is my body...This is my blood… But who brings Jesus down on the altar? It is not just the priest. It is all of us. Jesus needs readers to proclaim God’s word. He needs helpers to distribute his body and blood in the form of bread and wine; welcomers and ushers who help all to move in orderly fashi
We will have some vacancies for the Parish Council. Nomination forms are available at the back of the Church or from the website or parish office. These must be completed and returned by 27th June 2019 at 10am.
You are doubtless aware that our carpark was in poor condition. The grasscrete, which we were obliged to lay by the planning authority, was breaking up in places. George, so helpful in many practical matters has recently re-laid a large area that was a considerable hazard. Eventually we shall have to resurface the whole area. But thanks to George we can now put off a major repair. And concentrate on the next stage of the Parish restoration.
Please note that due to safeguarding rules we are able to invite children in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 only. Should any younger siblings wish to join the Children’s Liturgy, they must be accompanied by a parent, or responsible adult. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.