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Peace Sunday 20 January 2019

Good Politics serve peace- Pope Francis World Peace Day Message

How I wish that
all men and women of good will
would look at the Cross
if only for a moment!

There, we can see God’s reply:
Violence is not answered
with violence,
death is not answered
with the language of death.

In the silence of the Cross
the uproar of weapons ceases
and the language of reconciliation,
forgiveness, dialogue and
peace is spoken

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Nursery Admissions 2019/2020

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY ADMISSIONS 2019/2020
The application process for children starting Nursery in September 2019 (born between 01/09/2015 and 31/08/2016) opens on Monday 4th February 2019 and closes on Friday 15th March 2019. Application forms will be available on 4th February from the school office or can be downloaded from www.stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk. A copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and a Certificate of Catholic practice should accompany your application. All applications must be returned to the school office at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

Places will be offered on Monday 1st April.

CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE

Applicants for St Joseph’s School for NURSERY places in 2019 should collect a white ‘embossed’ application form for a certificate from No 3 Windhill, the Sacristy or the Parish Office in person. Once completed it should then be posted through the letter box of No 3 Windhill marked for Fr Peter’s attention with a stamped addressed envelope please. The Certificate will then be posted to you. The School deadline is 15/3/2019.

Please apply in plenty of time to allow the certificate to be processed.

Cleaner Vacancy

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School are looking for a cleaner to join their team 3.30pm to 5.30pm weekdays, term time only with possible overtime during school holidays.

Please contact Nicola McManus 01279 652576 sbmanager@stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk for an application form.

The school is committed to safeguarding children and young people.

All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

Zamknit and Chat

 

2pm on Tuesday 29th January in Most Holy Redeemer extension.

All are welcome

Penny Collection

For several years St. Joseph’s has supported overseas projects but this year we are “going local”, and donating proceeds of the Penny Collection to the Winter Night Shelter at Holy Trinity Church. Whilst now well established as an overnight shelter they hope also to be able to offer daytime activity and practical help and advice.

So please dig out all that unwanted cash and put it in the designated jar at the back of the church to support this very worthy cause.

Food Bank Satellite Coordinator required

Satellite Centre Coordinator
Part Time (16 hours per week):
Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri Hours: 11.30-15.30
Salary: £7.85 ph
Harlow Foodbank Satellite Centre – Harlow
The Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT) is looking for applicants for the above position who will work alongside the Satellite Centre Manager at St Paul’s Church in Harlow Town Centre. We are looking for a self-motivated, organised person who enjoys working as part of a team supporting a wide range of people in crisis who attend the centre to pick up their emergency food.
Application form & job description on request.
Previous applicants need not apply.

Contact Margaret O’Donovan on 01279 724515
Closing date for applications: Friday 18th January 2019
Registered Charity No 1065006 www.mrct.org.uk

St Michaels Church Bells Appeal

The red brick tower and slender steeple of St Michael’s church are a familiar sight to the people of Bishop’s Stortford. There have been bells in the tower since the early 1400s. The present ring of ten bells was installed in 1820 in a wooden frame after the tower and spire were rebuilt the previous year. Since then, the only other work on the bells consisted of re-tuning in 1928. Now, nearly 200 years since the last major work, the bells are in urgent need of refurbishment.

ST MICHAELS need to raise £200,000.

Several of our Parishioners are Bell ringers at St Michaels and many weddings over the decades celebrated at St Joseph’s have been accompanied by the bells of St Michaels.

If you would like to help by making a donation, please visit

Church Bells Restoration Appeal

Offering Hope Workshops

12th January 2-4pm and 22nd January 7-9pm -Courtyards ‘Offering Hope’ workshops are open to anyone who is interested in how the Church can help and make a difference to the lives of young people.

Conversations between individuals will give an idea of current projects happening within the diocese, in addition to input from Courtyard on constructing new ideas for engaging and accompanying young people.

