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View from the Presbytery 3 July

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 24

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 3 June 2022                                                                                                                                                                 FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

The collection for Peter’s Pence last weekend came to £351.60 and I thank you, as always, for your generous response. This is our contribution to the work of the Holy See and will be sent off soon.

I mentioned last week that I shall be away next weekend from 8-11 July. I have been asked by a French couple whose wedding I celebrated 30 years ago, to come to Lyons to say a Mass for their anniversary. Fr Michael Doyle has kindly agreed to say the Masses here on the Saturday and Sunday, but there will be no confessions or adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that weekend. The Masses on Friday 8/7 and Monday 11/7 will also be cancelled. I am sorry for any inconvenience, but I am sure you will understand. I shall give details of when I shall be away for my summer break slightly nearer the time. I also have to do two weddings outside the parish, one in July and one in August, and I will give details of those soon.

Next weekend, we celebrate Sea Sunday and pray for the work of the organization now called Stella Maris (formerly known as the Apostleship of the Sea.) This work is very important because there are thousands of ships on the seas and in the ports of the world which transport much of our food and supplies from the site of production to the UK. Many of the sailors are Roman Catholics and spend much of the working lives away from their homes and families. Stella Maris is staffed by priests, religious and lay people and does great pastoral work among the sailors, helping them with practical problems and offering them spiritual support and comfort. Please give what you can. There are some envelopes on the chest at the back of the church for those who wish to use Gift Aid. Please bring them back next week, when there will be a retiring collection.

The following weekend, 16-17 July, we shall have our annual Foreign Mission Appeal, given this year by the Spiritans (formerly known as the Holy Ghost Fathers. Fr Dennis Bukenya will be with us that weekend and will preach at all the masses. There will be a retiring collection also for the work of the Spiritans and I encourage you to give what you can. I am only too well aware of the many demands that we all have on our finances, but this is important work and our prayers and donations contribute to the missionary work of the universal Church. It was not easy to come up with a date for this appeal, so I apologise if this date is inconvenient for any of you and I am sorry to be asking for money once again.

Don’t forget that the First Communion photos are at the back of the church. Try and order them asap. They are beautiful!

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JULY- ELDERLY
We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: If you would like your child/children to prepare for First Confession and Communion in 2022/23, and they are in Year 3 and above, please write to Fr Terry or Mrs Walker stating their name, address, date of birth, place of baptism and the school they attend. Classes will begin in

September.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 15 July at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

WILL YOU TAKE THE FIRST STEP?

CAFOD’s Gap year programme, Step into the Gap is a great opportunity for Young Adults aged between 18-30 to immerse themselves in interactive experiences, develop leadership skills while exploring their faith, and meeting new people. Take the first step and find out more information and how to apply for September 2022 go to cafod.org.uk/gapyear

RECENTLY BAPTISED

Micah Ebenezer Matthias Gill

Jesse William Mallouppa

Ava May McManus

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES: From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

SAVE THE DATE: 16-17th July 2022. Marriage Encounter are hosting a non-residential marriage enrichment weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity for couples to spend time reflecting on, refreshing and rejoicing in their wonderful vocation. For details go to:

https://wwme.org.uk/weekend/me-weekendhendon-16th-to-17th-july-2022/

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2023 – LOOKING TO LISBON: World Youth Day 2023 will take place in Lisbon in the beginning of August 2023. Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry with support from Cardinal’s Appeal is offering a limited number of places on this pilgrimage with a 50% discount to young people between the ages of 16-25.  Any 16-year olds who apply will need to be finishing year 12 by the start of World Youth Day pilgrimage.  These young people will commit to a series of preparatory sessions from September 2022, to prepare them to assist in support roles during the pilgrimage, such as by acting as small group leaders, and also offer formation to them which will be helpful in living their faith post-World Youth Day. More details can be found at https://dowym.com/programmes/world-youth-day-leadership-training/ or by contacting Westminster Youth Ministry at youth@rcdow.org.uk. Please apply by 31 July 2022.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Delia McKenna (RIP)

Sunday: 14th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

8.30am: Jeffrey Carlisle (RIP)

10.30am: Anthony Towey (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Monday:

10.00am: Delia McKenna (RIP)

Tuesday:

12.15pm: Hanna Goodwin (RIP)

Wednesday:

10.00am: Patricia Connell (RIP Anni)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday – NO MASS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Alf Rossi (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Kajetan Migdal

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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View from the Presbytery 26 June

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 23

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 26 June 2022                                                                                                                                                                 

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

For the first time in a long time we have green vestments on a Sunday, as we celebrate the Ordinary Time of the Church’s liturgical year. This weekend marks the Thirteenth Sunday in this Ordinary Time and we return to our semi-continuous reading of the Gospel of St Luke in Year C of the Sunday Lectionary cycle. We still have a few Feasts to get through, though. Next Wednesday, 29 June we have the Feast of St Peter and Paul, which is a Holyday of Obligation in England and Wales. We shall have two masses in the church (at 7.30am and 8.00pm) and one at St Joseph’s School, at which parents and parishioners are welcome. The Mass will take place at 10.00am. As I mentioned in the newsletter last week, there will be a retiring collection at all masses this weekend for Peter’s Pence, which is our contribution to the work of the Holy See. Do give what you can.                                                     

Next Friday, 1 July, is the Feast of the Dedication of our Cathedral in Westminster. Even if you can’t make the Mass, please remember to say a prayer for our Archbishop, Cardinal Nichols, our diocese and our Cathedral.

