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View from the Presbytery 16 May

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 19

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 16 May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                       

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

 

Having celebrated the Solemnity of the Ascension on Thursday, we are now in that period of prayer before Pentecost. These nine days, which mirror the prayer of the apostles and Our Blessed Lady in the Upper Room in Jerusalem are the first novena in the church, and something we should take seriously. As I mentioned last week, there will be prayers offered at each Mass during the novena and copies of the prayers can be found on the chest at the back of the church. If you take a sheet, then please take it with you and don’t put it back in the pile. This is a further precaution that is required by the official Covid 19 regulations. There are also copies of an email giving details of other resources for the novena that you might wish to find online. These emails are on the table in the cloister. Let us pray fervently for the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we may be enabled to say “Thy Kingdom come!”

We have our next relaxation of the virus regulations on Monday and we can look forward to inviting people indoors and going into cafes, pubs and restaurants, which will be quite a moment. We have all heard on the news, though, that there are still places where people are getting infected, so we are not completely in the clear yet. We still need to be careful, but at least we can have a real hope that things are improving and will continue to improve.

People are beginning to think about arranging baptisms again now that we are able to do them. Until 21 June they must be kept to thirty guests and masks should still be worn and distancing maintained. There will be quite a back log, so I hope people will understand that they may have to wait a bit longer than they normally would to get a date. One other point needs to be mentioned: people quite reasonably turn to friends and family when they are choosing godparents, but it is important to remember that godparents need to be baptised. They don’t all have to be Roman Catholics, but at least one must be a Catholic and should be practising. It is embarrassing to choose someone as a godparent and then to find out that they are not really eligible for the role, since technically people are not Christian if they are not baptised, however wonderful they are in the way they live their life. I try and mention this problem as early as I can in the process, but there are still some difficulties which it is best to avoid. Anyway, we are now open for business in the baptism department and I look forward to meeting people to arrange these important ceremonies, which have been pretty well impossible to arrange during the pandemic.

Next weekend we celebrate Pentecost and I hope we can soon arrange a Mass for the sacrament of Confirmation. It has all been very difficult. Anyway, let us count the many blessings we have, and keep safe; keep smiling; keep going.

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION MAY

The World of Finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

 

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: Catholics in hospital are unlikely to receive an automatic visit from the Catholic Chaplain. If someone is sick in hospital, please let us know here at the Presbytery, and/or ask the staff on the ward, so that your loved one can be visited whilst in hospital, and receive Holy Communion and any other Sacraments from the Chaplain.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

 

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

IF YOU ARE A GIFT AIDER AND YOU STOP PAYING TAX OR CHANGE ADDRESS

 you must let the parish office know.

Thank you.

 

 

BABY CLOTHES: We are in urgent need of baby clothes from birth to 3 years, boys and girls. Please bring them to Sue Walker at the church hall Monday – Friday 8am – 12 noon. Thank you.

 

FOOD BANK

We are in desperate need of food for the foodbank. Items can be dropped off at the church hall with Mrs. Sue Walker any weekday morning. Don’t forget that foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, helping people in crisis to maintain dignity.

 

DURING MAY, A DECADE OF THE ROSARY WILL BE PRAYED BEFORE AFTER WEEKDAY MASS

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS

on Tuesdays at 4pm in the church hall. If you haven’t already, please can you bring £8 per child to cover the cost of their book. Thank you.

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection. Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

MASS INTENTIONS: Please let us know if you would like to request a Mass intention. Mass can be offered for the deceased, the intentions of the sick, for special intentions, and for thanksgiving. Contact Fr Terry or Trish – we have lots of spaces over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday: Easter Feria

6.00pm: Bernadette Rowbottom (RIP)

Sunday: Seventh Sunday of Easter

10.30am: People of the Parish

6.00pm: Madeline Genovese (Ints)

 

Monday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Tuesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Wright Family (Ints)

Wednesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Peace in Middle East

Thursday: Easter Feria

CHURCH CLOSED

Friday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Peter & Margaret Hogg

60th Wedding Anniversary

Saturday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Peace in Middle East

6.00pm: Bernadette Rowbottom (RIP)

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

George Sandell, Michael Parsons

May they rest in eternal peace.

