Tuesday 27th March at 2pm in Most Holy Redeemer Church Extension.
All welcome to come and knit, chat and have a cup of tea.
As instructed by our Lord to St. Faustina, the 9 day Novena for Divine Mercy starts on the eve of Good Friday and lasts 9 days, culminating in the Divine Mercy Service and veneration of the picture. These will all take place at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Stansted, CM24 8LQ. This is a really powerful Novena which promises mercy for all who take part. For more information on Divine Mercy, go to: www.thedivinemercy.org.
The dates and times are as follows:
30th March 7.30pm
31st March 6pm
1st April 6pm
Monday 2nd – 7.30pm
Saturday 7th April
Divine Mercy Service
The Divine Mercy Service will be held on Sunday 8th April from 3pm – 4pm at St. Theresa’s Church. Everyone is welcome.
SATURDAY 21st April 2018 14.00 – 16.00
NATIONAL PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE of OUR LADY OF FATIMA with the relics of St Jacinta & Francisco
Talk: The Message of Fatima & Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart by Rev. Fr. Richard Nesbitt
Talk 2: Reparation through the Five First Saturdays devotion by Rev. Fr. Jason Jones. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
General Veneration of the Relics only
One of our younger regular parishioners is moving into his first flat, in Elsenham. He has just got a permanent job but is short of some things! Is there anyone who, perhaps, is updating their kitchen etc. and might have a “pre-owned” cooker, or a washing machine, or a fridge that they need to find a home for? If so, please contact the Parish office and we will put you both in touch. Thank you.
The new Planned Giving Envelopes are available for you to collect THIS WEEKEND IN THE SACRISTY OF EACH CHURCH.
Your new envelopes have the same number as before, and the boxes are arranged in numerical order. The new envelopes must NOT be used until the weekend of 7/8 April.
If your circumstances have changed and either you no longer wish to make your donation using envelopes, or if you would like to start using envelopes, please do let us know
Bishop Paul Wants to Hear From You….
Thursday 22nd March, 6.30pm.
ST JOSEPH’S HALL
WINDHILL CHURCHES CENTRE
OLD MONASTERY GARDENS
Cardinal Vincent and the auxiliary bishops of the diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops, ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’.
The Synod will be taking place in Rome in October with Pope Francis. In preparation for this event, our bishops would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life.
Bishop Paul McAleenan will be coming to St Joseph and the English Martyrs, on Thursday 22nd March, 6.30 to 8.30pm, and invites all young adults in the parish and surrounding parishes to meet with him in the Windhill Churches centre to discuss these themes and hear what you think.
Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future.
For more information about this meeting, and about the other meetings happening around the diocese, please visit http://dowym.com/events/
Christians in Politics have a job vacancy that we are looking to fill with someone who is passionate about politics! Do you want to see Christians engage in politics for the common good? Do you want to see the goodness and relevance of the Bible and Christianity made known in public life? If so, we may have the ideal job for you, as a rare opportunity has arisen to work as the Operations and Communications Officer for Christians in Politics (CiPol).
Reporting to the Executive Director of CiPol, the Operations and Communications Officer will have a pivotal and strategic role in expanding the work of CiPol throughout the UK.
Based in Westminster, the role includes:
• Organising tours and national/regional conferences
• Implementing an effective communications plan to supporters and across all media
• The administrative function of running the organisation, especially with regard to database management, finances and email.
• Brokering relationships with church network leaders, church leaders, politicians & other influencers
• Management of volunteers
If you’re a self-starter, an excellent communicator with well-developed project management skills, we would love to hear from you. Please visit www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk/about-us/jobs-volunteering/ for a full job description and details of how to apply. If this isn’t the role for you, please do forward this email to anyone you know who may be interested.
This post is funded for an initial period until May 2020 with the intention of continuation.
Closing date: 5pm 28th March 2018
Interview date: This will be a two stage interview process with the first interview taking place in the week beginning 9th April 2018.
Salary: MPS plus SEN 1 (depending on qualification & experience)
Contract type: Full time permanent plus 1 year fixed term maternity cover
Due to increasing student numbers, we are looking for outstanding classroom practitioners to join our multi-disciplinary team.
Previous SEN experience is desirable however; we will provide full induction, training and support if you do not have this. All we ask is for a passion and resilience for helping children and young people with complex needs reach their full potential.