I need to alert you to the fact that I shall be away from 8-11 July. I have been asked by a French couple whose wedding I celebrated 30 years ago, to come to Lyons to say a Mass for their anniversary. Fr Michael Doyle has kindly agreed to say the Masses here on the Saturday and Sunday, but there will be no confessions or adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that weekend. The Masses on Friday 8/7 and Monday 11/7 will also be cancelled. I am sorry for any inconvenience, but I am sure you will understand. I shall give details  of when I shall be away for my summer break slightly nearer the time. I also have to do two weddings outside the parish, one in July and one in August, and I will give details of those soon.

As I noted last weekend, we are beginning to get news of the World Youth Day, which will take place in Portugal in 2023. There is a first notice on the reverse side of this newsletter and there will be a group representing the Diocese of Westminster, which people can join. We should have further details very shortly, but I just wanted to alert you to this event.

Photographs of this year’s First Communion have now arrived and can be found on the chest at the back of the church. Envelopes are available and details of your choices can be written on them and cash enclosed. Alternatively, you can use the QR code on the envelope to see the photographs online and also find details of payment. The children look marvellous!

God bless –  Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JUNE

Families
We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: If you would like your child/children to prepare for First Confession and Communion in 2022/23, and they are in Year 3 and above, please write to Fr Terry or Mrs Walker stating their name, address, date of birth, place of baptism and the school they attend. Classes will begin in September.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 15 July at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

WILL YOU TAKE THE FIRST STEP?

CAFOD’s Gap year programme, Step into the Gap is a great opportunity for Young Adults aged between 18-30 to immerse themselves in interactive experiences, develop leadership skills while exploring their faith, and meeting new people. Take the first step and find out more information and how to apply for September 2022 go to cafod.org.uk/gapyear

RECENTLY MARRIED

Anthony Frankland and Rebecca Harwood

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES: From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

SAVE THE DATE: 16-17th July 2022. Marriage Encounter are hosting a non-residential marriage enrichment weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity for couples to spend time reflecting on, refreshing and rejoicing in their wonderful vocation. For details go to:

https://wwme.org.uk/weekend/me-weekendhendon-16th-to-17th-july-2022/

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2023 – LOOKING TO LISBON: World Youth Day 2023 will take place in Lisbon in the beginning of August 2023. Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry with support from Cardinal’s Appeal is offering a limited number of places on this pilgrimage with a 50% discount to young people between the ages of 16-25.  Any 16-year olds who apply will need to be finishing year 12 by the start of World Youth Day pilgrimage.  These young people will commit to a series of preparatory sessions from September 2022, to prepare them to assist in support roles during the pilgrimage, such as by acting as small group leaders, and also offer formation to them which will be helpful in living their faith post-World Youth Day. More details can be found at https://dowym.com/programmes/world-youth-day-leadership-training/ or by contacting Westminster Youth Ministry at youth@rcdow.org.uk. Please apply by 31 July 2022.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Vincent McGee (RIP)

Sunday: 13th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

8.30am: Margery Rossi (RIP)

10.30am: Jean Henderson (RIP)

6.00pm: Vetti Vettivelu (RIP)

Monday: St John Southworth

10.00am: People of the Parish (Ints)

Tuesday: St Irenaeus

12.15pm: Peace in Ukraine

Wednesday: SS PETER & PAUL

7.30am Margery Davies (RIP)

10.00am: St Joseph’s School (Ints)

8.00pm Kathleen O’Reilly (RIP Anniv)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday Dedication of the Cathedral

12.15pm: Kajetan Migdal (RIP)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Delia McKenna (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Kajetan Migdal

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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View from the Presbytery 19 June

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 22

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 19 June 2022                                                                                                                                                                                                                CORPUS CHRISTI

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This is a Feast of the Eucharist and its origins go back to the Middle Ages and the Church’s attempt to confirm the faith of many people, who had a faltering belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. I suspect that the same situation still obtains today; we all sometimes wonder about the transformation of the host into the Body and Blood of Christ. However, it is one of the great glories of Catholic Christianity that we can truly accept the real and enduring presence in the Blessed Sacrament and this weekend there will be an opportunity to be with the Lord exposed in the monstrance on Saturday from 4.00pm until 5.40pm and on Sunday from 2.30 until 5.00pm. Perhaps you will be able to be there.

I am delighted to be able to say that the First Holy Communion Masses went very well last weekend. The children looked wonderful and did all their jobs with great care and courage. They certainly were a great credit to their families and their schools. I hope they all enjoyed the day and will come regularly to Mass in the future. I would also like to thank very sincerely Mrs Walker and Mrs Pearson who were the main catechists, along with Mr Walker and Mrs Queally. The parish owes them a great debt of gratitude. They have done a great job.

On Tuesday of this coming week we shall celebrate a Memorial Requiem Mass for Shelagh Stacey, who died on 21 May 2020. We were not able to give her a proper funeral at the time because of Covid restrictions, so the Mass will be on Tuesday instead. There will be music at the Mass and it will last a little longer than a usual Tuesday celebration, but people are warmly invited to come and pray for a woman who did a great deal for this parish, for St Joseph’s School and for the school of St Joseph’s in the Park. The Stacey family also invite those who come to the Mass to join them in the Hall for refreshments afterwards.

We are beginning to get news of the World Youth Day, which will take place in 2023. There is a first notice on the reverse side of this newsletter and there will be a group representing the Diocese of Westminster, which people can join. We should have further details very shortly, but I just wanted to alert you to this event.