View from the Presbytery 9 May

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 18

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 9 May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                

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

 

Many thanks for your generous contributions to the Priests’ Training Fund over the last couple of weeks. The total so far is £762.35, but if there are any further donations to be handed in, they can be given directly to me or donated online via www.rcdow.org.uk/donations This is a very important collection which contributes to the mission of the diocese. Please continue to pray for vocations. We need many more priests and your prayers and financial support are vital. Thank you.

On Thursday of this coming week, 13 May, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, which is normally a Holyday of Obligation. Although our obligation is suspended for a while because of the Covid situation, we shall have two masses in the church on Thursday at 10.00am and 8.00pm and I shall celebrate Mass at St Joseph’s School at 2.15. Normally the school Mass would be open to members of the parish, but because of all the restrictions that is not possible at the moment. Please book your places at Mass as usual.

As I mentioned last week, the Ascension is the beginning of nine days of prayer (a Novena) to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. There is an ecumenical element to our prayer again this year and we hope that all Christian denominations will be joining in and praying together. We shall say a prayer at each Mass during the Novena, just before the final blessing, but I have also left copies of an email from the Agency for Evangelisation, which gives details of online resources which you might like to use. This novena is given the title “Thy Kingdom Come”, so even if you can’t get to Mass, or do not have access to any other of the prepared materials, you can say an Our Father each day to join in.

I have also left some more copies of the Bishops’ letter about the Covid situation and the way forward, which I also left out last week. Please take one if you wish. If you are somebody who has reservations about the vaccination programme, you might be interested in a webinar, the details of which are on the other side of this sheet and on a poster outside the church. It has been arranged to give people information about vaccination and will involve medical experts, several local authorities (including Hertfordshire County Council) and the dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster. It can be seen on Saturday 15 May from 10am to 11.30am.

Our wonderful British weather has made the relaxation of restrictions rather chilly since 12 April, but it has been good to see people about more and enjoying outdoor hospitality. Roll on 17 May when pubs, cafes and restaurants can open to allow people inside! It will be a big step forward on the road to freedom.

However, we still need to keep our distance and we still need to wear masks, when required. Keep safe; keep smiling; keep going.

God Bless  –  Fr Terry

 

POPE’S INTENTION MAY

The World of Finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

 

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

IF YOU ARE A GIFT AIDER AND YOU STOP PAYING TAX OR CHANGE ADDRESS you must let the parish office know.

Thank you.

 

FOOD BANK:

We are in desperate need of food for the foodbank. Items can be dropped off at the church hall with Mrs. Sue Walker any weekday morning. Don’t forget that foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, helping people in crisis to maintain dignity.

 

 

BABY CLOTHES: We are in urgent need of baby clothes from birth to 3 years, boys and girls. Please bring them to Sue Walker at the church hall Monday – Friday 8am – 12 noon. Thank you.

 

A DECADE OF THE ROSARY WILL BE SAID AFTER EACH WEEKDAY MASS IN MAY.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS

on Tuesdays at 4pm in the church hall. If you haven’t already, please can you bring £8 per child to cover the cost of their book. Thank you.

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection. Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

A COVID-19 VACCINE CONFIDENCE WEBINAR has been organized for the of Dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, with the cooperation of Hertfordshire County Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and other local authorities. It will take place on Saturday 15th May 2021 from 10am to 11.30am and will feature a panel of eminent medical experts led by Prof Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health London. The panel will share the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination.  There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions anonymously. To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99627319556 Passcode: 54661

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Saturday: Easter Feria

6.00pm: 6.00pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: Sixth Sunday of Easter

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

6.00pm:

 

Monday: Easter Feria

10.00am: 

Tuesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: 

Wednesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Alex McKillop (RIP)

Thursday: The Ascension of the Lord

10.00am: Michael Parsons (RIP)

8.00pm: People of the Parish

 

Friday: St Matthias

10.00am:  

Saturday: Easter Feria

10.00am:  Vocations to the Priesthood

6.00pm: Bernadette Rowbottom (RIP)

 

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

George Sandell, Michael Parsons

May they rest in eternal peace.