We would love to hear from you if you are a qualified teacher who:
can lead class groups in all aspects of the curriculum
thinks creatively and engages positively with pupils with a broad range of more complex needs
can set and meet differentiated learning targets for individual pupils for various subjects
maximises learning opportunities and achievement for all
can optimise the contribution of classroom support staff
will work collaboratively and flexibly with multi-disciplinary colleagues towards delivering excellence
has good IT skills
St Elizabeth’s School, based on the Herts/Essex Border, is committed to providing high quality education, care and health services for young people with epilepsy, autism and complex needs. We offer a specialist non maintained residential/day provision for children and young people aged 5 – 19 years.
Our team of enthusiastic and resilient staff are committed to delivering an outstanding educational experience to children and young people with complex needs. We provide well resourced classrooms, excellent residential facilities and opportunities for varied outdoor activities within our own extensive natural grounds.
We offer a variety of staff benefits, including Teachers’ Pension Scheme commitment to your CPD, high street discounts, free parking, staff canteen and subsided staff accommodation (subject to eligibility).
Informal visits are encouraged and can be accommodated within or outside the school day. For more information regarding the role, or to arrange a visit, please call me on 01279 844270.
Closing date: 18th March 2018 Interviews: TBC
For full details, and to apply please visit www.stelizabeths.org.uk or call 01279 843451
Please note, we are not on a public transport route
St Elizabeth’s Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and expects all staff to share this commitment. All posts are subject to enhanced DBS clearance. We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all parts of the community.
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES for Tax Year starting 6th April 2018:
The new Planned Giving Envelopes will be available for you to collect on the weekend of 17/18 March. Your new envelopes will have the same number as before, and the boxes will be arranged in numerical order. The new envelopes must NOT be used until the weekend of 7/8 April. If your circumstances have changed and either you no longer wish to make your donation using envelopes, or if you would like to start using envelopes, please let us know – see below for contact details.
GIFT AID: The Tax Year ends on 5th April and we will be submitting our Gift Aid Claim for 2017/18 soon after that. If you are registered for Gift Aid but are no longer eligible because you will have stopped paying UK Income Tax before 5th April 2018 it is important that you let us know immediately, using one of the methods mentioned below, with the date that you stopped paying tax.
Our Planned Giving Campaigns last year at St. Joseph’s and Holy Cross were extremely successful, for which we thank you. If you are new to the parish, or your circumstances have changed and you would like to join our Planned Giving scheme, application cards are available at the back of the church. Contributions can be made using weekly envelopes or by Standing Order – which is more efficient for both the donor and the parish. Standing Order Forms are also available at the back of the church. If you are a UK Tax Payer and not already registered for Gift Aid, we would urge you to do so. This will enable the parish to obtain an additional 25p for every £1 that you contribute – with no cost to yourself. Last year the parish claimed back over £34,000 in Gift Aid, which helps us to meet the running costs of the parish and to continue with the various repair and decoration schemes needed to maintain the fabric of our buildings. To register you will need to complete a Gift Aid Declaration form, available at the back of the church.
To make any changes to your offertory arrangements, please contact the Parish Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, a note to No 3, or by phoning 01279 654063 (9am to 3pm) and leaving a message.
Thank you for your continued support.
Cardinal Vincent and the auxiliary bishops of the diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops – ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’.
In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life.
The Cardinal is hosting two meetings at Archbishop’s House in Victoria and the auxiliary bishops are hosting meetings across the diocese.
You are invited to attend one of these meetings. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to question your bishops, and light refreshments.
Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register at http://dowym.com/events/ where you can find details of all events.
EVENT DATES, TIMES and VENUES
16 February – Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Newman House, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6AR (6:30 – 8:30pm)
24 February – Bishop John Wilson, St Michael and St Martin, 94 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW3 3EH (7:30 – 9:30pm, after Mass)
27 February – Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop’s House, Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QJ (6:30 – 8:30pm)
7 March – Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop’s House, Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QJ (6:30 – 8:30pm)
8 March – Bishop John Wilson, St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, TW1 4SX (afternoon, time tbc)
13 March – Bishop John Sherrington, Our Lady of Willesden, 1 Nicoll Road, London, NW10 9AX (6:30 – 8:30pm)
16 March – Bishop John Sherrington, Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Cockfosters, London, N14 4HE (6:30 – 8.30pm)
20 March – Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS (6:30 – 8:30pm)
Bishop Paul McAleenan, St Peter, Bishop’s Rise, Hatfield, AL10 9NH – date tbc.