I think it is probably time to say that people are not obliged to wear masks in church. Anyone who wishes to continue wearing them is more than welcome to do so, but – most importantly – anyone who thinks they have the virus (or any other communicable disease) should not come to church and stay at home. I hope that is fair. Keep smiling!

God bless  Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JUNE

Families
We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives

A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA: From the Beatles to Beethoven. At the Hertford United Reformed Church Cowbridge, Hertford,

SG14 1PG onSaturday 25 June 2022 from 3-5pm. The concert is free but donations for Save the Children can be made after the concert. 

Refreshments will be served at half time. 

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 15 July at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

WILL YOU TAKE THE FIRST STEP? CAFOD’s Gap year programme, Step into the Gap is a great opportunity for Young Adults aged between 18-30 to immerse themselves in interactive experiences, develop leadership skills while exploring their faith, and meeting new people. Take the first step and find out more information and how to apply for September 2022 go to cafod.org.uk/gapyear

RECENTLY BAPTISED

Brodie John Callaghan

Valentine Welsh

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES: From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

SAVE THE DATE: 16-17th July 2022. Marriage Encounter are hosting a non-residential marriage enrichment weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity for couples to spend time reflecting on, refreshing and rejoicing in their wonderful vocation. For details go to:

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2023 – LOOKING TO LISBON: World Youth Day 2023 will take place in Lisbon in the beginning of August 2023. Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry with support from Cardinal’s Appeal is offering a limited number of places on this pilgrimage with a 50% discount to young people between the ages of 16-25.  Any 16-year olds who apply will need to be finishing year 12 by the start of World Youth Day pilgrimage.  These young people will commit to a series of preparatory sessions from September 2022, to prepare them to assist in support roles during the pilgrimage, such as by acting as small group leaders, and also offer formation to them which will be helpful in living their faith post-World Youth Day. More details can be found at https://dowym.com/programmes/world-youth-day-leadership-training/ or by contacting Westminster Youth Ministry at youth@rcdow.org.uk. Please apply by 31 July 2022.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Kajetan Migdal (RIP)

Sunday: CORPUS CHRISTI

8.30am: People of the Parish

10.30am: Laurie Symonds (Ints)

6.00pm: Brenda Barker (Ints)

Monday: St Alban

10.00am: Private Intention

Tuesday: St Aloysius Gonzaga

12.15pm: Mass for the Shelagh Family

Wednesday: SS John Fisher & Thomas More

10.00am: Timothy Twomey (RIP)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

12.15pm: Sisters of Ware Carmel

Saturday:

6.00pm: Vincent McGee (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Kajetan Migdal

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View from the Presbytery 12 June

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 21

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 12 June 2022                                                                                                                                                                                 TRINITY SUNDAY

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

The Jubilee Weekend seemed to go very well and I hope you all managed a bit of a break. There seemed to be lots of activities and parties organised in the Hertford area, so I trust that people were able to participate in what they wanted to do. It was certainly a memorable moment when we found out what the Queen carries in her handbag…who would have thought it would be a marmalade sandwich! It was certainly good to see so many at the Jubilee drinks after the 10.30 Mass. About 40 people were present and a good time was had by all. I would just hope that people would come to the refreshments we normally offer on Sunday mornings. It’s always better with a decent crowd.

On a sadder note, please keep praying for the family of the boy who was fatally stabbed recently in Stevenage after he had attended the School Prom at St John Henry Newman School. His name was Kajetan Migdal – may he rest in peace.

This weekend, we celebrate the First Holy Communion of 42 children who have prepared for this moment since last September. They have been a good group, who have worked hard to get themselves ready for this important sacrament. Keep them in your prayers, but please try and avoid the 10.30 Mass next Sunday, as it will be very full. I also need to say that there will be no Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this Saturday (11 June) because of the First Holy Communion Mass at 2.30. There just would not be time to get it ready. I apologise for that, but hope that you understand.

Next weekend we celebrate Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This is always an important moment in the life of the parish and we shall begin the Saturday Adoration at 4pm rather than 5pm. We shall also have Adoration on Sunday afternoon from 2.30 until 5. This adoration will have to take the place of the Blessed Sacrament Procession which we usually have on this day. I am reluctant to cancel the procession, but I don’t know for certain that we shall have enough people to do the jobs required and because of the uncertainty we have not primed the First Communion children to attend and lead the procession. Perhaps we can see it as a consequence of the Covid period and look forward to doing it fully again next year.

We have returned to Ordinary Time for the liturgy and in the past week we had the green vestments out once more. However, the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity will be our focus this weekend, along with First Communion.

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going. And, for now, keep wearing the masks and using the sanitisers.

God blessFr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JUNE

Families
We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES: From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA: From the Beatles to Beethoven. At the Hertford United Reformed Church Cowbridge, Hertford,

SG14 1PG onSaturday 25 June 2022 from 3-5pm. The concert is free but donations for Save the Children can be made after the concert. 

Refreshments will be served at half time. 

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 17 June at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

WILL YOU TAKE THE FIRST STEP?

