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View from the Presbytery 23 January

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 3

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: 23 January 2022                                                                                                                                                                     

THIRD 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

Many thanks to the three couples who came for the marriage preparation session last Monday. Things seemed to go well and I look forward to the next two sessions on 21 February and 21 March.

This Monday, 24 January, we have the first session of the Confirmation Preparation Course for young people. This has been run for the last few years by Mrs Eileen Silcock and I would like to thank her for all the hard work she put into her teaching and the excellent response she got from the young people. She can no longer continue with this work because of a very busy schedule and so for this year I shall run the course myself with the able assistance of Peter Boyle. So far 27 young people have asked to join the group, so I’m afraid the small hall would be too small to accommodate them all safely. We shall therefore have to do the sessions in the church, since the large hall is in use on Monday evenings. This will be a change from what we have been used to doing, but I am sure it can work well. After consultation with Bishop Paul McAleenan, we have fixed the date of the ceremony for 7pm on Thursday 19 May. It is always very difficult to coordinate dates, but I hope the notice given will allow everyone to attend.

Thanks, too, to all who participated in the recent online survey in preparation for the Synod in 2023. There is a notice about it on the back of this newsletter, but I am delighted that 77 people participated and I thank Michael Milbourn and his grandson Harry for all their work in devising the survey and getting it up and running.

Last weekend’s White Flower Appeal for the work of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) raised the very creditable total of £502.44, so thank you for your generous response. As I mentioned also last week, there is a box marked Crib Offerings on the chest at the back. Please give what you can for the work of the Catholic Children’s (Westminster) which does great work for families in difficulty. The crib will remain in the church until the Feast of Candlemas (2 February).

We hear from the Government that the wearing of masks will no longer be mandatory in shops from this coming Thursday. We are, however, still encouraged to wear them in indoor spaces where people gather together, such as public transport. I take this as an encouragement to wear masks in church for the time being, so I would appeal to you to do so. If the Covid numbers continue to come down, then it may not be long before we can leave them off, but there is still room for caution in these matters.

As we begin our semi-continuous reading of the Gospel of Luke this weekend, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going!

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JANUARY 2022FOR TRUE HUMAN FRATERNITY
We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution: may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

SYNODALITY SURVEY: Thanks to all of those who participated in the online survey.  We had a total of 77 responses so we hope that the results will provide a good and balanced idea of the views of parishioners on the various subjects that the survey covered.  These results will be included in our submission to the diocese, along with the input obtained through the meetings held in December and the written contributions.  If you are reading the online version of this newsletter, you will see a copy of the report attached as a pdf document.  If you are unable to access the report yourselves, perhaps you might ask a friend to help you to obtain a printed copy? 

PARISH LIBRARY: The parish library situated in the church hall will be closed at the end of January. If you would like any of the books, please help yourself.

‘The God Who Speaks’ Scripture Festival – St Alban’s Cathedral Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th February 2022. From 10:00am to 4:00pm we will be offering different ways of exploring the Scriptures in prayer, through creative activities and in Bible study. Join us for a joyful and profound experience. Come and join the pilgrimage. Explore the ‘tents of encounter with the Word’, participate in the times of prayer and reflection, enjoy family friendly activities and much more. Find out what’s on and how your parish can be involved at www.rcdow.org.uk/scripturefestival

Saturday. 5th February – Why not come along to St Albans Cathedral to watch Steve Murray – Hanson from Behold Ministry bring familiar parables and scripture narratives to life through mime. The event is free but would recommend you book to ensure your place. For more information or to book please visit: https://rcdow.org.uk/scripturefestival/whats-on/ Be part of the adventure Find us on Facebook: @TheGodWhoSpeaksScriptureFestival and Instagram: @ScriptureFestival

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 18 February 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.

MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP on Fridays at 9.30-11.00am. All are welcome.