View from the Presbytery 2 May

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 17

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 2 May 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                

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 generosity to the Priest Training Fund collection last weekend. It is not yet counted, so it is not too late to make a donation, if you wish.  There are some envelopes still available on the chest at the back of the church; otherwise you can give your contribution directly to me or make a donation via www.rcdow.org.uk/donations I shall let you know the total next week, I hope.

The Bishops of England and Wales recently had a plenary meeting and among other things discussed what might happen after the Covid restrictions are lifted next month. They recognize that things can hardly return to how they were overnight: people have been away from public Mass for a year or more and many of us have lost the habit of regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Some people are anxious about returning to Church; some are fearful about vaccinations; others may just wait and see how it all goes before committing themselves. All of these things are entirely understandable. The bishops have issued a reflection on these matters, entitled “The Day of the Lord” and there are some copies of the letter on the table in the cloister. Please take one if you wish. I must say that I am looking forward enormously to 21 June when we hope that most, if not all, restrictions will be lifted. It has been a really difficult time for so many, and we can see on the news just how dreadful the situation is for so many people round the world. Let us keep them in our prayers.

If you are somebody who has reservations about the vaccination programme, you might be interested in a webinar, the details of which are on the other side of this sheet and on a poster outside the church. It has been arranged to give people information about vaccination and will involve medical experts, several local authorities (including Hertfordshire County Council) and the dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster. It can be seen on Saturday 15 May from 10am to 11.30am.

Next week, on Thursday 13 May, we celebrate Ascension Day. Mass will be at 10.00am and there will be an evening Mass at 8pm. The Feast of the Ascension marks the beginning of the great Novena of Preparation for Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit. I shall give further details of this in next week’s newsletter.

I have enjoyed the relaxation of restrictions since 12 April. It has been wonderful to be able to go into shops and even to freeze outside pubs and restaurants, while consuming what they have to offer. The next big date on the road to freedom is 17 May, when we can finally meet inside. Let’s not spoil that possibility by any flagrant breaches of the rules. We still need to keep distance and we still need to wear masks, when required. It has been a long process – let’s not make a mess of it at the last minute.

As always, keep safe; keep smiling; keep going.

God Bless  –  Fr Terry

 

POPE’S INTENTION MAY

The World of Finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

 

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

IF YOU ARE A GIFT AIDER AND YOU STOP PAYING TAX OR CHANGE ADDRESS

 you must let the parish office know.

Thank you.

 

FOOD BANK:

We are in desperate need of food for the foodbank. Items can be dropped off at the church hall with Mrs. Sue Walker any weekday morning. Don’t forget that foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, helping people in crisis to maintain dignity.

 

 

 

 

A DECADE OF THE ROSARY WILL BE SAID AFTER EACH WEEKDAY MASS IN MAY.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS

on Tuesdays at 4pm in the church hall. If you haven’t already, please can you bring £8 per child to cover the cost of their book. Thank you.

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection. Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

A COVID-19 VACCINE CONFIDENCE WEBINAR has been organized for the of Dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, with the cooperation of Hertfordshire County Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and other local authorities. It will take place on Saturday 15th May 2021 from 10am to 11.30am and will feature a panel of eminent medical experts led by Prof Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health London. The panel will share the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination.  There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions anonymously. To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99627319556 Passcode: 546617

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday: Easter Feria

6.00pm: 6.00pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: Fifth Sunday of Easter

10.30am:

6.00pm: Kathleen Fraser (RIP)

 

Monday:  SS Philip and James

10.00am: Nellie Inguillo (RIP Anni)

Tuesday: The English Martyrs

10.00am:

Wednesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Peter McHale (RIP)

Thursday:

CHURCH IS CLOSED

Friday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Marian Breenan (RIP)

 

Saturday: Easter Feria

10.00am:

6.00pm: People of the Parish

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

George Sandell

May he rest in eternal peace.

