Fr Bernard Scholes intends to fly to Lourdes with the annual diocesan pilgrimage later this month. However, he needs help getting to London Stansted airport and back here a week later. Can you help to take him there and back? Or at least help for one of the journeys by car? Fr Bernard will pay for the fuel and any other expenses connected with entering the airport by car.
He needs to be at the airport for 8am on Friday 22nd July and then picked up from the airport on Friday 29th July at 7pm.
London Stansted airport can be reached via the M25 and the M11. It’s about an hour’s journey time at just over 45 miles.
If you can help do call Fr Bernard on 01442 385 118.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has been following the Synodal Process called by Pope Francis, reflecting on the theme “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, mission” and has now reached an important moment. As you will know some of us participated in the Listening Sessions held in the parish facilitated by the newly formed Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). From that process a Synthesis was produced and sent to the diocese, under what were tight timescales. Personally, I would have preferred a two year Listening period – but I’m not the pope! I previously shared with you the Westminster diocese Synthesis, based on returns from parishes. Many parishes are not engaging in this current of grace breathed out by the Holy Spirit. Some priests are suspicious of it or feel overcome by their current workload as their parishes recover from Covid and therefore feel they have no capacity for it in parish workload planning. This strikes me as odd, as the process can be easily led by a PPC, with overview from the parish priest. My view is that it must be prioritised as the Church moves forward and discerns the sensus fidelium amongst the faithful, holding to all that is good, true and beautiful in that handed on to us over the ages, as it makes changes for the future, or experience catastrophic institutional decline. The emergence of this is already to be seen in the USA with massive parish closures and mergers in the face of declining numbers of priests and collapse in the Mass-going community. As we move forward, each diocese in England and Wales have produced their own Synthesis from Listening Sessions in their parishes and the bishops of England and Wales have produced a National Synthesis. You’ll find the link to it here. A hard copy will be left in the parish church to read for those who do not use the internet.
We have just received late notice from the John F Kennedy school that there is an event taking place at St Mark’s on Sunday 26 June, which will attract a lot of visitors. This will cause disruption to our 12 noon Mass at St Mark’s. Regretfully, it is necessary to relocate the 12 noon Mass to Ss Mary & Joseph on this occasion at 12 noon. There is also an event taking place in the Parish Centre, Boxmoor at 11.30am and there will be limited parking in the church car park. If you have any concerns, please call the parish on 01442 391 759.
The annual Peter’s Pence collection takes place this Sunday 26th June. The proceeds of the collection are used to assist the Holy Father in his work. The collection will be taken outside the church as you leave, so that it is separate from your regular Sunday Offering, which is for the needs of the parish.
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations
to honour refugees around the globe, as part of World Refugee Week. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates
the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home
country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to
build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their
resilience in rebuilding their lives.
Over the summer you will see the introduction of a new votive candle burning system at our church in Boxmoor. It will replace the current arrangement at the back of the church. In time, similar will be introduced at St Mark’s. The system is installed at Westminster Cathedral and in many churches in Ireland, proving very popular. It has many benefits, not least the reduction of risk associated with fire, as well as improved cash security.