SYNOD 2021-2023, For a synodal Church.

Communion – participation – mission

Pope Francis has launched a worldwide ‘synod’ process. Synod simply means ‘journeying together’. The Holy Father is inviting us to listen deeply to one another and to discern what God is saying to the Church about how we ‘journey together’ especially as we emerge from the ravages of the pandemic. We are now to have our own synodal pathway, within our parishes and communities in the Diocese of Westminster, united with every diocese across the world. Then, after national and continental gatherings, the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome in 2023 to reflect on what has been heard.

The Hemel West Parish Pastoral Council will lead the process in Hemel West parish. There will be several ways that you can engage in the process and make your voice heard.  You as a parishioner have a part to play by encouraging anyone you know, Catholic or non-Catholic, especially any members of your family who are inactive in the practice of their faith or a neighbour who is not a Christian to get involved by answering the questions overleaf. The Catholic Church wants to hear from anyone, they do not have to be Catholic. This is an opportunity to listen to each other so that we can hear  what the Holy Spirit is saying to us as a Church and discerning the path for the future.


  • In person meetings will take place as follows:

Friday 12th November after the 10am Mass – Parish Centre, Boxmoor

Sunday 21st after the 10.15am Mass – Parish Hall behind the Church of St Mary and St Joseph

Sunday 21st after the 12pm Mass – Parish Hall in St Mark’s Church.

Monday 22nd November at 7pm – Parish Hall behind the Church of St Mary and St Joseph

Wednesday 24th November after the 11.30am Mass- Parish Centre, Boxmoor.

It is only necessary to attend one meeting, as the same question set will be asked at all meetings.

  • Online participation

If you are unable to attend any in person meetings, then just go this link to participate: You must make your online submission no later than Friday 3rd December. Please be concise!

  • Written participation

If you want to make a written response to the questions please do so and pop them through the presbytery letterbox, no later than Thursday 2nd December. Please be concise!

Before you answer the questions in person, online,  or written,  you might like to pray the Synod Prayer:

Synod Prayer of invocation to the Holy Spirit

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen


  1. Our Experience of COVID-19

· What has been your experience of your Church community ‘journeying together’ these last eighteen months?

· How has your Parish / community ‘journeyed’ with others, outside of the community?

  1. Our Wider Journey

· Recalling your experience of the pandemic, and perhaps thinking more broadly, when does the journeying bring you joy? When might it bring pain or sadness?

  1. Our Church Community

· When we say ‘our Church’, who is part of it?

· Who is missing on this journey? Whom do we need to listen to?

  1. Our Mission

· What would you wish to celebrate about how your parish/community lives its mission?

· What areas of mission are we neglecting?

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Mass Intentions

Hemel West has been experiencing  IT problems over the past few weeks. If you have booked a Mass intention and do not see it appear on the newsletter, please contact Shirley in the parish office on 01442 391 759 option 2. Thank you.

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The New Normal

The feast of Christ the King, 21st November, sees some changes to our Sunday Worship.

Mass Times

Saturday 6:00pm Mass Ss Mary and Joseph
Sunday 8:30am Mass Ss Mary and Joseph
Sunday 10:15am Mass Ss Mary and Joseph
Sunday 12noon Mass St Marks

Youth Assisted Mass

In addition once a month there will be a youth assisted Mass on the 3rd Sunday of every month. This will involve our young people providing the music, readings, welcome and teas/coffee for the Mass. There will be an opportunity for them to come together afterwards. This will alternate between our two churches.

So please spread the word especially to those who have, for whatever reason, been unable to attend Mass or those who do not receive the Newsletter.

Deacon Simon

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Family Fast Day – 1 October

CAFOD’S local experts are helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home.  By donating to CAFOD this Family Fast Day you can help communities affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

Donate online through the CAFOD website or by using a CAFOD envelope at Church.  You can also easily give via text.  Choose to give any whole amount between £1 and £20 by texting CAFOD,  followed by the amount you would like to donate, to 70580.

Thank you for your generosity. Camille.

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Churches Together

The Catholic trustee of Churches Together, Chris Jones, will, after many years of service, be stepping down soon and we have been invited to nominate his successor. Like many of the other Christian denominations we have a long standing involvement in the ecumenical activities in Hemel. There are Catholics involved in Street Pastors, Liberty Tea Rooms, Pray Hemel, DENS etc and our presence is always welcomed.

We are, therefore, looking for someone willing to take on this role to continue our community’s involvement in Churches Together.

If you feel able to serve in this role please speak with Fr. Brian.

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Baptism Preparation Classes

If you are a new parent – congratulations! You should have your child baptised  as soon as is possible. That means that you need to prepare for this important sacramental event, when your child becomes a member of God’s family. Your parish is here to help you prepare and puts on a Baptism Preparation Class, full details here:

Four new dates are now available 19th October, 16th November, 18th January 2022, 15th February 2022 and must be booked in advance via the web site

Once you have attended the class you can then book a date for the Baptism, full details here:

Deacon Simon

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Liberty Tea Rooms Re-opens

The Liberty Tea Rooms and Community Hub reopened on Tuesday 3rd August

WE ARE primarily staffed by faithful volunteers. Aged between 18 and 86, there is a place for everyone to belong and thrive.
WE ARE blessed with over 20 Community Bakers who donate Bespoke Hand Crafted Cakes & Bakes
WE ARE community run, community supported & community focused
WE ARE a One-Stop-Shop of Hope. Offering help, encouragement and support to the Local Community.
WE ARE determined about inclusion
WE ARE passionate about our VISION, MISSION, VALUES & ETHOS

Learn more here

Deacon Simon

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CAFOD Post Cards Campaign

Prime Minister Johnson is the host, this year, of two major international meetings: the G7 in June and the UN climate talks in November. CAFOD wants to send a message that people of faith, here in the UK and around the world, expect leaders at the summit to put in place plans for a global and green recovery which leaves no one behind. With this in mind parishioners are being asked to take part by signing CAFOD’S Post Cards Campaign to the PM. CAFOD would like as many postcards as possible to be sent to Mr Johnson making him aware of our feelings. There will be an opportunity for parishioners to sign postcards after all Masses on the weekend of 13/14 June. Parishioners not attending Mass during this time of pandemic can sign on line at

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