View from the Presbytery 25 April

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 16

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 25 April 2021                                                                                                                                                                                         

FOURTH 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

 

The Easter season continues and this weekend we reach the Fourth Sunday, which is usually called ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ because the gospels used all have reference to the Good Shepherd and refer to Christ in his role as the Pastor of the Sheep. This has over the years developed into a reflection on ministry in the Church and also on a practical level has given an opportunity to have a collection for the Diocesan Priests’ Training Fund.

When a man is thinking about trying out his vocation to be a priest there is quite a long process of preparation and training to go through. He would first see the Director of Vocations and other members of the Vocations Promotion Team for a year or so and might eventually go before a selection panel, to see whether he should go to the seminary to continue the discernment process. The students at the seminary spend six or seven years in training, studying philosophy, theology, scripture,  church history, liturgy and pastoral practice (among other things) and learning to maintain a discipline of prayer and spiritual reflection, which help to provide a basis for what he might need in his future ministry as a priest. Our diocese has a seminary called Allen Hall, which up to 1975 was based at St Edmund’s College, Ware, and is now in Beaufort Street in Chelsea. It is there that most of our priests receive their training, although some train in Rome and occasionally in Valladolid in Spain. It is a very busy time for students and staff and I had the privilege of studying in Rome and later on teaching in Allen Hall for seven years. I taught Moral Theology, and was involved in general formation for much of that time.

Seminaries cost a lot of money to run, since staff and students all need board and lodging and a certain amount of financial remuneration. The buildings need to be kept in decent repair and other necessities of life and learning need to be maintained. At present there are 42 men studying at Allen Hall, 18 of whom are for the Diocese of Westminster, with two more at the English College in Rome. They need our support and prayer, and there will be an opportunity to contribute to the Fund at the end of masses this weekend. Envelopes are available on the chest at the back of the church and you can still bring them back next weekend, since the collection will be open for a while. Do fill in the Gift Aid details if you are a UK taxpayer. Pray also for vocations, since we really do need more priests, and they all need to be trained, so that they can be more like Christ the Good Shepherd and may model their ministry on his.

Restrictions for Covid 19 do seem to be easing at the moment and the number of infections and deaths are certainly going down. This is to be welcomed, but if we are to be able to ease restrictions fully on 21 June, we have to be vigilant until then and not lose focus.

As always, keep safe; keep smiling; keep going.

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

POPE’S INTENTION APRIL:

Fundamental Rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

 

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

IF YOU ARE A GIFT AIDER AND YOU STOP PAYING TAX OR CHANGE ADDRESS

 you must let the parish office know.

Thank you.

 

FOOD BANK:

We are in desperate need of food for the foodbank. Items can be dropped off at the church hall with Mrs. Sue Walker any weekday morning. Don’t forget that foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, helping people in crisis to maintain dignity.

 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS

on Tuesday 27 April at 4pm in the church hall. If you haven’t already, please can you bring £8 per child to cover the cost of their book. Thank you.

 

A PRIEST IS AN ORDINARY MAN CALLED TO AN EXTRAORDINARY MINISTRY (Cardinal Basil Hume)

As we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, the Vocations team wanted each parish and Catholic community to see the new poster.

The poster has tried to do something new.  It is linked to a video which you can find on the diocesan YouTube. Anybody reading the poster simply needs to scan the QR code (the square with graphics) on the poster with their phone to be directed to the video. The link to the video, is https://youtu.be/nP_u0A3S-q0

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection. Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

RETROUVAILLE

Rediscover Your Marriage. The programme offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the programme commencing with a ‘Virtual’ weekend on

 1st – 4th July 2021 Call or text 0788 7296983 or 044 797 3380443 – or email retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com 

 

  

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday: Easter Feria

6.00pm: 

Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Easter

10.30am: Simon Pearson (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

 

Monday:  Easter Feria

10.00am: Minnie Lee (Ints)

Tuesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Private Intention

Wednesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Private Intention

 

Thursday: St Catherine of Siena

CHURCH IS CLOSED

 

Friday: St Pius V, Pope

10.00am: John Lavelle (RIP)

Saturday: St Joseph, the Worker

10.00am: Sr Loretta Dooley (Ints)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

 

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Yvonne Coyle

May she rest in eternal peace.

