Hemel West Notices

3rd Sunday of Easter. Year B, 18th April 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

Parish Council – come on board!

Several parishioners have come forward and offered themselves for service on the Parish Council – thank you! I’ll be in contact for an initial ZOOM get together in the next few weeks.

A couple of observations. No men have come forward to offer service. Not sure what that indicates?  It would also be great to have a couple of young people serve on the Parish Council. Their insights and ability to exercise leadership and change and shape the parish in the years ahead would be very welcome!

If you are over the age of 16 do please give it some consideration. Perhaps you are the parent or guardian of a young person aged over 16 and might like to prompt them to offer service on the Parish Council?

Digital Collection Basket. The  introduction of our Digital Collection Basket seems to be going well. It’s a really easy to use self-service card donation point for our parish and has been installed at both of our churches. It is an alternative way for us to provide a more hygienic option to receive donations given the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as move us forward in eliminating our weekly loose coin and cash collection, with all the benefits that brings. So, if you usually donate using loose cash,  please consider using your card or debit card instead.

The digital collection basket accepts all major credit and debit cards. We are so used to using this type of equipment when we go shopping that it only makes sense for us to introduce it. It’s easy to use, so give it a go and help us move to a cashless offertory collection based on digital giving and Standing Orders! As always, thank you for your generosity in the offertory collection and at other times. It is very much appreciated.

You will not be able to gift-aid your donation at the moment, but this function will be enabled shortly and we’ll let you know.

Friends of The Holy land Pentecost Challenge: By undertaking a “virtual” walk from Bethlehem to Nazareth, Monica and I hope to raise £500 in aid of the education of children in the Holy Land, a project of Friends of The Holy Land. This is a pilgrimage with a difference, covering the 84 miles by Pentecost Sunday, on 23rd May. We cannot get there in person but if you can help us on our virtual way, that would be great. If you are interested please follow the link to our fundraising page: https://fhl.enthuse.com/pf/david-toorawa. Please support Monica & David Toorawa.

Priest Training Fund – Annual Collection

Next Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place next weekend. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood in the diocese of Westminster. It usually takes about six years to prepare a man for ordination as a priest, studying philosophy, theology and other subjects, whilst also working in a variety of pastoral settings.

When I was in Stevenage it was my pleasure to have a seminarian staying with me for a year whilst he gained pastoral experience during his extended pastoral placement, which occurs in a seminarian’s third year. For several years he was a Metropolitan policeman. I gave him a good report at the end of his year with me. This year he is to be ordained as a deacon and please God as a priest the year after.

I have also been contacted by the seminary this week and asked if I will host a seminarian on Sundays only,  as a pastoral placement. Naturally I have said yes. I’m sure you will welcome him when he arrives. I look forward to meeting him and helping him on his path to priesthood.

There are currently 42 men studying at Allen Hall seminary in Chelsea, 18 of whom are for our own Diocese, and two men are studying in Rome, also for our Diocese. Last year two men who studied at Allen Hall and one who studied in Rome were ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests in this diocese. This is a very small number to replace the increasing numbers of retired priests and sick priests.

This fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets will be available as from this weekend.  Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation.

Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests. Pray also for me please! I do appreciate your support and prayers very much. Perhaps amongst us there is a man who may respond to the call to priesthood? If you are interested, do speak with me. Parents,  do encourage your boys to consider serving the Lord as a priest when they get older. Plant those vocational seeds now.  I see many suitable candidates at Mass every Sunday!

I am very conscious that the pandemic has affected everyone’s finances and especially those of our parishioners who have been very generous in many different ways. Thank you for contributing generously, especially on an ongoing basis to this collection. This year we look forward to celebrating four ordinations to the priesthood and three ordinations to the diaconate for the diocese. The cost of the training these men will have been borne by the Priests’ Training Fund. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.

Missio: Thank you to all the parishinors of Hemel West who rasisd £867.84 in 2020 through the  Red Boxes and individual giving.

Mass intentions this week.
All Masses are subject to cancellation unexpectedly. Please check the parish website before you come to church!
Sat 17th 6pm  Leonard Schmidt RIP
Sun 18th 9am Pro Populo
12 noon  In the Memory of Mr John Devasia
Mon 19th Parish Mass not Celebrated
Tues 20th Parish Mass not Celebrated
Wed 21st Mass not Celebrated – Funeral.
Thur 22nd Parish Mass not Celebrated
Fri 23rd 10am  Mass
7pm-8pm (Presbytery)
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sat 24th  6pm In the Memory of Anna John
Sun 25th 9am John Durcan 3rd RIP ANNIV
12 noon John Cashin RIP ANNIV

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.

Gospel readings for the week, beginning Monday 19th  April:
Mon: John  6:22-29
Tues: John  6:30-35
Wed: John  6:35-40
Thurs: John  6:44-51
Fri: John 15:1-8
Sat: John 6:60-69
Sunday: John 10:11-18

Hemel Catholic Justice & Peace Group: We aim to keep you informed on Justice and Peace issues; locally, nationally, and internationally. If you are interested in attending our Zoom Meetings please email us at hemelcatholicjusticeandpeace@gmail.com.

Pope Francis’s Prayer for April

“Defending fundamental human rights demands courage and determination. I’m referring to actively combatting poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labour rights. Often, in practice, fundamental human rights are not equal for all. There are first, second, and third-class people, and those who are disposable.
No. They must be equal for all.
In some places, defending people’s dignity can mean going to prison, even without a trial. Or it might mean slander. Every human being has the right to develop fully, and this fundamental right cannot be denied by any country.

Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.
Lord in your mercy”.

Total Weekly Offertory Collection, Contactless Payments and Standing Orders for March 2021.
Envelopes £214.00
Loose Cash & Contactless £861.94
Standing Orders £5,005.25
TOTAL £6,081.91
Thank you for your contribution, which is very much appreciated! If you donate via loose cash please transfer to Standing Order, or you can use the contactless payment option on your way into church. This really helps your parish in planning for an uncertain future!

Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer

In union, O Lord, with the faithful
at every altar of your Church
where your death and passion
are-pleaded-before the Father,
I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving.
I present to you my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may be united to you for ever:
and since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come to me spiritually.
I unite myself to you and embrace you with all the affection of my soul.
Let nothing ever separate me from you:
let me live and die in your love.

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

Parish of Hemel West Contact Details

Fr Brian McMahon: Parish Priest
The Presbytery,
186 St Johns Rd, HP1 1NR.
t: 01442 391759
e: brianmcmahon@rcdow.org.uk

Rev Simon Wright
t: 01442 391759
e: simonwright@rcdow.org.uk