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Summer Camp

SUMMER CAMP under 18’s

The Archdiocese of Birmingham are running their annual summer camp in collaboration with ‘Lifeteen’ and are now taking bookings.

Week 1: 29th July – 2nd August | Week 2: 5th-9th August.

The week is full of high adrenaline activities, inspirational talks, moving times of prayer, making new friends in small groups, a full day at Alton Towers and daily access to the sacraments.

The donation for camp is £265.

For more info please contact beccy.roseman@kenelmyouthtrust.org.uk or look at the Diocese of Westminster web site Youth page http://dowym.com/events/11163/

Health Walks

Health walks are part of a countrywide programme of free, led walks, helping everyone get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. For all walks, meet at the entrance to the park by the Link Road car park. From 4th May – end of August Castle Park Health Walks will take place every Friday.
10.00am – 10.30am First Steps – easiest walk, 20 – 30minutes, flat and even ground,
gentle pace, no stiles, regular stopping places
11.00am – 11.30am Grade 1 – easy walk, 30 minutes, about 1.5 miles, gentle hills, no stiles
1.00pm – 1.45pm Grade 2 – moderate walk, 45 minutes, about 2 miles, moderate hills

Thank you

The Social Committee would like to thank all who made the Family Fun Day such a huge success especially our volunteers who helped prepare the Centre and parkland on Saturday and Sunday mornings; to those who sold tickets after Mass; to those who manned the stalls; to those who stayed to the end to help with the clearing up; for the donations we received for our stalls and to all who bought tickets to come along on the day.

The glorious weather was enhanced by live music and the opportunity to meet old and make new friends over the four-hour period.

Special thanks to Fr Peter for officiating at the raffle and Fr Carlos for being a great sport!

  

Photo courtesy of Monica

Dowry Tour

Brentwood Cathedral of St Mary and St Helen
Thursday to Saturday 19th – 21st July 2018

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham will be in Brentwood for a three-day triduum of prayer.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Update

In relation to the NEW SCHOOL BUILDING, there has been a delay unfortunately. The aim is now to get planning consent by December 2018 and that building work will start in February 2019. The new, bigger school should be fully up and running from February 2020. After this the old school will be demolished and the landscaping will be carried out.
We have had 6 weeks of lengthy meetings about the design of the new building and there is to be a public presentation of the plans at the school on Monday, 23rd July from 3.30pm to 7pm.
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.
The nursery class was also not funded 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 loan back over a 5 year period which is going to be difficult financially but we consider that this is necessary and achievable.
We will try to keep you updated as matter progress.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Suzanne Fitzgerald
Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor Vacancy

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR VACANCY

at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Bishop’s Stortford

From September 2018 we have a Foundation Governor space on our Board that needs filling. The Board is made up of 9 Catholic Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese; 2 Parent elected Governors; 2 staff members including our Headteacher; 1 Local Authority appointed Governor; and 2 Governors that we co-opt for their required skills. Every Governor appointment is for a period of four years but most of our Governors remain for more than one period of appointment.

Our Governing Body is hard working and everyone must attend the Full Meetings held on Monday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30pm every half term (6 per year). If you join the Finance and Premises Committee then they also meet every half term on a different Monday evening. We have other Committees that meet during the school day. There is a great deal of reading and documents are shared via the secure school e-mail system. Please look at the Governor section of the school website for more details.

Every Governor must have a clear Enhanced DBS check (formerly known as CRB) that we will undertake and every Governor must sign up to our Code of Conduct. The Code deals with how we must all behave and, importantly, confidentiality is crucial on many occasions.

Governors have a strategic role in the school: we are here to ensure clarity of vision and ethos; hold the Headteacher to account for educational and staff performance; oversee financial performance; and safeguarding. We are not here to get involved with the day to day running of the school.

As you may be aware, we have the great opportunity of having a new school built within the next 2 year period. If you have skills relating to law, then we would encourage you to put yourself forward.

If you are interested and would like to discuss the matter further, then you
can e-mail governors@stjosephs207.herts.sch.uk and I can arrange to call you at a convenient time.

Suzanne Fitzgerald, Chair of Governors

Summer Lunch

Justice & Peace Group and Wednesday Afternoon Group are holding a summer buffet lunch on Wednesday 18th July starting at 12 noon in the Parish Centre.

Main course and dessert, tea/coffee.

Donations please towards the Penny Collection for the St. Lawrence Community in Zambia.