CAFOD’s Gap year programme, Step into the Gap is a great opportunity for Young Adults aged between 18-30 to immerse themselves in interactive experiences, develop leadership skills while exploring their faith, and meeting new people. Take the first step and find out more information and how to apply for September 2022 go to cafod.org.uk/gapyear

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH WARNING AS RESIDENTS RECEIVE SCAM POLICE CALLS: The scams usually start with a phone call.  The caller claims to be a police officer and tells you there is fraudulent activity on your bank account. You are then asked to put their bank cards and/or money into an envelope and give them to a courier or taxi driver, who is sent to your home by the caller. In some cases, victims are asked to buy goods or vouchers. 

The phoney police officer may also ask for your bank details, such as your account and PIN numbers, as part of their “investigation”. This is a scam. If you receive an unexpected call, you should be suspicious. It is vital to remember that your bank and the police would:

NEVER ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone.  Do not disclose these to anyone, no matter who they claim to be. NEVER ask you to withdraw money or purchase items and send it to them via a courier or by any other means. NEVER ask you to send your bank cards or any other personal property via courier or by any other means. If you are suspicious of a caller, please end the call. Remember, when reporting a suspicious phone call to police, use another phone or test your line first by phoning a friend or relative, to ensure you aren’t still unwittingly connected to the fraudster. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress call 999. If you have concerns about your bank account, visit your local branch. Some phone companies offer call screening services to help block marketing cold calls and bogus callers. Contact your phone company and ask about call screening and caller display services.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: George & Christina Woodman (RIP)

Sunday: THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

8.30am: Dicky Dee (RIP)

10.30am: First Communion Children

6.00pm: Laurie Symonds (Ints)

Monday: St Anthony of Padua

10.00am: Ellie & Joan Chadirchi (Ints)  

Tuesday:

10.00am: Breda Dale

MASS IS EARLY DUE TO DEANERY MTG

Wednesday:

10.00am: Mel Starling (RIP)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday:

12.15pm: John Garvey (RIP Anni)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Kajetan Migdal (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Kajetan Migdal, Dicky Dee

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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View from the Presbytery 5 June

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 20

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 5 June 2022                                                                                                                                                                                                             PENTECOST SUNDAY

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

Happy Jubilee Weekend to one and all! It is a very extraordinary thing to be celebrating a reign of seventy years, but it can also give us cause to reflect on so many subjects: duty, consistency, privilege, longevity, marriage, patriotism, faith and more. We shall say a prayer for the Queen at all Masses this weekend and we shall end the 10.30 Mass with the National Anthem. Also, there will be tea and coffee after the 10.30 as usual, but in addition there will be wine and nibbles for all who wish to toast the Queen and celebrate the Bank Holiday. Let us hope for good weather to help us in our celebration.

On a much sadder note, I found that last week was overshadowed by the news of the murder of Kajetan Migdal in Stevenage last weekend. Kajetan was a pupil in his final year at St John Henry Newman School and was stabbed at the end of the School Prom in an unprovoked attack by a person who was unknown to him. We said prayers for him last weekend, but I went to the school on Monday morning to take a mass card to be given to his family, assuring them of the prayers of the people of Hertford. There were many pupils at the school, even though it was half term, and they were sad and grieving for their friend and colleague. It is hard to find anything sensible to say at times like this, but the school chapel was a place that many of them visited to be quiet, to pray and to remember. Please keep all of them in your prayers, along with the Migdal family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

I mentioned last week that it would be good to find some new members of the Parish Finance Committee. I was pleased to receive one offer of help which will be gratefully received, but if there are any other people who might consider joining the committee I would be delighted to hear from them. The commitment is not onerous, since there are usually three meetings a year, but the parish finances seem to be in a pretty good state at the moment, so we haven’t had to engage in crisis management so far! It is just one of those areas of parish life which needs to be attended to.Next weekend, 11 and 12 June, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, when, in this parish, we always celebrate First Holy Communion. Over 40 youngsters have prepared hard for Communion and the two Masses will be at 2.30 on Saturday afternoon and 10.30 on Sunday. This means that people who are not connected with one of the Communion children should avoid the 10.30 Mass, otherwise it will be overcrowded. Thank you for your cooperation and keep the children in your prayers.

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going. And, for now, keep wearing the masks and using the sanitisers.

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JUNE

Families
We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA: From the Beatles to Beethoven. At the Hertford United Reformed Church Cowbridge, Hertford,

SG14 1PG onSaturday 25 June 2022 from 3-5pm. The concert is free but donations for Save the Children can be made after the concert. 

Refreshments will be served at half time.

THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS OF WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL:

Require a part-time Co-Ordinator to administer the charity, assist in recruiting new members and in organising events.  The appointment is for 12 months, closing date 19 June 2022

For further details please see

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 17 June at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

RETURNING TO MASS AT PENTECOST:  An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales: In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. 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.

As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples. Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the presence of each other, we receive strength week by week, to serve the Lord and glorify Him with our lives.

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES:

From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Charlotte Jasmine WOOD

Lyla Florie MARTINEZ

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: PENTECOST SUNDAY

8.30am: Thomas O’Brien (RIP Anni)

10.30am: HM Queen Elizabeth II (Ints)

6.00pm: John Sullivan (RIPP Anni)

Monday: The BVM, Mother of the Church

10.00am: Olga D’Angelo (RIP Anni)  

Tuesday:

12.15pm: Canon Philip Cross (RIP)

Wednesday:

10.00am: The St John Henry Newman School (Ints)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday:

12.15pm: George Robert Emmett (RIP Anni)

Saturday: St Barnabas, Apostle

6.00pm: George & Christina Woodman (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Kajetan Migdal, Dicky Dee

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ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 19

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 29 May 2022                                                                                                                                                                                          SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

As we said last week, our Health and Safety Inspection, carried out by Precision, was unexpectedly postponed and we now have a new date of 20 July. Let’s hope it all goes well, since the whole area of Health and Safety has become so important in recent years.

