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Palm Crosses

Fr Carlos is requesting for parishioners to bring their palms they received from Palm Sunday in order to burn them in preparation for Ash Wednesday. If you wish to do so, please bring your palms to Fr. Carlos after Mass. There will also be a red bucket to leave your palms behind in the back of St Joseph’s Church. Thank you

Faith in Politics

is a Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme for recent university graduates, which offers a foundation of Catholic faith and spiritual formation for those who believe that they may have a vocation to public service in politics or public affairs. Importantly their journey begins and ends with a retreat, and spiritual guidance is an integral part of the year. Applications for Faith in Politics 2020-21 are now open for those in their final year at university.

More information at www.faithinpolitics.org.uk
Applications close on 28th February 2020.

Vacancies at St Mary’s School – Head of DT and a Sixth Form Supervisor

Head of Design and Technology
Competitive MPS or UPS + TLR2b (£4653), + London Fringe
Full-time Teacher required from September 2020

We seek applications from those of no faith, all faiths and the Catholic faith, and who are
supportive of our Christian values and ethos.

Due to retirement, we are seeking an inspiring and ambitious teacher ready to lead our popular and successful Design and Technology. Design and Technology is taught at all Key Stages at St Mary’s, with established courses at both GCSE and A-Level.

We seek applications from those of no faith, all faiths and the Catholic faith, and who are supportive of our Christian values and ethos.

Our school is in the process of developing a brand new DT Block with new bespoke, cutting edge facilities! This development will be one for the successful candidate to open and, owing to the forthcoming retirement of our excellent Head of Design & Technology, we are now seeking an inspiring and ambitious Head of Department who will relish this opportunity to lead these developments. A specialism in Resistant Materials/ Design & Technology is preferred.

Design and Technology is taught at all Key Stages at St Mary’s, with established courses at both GCSE and A-Level.

Working at St. Mary’s is an extraordinary opportunity. Our surveys this year showed that 96% of staff enjoy their work at St Mary’s, 97% agree that leaders do all they can to ensure a motivated and respected staff, 100% of students enjoy their learning and believe that behaviour around the school is good, and 97% of parents would recommend St. Mary’s to other parents. We are passionately committed to developing staff and managing workload to ensure that colleagues enjoy their work and recognise St. Mary’s as an almost-uniquely positive place to teach and enjoy their careers.

Our previous OFSTED inspection judged us as Outstanding in every category, and our most recent S48 Inspection (2018) judged us as Outstanding in every area. Over the last 4 years, exam results have risen at both GCSE & A Level. The ‘Progress 8’ score for 2018 was +0.61, which puts the school in the top 10% in the country. At A Level the proportion of A*-B Grades as well as students enrolling at elite Russell Group Universities has risen significantly over each of the last 4 years with 2018 breaking all school records.

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.

Application forms are online, and for further information please contact St Mary’s Catholic School on tel: 01279-654901 or email the Deputy Headteacher at t.johnston@stmarys.net or the Head’s PA at headspa@stmarys.net

Closing date: 10th February 2020

Application forms are online, and for further information please contact St Mary’s Catholic School on tel: 01279-654901 or email the Deputy Headteacher at t.johnston@stmarys.net or the Head’s PA at headspa@stmarys.net

 

Sixth Form Supervisor
H4-9
Salary range: £19,171 to £20,344 (pro-rata)
Term Time only. (Actual Salary £13,153pa to £13,934)

Working at St. Mary’s is an extraordinary opportunity. Our Surveys this year showed that 96% of staff enjoy their work at St Marys, 97% agree that leaders do all they can to ensure a motivated and respected staff, 100% of students enjoy their learning and believe that behaviour around the school is good, and 97% of parents would recommend St. Mary’s to other parents. We are passionately committed to developing staff and managing workload to ensure that colleagues enjoy their work and recognise St. Mary’s as an almost-uniquely positive place to teach and enjoy their careers.