If you would like more information, or wish to attend either of the dates above please email sophie@millionminutes.org

Sion Centre Talks

TALKS AT THE SION CENTRE, 34 CHEPSTOW VILLAS, LONDON, W11 2QZ
0207 313 8286 www.sioncentre.org,

ROMERO, Saints of Vatican II A series given by Jonathan Gorsky
Dates: Wednesday 9th January and Wednesday 16th January
Time: 11.00am – 3.15pm (Tea and Coffee from 10.30am) Please bring a packed lunch

TORN FROM HOME – An event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day
An afternoon with Fr Francis Wahle – one of the Kindertransport Children and a Priest of the Westminster Diocese
Date: Tuesday 29th January Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm (Tea and Coffee from 1.30pm) at the Sion Centre

Seekers Meeting

COME TO A SEEKERS MEETING FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO DISCERN A POSSIBLE VOCATION

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm Tuesday 29 January 2019 Venue: SW3 5AA, Beaufort St, Chelsea, London, SW3 5AA, UK
Seekers’ meeting scheduled at Allen Hall Seminary, 28 Beaufort Street, Chelsea London SW3 5AA. The schedule for the day is as follows:

6:00 pm Evening Prayer and Mass
7:00 pm Supper
7.30-9pm Seekers’ meeting

Attendance at the meeting is by invitation of the Vocations Promoter. If interested, please contact: Canon Stuart Wilson, Spiritual Director, Allen Hall Seminary, 28 Beaufort Street, London SW3 5AA Tel: 020 7349 5620
Email: vocationspromoter@rcdow.org.uk or stuartwilson@rcdow.org.uk

Christmas Preparations at St Joseph’s

Fr Carlos.. preparing the entrance to St Joseph’s Church with a  Christmas garland.. with a little help from our two visiting Seminarians, Johannes and Simon from Germany

Teaching Vacancies at St Mary’s

Teacher of ICT and Computer Science
MPS or UPS and includes Fringe Scale
Full-time or part-time Teacher required from April 2019

Required for April 2019, an inspiring and ambitious teacher to join our popular Computer Science and ICT department. Computer Science and ICT are popular subjects at all Key Stages at St Mary’s, with established courses at both GCSE and A-Level. Attainment is outstanding with the department achieving 25% 9-7 grades and 94% 9-4 in 2018 at GCSE and 100% A*-B at A-Level. The successful candidate would be expected to teach across the full age and ability range, supported by a dedicated and innovate cast of supporting colleagues. The school offers excellent professional development and guidance, with a highly effective and supportive CPD programme.

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.

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.

For Further information please contact St Mary’s Catholic School on tel: 01279-654901 or email: headspa@stmarys.net

Closing date: 7th January 2019

Teacher of Languages (Spanish and Italian) – Maternity Cover
MPS or UPS and includes Fringe Scale
Part-time Teacher required from April 2019

Required for April 2019, an inspiring and ambitious teacher to join our popular and successful Modern Foreign Languages Department. French, Spanish and Italian are popular subjects at all Key Stages at St Mary’s, with established courses at both GCSE and A-Level. Attainment and progress in the department are outstanding with MFL Progress 8 regularly in the top 10% and occasionally in the top 5% of schools nationally. The successful candidate would be expected to teach both Spanish and Italian across the full age and ability range, supported by a dedicated and innovate cast of supporting colleagues. The school offers excellent professional development and guidance, with a highly effective and supportive CPD programme. The post is maternity cover and would run for one academic year.

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.” The school is in the middle of a multi-million pound site redevelopment, delivering excellent facilities, along with outstanding teaching, for our students.

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.

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.

For Further information please contact St Mary’s Catholic School on tel: 01279-654901 or email: headspa@stmarys.net

Closing date: Monday 7th January 2019

Teacher of Performing Arts (Music and Drama)
MPS or UPS and includes Fringe Scale
Full-time Teacher required from September 2019

Required for September 2019, an inspiring and ambitious teacher to join our popular Performing Arts Department teaching both Music and Drama. Music and Drama are both popular subjects at all Key Stages at St Mary’s, with established courses at both GCSE and A-Level. Attainment is outstanding with the department achieving 40% 9-7 grades and 90% 9-5 in 2018 at GCSE and 100% A*-C at A-Level. The successful candidate would be expected to teach across the full age and ability range, supported by a dedicated and innovate cast of supporting colleagues. The school offers excellent professional development and guidance, with a highly effective and supportive CPD programme.

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.” The school is in the middle of a multi-million pound site redevelopment, delivering excellent facilities, along with outstanding teaching, for our students.

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.

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.