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

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: People of the Parish    

Sunday: THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

8.30am: Sr Loretta Dooley (Ints)

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

6.00pm: Josephine Wright (Ints)

Monday: St Francis de Sales

10.00am: Margaret Hogg (RIP)

Tuesday: The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle

10.00am: Christian Unity

Wednesday: Ss Timothy & Titus

10.00am: Chris Cusack (RIP)

Thursday:

CHURCH CLOSED

Friday: St Thomas Aquinas

12.15pm:  Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Saturday:

11.00am: Linda Radford (RIP)

6.00pm: Norene Hristov (Ints)

PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR THOSE WHO RECENTLY DECEASED:

Margaret Hogg, David Ellam,

Peter Bruno

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View from the Presbytery 16 January

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 2

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: 16 January 2022                                                                                                                                                                     

SECOND 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

So, we plunge back into the green of Ordinary Time for a few weeks before Lent comes round again at the beginning of March. In this Year C of the Sunday Lectionary, we read the Gospel account of the Wedding Feast at Cana, so we complete our celebration of the Epiphany with this revelation of the miraculous power of Jesus and his wonderful participation in one of the great human ceremonies, namely a wedding. This ties in well with the meeting on Monday 17 January for all those who are intending to get married this year. This marriage preparation course is a required element of all weddings in church and people can come here for the course whether they are getting married here or not. I look forward to seeing you there!

I think there are still a couple of application forms for the course of preparation for Confirmation which begins on Monday 24 January from 6.15-7.30pm. Candidates need to be in School Year 9 or above and also need to fill in one of the forms that can be found on the chest at the back of the church. The date of the ceremony has not been finalised yet, but I hope to have a date very soon.

There have been a few written responses to the questions given on the forms which you can still find at the back of the church, and you can also complete our online questionnaire, details of which are given overleaf. Both the written and online answers need to be completed by this weekend and we will have a report on the survey available from next weekend.

As mentioned last week, we have the annual SPUC White Flower Appeal this weekend. Please give what you can. And there is a box marked Crib Offerings on the chest at the back. Please give what you can for the work of the Catholic Children’s (Westminster) which does great work for families in difficulty. The crib will remain in the church until the Feast of Candlemas (2 February).

Given the large numbers of Covid infections at the moment, we are strongly urged to wear masks in church and to get the vaccinations that are available. Please cooperate with the suggestions to help us all.

Many things seem to be happening at the moment, both at St Joseph’s School and in the Parish. The school has joined the St Francis of Assisi Academy Trust, which will bring new opportunities to the school over time. And the governors are hoping to appoint a permanent Headteacher for September. Please keep all involved in the school in your prayers. Over the years, the school has made a huge difference to the life of its pupils and staff and that has benefitted the parish also. We pray that at this time the school will continue to make its big contribution to the life of us all. May St Francis and St Joseph intercede on our behalf.

As I always say: keep smiling, keep safe and keep going!

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JANUARY 2022

FOR TRUE HUMAN FRATERNITY
We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution: may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be holding its annual appeal this weekend Please give what you can to support their important work. There are also some cards on the chest at the back of the church which can be filled in and posted to SPUC to support freedom of speech on pro-life issues, especially in universities and colleges.

RESCHEDULED PARISH PARTY: We were unable to celebrate the New Year properly on 1 January, so we wanted to find an alternative date. Provisionally, we have chosen Saturday 30 April with Mass at 11.00am and a reception in the Hall afterwards. This is very much an advance warning, but let’s hope it will be possible to celebrate properly.

SYNODALITY SURVEY: Thanks to everyone who completed the online survey.  For those of you yet to do so, you will still be able to complete the survey this weekend and, on Monday 17 January, a report will be produced that we shall be able to incorporate into the submission the parish makes to the diocese.  A copy of the survey will be available as a pdf attachment to the online version of next week’s newsletter available at this address – https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford/news/ – so you will all be able to see what responses were received.  Of course, the participants’ identities will remain anonymous.  If you are unable to access the newsletter online, perhaps a friend would do so for you and print you a copy?

