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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

  

 

 

 

World Day of the Poor – Sunday 18th November

Pope Francis has asked the entire Catholic community to mark World Day of the Poor on Sunday 18th November.

The theme for this year is ‘this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him’.

This year Caritas Westminster is asking that you not only remember those in poverty in your prayers and but reach out in practical ways.

Encounter

Encounter meet next on Friday 16 Nov in the  Windhill Churches Centre.
‘Gaudete et Exsultate : Rejoice & be Glad’

A review & discussion of the recent booklet on the call to holiness from Pope Francis.

10am coffee 10.30am meeting opens 12.30pm shared lunch: please bring food to share 2pm day ends.

All welcome for all or part of the day.

Enquiries to Yvonne Fordyce

Parish AGM

Come along, catch up and connect!

Here’s an opportunity to find out more about what has been going on and offer suggestions on what next.

All parishioners are invited to attend on Sunday, 9th December at the Parish Centre from 7pm-8.30pm.

Drinks and nibbles will be served.

Put the date in your diary now and we look forward to seeing you.

‘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.

Month of the Holy Souls

MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS – Envelopes are now available at the back of the three Churches for those relatives you wish to be added to the November List of the Dead

ALL SOULS DAY blessing of graves – graves in the Bishop’s Stortford Cemetery will be blessed after the morning Mass from 10.30. Those in Sawbridgeworth Cemetery from 12 noon and those in St Thomas’ at Perry Green from 12 noon also.

A date for your diary..

THE JOINT COUNCIL OF ST ANDREW’S WITH HOLY CROSS, MUCH HADHAM
INVITES
ALL MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY
AND BEYOND TO
THE ADVENT ADDRESS 2018
GIVEN BY

The Revd Canon Michael McAdam

Presents or Presence?
Getting ready for Christmas –
what Advent means to me

Saturday 1st December 2018
12 noon
at St Andrew’s with Holy Cross
Refreshments afterwards

Finance Reporting Manager Job

Financial Reporting Manager Finance dept

Would you like to develop your finance career in a charity helping those most in need?

We are looking for a passionate, proactive and enthusiastic finance professional to join our Finance team as a Financial Reporting Manager. This is a hugely diverse role that offers fantastic opportunities for you to develop your skills and experience in the charity sector.

Our charity provides pastoral care and support through our parishes, schools and social outreach agencies coordinated by Caritas Westminster, to all those in need across 17 Local Authorities in London, as well as in Hertfordshire and part of Surrey.

The successful candidate will be a fully qualified accountant with a solid track record within the charity sector. They will have experience of producing both statutory and management accounts, as well as and robust knowledge of SORP and FRS 102. They will be a strong people manager, with a conscientious and detail-oriented approach to their work.

Together with the Financial Controller and Finance Director, you will deliver high quality, value-added reporting, budgeting and financial analysis during an exciting time of development and growth for our charity.

Hours of work: 35 hours per week (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Salary: £47,000-£52,000 per annum (neg)

Closing date: 29 October 2018

Please click on the link below for the job description.

https://rcdow.org.uk/att/files/diocese/jobs/0011-70101%20financial%20reporting%20manager%20job%20description%20finance.pdf

Please note that you will need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position. You must provide proof of Right to Work in the UK.

To be considered for the role, please submit a job application to humanresources@rcdow.or.uk

Alternatively, applications can be posted to: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN and marked for the attention of the HR department.

Street Pastors wanted

We are fortunate enough to have an active Street Pastor team in Bishop’s Stortford who go out on the streets most Fridays from 10pm – 2am and are supported in prayer back at the base by a Prayer Pastor. All those involved with this work believe passionately that it is a invaluable ministry to serve the community out on the streets at nights.