Bishop Paul McAleenan, Sacred Heart, Park Street, Berkhamstead, HP4 1HX – date tbc.
Vicki Ingram is running the Virgin London Marathon 2018 in 9 weeks time and has to raise £1800. This money will go towards the continued work, facilities and activities organised at St Elizabeth’s for the residents who have epilepsy and varied learning disabilities to improve their quality of life and experiences.
Vicki is nearly half way but could really benefit from additional support and contributions. No donation is to small!!. If you are able to help please visit Vicki’s fundraising page on justgiving. Thank you very much!
Do you have …
EXPERTISE IN SOCIAL/HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION OR BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT, OR RELEVANT LIFE SKILLS ?
and would you be interested and able to contribute in a voluntary capacity, serving on one of our four different committees/governing bodies overseeing the services provided by our thriving charity, (which employs over 650 staff and has an annual turnover of c £21m) on the Herts / Essex border?
Ideally we are looking for Catholic professionals with general business management skills; people with expertise in social/health care or education sectors or individuals with relevant life experience that could be of value to our work at St Elizabeths.
This is a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the Catholic community. For further details please see our leaflet in church and contact email@example.com
or visit our website www.stelizabeths.org.uk or call 01279 844202
Part-time – Maternity Cover (term time + 1 week)
We seek to appoint a catering assistant for Maternity Cover from 16th March 2018. The successful candidate will be required to work Monday to Friday 15 hours per week contracted with up to an additional 7.5 hours per week term time. Training will be given, so experience, though desirable, is not necessary. We seek and welcome applications from candidates of all faiths and none, though support for our Roman Catholic ethos is required.
Salary payable on Hay Scale HB6 full time salary £15,014, giving a pro-rata starting salary of £5,187.18 + a potential addition of up to… 7.5 hours per week including London Fringe Allowance.
St Mary’s is one of a select group of schools which achieved outstanding grades in all areas under the latest OFSTED inspection framework. Inspectors commented “The school’s motto ‘achieving excellence for all’ has become a reality at this outstanding school”.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS disclosure is required for all successful applicants.
An application form and further details can be found at www.stmarys.net under the vacancies section. Only applications on the school application form can be considered.
St Mary’s is committed to the equality of opportunity for all applicants, and we reserve the right to interview on a rolling basis, therefore an early application is advisable.
Short Listing: Will take place on a rolling basis
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY TECHNICIAN
Permanent Part-time post (5 hours per week)
Term Time Only
We seek a committed team player with initiative to support our Technology department. Experience is desirable but not essential as training can be provided. Salary is payable pro rata on Hay Scale H1 points 9-12 (full time equivalent salary £15,375 – £16,123 p.a. plus London Fringe Allowance and holiday pay).
St Mary’s Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS disclosure is required for all successful applicants.
An application form and further details can be found at www.stmarys.net in the staff section. Only applications on the school application form can be considered. St Mary’s is committed to the equality of opportunity for all applicants.
Closing date: Shortlisting will be on a rolling basis
THE GREATEST SHOW IN TOWN
HBW 2018 POSTER (2) Click to open
Monday 6th – Friday 10th August
The Holiday Bible Week Web site will be live on 25th February 2018.
Sign up online at the below link www.holidaybibleweek.co.uk – click to open
Bishop’s Stortford Pre-Prep School
A fun packed, week long holiday club for children aged 5-11, run by the churches of Bishop’s Stortford
Games, Crafts, Puppets, Bible Study, Singing all with a Circus Theme!
Watch the film below – click on link to open
We especially need volunteers willing to lead a tent or to be part of the tent teams !!
The launch night for adult volunteers to meet (previously known as the training night) is 7th June. This will be followed by one or two more meetings for each tent team to share ideas for activities.
A DBS check will need to be done for those volunteers who don’t have one for HBW but that is a straightforward process!
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to work from Monday to Friday 12.15 – 3.30. The role will involve supervising the pupils during lunch time (between 12.15 and 1.15) and then delivering intervention programmes to individuals/groups of pupils from 1.15 – 3.30.