PARISH LIBRARY: The parish library situated in the church hall will be closed at the end of January. If you would like any of the books, please help yourself.

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.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Rita Connors (RIP)      

Sunday: SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

8.30am: Teresa McCarthy (Ints)

10.30am: Carlos Vega (Ints)

6.00pm: Rosario Schillaci (RIP Anni)

Monday: St Anthony

10.00am: Thomas Caffrey (RIP)

Tuesday:

12.15pm: Simon Pearson (RIP Anni)

Wednesday:

10.00am: Mary Josephine Baldwin (RIP)

Thursday:

CHURCH CLOSED

Friday: St Agnes

12.15pm: Marion Miller (RIP)

Saturday:

11.00am: Memorial Requiem Simon Pearson

6.00pm: People of the Parish  
 

PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR THOSE WHO RECENTLY DECEASED:

Margaret Hogg, David Ellam, Peter Bruno

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View from the Presbytery 9 January

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 54   No: 1

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: 9 January 2022                                                                                                                                                                                        

THE BAPTISM 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

Well, I think we made it! All our Christmas services went pretty well; numbers were certainly more than last year; the church looked wonderful and it was great to have altar servers, organists and even a choir for Midnight Mass. I must thank all those who worked so hard to make the Feast so special: the servers and musicians have already been mentioned, but there are also those who arranged the flowers, those who cleaned the church, the readers and eucharistic ministers, the stewards, the collectors and money counters and those who put up the crib. I must thank you for your generous contributions to the collections and I must add a personal note of thanks to all who sent me cards (sometimes with generous enclosures!) and many other presents and gifts. I was overwhelmed by it all.

The liturgical season of Christmas ends today with the Baptism of the Lord, and on Monday we are back in Ordinary Time with Week 1 of Year 2. Green vestments return and we must get down to the many things that need to be done to keep the show on the road for the next year. First of those is the Marriage Preparation Course which has three sessions and begins on Monday 17 January at 8pm in the small hall. The second meeting is on 21 February and the third is on 21 March. Couples intending to marry in 2022 need to attend these three sessions and we look forward to seeing them on 17/1.

The second important course of preparation is for Confirmation and this begins on Monday 24 January from 6.15-7.30pm. Candidates need to be in School Year 9 or above and also need to fill in one of the forms that can be found on the chest at the back of the church. The date of the ceremony has not been finalised yet, but I hope to have a date very soon.

There have been a few written responses to the questions given on the forms which you can still find at the back of the church, and you can also complete an online questionnaire, details of which are given overleaf. The Holy Father has asked for this survey to be done in preparation for the Synod in Rome in 2023. Please try and give your thoughts, which will, of course be anonymous.

Given the very large numbers of Covid infections at the moment we are strongly urged to wear masks in church and to get the vaccinations that are available. This is not just a silly idea. There are good reasons for us to comply with this advice and the safety of ourselves and other people is compromised if we just ignore it. Please cooperate with the suggestions to help us all.

As I always say: keep smiling, keep safe and keep going! There is much to do, but we can be sure that we will be given the grace and strength to persevere. We are blessed and fortunate to be members of the Church. Let us work and pray to bring many more people back to their observance. Happy New Year, once again.

God bless – Fr Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JANUARY 2022

FOR TRUE HUMAN FRATERNITY
We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution: may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

SYNODALITY SURVEY

In order to obtain as many responses as possible so that we may provide a full parish response to Westminster, an online survey has been created in which everyone is invited to participate.

It will take only 10 minutes of your time, and the responses will remain entirely anonymous.  Pope Francis wants all the baptised to feel they can participate in the synodality process, so please encourage all of your family and friends to join in, including those who rarely attend Mass and those who do not attend at all.   We need to know what all Catholics think at this important time when the future of the Church is being discussed in what is effectively a continuation of the 2nd Vatican Council.  Here is the link:

https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90408106/a0cc4c376c43

If you go to the online version of this newsletter there is a hyperlink that may make life easier!