The school is also at an extremely exciting juncture in its future. Demand is high, and owing to intense oversubscription, we are 3 years through expansion to 6FE. We have also won over £5.3m in capital bids in the last 3 years and are enjoying brand new cutting edge facilities as a result. The school faces an extremely strong and positive financial future.

Our previous OFSTED inspection judged us as Outstanding in every category, and our most recent S48 Inspection (2018) also judged us as Outstanding in every area. Over the last 4 years, exam results have risen at both GCSE & A Level. The ‘Progress 8’ score for 2018 was +0.61, which puts the school in the top 10% in the country. At A Level the proportion of A*-B Grades as well as students enrolling at elite Russell Group Universities has risen significantly over each of the last 4 years with 2018 breaking all school records.

We require a proactive, confident and supportive professional to reinforce the established high standards and expectations in our Sixth Form Study Centre. The successful candidate will support the Head of Sixth Form by being responsible for the supervision of the sixth form students during their private study time, completing Sixth Form administration and contribute to the promotion of progress and well-being of students within the school. The school offers excellent professional development and guidance, with a highly effective and supportive CPD programme. This post could be an ideal springboard for an aspiring teacher (we are part of the BSET initial teacher training programme). Similarly, it would also be suitable for candidates simply looking for term-time only hours.

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

Application forms are online, and for further information please contact St Mary’s Catholic School on tel: 01279-654901 or email the Deputy Headteacher at t.johnston@stmarys.net or the Head’s PA at headspa@stmarys.net

Closing date: Monday 10th February 2020 10 a.m.

Fr Peter blesses the building project at St Mary’s

See page 17 of the Bishop’s Stortford Independent for a lovely action shot photo of Fr Peter in a hard hat blessing St Mary’s building having climbed onto the roof!

Meanwhile Fr Carlos has been busy getting muddy shoes back on’ terra firma’ at St Joseph’s school this week for a blessing at their ground breaking ceremony ( see the photo  below the article!)

 

 

Learn from Me..

Distance Learning Certificate Courses for all involved in Parish Ministry or who desire to go deeper into their faith and understanding – information evening Thursday 23rd January, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, Vaughan House, 46, Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN.

Come and learn about what is involved in studying any of the courses on offer:

Certificate in Parish Ministry and Mission (CPMM),

Certificate in Catechesis (MCC) and

Catechesis on Marriage and Family (MFL).

All courses begin in March 2020.

To register interest and for further information, contact Anna Dupelycz at annadupelycz@rcdow.org.uk or telephone 020 7798 9026.

A Life line for Marriages

Is your marriage stressed, unloving, cold?
Do you want to improve your communication?
Have you separated, divorced, are you thinking of doing so?
Do you want to try again?

The Retrouvaille programme may be just what you need!
Next programme commences with a weekend  28th29th Feb & 1st Mar 2020

For more information Tel or Text 0788 729 6983 or 0797 338 0443
(Complete confidentiality assured.)

Email; retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com
Website : www.retrouvaille.org.uk

The week of Prayer for Christian Unity

THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY from 18-25 Jan takes the theme ’Unusual kindness’ reflecting on how our Christian faith leads us to see all ‘others’ as sisters and brothers.

Daily prayers can be found by searching the internet for ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020’ and following the links.

St Andrews with Holy Cross have arranged a special jointly led service this week on Monday 20th January 2020 starting at 3pm which will last 45 minutes. All are very welcome.

Safeguarding in our Parish

‘Safeguarding is everybody’s right, Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility’

The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters.
The Catholic Trust for England and Wales has purchased a package of e-learning programmes available to ALL members of the Catholic community FREE OF CHARGE. This is part of the Church’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding. These modules include:

• Child Protection
• Child Protection in Education
• Child Exploitation & Online Safety
• Safeguarding Adults
• Mental Capacity

What do I need to do to access this training resource?

