Hemel West Notices

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 24th January 2021 – (PDF Download)

Welcome to the parish of Hemel West. If you are new to the parish, please make yourself known to Fr Brian, by contacting him on 01442 391 759.

Newsletter Deadline Wednesday 12 noon. Items for Hemel West please send to: shirleybailey@rcdow.org.uk

Live streaming of Masses: All Sunday Masses and weekday Masses are live streamed. The link goes live about 5 minutes before Mass. Just go to https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hemelhempsteadwest/mass-live/ and click on the YouTube button. SPREAD THE WORD

STEWARDS…more needed: I want to say a big thank you to our stewards! THANK YOU! Without our stewards we would not be able to open our church at Boxmoor for Mass. However, we really need more so that we can spread the load across all Masses and other events such as funerals etc. Do contact me directly to volunteer assistance. It would be a shame if I had to cancel a Mass with a congregation for lack of stewards.


The next baptism preparation seminar will be held in February. Please keep any eye on the newsletter and sign up for the parish e-alerts to keep up to date with parish news.

Youth Ministry

Confirmation Programme 2021: We will be running Confirmation classes next year. While a date for receiving the sacrament has not been set, classes will begin Wednesday 10th February 2021, 5pm until 6pm via zoom or google meet. The course will be 8 online classes running weekly until the 31st March. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place as part of the course and there is an expectation to attend Mass weekly as part of the programme. Presently it looks unlikely that we will be able to arrange a pilgrimage retreat. There will be an information evening in January for parents and carers and you will be able to register until 30th January. Please email  cmoore@jfk.herts.sch.uk to register for the parents evening, receive a registration form or to ask any further questions.

Hemel West Finance Committee

 What life experience can you bring to the finance committee?

The Finance Committee’s role is to support Fr Brian in the stewardship of the parish finances. We meet bi-monthly for about 90 minutes. We are looking for two volunteers who would like to join us in this task:

  • A parishioner with household or commercial experience of money management to help us ensure our financial viability.
  • A parishioner to be the Secretary for the committee and organise the finance meetings, take the minutes and send out communications.

We are especially interested in those who may not have played an active role in parish management before and understand the needs of the parish. If you are interested please let Fr Brian know by email at brianmcmahon@rcdow.org.uk or  call him on 01442 391 759.


St Rose’s Nursery: Due to Government Guidance we are unable to hold Nursery 2021 tours this year. To book onto the live webinar with our Headteacher Mrs Ryan on either 10th February at 9.30am or 3rd March at 9.30am please email Mrs Taylor on admin@stroses.herts.sch.uk . Please take a look at the school tour  https://strosesboxmoor.secure-primarysite.net/admissions/. Application forms are on the school website. If you would like a copy posted to you please email Mrs Taylor. St Rose’s Nursery DO NOT require a Certificate of Catholic Practice for Nursery admissions.

St Albert the Great Nursery: If you are applying for the nursery at St Albert the Great, you will require a Certificate of Catholic Practice for the nursery.

Certificates of Catholic Practice: You can download a request for a Certificate of Catholic Practice from the website. When you have completed the form and the accompanying request form, they should be posted through the Presbytery letterbox at 186 St Johns Road. Please note that I only sign Certificates of Catholic Practice for practising Catholics who attend weekly Sunday Mass (with exceptions for sickness, emergencies etc) in the parish of Hemel West and also, if you attended Sunday Mass regularly prior to the lockdown. You can download the form from https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hemelhempsteadwest/certificate-of-catholic-practice/.  N.B Requests to Fr Brian at least two weeks before the closing date for admissions.

Ss Mary & Joseph Church: If you hold keys or key safe codes for the church, parish centre or St Joseph’s hall please can you let Shirley know by email. If you have already replied to her email, there is no need to respond to this request. Thank you.

Catholic Universe and Catholic Times: At the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, free of post.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange this for you.

Mass intentions this week.
All Masses are subject to cancellation unexpectedly.
Please check parish website before you come to church!

Sat 23rd 6pm Bishop Paul McAleenan Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination
Sun 24th 9am Melissa’s Baby
10.30am Sue Sheridan RIP
12 noon Kathleen Fox INT
Mon 25th Parish Mass not Celebrated
Tues 26th Parish Mass not Celebrated
Wed 27th Parish Mass not Celebrated
Thur 28th Parish Mass not Celebrated
Fri 29th Parish Mass not Celebrated
Sat 30th 6pm Jane Parisi RIP
Sun 31st 9am Pro Populo
10.30am Viktor & Family INT
12 noon Holu Souls

Standing Order Mandate Form: Thank you to all the parishioners who have set up a standing order and for supporting the parish of Hemel West. If you are a UK tax payer, please consider filling in a Gift Aid form. This enables the parish to claim Gift Aid on your donation. Please contact Shirley in the parish office and she will send you the Gift Aid form. If you would like to make a regular contribution to the Parish of Hemel West, please email Shirley and she will email you a copy of the standing order form. You can also make a bank transfer to HSBC Bank. Account number: 31095048 sort code: 40-05-20.

Year of the Word

Gospel readings for the week, beginning Monday 25th January:

Mon: Mark 3:22-30
Tues: Mark.3:31-35
Wed: Mark 4:1-20
Thurs: Mark.4:21-25
Fri: Mark.4:26-34
Sat: Mark. 4:35-41
Sunday: Mark. 1:21-28

Prayer at the end of Week for Christian Unity 17/24 January 2021.

Lord, you are the vinedresser who cares for us with love.
You call on us to see the beauty of each branch
united to the vine, the beauty of each person.
Any yet, too often, the differences in others makes us afraid.
We withdraw into ourselves.
Our trust in you is forsaken.
Enmity develops between us.
Come and direct our hearts towards you once again.
Grant us to live from your forgiveness, so that we
may be together and praise your name.

Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit.
John 15:5-9

Hemel West Parish
Administrator, Shirley Bailey.
Email: shirleybailey@rcdow.org.uk
Phone: 01442 391 759
The Parish Office is located behind the Parish Centre.
Office Hours
Telephone cover for Hemel West Hemel West Office Hours
12 noon- 6pm
9.30am – 3.30pm
9.30am- 3.30pm