We are blessed to have:
• a team of 12 active (9 + 3 newly trained) passionate, committed Street Pastors from different churches in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth, who go out once a month, ranging in age from 26 to 87!
• 5 more resting Street Pastors eager to serve again when work and health will allow them,
• a passionate committed team of 3 prayer pastors praying once a month at base (10-12pm) and a wider group of Prayer Pastor supporters supporting this work by praying from home,
• a wonderfully appreciative limitless number of people on the streets who really value the work we do and marvel at why we do it. We enjoy the  endless thanks we receive and the occasional chance to have deeper discussions. They are always interested to hear why we serve in this way, to serve the night time community and God.

However, we would love to have more people interested in finding out about being a Street Pastor or Prayer Pastor as this would enable us to do more, including get back out to do a monthly patrol in Sawbridgeworth.

 

If you speak another language eg Polish, that would be a bonus. If you are free once a month 10pm – 2am and are interested to come out with us one night to observe, let us know by emailing bishopstortford@streetpastors.org.uk

Calix Society for Recovering Alcoholics

The Calix Society offers a Catholic ministry to alcoholics in recovery by deepening or rediscovering their faith and sharing the healing mercy of God. Meetings are held every Thursday at the Calix Centre, Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Road, NW8 8LA.

For details, visit http://www.calixsociety.org.uk/, tel: 07762570361 or email: calixsjw@btinternet.com.

10th BS Scout group need you!

Are you willing to help us run our Beaver colony on Monday afternoons from 4:45-5:45pm?

We are in need of a couple of people to join our team having fun with 6-8 year olds.

There is training available, it’s good fun, rewarding and can help on a CV. A DBS check would need to be done which is very straight forward!

Contact Clare Wright for more information

Members wanted for the Parish Social Committee

The Parish Social Committee are  seeking new members to join a small team organising events for parishioners’ enjoyment.

We aim to meet every couple of months in the Upper Room of the Windhill Churches’ Centre in order to prepare for at least one parish event each quarter.

Come and talk to us at the Charity Barn Dance on 10 November or attend our next meeting on Tuesday, 13 November at 7.30pm.

Alternatively, contact Debbie Hourihan  if you need more information.

Holy Cross at St Andrews ‘ Light up the Church for Christmas’

I’m pleased to say that we are continuing our Light up the Church for Christmas! scheme this year. If you would like to send Christmas Greetings to local friends, please get in touch with us with your special message and we will list it in our special section of the Magazine.

In addition of seeing St. Andrew’s with Holy Cross floodlit during Christmas it will help our church with your kind donations. Please contact Ishara Suares  with a minimum donation of £15 with a cheque made payable to “Much Hadham PCC” if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

Please get in touch with Ishara before the 15th of November so we can have these processed early, before the next magazine issue date. Thank You!

Calling All Young Singers

 

The Junior Choir is looking for children to join us (year 3 upwards). We sing together at the 9am Sunday Mass and also perform at other events during the year.

If you’d like to join, please see Francesca Sathan by the Sacristy after the 9am Mass on Sundays

Foundation Governor Recruitment

The vibrant Catholic Secondary School in Bishop’s Stortford that is St Mary’s is looking for practising Catholics who feel they have something to offer to this (x) year old institution to join the Board of Governors as a Foundation Governor.

It would be an advantage (but not essential) if you have skills in any of the following areas; facilities management, construction, communication or health & safety. The role is a 4 year tenure and requires attendance at 2 meetings per term plus occasional visits to school to meet with classes and subject teachers as well as attending training courses as required.

If you are interested in giving something back to this Outstanding School, please contact the Clerk to the Governors at headspa@stmarys.net

Thank you !!

THANK YOU very much indeed for the very generous response to the SVP Kerala appeal last week. In total we are pleased to say that we raised a combined total of £1,846.11 (£1,469.15 from St Joseph’s, £250.86 from Holy Cross and £126.10 from Most Holy Redeemer).

We are still accepting donations, so if you missed out last week and would like to help to raise £153.89 to increase the total to a nice round £2k, please drop any donations to number 3.

Cheques can be made payable to’ SVP’.

Thank you very much.