I must thank you again for your generous response to the collection for the Priest Training Fund. The final total was £1058.15 and we shall send this off as soon as we can. It is a very important fund for the diocese, so I am very grateful to you for your response.

As you may well have heard, the ceremony of Confirmation went extremely well and everyone, including the bishop, was very happy with it. I would like to thank all those who played some part in the ceremony and I think particularly of the altar servers, the choir and organist and the flower arrangers. I would also like to thank Peter Boyle for his work as a catechist, but principally I thank those who were confirmed and their families and sponsors. These young people are at a busy time of their lives, with many school commitments, so it was heartening to see so many of them following the course of preparation and receiving the sacrament.

Schools are now on half term and I wish all pupils, teachers and those who work in schools a very good week. I also send my congratulations to Ms Helena Grahame, who was appointed as Deputy Head at St Joseph’s from September. I wish her well and hope that she will be with us for a number of years.

The Finance Committee had its meeting last Tuesday and one topic that came up was the membership of the committee. It is a very important element of parish administration, so it would be good to have another couple of members. There must be a number of parishioners who have some experience in finance and it would involve only three or four meetings a year. Do have a think about it and let me know if you are interested. It would be a great service to the Church.

We are now in that great period between Ascension and Pentecost when we pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. We also have the unprecedented celebration of a Royal Platinum Jubilee. Next weekend we shall have a prayer for the Queen at all Masses and the 10.30 Mass will be celebrated for her intentions. I thought we might also have a glass of wine available, along with tea and coffee and juice, after that Mass, to toast the Queen and it would be good to see people there. Some people will surely be away over the half term and bank holiday, but the rest of us can mark the occasion with prayer and refreshment. And there are still some of the prayer cards for the Queen on the chest at the back of the church.

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going. And, for now, keep wearing the masks and using the sanitisers.

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR MAY

Faith-Filled Young People
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

VOLUNTEER DBS CHECKS:

Thank you so much to all those people who emailed in their volunteer posts and their email addresses.  The position on DBS rechecks has recently been clarified by the Diocese: those people who undertake important roles (e.g. readers, cleaners, the flower arranging team) yet without any direct responsibility or contact with vulnerable adults, young people or children are not required to have a DBS check. 

If you are unsure as to whether you need to complete a DBS check please get in touch with Liz or Daniel via email: hertfordsg3@safeguardrcdow.org.uk or hertfordsg1@safeguardrcdow.org.uk

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA: From the Beatles to Beethoven. At the Hertford United Reformed Church Cowbridge, Hertford,

SG14 1PG onSaturday 25 June 2022 from 3-5pm. The concert is free but donations for Save the Children can be made after the concert. 

Refreshments will be served at half time.

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES:

From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 17 June at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

THY KINGDOM COME is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. It has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer inviting Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. Since its start in May 2016, 172 countries have joined in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will: 

Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ 

Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus 

Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our Witness 

A wealth of resources can be found at

For further information see: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/resources-catholic-church

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Linda Radford (RIP)

Sunday: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

8.30am: Catherine Archer (RIP)

10.30am: Maureen Mackaill (RIP Anni)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Monday:

10.00am: Private Intention  

Tuesday: The Visitation of the BVM

12.15pm:

Wednesday: St Justin

10.00am:

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday: St Charles Lwanga

12.15pm: Patrick Creighan (RIP)

Saturday:

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Valerie Ailes, Winnie Kudish

RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Micha Ebenezer Mattius Gill

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ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 18

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 22 May 2022                                                                                                                                                                                               SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

For a number of reasons, I am writing this early on Thursday morning, and there is quite a day in prospect. The Health and Safety inspection is scheduled for 12.30 (STOP PRESS: The H&S Inspector was called away so we will have to postpone until further notice) and then 32 young people from our parish will be confirmed this evening. There are many things to get ready for this ceremony, but it should go well. The candidates have prepared seriously for the sacrament and I ask you all to remember them in your prayers. It is not easy to make a religious commitment nowadays – it can often be mocked – but we pray that this group will do what they can to keep the Lord in their lives and to make him known through their actions.

We continued the retiring collection for the Priest Training Fund last week and the total collected was £943.15. Thank you very much for your generosity. I shall keep the collection open for another week to see whether any other contributions come in, but that was a very important contribution to the life of the Church and the activity of the diocese. It is not cheap to train people over a six year period, and it is important that the facilities and the teaching are up to scratch, so thanks to everyone who contributed.

Tomorrow, Friday, there is an interview panel for a possible Deputy Head for St Joseph’s School. Once again, I ask your prayers that the school may continue its great work and make its special contribution to the life of our parish. And pray too for the interviewers that their choice may prove to be the right one.

Next week, we have a Parish Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday evening and there is much to discuss. We have upgraded our CCTV system, since there have been a few incidents recently (including a fox looking through my sitting room window late in the evening!) and we must also consider how to proceed with a new front door for the presbytery. We have applied for – and received – planning permission, but there are a number of matters outstanding and we must hope they can be resolved soon.

Next Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension, so there will be three Masses: two in the church (at 7.30am and 8.00pm) and one in the school at 10.00am. Parishioners would be welcome to attend the Mass in the school and this will be the first time for two years that we have been able to have the parish join the school for worship. Perhaps we shall see you there.