For Further information please contact St Mary’s Catholic School on tel: 01279-654901 or email: headspa@stmarys.net

Closing date: Monday 7th January 2019

Christmas Message

Fr Peter and Fr Carlos and the Pastoral Council and Committees of our three Churches, send you their thanks for the past year and every prayer and good wish for a Happy, Blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Learning Support Assistant

We require a part-time Learning Support Assistant to support students with a variety of additional and special needs throughout the school. The post is temporary and will begin during the Spring Term until the end of the July 2019. The term-time post is part-time ie 20 hours per week during school hours from Monday-Friday. Salary is payable on Hay Scale 2 (points 11-14 full time salary £17,007 – £17,861) starting at point 11.

Members of the Special Educational Needs department work in all curriculum areas within the school, so the successful applicant must be flexible, able to work well as part of a team and to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and pupils in a busy school 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: Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed on a rolling basis

Parish AGM

THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Parish AGM on Sunday and to those who provided the refreshments. If you missed the meeting there are copies of the report available at the back of each Church. Please do take one or alternatively click on the link below.

Parish Report

Parish Finance Report

News from the Governors at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

I am pleased to report that following our requests for two Catholic applicants to join our Board in September 2018 that we now have two suitable candidates who have applied to the Diocese to join us as Foundation Governors. We also have a newly elected Parent Governor, Suzie Carpenter, following a contest between four parents. This gives us a full Board again.
The Governing Body is made up of 16 members. 9 are appointed by the Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster to represent the Catholic Church; 2 represent the parents; 2 represent the school staff; 2 are co-opted by the Governing Body for specific skill requirements; and 1 is appointed by the Local Authority. Each Governor is appointed for a 4 year term but most complete more than one term. We are fortunate to have so many volunteers with a variety of extensive skills. Many schools struggle to fill Governor vacancies but we do not due to the support from our community.
Details of all the current Governors can be found on the school website with more information about what we do.

NEW SCHOOL BUILDING
The aim is to get planning consent by the end of 2018 and for building work to start in February 2019. The new, bigger school should be fully up and running from February 2020. After this the current school will be demolished and the landscaping will be carried out. The Governors have had many lengthy meetings with the developers, Department for Education, Diocese, Local Authority, architects, IT specialists etc. over the past year to agree the plans.
We thank those of you that attended the public presentation of the plans at the school on Monday, 23rd July. The feedback was positive with the only negative comments about the parking outside the school which is something that we have little control over.
Herts County Council have been supportive; they are funding the school expansion and they are also paying for the two reception classes which were not part of our PSBP2 funding approval. They have also now agreed that they will provide the extra classroom that will be needed for the increased numbers in Year 1 between September 2019 and the completion of the new school in February 2020.
A nursery classroom was also not funded by our PSBP2 funding bid and the school will be accepting a loan from the Diocese to pay for this to be included in the new building. We have to pay this back over a 5 year period which is going to be difficult financially but we consider that this is necessary and achievable.
We are going to need to do some serious fundraising over the next couple of years as there is a great deal of equipment that we will have to provide ourselves for the new school building.

Thank you very much for your continuing support.
Suzanne Fitzgerald
Chair of Governors

Did you know…?

..that since 3/6/2015 until 5/12/2018 our Church Live stream at St Joseph’s has attracted 273045 Viewers from all over the world!

Penny Collection for Zambia

PENNY COLLECTION FOR ZAMBIA – Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Penny collection for Zambia this year. We
have now reached our £1k total and the money has been sent to St Lawrence School. We received an email from Sr Angela in Zambia last week following our donation( see below). The money raised will make a real difference. Thank you!

Dear People of God

This is really good news. I thank you greatly. On Monday I will check at the bank and for sure the borehole issue will start soon before the water table rises.
Very soon I will report on the full expenditure of the amount we received. We are waiting to buy a transparent roofing sheet to be fixed on one of the classrooms which had the roof damaged.

May God continue blessing you.
Sr. Angela.

Reverend Father Michael Lambert AA RIP

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Rev Fr Michael Lambert and the Priests and Parishioners at Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew in Hitchin.

Fr Michael sadly died on Sunday 2 December following a road traffic collision in Hitchin.

He was ordained a Priest in 1966, retiring in 2016 but remained in the Hitchin Parish providing pastoral support where he was very much loved.