 

View from the Presbytery 18 April

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 15

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 18 April 2021                                                                                                                                                                                            

THIRD 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

 

Our constantly changing weather didn’t make things easy for the first day of outside catering   and non-essential shopping last Monday, but I managed to get a haircut, so I was delighted with the new arrangements. It has felt a very long time since barbers and pubs were open, but if we keep vigilant and don’t try and jump the gun too much, then things can only get better and we can return to some semblance of normality.

Speaking of normality, it was great to see the children arrive for their first session of preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion on Tuesday. It was a good group, and everyone seemed happy with how things went. Please keep the children in your prayers as they begin this new phase in their lives as Catholic Christians. We haven’t forgotten the Confirmation candidates either. I hope to have some information for them before too long – it has been a difficult time to arrange all these things, with many people shielding and staying at home to avoid infection.

As I said last week, for the time being we shall keep to the revised timetable for Masses (10.00am on weekdays, (except Thursdays, when the church is closed) 10 and 6 on Saturdays, 10.30 and 6 on Sundays) and we need to continue to book places and to keep a record of the names and telephone numbers of those who attend. I imagine it will still be a couple of months before we can stop this. And, of course, we have to keep up the vigilance, the masks and the social distancing until the restrictions are relaxed.

Next weekend we shall be celebrating Good Shepherd Sunday, when we think and pray particularly about those who are priests or who are training to become ordained, or even just thinking about it. We also will have a retiring collection for the Priests’ Training Fund, which pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 42 men studying at our diocesan seminary, Allen Hall and 18 of these are for Westminster diocese, along with two others in Rome. The fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests and your generous donation helps ensure that we can support these men who are called to be like Christ, the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are available at the back of the church. 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. You can donate online any time at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.

The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal reached a total of £380, for which many thanks.

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

POPE’S INTENTION APRIL:

Fundamental Rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

 

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

IF YOU ARE A GIFT AIDER AND YOU STOP PAYING TAX OR CHANGE ADDRESS you must let the parish office know. Thank you.

 

FOOD BANK:

We are in desperate need of food for the foodbank. Items can be dropped off at the church hall with Mrs. Sue Walker any weekday morning. Don’t forget that foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, helping people in crisis to maintain dignity.

 

 A Prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh

‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’

(Matthew 25.21)

God of majesty,
give rest to your servant Philip
who, having served his Queen and Country,
has passed from this life,
full of years yet strong in spirit.
As we give thanks for his life,
as Prince and husband,
as Consort and family man,
we pray that all that he has done
may continue to bear fruit
in the lives of individuals
and the life of this nation,
to your honour and glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS

on Tuesday 20 April at 4pm in the church hall. If you haven’t already, please can you bring £8 per child to cover the cost of their book. Thank you.

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection from this weekend.  Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday: Easter Feria

6.00pm: Private Intention

Sunday: Third Sunday of Easter

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

 

Monday:  Easter Feria

10.00am: 

Tuesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Barry Macey-Dare (RIP)

Wednesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Gillian Queally (RIP Anni)

Thursday: Easter Feria – Church is closed

Friday: St George’s Day, Patron of England

10.00am: Fr Joseph Henchey (RIP)

Saturday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Chadirchi Family (Ints)

6.00pm: 

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Yvonne Coyle

May she rest in eternal peace.

 

View from the Presbytery 11 April

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 14

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 11 April 2021                                                                                                                                       

SECOND SUNDAY 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 weekend we complete the Octave of Easter and a number of people will also complete the Divine Mercy Novena, which comes to a close this Sunday. I have found it a strangely quiet week, with shops, pubs and restaurants still closed, but I imagine things will change a good deal on Monday, when many more businesses will reopen and social gatherings outside will be governed by the rule of six. I am particularly excited by the prospect of having a haircut, as I suspect many people are. What a strange year it has been!

Preparation classes for First Confession and First Holy Communion will start this coming Tuesday at 4.00pm in the Parish Hall. This too will mark a return to a bit of normality and we wish the children and their families a good time as they prepare for this great step in their sacramental lives. Please keep them all in your prayers as they follow these (socially distanced) classes, which will be another element of progress in their growth towards Christian maturity.