There are still some prayer cards at the back of the church with a prayer for the Queen as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee next weekend. Our 10.30 Mass on Sunday will be for her intentions and we shall have a special prayer at all the weekend Masses

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going. And, for now, keep wearing the masks and using the sanitisers.

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR MAY

Faith-Filled Young People
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

VOLUNTEER DBS CHECKS:

Thank you so much to all those people who emailed in their volunteer posts and their email addresses.  The position on DBS rechecks has recently been clarified by the Diocese: those people who undertake important roles (e.g. readers, cleaners, the flower arranging team) yet without any direct responsibility or contact with vulnerable adults, young people or children are not required to have a DBS check. 

If you are unsure as to whether you need to complete a DBS check please get in touch with Liz or Daniel via email: hertfordsg3@safeguardrcdow.org.uk or hertfordsg1@safeguardrcdow.org.uk

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES:

If you no longer use your envelopes please do let the office know. Maybe you might consider changing your offering to standing order, if so please contact the office.

If your box is not there please do let the office know and it will be reallocated to you.

RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Conor Patrick McGrath

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES:

From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 17 June at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

COMMUNITY EVENT IN HERTFORD
A community event is to take place in Hertford later this month, to allow people to meet officers from their local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).

The family friendly event will take place in Hartham Common, between 11am and 1pm on Monday 30 May.

Officers from the SNT will be in attendance, alongside colleagues from the Gangs and Schools Team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit.

Members of the Volunteer Police Cadets will be on hand to give information about how you can join your local group and a selection of police vehicles will also be on display, including specialist quad bikes. Sergeant Nathan Howson, from the Hertford SNT, said: “This community event will allow people to meet with local officers, to discuss any issues or concerns they feel we should be focusing our efforts on.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Julian Brotherton (Ints)

Sunday: SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

8.30am: Matthew Brotherton (Ints)

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

6.00pm: James Zsibrita (RIP)

Monday:

10.00am: People of the Parish

Tuesday:

12.15pm: Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Wednesday: St Bede

10.00am: Caroline Cheney (Ints)

Thursday: The Ascension of the Lord

7.30am: Josie Kiely (RIP Anni)

10.00am: Mass at St Joseph’s School

8.00pm: Vetti Vettivelli (RIP)

Friday: St Augustine of Canterbury

12.15pm: Peace in Ukraine

Saturday:

6.00pm: Linda Radford (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Valerie Ailes, Winnie Kudish, James Zsibrita,

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ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 17

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 15 May 2022                                                                                                                                                                                FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

Many thanks for your cooperation in the fire drills last week. We evacuated the church very well, really. The shortest time was 55 seconds and the longest time 1 minute and 23 seconds. We can now give these times to our Health and Safety inspector who comes this coming Thursday and hope that he will be pleased with them. As I have said before, the number of things that need to be done in the area of Health and Safety increases all the time, so we have to thank Sue and Roger Walker for all the time and effort they have put in to keep us safe and sound. Let’s hope, too, that we get a good report on Thursday. It is only right to see effort rewarded.

Because of the fire drills last week, the collection for the Priests’ Training Fund was a little disorganized. We shall try again after Masses this weekend to complete the collection and there are still some Gift Aid envelopes on the chest at the back of the church. As I mentioned last week, there are currently 58 men studying for the priesthood at Allen Hall, 17 of whom are for our own diocese of Westminster. There are also two men studying in Rome. The Fund also supports the ongoing formation of the priests of the diocese, so it does have many commitments. Please give what you can, since we need to support the priests of the future, who have quite a task ahead of them.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered at a Mass at 7pm on Thursday of this coming week. We have 32 young people who will receive the Holy Spirit at this celebration, and this is a splendid total. The candidates have been very diligent in their preparations and I thank them for their good behaviour. I am sure that our Area Bishop, Paul McAleenan, will be impressed by them. Please remember that, since we have quite a small church each candidate can have a maximum of 6 guests (including their sponsor). If each candidate does have 6 guests then the total numbers of candidates and guests is 224, which will make things very full. The candidates will sit, with their sponsors, in the main nave and we shall try and find enough room for everyone else. We still have one other problem: the photographer who was to photograph the proceedings is now unable to come and I wonder whether anyone knows a photographer who might be willing to take on the job. Please let me know as soon as you can. Thank you.

You will find some prayer cards at the back of the church with a prayer for the Queen as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee in a few weeks. Do feel free to take one. She will need our prayers as she prepares for this important and quite unique event.

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going. And, for now, keep wearing the masks and using the sanitisers.

God bless –  Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR MAY

Faith-Filled Young People
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

VOLUNTEER DBS CHECKS:

Thank you so much to all those people who emailed in their volunteer posts and their email addresses.  The position on DBS rechecks has recently been clarified by the Diocese: those people who undertake important roles (e.g. readers, cleaners, the flower arranging team) yet without any direct responsibility or contact with vulnerable adults, young people or children are not required to have a DBS check. 

If you are unsure as to whether you need to complete a DBS check please get in touch with Liz or Daniel via email: hertfordsg3@safeguardrcdow.org.uk or hertfordsg1@safeguardrcdow.org.uk

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES:

If you no longer use your envelopes please do let the office know. Maybe you might consider changing your offering to standing order, if so please contact the office.

If your box is not there please do let the office know and it will be reallocated to you.

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES:

From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 20 May at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

COMMUNITY EVENT IN HERTFORD
A community event is to take place in Hertford later this month, to allow people to meet officers from their local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).