1. To register your interest please email: safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk
2. Your email should contain your name, the name of your parish and your role (for example: Catechist, Eucharistic Minister, Youth Worker; Teacher; SVP/Volunteer; Parent/Grandparent/Guardian; Other.
3. On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
4. You will receive a welcome email from EduCare inviting you to set your password.
5. You will then have instant access to the training programmes.

ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP TO THIS FREE TRAINING

Thank you from Zimbabwe

A letter of thanks from Sophie and Mike Sullivan to all who supported the ‘ Bricks and Hymn Books’ campaign in Zimbabwe…

Dear Parishioners,
It has been so lovely to be in your midst again, after three years away, to celebrate Holy Mass with you and to catch up on friendships which we still hold very dear!Living in Zimbabwe can be a massive challenge at times. However – at the same time – we continue to live as any family does: with meals, school and betimes to deal with, as all of us do (just with the added fun of power cuts and water cuts!). In all seriousness, it has been a blessed experience in many ways, and living there has helped us learn, as a family, the most important life lessons. Sharing, being grateful for EVERYTHING we have and not wasting things, as well as the most challenging – which is to see God moving in every experience, even the hard times. In the generous outpouring we have experienced from so many of you – willing to give up your money at a pressurised time of year, towards people and causes you hardly know – it is a wonderful reminder that the life lessons we Sullivans have become so accustomed to by living in Zimbabwe, are present here too, even amidst all the tinsel and over-indulgence that can so easily smother the real meaning of this most holy season. So, a heart-felt thank you to each and every one.

We will keep St Joseph’s in our prayers.

God bless
Sophie and Mike Sullivan

Penny Collection 2020

Many thanks for your tremendous support for the Winter Night Shelter. The beneficiary of the 2020 Penny Collection will be the MEDAILLE TRUST.

This is a charity with strong Catholic roots and connections which works to support victims of modern slavery, mainly young women who have been trafficked to work in, for example, nail bars. It provides safe houses in various locations around the country and works closely with law-enforcement authorities.

You can find more information in the Penny Collection section on the parish website or on the charity’s website: www.medaille-trust.org.uk

ALPS – Across Lourdes Pilgrims and Supporters

ALPS (Across Lourdes Pilgrims and Supporters) will be meeting for coffee after Mass in the Parish Centre on the 2nd Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday, 9th January.

If you’ve been to Lourdes with Across, want to know more or wish to support the work of Across do come along and join us for coffee and a catch up.

We’ll be meeting from 10am so do pop in and find out more. If you have any queries call Alison Jones

Holy Land Pilgrimage – 6 places have become available!

There are now 6 places open for our parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The cost is £1333 for 7 nights in a shared room accommodation with a return flight from London Luton Airport.

If you are still interested to join, please see Fr. Carlos or contact the Parish Office in order to receive a Booking form and Brochure

Parish Magazine

Sadly, this Christmas issue will be the final printed edition. A ‘Huge Thank you’ to Astrid, our Editor for the sheer amount of time, energy and devotion she has spent over the years to create a really interesting read and also thank you to everyone who has been a regular contributor. On sale now at 30 pence only.

Join the Giving Machine to help Across

Fancy giving free money to charity?!

If you intend buying Christmas presents online or actually do any other internet shopping (even your weekly shop) perhaps you might consider using ‘The Giving Machine’ website.

If you create an account, which is free, and then access retailers via The Giving Machine page a donation will be given to your nominated charity. There are hundreds of retailers signed up (John Lewis, Amazon, Sainsbury’s etc) and many charities that can benefit but please consider nominating ‘Across Stansted’ as a linked charity.

Our Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes travelled with Across at the end of September and this provides an opportunity to support their work … for free!!

Every online transaction via The Giving Machine adds to their funds without it costing you anything.

Good news for St Lawrence Community in Zambia

This week we received an email from Sister Angela in Zambia, as drilling has been started on a bore hole and water has been found for the school population of 1490 pupils.. As a result we have  sent a further £1000 to help fund the installation of water pipes and a tank.