For the time being we shall keep to the revised timetable for Masses (10.00am on weekdays, 10 and 6 on Saturdays, 10.30 and 6 on Sundays) and we need to continue to book places and to keep a record of the names and telephone numbers of those who attended. I imagine it will still be a couple of months before we can stop this. And, of course, we have to keep up the vigilance, the masks and the social distancing until the restrictions are relaxed.

I have sent off the Cafod collection from the Lent Fast Day and the total came to £775.43, which is pretty good given our smaller numbers this year. It may be obvious to people that all our collections area down this year, but you may well want to make up some of the money you would have given and either put it in the weekend collection or post it through the presbytery letter box. If you are usually someone who pays by planned giving envelopes, please make sure you give the number of the envelope on your contribution. And that reminds me: the new envelopes are ready for collection and forms are also available for the setting up of Bankers’ Orders. We can’t leave the boxes out, but they can be picked up from the presbytery. And I should be able to give you a total for the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal next week.

This Sunday’s Gospel has the rather touching story of “Doubting” Thomas. I always find it a great consolation to realise that even the first disciples who had actually met Jesus in the flesh still had doubts about the whole thing. And we see from today’s story that it is important to persevere through the doubts so that we can come to the kind of faith that Thomas finally professed as he stood before “His Lord and his God”.

Keep smiling; keep safe; keep going. The Lord is risen indeed – alleluia!

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

POPE’S INTENTION APRIL:

Fundamental Rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

 

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

 

FOOD BANK:

We are in desperate need of food for the foodbank. Items can be dropped off at the church hall with Mrs. Sue Walker any weekday morning. Don’t forget that foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, helping people in crisis to maintain dignity.

 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES

Preparation for First Confessions and First Holy Communion begin again on Tuesday 13 April at 4pm in the church hall. Please can you bring £8 per child to cover the cost of their book.

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection from this weekend.  Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

How does a parishioner sign up for Gift Aid?

All the parishioner has to do is to fill in a Gift Aid declaration form or Gift Aid envelope (which the parish will need to provide). This requires him/her to:

  • Sign a declaration saying that he/she is a UK taxpayer and that he/she will pay more tax than the amount that the parish will reclaim.
  • Give their name, home address and the date on which the declaration should start (usually the start of the current tax year).

 

GIFT AID FORMS ARE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM OUR WEBSITE.

 

IF YOU ARE A GIFT AIDER AND YOU STOP PAYING TAX OR CHANGE ADDRESS

 you must let the parish office know.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday of Easter Octave:

6.00pm: Thora Martin (RIP) 

Sunday: Second Sunday of Easter

10.30am: People of the Parish

6.00pm: HRH Prince Philip (RIP)

 

Monday:  Easter Feria

10.00am:  Mary Flach (RIP Anni)

Tuesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Anna Kilcullen (RIP)

Wednesday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Moya Robinson (RIP)

Thursday: Easter Feria – Church is closed

Friday: Easter Feria

10.00am: Irene Edgar Jones (RIP Anni)

Saturday: Easter Feria

6.00pm: Private Intention   

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Moya Robinson, John Steel, Yvonne Coyle

May they rest in eternal peace.

 

View from the Presbytery 4 April

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 13

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 4 April 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                

EASTER 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

 

Rise heart, the Lord is risen! It’s been a funny old Lent, but we have made it. The Lord is truly risen – Alleluia! Christos Anesti – Alleluia! Surrexit Dominus vere – Alleluia! In whatever language you might wish to use, the Lord is risen indeed and everything is made new. Our baptism is the instrument of our renewal, for at baptism we died with Christ and rose with him to new life. In short, we encompassed the whole Paschal Mystery and that is why the renewal of our baptismal promises is so important at Easter Sunday Mass. Renew those promises today with great joy for they are the great gift of Easter.