Thank you in advance for your help.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS

Are ready to be collected from Mrs. Walker, Monday – Friday 7.30am – 12noon. Or from the sacristy after the weekend Masses.

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.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be holding its annual appeal next weekend Please give what you can to support their important work. There are also some cards on the chest at the back of the church which can be filled in and posted to SPUC to support freedom of speech on pro-life issues, especially in universities and colleges.

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Margaret Hogg, David Ellam, Peter Bruno

RECENTLY BAPTISED

Aurelia D’Angelo

RESCHEDULED PARISH PARTY: We were unable to celebrate the New Year properly on 1 January, so we wanted to find an alternative date. Provisionally, we have chosen Saturday 30 April with Mass at 11.00am and a reception in the Hall afterwards. This is very much an advance warning, but let’s hope it will be possible to celebrate properly.

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm: Thomas & Joanna Coleman (RIP)

Sunday – THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

8.30am: People of the Parish (Ints)

10.30am: Margaret Hogg (RIP)

6.00pm: Jack O’Mahoney (RIP)

Monday:

10.00am: Chadirchi Family (Ints)

Tuesday:

12.15pm: Martha Seaward (RIP Anni)

Wednesday:

10.00am: Tom & Annie Parsons (RIP)

Thursday:

CHURCH CLOSED

Friday:

12.15pm: Danny Higgins (RIP)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Rita Connors (RIP)                                    

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View from the Presbytery 19 & 26 December and 2 January 2022

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 46

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 December 2021                                                                                                                                                                          

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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 newsletter will have to do for three weekends, since our timetable is heavily congested over the Christmas and New Year period. Celebrating Christmas on a Saturday is never easy, because it means that Boxing Day is a Sunday – so not the Feast of St Stephen – and we celebrate it as the feast of the Holy Family. This means that there will not be a 6pm Mass on 25 or 26 December, so please tell anyone who might be thinking of coming that those Masses will not happen. Apologies for any inconvenience.

As you can see, the crib was put up last Monday by a gallant team of volunteers. However, we had one bit of a problem in that the rope which we used in the pulley to pull up the canopy over the crib snapped and we have had to leave the crib much more open this year with no canopy or angel hovering over the crib. Sadly, the pulley is right at the top of the church roof and we shall need scaffolding to replace it, so this year we shall have to cope with how it is at the moment. Many thanks to those who came to do the work. The crib still looks wonderful and will be a great asset to us in our prayer and meditation over the Christmas Festival.

I have received a few of the Confirmation forms from those young people who wish to join the preparation course. I know there are more to come, so please get the forms to me as soon as possible. Meetings will be on Monday evenings from 6.15 until 7.30 at the latest and the first meeting is on Monday 24 January in the small hall. I would hope to give a full timetable for the course at that meeting.

I have also received a few responses to the written questions about the Synod of 2023 and if there are more to come then please get them to me as soon as possible. As I said last week, there also an online survey, if people prefer to use that, and you can find details of that on the back of this newsletter and on the parish website. Not everyone can manage to do a computer survey easily on their own, but we can usually ask family or friends to help us. It would be good to have a significant number of responses to these questions and any answers would be entirely anonymous. Thanks, as always, for your cooperation.  

Given the very large numbers of Covid infections at the moment we are strongly urged to wear masks in church and to get the vaccinations that are available. This is not just a silly idea. There are good reasons for us to comply with this advice and the safety of ourselves and other people is compromised if we just ignore it. Please cooperate with the suggestions to help us all.

I have decided, with great reluctance, that we would be irresponsible if we went ahead with the New Year’s Day lunch in the hall after Mass on 1 January. We shall therefore cancel that event and arrange something a little later in the year. Sorry for any disappointment, but in the meantime, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

God Bless  –  Fr Terry

POPE’S INTENTION DECEMBER

CATECHISTS
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

SYNODALITY SURVEY

In order to obtain as many responses as possible so that we may provide a full parish response to Westminster, an online survey has been created in which everyone is invited to participate.