THANK YOU

to everyone who joined us at MHR on Saturday 30th June for the quiz night to raise funds for St Mary’s students travelling to Peru in July 2019 to do volunteer work. The quiz night raised £459 and we appreciate everyone’s support

RETROUVAILLE PROGRAMME (non- residential) 9:30am – 4:30pm

Venue: Welwyn Garden City, Herts. It is for couples with marital problems including those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced who want help to try again. Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the programme. These latter couples often consider the Retrouvaille programme as their final option. To book http://www.retrouvaille.org.uk/nextprog.html
To speak to someone in confidence please call: 07887 296983 or
0797 3380443

Parish Magazine

Copy needed please for the next issue of the Parish Magazine, deadline Friday 13th July.

Kindly e-mail to astriddavies@hotmail.co.uk or leave with Debbie in the Office.

Welcome

We welcome back to the parish this weekend and give thanks to Mgr. Canon Harry Turner who will be celebrating Mass at St Joseph’s

Clare Priory Craft Fayre Suffolk 14-15 July 2018

CLARE PRIORY CRAFT FAYRE SUFFOLK 14-15 July – Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NX A craft fair with over 200 exhibitors of traditional and contemporary crafts, food, drink and children’s entertainment in the 14th century Priory and its beautiful grounds.

Visitors to the Clare Priory Craft Fair in Suffolk will be offered free guided tours of Clare Priory Catholic Church. Father David Middleton OSA, Parish Priest of Clare, will lead the tours which will be every 2 hours, starting in the old church and lasting for about 30 minutes.

For info please phone 07726961966, or visit: http://www.clarepriory.org.uk/CraftFair/entrance.php

A message from Fr Carlos

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your presence and prayers at my Anniversary Mass of Priestly Ordination. Surely, God has favoured the occasion with a good Mass, a pleasant gathering, delicious food, and beautiful weather. Let’s not forget that even the football was great that day. Many thanks for your gifts, both physical and spiritual. Never forget to pray for Fr. Peter, myself, and for all your priests, that we may be faithful servants of God and his Church.”

Encounter

Apologies, but the Retreat Day scheduled for 6th July has had to be cancelled. If interested, Clare Priory advertises ‘The Way of Silence’ on 17th July, 10.30-3.00pm. Contact no. for more information: 01787 277326

Trailblazers..

A Group for retired men or those not in work meets every first Thursday of the month in the Emmaus Centre at St James’ Church. After a short meeting from 11am- 12 noon the group have lunch in The Harvest Moon.
Contact Ken Mollison on 01279 832614 or email ken.mollison@ntlworld.com for more information.

THE PASSAGE ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY

in the beautiful and historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 13 July 2018, from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. Tickets at £45 each, include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. There will be a raffle and charity auction. Tickets are available from Eventbrite passage-garden-party-2018.eventbrite.co.uk or call The Passage 020 7592 1856. It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the Abbey. All proceeds to ‘’The Passage.”

Inspiring music in worship course

Would you be interested in joining a discussion course in July?

Wednesdays 11th and 18th, Mondays 23rd and 30th July, then Thursday 2nd August. 7:30-9:30pm in the Windhill Churches Centre.

It’s open to everybody: designed to enable leaders of worship, musicians and congregations to talk to each other and reflect on worship together.

Sessions include ‘What does it mean to be a worshipping person?’, ‘Discovering skills and releasing gifts’, ‘Music and mission’, we would invite people to attend all five but they will work as standalone sessions too.

Contact the Parish Office church@saintmichaelweb.org.uk to reserve your place

Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2019

CATHOLIC PARISH OF BISHOP’S STORTFORD
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019

Application forms and sign-up sheets will be available from the Sacristy as from Sunday 17th June 2018 for Children who wish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and will be at least 8 years old on or before 31 August 2019

The preparation programme is only for those children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion within the Catholic Parish of Bishop’s Stortford and not elsewhere

All forms must be signed for by the parent of each child – please do not take a form for someone else

Forms must be returned to 3 Windhill by Wednesday 5 September

Sacrament of Confirmation 2019

CATHOLIC PARISH OF BISHOP’S STORTFORD
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 2019

Application forms for all those in the Parish who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2019 will be available from the Sacristy from
Sunday 17th June 2018
Applicants only are to sign for a form and must have a birthday on or before 31 August 2004 (Year 10 and above)

The last day for receiving completed forms into No. 3 Windhill will be Monday 9th July 2018 at the very latest..

The Confirmation course for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2019 will begin with a first meeting for Candidates, with their parents, on Sunday 15th July in the Parish Centre after the 6pm Mass.