Dear People of  God
How are you? Good news!  Today water has been found at St. Lawrence. I have been through different problems, but today drilling has been done. From 25 metres to 50 metres, it is only water.
The borehole was warping so now has a 24 metre  metallic pipe so that it is firmly held. The charge for these 25 metres is more that the other 25 metres. It is our alleluia day!

What remains now is to source for some funds to install pipes and a tank.
Thank you. . It has not been easy for me. But I thank God.

 

New Steps at St Joseph’s

This week, following a recent health and safety inspection, work has been carried out to repair the much worn stone steps to the side entrance of the Church porch. A significant ‘dip’ had evolved owing to the sheer number of’ faithful footsteps’ welcomed over the threshold during the past 119 years, eventually making the tread unstable.

It is however wonderful to think and actually see the physical evidence of so many who have worshipped here before us in the last century.

If only the steps could talk, what a wonderful story, that would be!

Some before photos..

photos taken  by DJ

The ‘ After’ photos to follow…

Certificate of Catholic Practice

Applicants for St Joseph’s School for RECEPTION places in 2020/21 should collect a white ‘embossed’ application form for a certificate from either 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 15/1/2020.

Remembrance Sunday

THIS SUNDAY IS REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY and the 11am Mass at St Joseph’s will be a solemn requiem for the fallen.

At Much Hadham there will be an ecumenical service at their War memorial in the village and at Sawbridgeworth there will be an ecumenical Service at their War memorial near Great St Mary’s. The Catholic community will be formally represented at both of these Services.

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

Throughout this 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 again 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

Volunteers needed

The Hospice Shop in Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford is hoping to recruit some more volunteers.

If you have some spare time during the week or weekend and would like to see what is involved, please contact Louise Vigus or Jill Vaill the shop managers on 01279 659551 or drop in at any time and pay us a visit. You will find us very welcoming.

Sisters of St Mary of Namur celebrating the founding of their order

Many thanks to Peter Kinsella who kindly sent in this photograph and article to share with the parish..

This photograph was taken in Liverpool recently, when the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur celebrated the founding of their order in Belgium in 1819. It is well known that in 1896, five of the Sisters arrived in Bishop’s Stortford and established what is now St. Mary’s Catholic School

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool led a con-celebrated Mass at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Knotty Ash (yes, the place made famous by Ken Dodd!) and celebrations continued in the parish centre and at the iconic Adelphi Hotel.

Pictured are Sarah Kinsella, Peter Coldwell, Head of St. Joseph’s School, Ann Cassidy-Jones, Deputy Head of St, Joseph’s (and a relative of Archbishop McMahon), Archbishop Malcolm , Peter Kinsella and Sister Judith Russi, who many will remember from her days at 3, Windhill, when she and Sarah put on the parish musicals. Sister Judith is now Director of EducareM, which supports Catholic education and leadership in the UK.

St. Mary’s School was represented by Deputy Head, Deirdre McHugh.

The banners of both St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Schools were displayed on the sanctuary for the celebration Mass.

A surprise for us was that Sarah’s setting of the motto of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur “O, Lord, my God, in the simplicity of my heart, it is with joy that I offer all” (from 1 Corinthians) was sung by the choir at the Mass.

Did you know…?

..that since 3/6/2015 until 25/09/2019 our Church Live stream at St Joseph’s has attracted 367,670 Viewers from all over the world , the total viewing time being 152,450 hours !!

Golfers – save the date 2020

A note for your diary for next year
Our charity golf day will be held on Friday 22nd MAY 2020 at the Manor of Groves Golf and Country Club. More details and information later.

RCIA Come and See

If you are you interested in Adult Baptism, Reception to the Church or Adult Confirmation, please see Fr Carlos on Monday 23rd September 2019 at 8pm in the WCC for more information

More Painting …

We are nearly there !

The painting has now started outside of the Lady Chapel and already there is a vast improvement just by looking at the preparation done so far which has covered over the ‘mouldy off white, with a hint of green’peeling layers of previous paintwork!