It will take only 10 minutes of your time, and the responses will remain entirely anonymous.  Pope Francis wants all the baptised to feel they can participate in the synodality process, so please encourage all of your family and friends to join in, including those who rarely attend Mass and those who do not attend at all.   We need to know what all Catholics think at this important time when the future of the Church is being discussed in what is effectively a continuation of the 2nd Vatican Council.  Here is the link:

https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90408106/a0cc4c376c43

If you go to the online version of this newsletter there is a hyperlink that may make life easier!

Thank you in advance for your help.

CHRISTMAS ITEMS are now on sale in the repository.

Margaret Hogg’s funeral is on Monday 20th December at 11.15am.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS

Are ready to be collected from Mrs. Walker, Monday – Friday 7.30am – 12noon. Or from the sacristy after the weekend Masses.

The last orders for the photos is Sunday 19 December.

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.

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Margaret Hogg, Sheila Cunningham

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:  

6.00pm: Bob Chanin (RIP Anni)

Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.30am: Mary O’Brien (RIP Anni)  

10.30am: Sr Judith Penkert (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Monday:

10.00am:  Private Intention

Tuesday:  

12.15: Margery Rossi (RIP Anni)

Wednesday:  

10.00am: Josephine Wright (Ints)

Friday: Christmas Eve    
4.00pm: Robert McComb (RIP)

6.00pm: Patrick Cusack (RIP)

12 Midnight: People of the Parish

Saturday: The Nativity of the Lord

8.30am: Mary & John Barbour (RIP)

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

Sunday: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

8.30am: John Mulgrew (RIP)

10.30am: Sr Pam Penkert (Ints)

Monday: St John, Apostle

11.00am: Nicola Westcott (RIP Anni)

Tuesday: The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

11.00am: Margaret & John McLoughlin (RIP)

Wednesday: St Thomas Beckett, Bishop

11.00am: Joyce Pearson (RIP Anni)

Friday: 7th Day of the Octave of Christmas

11.00am: John Coghill (RIP)

Saturday: Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

11.00am: Margaret Hogg (RIP)

Sunday: 2nd Sunday after the Nativity

8.30am: Edward & Delia McKenna (Ints)

10.30am: Pauline Lewis (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Monday:

10.00am: Rita Connors (RIP)

Tuesday:

12.15pm: Vetti Vettivelu (Ints)

Wednesday:

10.00am: Fr Dominic Byrne (RIP)

Thursday: Epiphany

10.00am:Patrick & Michael Connolly (RIP)

8.00pm: Linda Radford (RIP)

Friday:

12.15pm: The Wright Family (Ints)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Joanna & Thomas Coleman (RIP)

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View from the Presbytery 5 December

                                                                        ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 44

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 December 2021                                                                                                                                                                                    

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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 second Sunday of Advent always introduces us to that special Advent figure: Saint John the Baptist. He is a strange, but powerful, figure, and his cry rings out over the Advent season: Prepare a way for the Lord! He must have seemed a strange and peculiar person to those who heard him in the flesh, but somehow he captured their imagination and brought them to repentance. Baptism was used at the time as a ceremony for the conversion of Gentiles to Judaism, but John managed to get Jewish people to receive it as they were brought to repentance. They prepared a way for the Lord in their own lives, and we should use this season as a time of preparation too. Of course, we all have much to do to prepare for the Christmas festival, but we need also a bit of time to repent of what is wrong in our own lives and to be ready for his coming with hearts made pure. Let’s hope we can find the time.

One thing that needs to be done in preparation for Christmas is the erection of the crib. I have checked the diaries and have come up with the date of Monday 13 December at 7pm. A small team has already been assembled, but a few more volunteers would be a great help. If you can make it, please let me know. Thank you.