The family friendly event will take place in Hartham Common, between 11am and 1pm on Monday 30 May.

Officers from the SNT will be in attendance, alongside colleagues from the Gangs and Schools Team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit.

Members of the Volunteer Police Cadets will be on hand to give information about how you can join your local group and a selection of police vehicles will also be on display, including specialist quad bikes. Sergeant Nathan Howson, from the Hertford SNT, said: “This community event will allow people to meet with local officers, to discuss any issues or concerns they feel we should be focusing our efforts on.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday: St Matthias, Apostle

6.00pm: Shelagh & Roger Stacey (RIP)

Sunday: FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

8.30am: Robert Gillmor (RIP)

10.30am: Catherine Max (RIP)

6.00pm: Bridget Barrett (RIP)

Monday:

10.00am: People of the Parish

Tuesday:

12.15pm: Terry Russell (Ints)

Wednesday:

10.00am: Bridget Peters (RIP)

Thursday:

7.00pm: Confirmation Candidates

Friday:

12.15pm: Terry Russell (Ints)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Julian Brotherton (Ints)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Valerie Ailes, Winnie Kudish, James Zsibrita,

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ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 16

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 8 May 2022                                                                                                                                   FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

As I have mentioned over the last few weeks, we shall have a Health and Safety Inspection on Thursday 19 May. This requires us, among other things, to have a Fire Drill at Sunday Masses and this will take place this weekend at the end of the masses. Try and leave the church as quickly as you can; we have to record how long this exit takes and then we can inform the Inspector. This is, I know, a bit of a nuisance, but it is something we have to do at least once a year, so please do your bit by using the two exits (through the sacristy and house, and via the main door). I shall let you know how it went next weekend. Life is never dull, anyway.

One difficulty we face is that this is Good Shepherd Sunday and we have arranged to have a retiring collection for the diocesan Priests’ Training Fund. I shall still leave a basket out for people to contribute this week, if you have brought the money or envelope with you, but we shall also do the same next weekend to avoid any confusion with the Fire Drill. There are currently 58 men studying for the priesthood at Allen Hall, 17 of whom are for our own diocese of Westminster. There are also two men studying in Rome. The Fund also supports the ongoing formation of the priests of the diocese, so it does have many commitments. Please give what you can.

We are still preparing for the celebration of Confirmation at 7pm on Thursday, 19 May. The final class will be this Monday, 9 May, and I would ask all of you to keep the candidates in your prayers. We have 32 young people who will receive the Holy Spirit at this celebration, and this is a splendid total. The candidates have been very diligent in their preparations and I thank them for their good behaviour. The only drawback to this is that we have quite a small church and it soon gets full, so I would ask that each candidate has no more than 6 guests (including their sponsor). If each candidate does have 6 guests then the total numbers of candidates and guests is 224, which will make things very full. The candidates will sit, with their sponsors, in the main nave and we shall try and find enough room for everyone else. We have one problem: the photographer who was to photograph the proceedings is now unable to come and I wonder whether anyone knows a photographer who might be willing to take on the job. Please let me know as soon as you can. Thank you.

You will find some prayer cards at the back of the church with a prayer for the Queen as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee in a few weeks. Do feel free to take one. She will need our prayers as she prepares for this important and quite unique event.

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going. And, for now, keep wearing the masks and using the sanitisers.

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR MAY

Faith-Filled Young People
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

CURRENT CHURCH VOLUNTEERS: 

You were recently made aware that all DBS checks of parish volunteers need to be updated. This process is now done online, with the exception of your IDs being checked. Please could you email your full name, volunteer post (e.g. reader, cleaner, catechist etc.) and your email address to 

hertfordsg3@safeguardrcdow.org.uk so that you can be registered. Once you have been registered you will receive an email that will link you to the beginning of the online process. Please note ALL volunteers appointed by the parish MUST do this. When you have completed the process online you will be prompted to make an appointment with Elizabeth Black to get your IDs verified, please do this via email as soon as you can. Please let Father Terry know if you do not have access to the internet or would like some help in completing the online application.

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES:

If you no longer use your envelopes please do let the office know. Maybe you might consider changing your offering to standing order, if so please contact the office.

If your box is not there please do let the office know and it will be reallocated to you.

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHILDREN’S CLOTHES:

From baby to teenage years.

Please leave with Mrs Walker in the church hall, Mon-Fri 8am-12noon.

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 20 May at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

ST MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC GRAMMAR SCHOOL: Applications to sit the entrance tests for Year 7 Entry in September 2023

Applications are now being accepted for girls currently in year 5 to sit the entrance tests for year 7 entry to St Michael’s in September 2023.  Applications can be made through the online system available on our website https://www.st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk/admissions/admissions-2023-24/

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING: at Hertford United Reformed Church, Cowbridge, SH14 1PG on Saturday 14 May 10-12.00.

Everyone welcome.

