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Dear friends

Here are the minutes of the recent meeting of the Hemel West Finance Committee. Please click here.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow at our Ascension Day Masses at 10am and 8pm

Blessings!

Fr Brian

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Food Bank Collection Box

At this challenging economic time, Hemel West has decided to come together as a community to collect food donations weekly for the local Food Bank, with items they have requested (see list below).    There will be a box at both St Mary’s & St Joseph’s, and St Mark’s, where you can place donated items.  If you are in a position to donate even one item weekly – thank you.  If you are not in a position to donate at this time, please don’t worry, as there will be lots of other ways you can contribute to our community. The boxes will be available at all Masses.

If your household is one finding the present financial situation particularly challenging, please feel free to contact Deacon Simon, who may be able to direct you to appropriate help and support.  Thank you.

Food items:

  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned veg
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Instant mash
  • Jelly
  • Longlife milk
  • Longlife juice
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • 2 in 1 shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorants male/female
  • Toilet roll
  • Small washing-up liquid
  • Liquid hand soap
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Invitation from the Bishops to  return to Sunday Mass

Dear friends

The bishops write : Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation  has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this  situation has now changed. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”  Looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost, we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person. Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. Click here for the Bishops invitation to return to Mass.

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Westminster diocese Bishops’ Synodal Pathway Report

Hello friends

Here’s the report from the diocese, having taken account of the output from the Listening Sessions across the diocese towards the end of 2021. Thank you to all parishioners who participated. I hope that in someway your comments are reflected in this report. What is important is that we adopt synodal practice in all that we do as a parish i.e. work to build Communion amongst us and strive to ensure the Participation of all for the purpose of Mission. The PPC is particularly tasked with this in the parish. The task is great and we have a long way to go, especially as we recover from the effects of the pandemic. It’s a good challenge! It will require changes in attitudes and practice, as well as continual repentance and conversion so that we grow as a Holy People. In common with the Universal Church it is essential that we meet the challenge that is set for us by the Holy Spirit, so that we avoid joining the ranks of one of the the seven churches admonished by the Lord in the Book of Revelation! https://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=73&bible_chapter=2

Blessings!

Fr Brian

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MOG (Men Only Group)

I’ve heard it said that men are like icebergs. Most of their emotions, thoughts and feelings are submerged beneath the surface of their lives. Many men do not open up about themselves and what is going on for them at work, in their families, in their lives in general and in the Church etc. They suffer silently.   A MOG is an opportunity to support each other in a way that is not therapeutic, but based on solidarity, deep listening, respect and action. Confidentiality is the cornerstone for openness and trust. We could all come together when the MOG wants to meet up – no Agenda, Minutes, bureaucracy, rules or regulation, except that of respect and solidarity. Get togethers could have a speaker who addresses issues that impact men in particular, followed up by discussion on say leadership, authentic masculinity etc, action, a breakfast fry-up with the smoking of cigars and the drinking of whiskey (that’s a joke that last bit…maybe?) and occasional weekends away to undertake varying challenges that build resilience, solidarity, brotherhood and discipleship with Jesus Christ who calls us to sacrifice ourselves, following his authentic model of strong leadership. If you think this is something you’d like to get involved in, a Men Only Group (MOG), give me a call on 01442 391 759. Don’t email me, I won’t reply if you do. I wanna talk with you!

Fr Brian

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

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Going into hospital?

Dear friends

Should you be admitted to any of the West Herts Hospitals Trust hospitals ie Watford, St Albans or Hemel Hempstead, the Catholic Chaplain is: 

Theresa Taylor-Brookes 

And the contact number for chaplaincy is: 

07776 598 704 or 01923 217 994 

Email: westherts.spiritualcare@nhs.net

It is unlikely that the chaplain will visit you unless you request a visit at the time of admission or as soon as possible afterwards. Should it be appropriate to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with you (Anointing) the chaplaincy will arrange a priest to visit you.

Blessings!

Fr Brian

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Church now open for private prayer during the day

Dear friends

As from tomorrow, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), Ss Mary & Joseph’s church will be open for private prayer after Mass, excepting Thursday, until about 4pm each day. On Saturday the church will open at 11am. There may be times, for operational reasons, when the church will not be open. It may not always be possible to notify such situations in advance, Additional and discreet security measures will be in place to deter anyone who may wish to steal from our church or vandalise the interior. Why not pop in and say a prayer? Let your friends know as well, if they are looking for a place and a moment of peace and spiritual refreshment. Parents may like to pop in and say a prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament with their children at the end of the school day. If you have any concerns about the church at the time of your visit, please do contact me on 01442 391 759.

Blessings!

Fr Brian

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Wearing of face coverings in church

Dear friends

The wearing of face coverings in church ceases to be legally required from Thursday. The wearing of a face covering is therefore completely discretionary. However, given that the virus has not gone away, you may consider it prudent, as an act of charity and in the interests of the Common Good, to still wear a face covering when in church, as invariably you will come into contact with some people you do not normally meet. Our usual virus mitigation measures will continue i.e. increased ventilation of the church and scheduled cleaning by contract cleaners.

Blessings!

Fr Brian

Parish Priest

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