His body will be received into the Church on Sunday 16 December at 4.30pm and his Requiem Mass will be at 11am on 17 December.

May he rest in peace

Thank you

THANK YOU to all who supported the wonderful Advent Fayre at MHR.

£370 was raised which will be shared equally between St. Lawrence’s School, Zambia and the Cardinal Hume Centre.

St Mary’s School Vacancy

Full-Time Permanent Director of Catholic Life
(Required for April or September 2019)

Highly Competitive Salary

This is a new post, designed to attract a highly ambitious and capable candidate. The post will deliver leadership of our Catholic Life and Curriculum RE, and will be firmly connected to the Senior Team. The post-holder will be supported to shape and utilise a staff & pupil Chaplaincy team, future leadership within the RE Department, and whole-school Catholic Life.
This post is ideal preparation for Catholic Deputy Headship and the successful candidate can expect to make a credible application for those posts in a few years’ time. Candidates will need to already have significant leadership experience at a middle and perhaps even at a senior level.

The RE Department is fully staffed with talented teachers. It is progressive, effective and high-achieving; attainment is in the top 10% of schools nationally, and the whole school itself is enjoying consecutive years of breaking its own examination performance records at GCSE & A Level. Students are keen to learn, colleagues are supportive, and there is a strong sense of inclusion and belonging where our Catholic ethos pervades all aspects of school life. A key pre-application read is found on our website – click the link to our January 2018 S48 Inspection Report; outstanding in every category.

The School is enjoying a remarkable season of change and development – it is an exciting journey of expansion and investment. Part of that includes a £5m building programme which will, in the next few weeks, deliver, amongst many other things, a brand new RE department and facility.
This is a key post requiring a practising Catholic. Visits to the school are warmly encouraged by contacting Mrs Rebecca Faulkner resources on 01279 654 901 or email: headspa@stmarys.net .

The closing date will be 28th November midday, with interviews on the 30th November.

‘There but not there…’

Eight men from what was then our young and small Parish, died in WWI and their names are commemorated in an illuminated manuscript that hangs next to the Sacristy door. It records that the beautiful wooden Choir Stalls in the Sanctuary were installed in their memory.

St Joseph’s will be participating in the “There but not There” project (go to www.therebutnotthere.org.uk and see the works that will be supported by this initiative).

Throughout the weekend there will be 8 silhouettes “sitting” in different locations in the Church benches, each with a plaque giving the name of the person commemorated. They will sit among us once gain as they did in life.

Please use this opportunity to say a prayer for their souls and also to pray deeply that the scourge of war may be taken from our world today.

       

 

 

THANK YOU to everyone involved at our three Churches who so generously give their time and talents each week at Mass and to those particularly who have been involved in the WW1 local Centenary events this weekend.

A special mention also to our talented Flower guild and the Senior Parish Art group who have created some beautiful floral tributes and art work in the Church as well as that displayed in  the Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information Office

  

 

 

 

‘There but not there’ project

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2018
CENTENARY OF THE END OF WWI
This year sees the centenary of the end of WWI, and there will be special events to mark this centenary across the country. Eight men from what was then our young and small Parish, died in WWI and their names are commemorated in an illuminated manuscript that hangs next to the Sacristy door. It records that the beautiful wooden Choir Stalls in the Sanctuary were installed in their memory.

St Joseph’s will be participating in the “There but not There” project (go to www.therebutnotthere.org.uk and see the works that will be supported by this initiative).

Throughout the weekend there will be 8 silhouettes “sitting” in different locations in the Church benches, each with a plaque giving the name of the person commemorated. They will sit among us once gain as they did in life. Please use this opportunity to say a prayer for their souls and also to pray deeply that the scourge of war may be taken from our world today.

Lourdes Future Jumbulance Pilgrimages and HCPT Pilgrimages

Building on our first Parish Jumbulance pilgrimage to Lourdes at the beginning of October we are delighted to announce that the Jumbulance vehicle will be visiting St Joseph’s on a goodwill visit on the weekend of November 17th and 18th.

It will be parked on Windhill and everyone at the Masses will have a chance to go on board and see what it is all about.

We hope that in the Spring we will be doing some fundraising to establish a Parish “Lourdes Fund” that will be able to support future Jumbulance pilgrimages and HCPT pilgrimages from our Parish.