RECENTLY MARRIED:

Victoria Byron & Martin Atkinson

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Sunday: FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

8.30am: Teresa McCarthy (Ints)

10.30am: Fr Anthony Nye SJ (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Monday:

10.00am: Matthew Brotherton (Ints)

Tuesday: Mass is early today due to a Deanery meeting

10.00am: Fr Anthony Brunning (RIP)

Wednesday:

10.00am: Bridget Peters (RIP)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday:

12.15pm: Tim Culloty (RIP)

Saturday: St Matthias, Apostle

6.00pm: Shelagh & Roger Stacey (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

Recently Deceased

Winnie Kudish, James Zsibrita, Maurice Champ

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ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 15

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 24 April/1 May 2022                                                                                                     SECOND AND THIRD SUNDAYS OF EASTER – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

The page numbers for the prayers for this Sunday’s Mass are at the front of The Parish Mass Book.  Please note that there is a Loop system in the Church.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

This will have to be a two-week newsletter, since our Parish Secretary is taking some days of annual leave this coming week. We wish her well and thank her for her great contribution to the work of the parish. We couldn’t manage without the skills she brings to the job and I in particular would find the whole IT side of things quite impossible without her gentle and kindly instruction.

But there are others I wish to thank also this week, and these are the people that made such a great contribution to the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. It is a huge job to get everything ready for these great ceremonies, and while a lot of it falls to me, there are so many others who need to be thanked. The altar servers, choir and organists are first on that list, and after two years without regular contributions from the servers and musicians, it was quite marvellous to see and hear them once again and to join in the singing! Then the readers and eucharistic ministers did their jobs with their usual grace and dignity and the rota, which is so complicated at this time of the year was ably put together by Leslie Judd. Apart from these people, we had great flower arrangers, cleaners, collectors and counters of collections. And thanks to all of you who came to the ceremonies – it was a heartening sight.

If you go into the main hall, you will see our latest project to come to fruition. The main hall has been beautifully redecorated by Roger Walker and the carpet (which had suffered from damage from tape needed to mark off spaces during the Covid period) has been replaced. It all looks great and Sue and Roger Walker continue to keep the hall in good order and always keep it clean, tidy and cared for. The works will be paid for from a legacy left us by the late Linda Radford, who was exceptionally generous to the church and parish in her will. We shall, of course, continue to say masses for the repose of her soul. May she rest in peace.

Another thing that Mrs Walker does for the parish is to coordinate our Health and Safety measures. We shall be having our annual inspection on 19 May and we have to have done a fire drill by then. Therefore, when you hear the shout of “FIRE” please evacuate the church as quickly as you can (either through the main door, or through the sacristy and the front door of the presbytery) and make your way to the assembly point outside Powell’s Funerals. The Fire Marshalls should be able to assist anyone in difficulty, and they can be identified by their arm bands. I know all this is a bit of a nuisance, but we have to get it done. Let’s hope it all goes well, and that people cooperate as fully as they can.

Another thing that happens on 19 May is the celebration of Confirmation at 7pm. The final two classes will be this Monday, 24 April, and Monday 9 May. It is important for the candidates to attend these sessions, so I hope to see them there.

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going. And, for now, keep wearing the masks and using the sanitisers.

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR APRIL

Health Care Workers
We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.

URGENT! Accommodation for Ukrainian Refugees

For a family of 5 who need a host in Hertford or surrounding villages. Also, two grandmothers either together or separately in Hertford where they can be close to family already here. If you can help, please call Chris Long on 07815 427 889

CURRENT CHURCH VOLUNTEERS: 

You were recently made aware that all DBS checks of parish volunteers need to be updated. This process is now done online, with the exception of your IDs being checked. Please could you email your full name, volunteer post (e.g. reader, cleaner, catechist etc.) and your email address to 

hertfordsg3@safeguardrcdow.org.uk so that you can be registered. Once you have been registered you will receive an email that will link you to the beginning of the online process. Please note ALL volunteers appointed by the parish MUST do this. When you have completed the process online you will be prompted to make an appointment with Elizabeth Black to get your IDs verified, please do this via email as soon as you can. Please let Father Terry know if you do not have access to the internet or would like some help in completing the online application.

FUNERAL OF JAMES ZSIBRITA:

Will take place on Thursday 29 April at 3.30pm at Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Rd, Stevenage SG2 8XT. May he rest in eternal peace.

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES:

If you no longer use your envelopes please do let the office know. Maybe you might consider changing your offering to standing order, if so please contact the office.

If your box is not there please do let the office know and it will be reallocated to you.

ROSARY GROUP: Come and join us in the church on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for recital of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 20 May at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £15 for a three-course meal, glass of wine, coffee and chocolates. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

RECENTLY BAPTISED:

SIVE SAOIRSE FODFREY

PENELOPE CATHERINE SMITH

Recently Deceased

James Zsibrita, Maurice Champ

Holy Places collection: £307.54 – Thank you!

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

8.30pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

8.30am: Linda Radford (RIP)

10.30am: James Zsibrita (RIP)

6.00pm: Eimear Ni Conghaile (RIP)

Monday: St Mark

10.00am: Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Tuesday: St George, Patron of England

12.15pm:Vetti Vettivelu (RIP)

Wednesday:

10.00am: Patrick Findlay (RIP)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday: St Catherine of Siena

12.15pm: James Zsibrita (RIP) & Zsibrita Family

Saturday:

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

8.30am: Peace in Ukraine

10.30am: St Joseph’s School (Ints)

6.00pm: Robbie Robinson (Ints)

Monday: St Athanasius

10.00am: Wright Family (Ints)

Tuesday: Ss Philip & James, Apostles

12.15pm: Taylor Family (Ints)

Wednesday: The English Martyrs

10.00am: Linda Radford (RIP)

Thursday: CHURCH CLOSED

Friday:

12.15pm: Holy Souls

Saturday:

6.00pm: Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5.00-5.30pm

Exposition of the blessed sacrament 5-5.40pm

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