Please contact Ann Cassidy-Jones on 01279 652576, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Closing date for applications: Monday 12th March
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Men’s Silent Retreat: Finding God in Daily Life (8th-11th March)
This retreat is for adult men, single or married, of any age. It will be directed by a priest and a lay man from Opus Dei. Meditations and talks will be given on the central themes of the Catholic faith. For more information, please visit: www.dowryhouse.org.uk
Walsingham Spirituality Retreat 1 (16th-18th March)
Join us for the first of a series of 4 weekends on Walsingham Spirituality. Accompaniment and talks will be given by the sisters of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, enabling retreatants to enter more deeply into the spirituality of Walsingham and, in particular, what it means to accept God’s Will in one’s life. For more information, please visit: www.dowryhouse.org.uk
Men wanting to know more about the Permanent Diaconate are invited to come to a two hour meeting
from 10am to 12noon at:
St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green on Saturday 10th March, or
Ealing Abbey Saturday 14th April, or
Our Lady and St Vincent, Potters Bar Saturday 12th May.
No booking needed. Wives welcome.
Contact details Deacon Adrian Cullen 07961 594725 or Deacon Anthony Clark 07545 373548.
Do you have a Science qualification? Are you interested in being a Part or Full Time Lab Technician? We can offer a strong Catholic ethos, brand new £million facilities, fantastic staff, students, an Outstanding school, and a first class academic environment. Salary will be competitive and we can offer training.
If you are interested, please email email@example.com by Thursday 22nd February.
SENIOR SCIENCE TECHNICIAN
We welcome applications from those of the Catholic faith, all faiths and no faith, who are supportive of our Christian Values and Ethos.
St Mary’s requires a Senior Science Technician to oversee the technical support to our Science Department. Responsibilities include ensuring that equipment and materials are maintained and set up to enable practical work to be carried out efficiently and safely in our newly renovated laboratories. The successful candidate will line manage two Science Technicians and will operate out of a newly renovated Science preparation room. The post is for 37 hours per week during school term-time only, plus an unpaid 30 minute lunch break. Salary is payable on Hay Scale 4 (points 17-20) starting at point 17, giving a pro-rata salary of £17,772 pa including London Fringe Allowance and holiday pay. Applicants should be flexible, with appropriate qualifications and/or experience, able to work on their own initiative and to exhibit supportive leadership skills in a busy team environment.
St Mary’s Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS Disclosure is required for all successful applicants.
An application form and further details can be found at www.stmarys.net in the staff section. Only applications on the school application form can be considered. St Mary’s is committed to the quality of opportunity for all applicants.
Closing date: 2nd March 2018
The school is currently looking to recruit Examination Invigilators for
the internal exam seasons and for summer 2018 GCE/GCSE exams.
Hours will be during school time and can be morning or afternoon or both.
This post may be suitable for retired persons or those in part time work.
St Mary’s Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and
promoting the welfare of children and young people,
and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
A DBS is required for all successful applicants.
If you are interested in joining our team of Invigilators, please contact
Mrs Heather Pinnock, Exams Officer, at the school
for further details by Friday 16th February 2018.
Our results for our Year 6 school leavers in July 2017 were ‘outstanding’ as they have been since our last Ofsted Inspection in 2008. We are blessed to have had such a hard working staff led by an inspiring Head teacher throughout this time. The percentage of children who met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths was 98% which put our results 2nd in all Hertfordshire Primary School.
There are close to 500 Primary Schools in Hertfordshire and we would like to tell you that the funding that St. Joseph’s Primary receives per pupil is very close to the lowest amount per pupil for the County. I hope that you will therefore appreciate, even further, the outstanding results that the School achieves with very little money. The funding per pupil is calculated by the local authority based on our parent’s socio-economic situation and our low number of free school meals. This analysis may be correct but it does not mean that the school receives money from the parents to pay to run the school and so the reasoning is hard to understand.
On the new school building front, we had a Bidders Day on 15th January 2018 but at the time of writing this we have not received a response. The aim was to get planning consent by April 2018 and that building work would start in May 2018. It seems now that realistically the building works are not going to start before August 2018 at the earliest. The new school should be fully up and running from September 2019. This is still our goal but obviously we are concerned about that.
Herts County Council have been extremely supportive, they are not only funding the school expansion, but they are also paying for the two reception classes which were not part of our initial PSBP2 funding approval.
We do not have any more details now but we will try to keep you updated.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Chair of Governors
There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 20th to 22nd April 2018 at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex.