I mentioned last week that the classes for Confirmation would start in January. I have now put some forms on the chest at the back of the church and would ask people to fill them in and either give them to me or post them through the presbytery door. Candidates should be in Year 9 or above at school and the classes will take place on Monday evenings from 6.15 until 7.30 at the latest. The first class will be on Monday 17 January and candidates will receive a full timetable for the course at that meeting. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Our preparation for the Synod of 2023 continues and I have placed some forms with questions that people can fill in anonymously on the chest at the back of the church. Do please take one and spend a few minutes filling it in. This will help us to get a snapshot of people’s opinions and hopes for the future. Details of the online survey will be in next week’s newsletter.

This coming Wednesday is 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady and one of the patronal feasts of the parish. Mass will be at 10am and afterwards there will be a reception in the Hall to celebrate. Do come along if you can.

Now that the government is telling us to wear masks in shops and public transport, please wear them also in church. We need to do all we can to help everyone through this critical period.

As always, keep smiling, keep safe and keep going!

God Bless – Fr Terry

POPE’S INTENTION DECEMBER

CATECHISTS
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP on Fridays at 9.30-11.00am. All are welcome.

THE LOBSTER POT CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Friday 17 December at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £20 for a three course meal, glass of wine, coffee, crackers and Christmas music. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

THE SVP are distributing 11,500 VINNIE PACKS containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Please could you consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.70 per pack? Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you so much for your support.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS

You can order your photographs from the book at the back of the church; they come in two sizes.

CHRISTMAS ITEMS are now on sale in the repository.

ORDER A GORGEOUS FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE: Friends of St Joseph are offering you the chance to pre order your Christmas tree. We are, once again, teaming up with Festive Trees, in Watton at Stone. Please take a form from the back of the church. 

WESTMINSTER YEAR BOOKS are now available in the repository, priced at £4.50. They are full of information and are a useful addition to your book shelves.

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.

WESTMINSTER’S CATHEDRAL ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, a wonderful evening of music and readings for all the family in the magnificent Mother Church of the Diocese, is taking place this year on Wednesday 15th December and Thursday 16th December at 7:30pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm, with organ music being played from 7pm. ickets are now available at Ticketmaster: 

https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/westminster-cathedral-tickets-london/venue/254582

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:  

6.00pm: Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Sunday: Second Sunday of Advent

8.30am: Margaret Hogg (RIP)

10.30am: Michael Madigan (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish   

Monday:

10.00am:  Alf Rossi (RIP Anni)

Tuesday:  St Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor

12.15pm: Keith Pollard (RIP Anni)

Wednesday:  The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron of the Diocese & Parish

10.00am: Mary Garvey (Ints)

Friday:     
12.15pm: Baby Lucas Helliar (Ints)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Private Intention

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5-5.40pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5pm and Benediction at 5.45pm

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Margaret Hogg, Sheila Cunningham

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View from the Presbytery 28 November

                                                                        ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 43

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: 28 November 2021                                                                                                                                                                             

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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 begin a new liturgical year as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. I always love the Advent Season because it has a complex but wonderful balance. It is of course a time when we can prepare for Christmas with all its great joys and busy-ness, but it is also – and more importantly – a time when we call on Christ to come and sort things out. We call on him to come in glory and bring the whole of creation to its fulfillment. If we think about it, that is an astonishing thing to expect. Scientists tell us that the universe is still expanding and that it will take billions of years for the universe to come to its end, yet we Christians keep claiming that the end of time is a reality, and may not be so far away. I have to confess that I am bowled over by the claims, the descriptions and the predictions of science, but equally I am overwhelmed by the prospect of Christ’s second coming and I still use the Advent cry: Come, Lord Jesus! That cry is one of the most fundamental aspirations of Christian belief. Let us make it our own in the next few weeks.

Work is still being done in preparation for the Synod of 2023 and I hope to have a bit more information for you next week. The run-up to Christmas is not the best time to launch an exercise in which we are asked to reflect deeply on our experience of belonging to the Church, but we must do what we can and, as I say, I hope to give more specific information next week.