Meetings for the Candidates alone will then begin on the Sunday November 4th in the Parish Centre at 4.30pm followed by the 6pm Mass

 

ORDINATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD

will take place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 10.30am – 12pm. There will be 6 Priesthood ordinations with seminarians from Allen Hall seminary. Mass will celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

The Parish has been invited to be part of this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, led by Cardinal Vincent and the Auxiliary Bishops on Saturday 22 September 2018. The theme will centre on the World Meeting of families in Dublin and the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool. It also takes place close to the Feast day of Our Lady of Walsingham and a special blessing for families and the family home will be given in Walsingham.

If you would like to go, please contact the Parish Office before Tuesday 3rd July 2018

If we receive sufficient interest it may be that we can arrange coach transportation there.

Youth Ministry Events

The Pursuit
What does it mean to find happiness in today’s world? Is anything true, good or beautiful? A day for Year 11, 12 and 13 school leavers about life and faith and the search for more. Saturday 23rd June 10am-9pm | £20 Lunch and Dinner inc. | Centre for Youth Ministry, 125 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, HA5 3EP. Registration required: dowym.com/events/the-pursuit | youth@rcdow.org.uk

Resonate
“The most beautiful and stirring adventure that can happen to you is the personal meeting with Jesus, who is the only one who gives real meaning to our lives.” JP2. Resonate is the Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry’s primary event for Young Adults. There is a shared meal, an opportunity build community and a chance to explore our faith. The next Resonate is Friday 29th June | 18-35 years old |7-9pm | Free | Centre for Youth Ministry, 125 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, HA5 3EP.

World Youth Day
World Youth Day is an international event with the Pope, and Catholics from across the world. The next WYD will be in Panama, Central America, in January 2019. The Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry are organising a pilgrimage for young adults to attend this life changing event. Scholarships for 50% are also available to support young adults wishing to go. More information: dowym.com/events/wyd-panama-2019 or email: youth@rcdow.org.uk

GraveTalk event at All Saints’, Hockerill, on 22 August

22 August at 2.30pm  All Saints, Hockerill
What is it?
It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and funerals raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it’s hard to talk to family and friends.
The Church of England has been helping people think about these questions for centuries. GraveTalk is a café space, where people can talk about these big questions. The conversation is helped along by GraveTalk conversation cards.
Events have been held in locations across the country, and people of all ages have gathered to talk and share their thoughts about death, dying and funerals.
What happens at a GraveTalk event?
There is tea, coffee and cake! People are welcomed and then the GraveTalk cards will be on the tables, and each person can pick a question and uses it to start a conversation. It doesn’t matter if you only use one question – or work through all of them! The purpose is to talk and listen.

It should all last about an hour, or longer if needed.
Come along and find out more,

Vacancies at St Mary’s Catholic School

Catering Assistant
Part-time – Maternity Cover (term time + 1 week)

We seek to appoint a catering assistant for Maternity Cover from 8th June 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

Catering Assistant
Part-time – (term time + 1 week)

We seek to appoint a catering assistant from 13th June 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.

St Elizabeth’s Summer Fayre

Saturday 30th June 2018 12noon – 4pm

Family Fun & Live Music

BBQ & Afternoon Tea

For more information please contact the Fundraising Team at fundraising@stelizabeths.org.uk or 01279 844355

Volunteers in the United Kingdom

Are you aged between 18-35?

 

Have you ever wanted to spend a year making a real difference in the community?

 

Have you thought about trying to live out Gospel values in a faith-filled community?

 

If the answer to these questions is yes, then become a Vincentian Volunteer – living in community, serving the needy in our society and living out your faith practically.

 

Spend a year that will change your life.

 

If you want to know more then visit:

 

Vicentian Volunteers

www.vincentianvolunteers.org.uk

 

contact person: Marion Osuide

marion@vincentianvolunteers.org.uk

YOU are invited….

to a Catholic Tour of London!

Get your walking shoes on because we’re going on a fascinating walking tour of London with renowned Catholic Historian, EWTN presenter and journalist Joanna Bogle.

There is no cost to the day (unless you wish to join us for the optional dinner) but donations toward the tour will be collected.

The optional dinner together that evening will require your RSVP with youngvincentians@svp.org.uk.

Otherwise, see you at the meeting point: Westminster Cathedral at 13:45 for a 14:00 departure on Thursday 14th June 2018.

Bring some snacks with you in case you get hungry.

Thank you

 Thank you to all who brought/bought and helped in any way with last Sunday’s plant sale. £225.00 was raised for the St. Lawrence Community in Zambia, a fantastic total.

Thanks also to Van Hage’s for generously supplying many of the plants.