It has been good to be able to have at least a part of the Holy Week ceremonies this year. We have not had the normal number of people in the congregation, and we have had to cut down many of the important elements of the liturgy, but we have managed to get to this moment today and we can rejoice and be glad. There are many people who have worked very hard to make sure that this week ran smoothly. Our stewards have done a great job helping the congregation find a place to sit and also cleaning and sanitizing the church so that it stayed safe. The choir, organists and altar servers have striven to make the liturgy as good as it could be and many people have told me just how pleased they were to see the altar servers and hear the choir. We shall get back to proper congregational singing, alongside the choir, as soon as we can. Then we must thank those who have decorated the church with flowers and polished brass – how lovely it looks! We thank the readers and money counters and those who organise the rotas that are often so complicated; we thank Trish Newland, our parish secretary, who does a huge amount of work, and has coordinated the booking of places at Mass during the lockdowns. And we thank also Mrs Walker, who has overseen a huge number of charitable initiatives to help those who needed food or furniture, clothes or school uniform; and we thank Mr Walker, who keeps our garden looking so lovely and does 101 small jobs around our premises which keep things functioning.

From Easter Monday we shall have weekday Mass at 10.00am (except on Thursday, when the church is closed) and weekend Masses at 10 and 6 on Saturday and 10.30 and 6 on Sunday. I think we may have to wait for a bit before we can return to our customary timetable and leave the church open during the day, but we shall comply with the speed of opening up which is given to us by the government. All I am sure of is that I want to have a haircut and this will be possible from 12 April! I hate having it as long as it is.

We have lived through a remarkable time in the life of the church and the country. We can’t give up our vigilance yet, but things are moving in a positive direction. Let us celebrate with joy the great fact that the Lord is risen indeed – Alleluia!

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

POPE’S INTENTION APRIL:

Fundamental Rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

CATHOLIC ETHOS ADVOCATE

The Trustees of St Elizabeth’s, Much Hadham are creating a new post to further, celebrate and promote the distinctive Catholic identity and ethos of the Centre. St Elizabeth’s is a long-established charity, (which has a school for 5-19-year olds; a College for 18-25-year olds and a Registered Children’s Home and Care Home with Nursing for Adults), providing education, care and medical support for up to 200 people of all ages with learning disabilities and other complex medical needs. To apply and to find out more information about St Elizabeth’s, please visit our website: www.stelizabeths.org.uk or email recruitment@stelizabeths.org.uk

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection from this weekend.  Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

FOOD BANK

We are in desperate need of food for the foodbank. Items can be dropped off at the church hall with Mrs. Sue Walker any weekday morning. Don’t forget that foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, helping people in crisis to maintain dignity.

 

CAFOD WORKSHOP ONLINE EVENT Saturday 10 April 11am to 12.30. 2021 is a critical year as world leaders decide how the world rebuilds from the pandemic. As Catholics we have an important role to play in calling for the world’s poorest communities to be included. Join us to find out how to meet your MP as a parish group. Sat 10 April, 11am to 12.30; book at cafod.org.uk/mpmeeting

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: Easter Sunday

8.30am: Jaeger Family (Ints)

10.30am: People of the Parish

6.00pm: Yvonne Coyle (RIP)

 

Easter Monday:  

10.00am: Special Intention

Tuesday of Easter Octave:

10.00am: Annabelle Dixon (RIP)

Wednesday of Easter Octave:

10.00am: Hilary Williams (RIP)

Thursday of Easter Octave:

7.30am: Private Intention

Friday of Easter Octave:

10.00am: Thanksgiving

Saturday of Easter Octave:

10.00am: Private Intention

6.00pm: Thora Martin (RIP) 

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Paulo Messore, Florence Murray, Moya Robinson, John Steel, Yvonne Coyle

May they rest in eternal peace.

 

View from the Presbytery 28 March

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 12

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & SAINT JOSEPH

23 ST JOHN’S STREET, HERTFORD SG14 1RX

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford

Email:  hertford@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest:  Canon Terence Phipps            Tel:  01992 582109

DATE: 28 March 2021                                                                                                                                                     

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

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

 

So this weekend we begin our Holy Week celebrations and prepare ourselves for the joys of Easter. It won’t, I’m afraid, be as grand as our usual efforts but it will be a lot better than it was last year when the church was closed and I had to do all the ceremonies on my own. We shall have a small choir and a group of servers for the main ceremonies, and – most important of all – we shall have a congregation! We need to continue to keep social distance, so the booking of places will have to continue, and there may be some disappointment, as we are simply not able to cram people into the church. Let us hope that the numbers sort themselves out and that we manage a decent Holy Week celebration.