For more details please telephone Freda 01322-838415 or Sandra 01293-783965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lent begins on Wednesday Feb 14th which is also St Valentine’s Day ! There will be a number of weekly events including a Wednesday 6.30am workers Mass at St Joseph’s, some talks etc., and also, as in past years, copies of the little “WALK WITH ME” Lent booklets. They cost £1 each and are available from this weekend so that you can have them ready for Ash Wednesday ! Do take one from the back of the church and if you don’t have a £1 with you this week, bring it next week to leave in the basket next to the booklets.
They really are a wonderful personal resource for each of us to have and we do recommend them to you. The children in St Joseph’s School will also be receiving a special wall chart for each to take home to follow lent.
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their
5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2018.
If you are celebrating an anniversary and would like to attend please provide the following details to Debbie in the Parish Office ASAP; – husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).
The closing date for applications for invitations will be Monday 19th March 2018
Please click on the above link to open the 2018 Confirmation Class timetable.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is looking to train people as part-time firefighters to help us ensure a full crew is on standby near your village station at all times.
Our on-call firefighters do a range of day jobs from plumbers and IT consultants to florists and financial advisors. What they have in common is that they’re ready to drop everything and pull on their firefighting kit when their community needs them.
On-call firefighters need to live or work within four minutes of a fire station and be on standby to attend emergency incidents.
In return we offer full training and a basic annual retainer as well as payments for call-outs to incidents. They are required to attend the station for training with colleagues for three hours one evening per week for which they will also be paid.
To find more about being an on-call firefighter, pop-in to your village fire station during their training night or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/oncall
The minutes of the recent PPC ‘Not the New Year Gathering’ are available below together with the leaflet distributed ( Please click on each link to open)
Parishioners who were unable to attend are invited to review them and offer any ideas or suggestions
• for building up the dynamic Christian community we wish to become
• on how best to welcome and serve both newcomers and existing parishioners to strengthen our community, while deepening our faith
• for further learning/sharing/outreach in our community
Feedback made at the meeting was considered at our January meeting and any further responses will be considered when we meet again.
Please respond to the parish email address, Parish Office or via a note to No 3. Many thanks.
For our Penny Collection this year ,we will be collecting this year for The St Lawrence Community in Zambia, already supported by Most Holy Redeemer. Please see below for some information and help by putting all of your loose change in the tub at the back of St Josephs after Mass. Thank you. Every penny donated really will make a difference..
To welcome the new millennium the parishioners of Most Holy Redeemer, Sawbridgeworth chose to install a stained-glass window and to forge links with a Third World country. Through the auspices of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (the Chigwell Nuns) contact was made with St. Lawrence Community in Zambia. Sr. Eileen, with local people, had started a school for children of all ages and abilities to serve Misisi, the illegal shanty town of over 90 000 people on the outskirts of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.
At the beginning of 2001 the school catered for 474 children. Now it has over 1300 students from Grade 1 to Grade 9. Many children are orphans or only have one parent. When MHR began its support the school was not a government school and so the parish priest had to pay the wages of most of the teachers. Now, in 2016, the school has been recognised by the Zambian government and the teachers are on its payroll. However, teaching materials, desks, blackboards, textbooks, sports equipment and maintenance are not provided. Within the school compound there is also a home for abandoned children.
In 2007, Karin and Eugene Keddy flew out to Zambia and visited St. Lawrence’s Community. They took with them a large suitcase full of new baseball caps donated by the parish; a wall hanging made by the children of MHR; and £1 000 collected by our congregation.
2017 saw a return trip for Karin and Eugene to St. Lawrence’s Community. This time a suitcase filled with pencils and biros was taken as a gift plus £1 000. Sadly, the situation for the children had not really improved. In fact, it seemed to have worsened because of government interference, making demands upon resources and imposing new regulations. However, one positive result seems to be that more girls are now attending school, which can only be a hope for the future.
MHR is still continuing with its financial support: every time £1 000 is collected, it is transferred directly into the school account.
The children that attend St.Lawrence’s come from one of the worst slums in sub-Saharan Africa. They have nothing. That is why continued support for St. Lawrence’s is vital as education is so important. Supporting the school also helps the whole community.
If you are interested in supporting these children, here are some ways in which you can help:
Give through the MHR Penny Collection
Arrange a Standing Order for long-term help
“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”
(St. Lawrence School Motto)
Contact for further details:
Karin and Eugene Keddy