For Palm Sunday, palms will be blessed at all masses, but will be distributed at the end of Mass. We cannot have the outdoor procession we usually have at the 10.30 Mass, nor the groups of children helping with the indoor processions. Congregational singing is not allowed, so the choir will sing anything that needs singing; the crowd parts in the Passion reading will also be done either by one of the readers or by members of the choir at the 10.30 Mass. The four Palm Sunday Masses will be Saturday 10 and 6 and Sunday 10.30 and 6.

Masses on Monday and Wednesday will be at 10am but there will not be a Mass in church on Tuesday, 30 March, since I have to go to the Cathedral for the Chrism Mass. People are encouraged to watch the live stream from the Cathedral since there will be no service here in the church that day.

Maundy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be at 7.30pm. We are not permitted to have the washing of the feet, nor the procession to the altar of repose, nor the watching until midnight, but if you wish to watch and pray with the Blessed Sacrament, the whole diocese is encouraged to make a virtual visit to https://corpuschristimaidenlane.org.uk/live/ and this will be from 8pm until midnight.

On Good Friday there will be the Liturgy of the Passion at 3.00pm and Stations of the Cross at 6.30.

On Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil will begin at 8.00pm and will be a bit different from usual. We shall not have the fire outside; the Paschal Candle will be blessed on the sanctuary and the congregation will not have candles, but otherwise it should be very recognizable. On Easter Sunday there will be Masses at 8.30, 10.30 and 6pm and we shall go back to Masses at 10am on weekdays from Easter Monday. You will notice that there is no mention of Confession here. This is because of Covid restrictions also, but people are very welcome to make an appointment for confession and it can be done (with masks) either in the garden or at a properly distanced place in the house or church. Keep safe; keep smiling; keep going – we can get this done!

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

POPE’S INTENTION MARCH:

Sacrament of Reconciliation
We pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

If you would like to use STANDING ORDER to donate your weekly/monthly offering, the forms are available on the website to download.

 

IF YOU WRITE A CHEQUE TO THE PARISH please can you make payable to WRCDT Hertford. Thank you.

 

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark is looking to recruit a Head of Communications. 

The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge of the Catholic church as well as 10 years plus experience in a senior communications role in a not for profit organisation.  He/she will have exemplary written and verbal communication skills and proven experience in both proactive and reactive (crisis) communications through all media.  For more information and to apply please contact sarahwood@rcaos.org.uk by the closing date of 6th April 2021.

 

LENT PRAYERS: Please see the parish website for the prayer sheet for each Sunday in Lent – kindly created by Fr. Philip Miller.

 

 

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPE BOXES

These are ready for collection from this weekend.  Please come to the Presbytery to collect your boxes.

 

EASTER CARDS AND GIFTS are on sale in the Repository.

 

CHRISM MASS – Tuesday 30 March

LIVE STREAMING AT THE CATHEDRAL AT MIDDAY

https://www.churchservices.tv/westminster

 

 

MOUNT ST BERNARD MONASTERY

There is a film on BBC4 at 8pm on Sunday evening about Mount St Bernard Monastery and the Monks.

 

THE PASSAGE’S mission and work is developing to cope with more people becoming homeless it is raising funds through the Big Give until Wed 31st March to support No Night Out a new initiative to take newly homeless people off the street straight away.  Further details at www.passage.org.uk.

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Saturday:

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: Palm Sunday

10.30am: Simon Pearson (RIP)

6.00pm: Cusack Family (Ints)

 

Monday:  

10.00am:  Special Intention

Tuesday:

NO MASS

Wednesday:

10.00am: John Parsons (RIP Anni)

Thursday: Lord’s Supper

7.30pm: SVP (Ints)

Friday:

3.00pm: Lord’s Passion

6.30pm: Stations of the Cross

Saturday: Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

8.00pm: People of the Parish  

 

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Paulo Messore, Florence Murray, Moya Robinson, John Steel, Yvonne Coyle

May they rest in eternal peace.