I have now managed to do a list of the Christmas services and you will find a copy of it on the chest at the back of the church. It looks in many ways “back to normal”, but it shouldn’t be quite as normal as it used to be. The wretched virus still seems to be in charge and we should not really have congregations of well over 200 people, as we used to. There seems to be no specific guidance either from Government or Diocese, so we have to use our own judgment. There will be a little less music than we have been used to, but the real difficulty is numbers. Some of you may not feel comfortable being in a large crowd, but if you are intending to come, can I make a plea for you to wear masks during the Mass and perhaps do a lateral flow test before you come? The obligation to attend Mass has still not been restored, so people may continue to benefit from the many churches which live stream their liturgies. We shall not reintroduce the booking system that we had last year, since it caused a huge amount of work and did not give a real idea of the numbers of people who actually attended. Let’s hope and pray that it will sort itself out.

Some people have been asking about Confirmation next year. Let me just say that it will go ahead as usual, but I still have a few things to arrange in order to make it happen. It will be aimed at candidates in School Year 9 or above and classes will begin some time in January. I hope to have forms ready for next week. Keep smiling – it’ll soon be Christmas!

God Bless                                                                                  

Fr Terry

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER

People Who Suffer from Depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP on Fridays at 9.30-11.00am. All are welcome.

THE LOBSTER POT CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Friday 17 December at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £20 for a three course meal, glass of wine, coffee, crackers and Christmas music. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

THE SVP are distributing 11,500 VINNIE PACKS containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Please could you consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.70 per pack? Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you so much for your support.

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.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS

You can order your photographs from the book at the back of the church; they come in two sizes.

CHRISTMAS STALLS: During November we will be selling Advent Calendars, diaries and many other Christmas items. The stall will be held after the weekend Masses.

ADVENT LUNCH on Tuesday 30 November, in the church hall after the 12.15 Mass. If you would like to come along please sign the board on the table in the cloister.

THE PASSAGE, a Catholic charity working with homeless people is raising funds through the Big Give a matched giving scheme from 12.00 noon.  Every £1 donated online between 12.00 noon on Tuesday 30 November and 12.00 noon on Tuesday 7 December makes £2, and £2.25 if you are a taxpayer through Gift Aid. 

At a time when The Passage’s finances are stretched and they are helping more homeless people please consider supporting this charity through the link  https://bit.ly/PassageBG2021

ORDER A GORGEOUS FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE: Friends of St Joseph are offering you the chance to pre order your Christmas tree. We are, once again, teaming up with Festive Trees, in Watton at Stone. Please take a form from the back of the church. 

RECENTLY BAPTISED:  

Layla Ettienne & Asher Ettienne

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:  

6.00pm: Holy Souls

Sunday: First Sunday of Advent

8.30am: People of the Parish

10.30am: Holy Souls

6.00pm: Luke Wright (RIP Anni) 

Monday:

10.00am: Fr David Irwin (RIP)

Tuesday:  St Andrew, Apostle, patron of Scotland

12.15pm: Marcus Shevlin (RIP Anni)

Wednesday:  

10.00am: Kathleen Hayden (RIP Anni)

Friday:     
St Francis Xavier, Priest

12.15pm: Josephine Wright (Ints)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Kevin & Dorothy Mullen (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5-5.40pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5pm and Benediction at 5.45pm

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Mary Shevlane, Sheila Cunningham

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View from the Presbytery 21 November

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 42

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: 21 November 2021                                                                                                                                                                        

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

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 total raised so far for the Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund is £1316.19 and I have still a few additions to make to that. Thank you so much for your usual generous response to the call of charity. A number of our sick and elderly priests will surely benefit from what you have given.

On a personal note, I would like to thank you for the great generosity you showed me for my birthday last week. There were a big number of cards and presents and the party last Friday was a wonderful occasion. There were over sixty people present and the age range was impressively broad from young children to senior adults. The food that people brought was delicious and abundant and there was plenty to wash it down. People clearly enjoyed the evening and a number of people remarked that it was good to feel normal again after the constraints of the pandemic. Of course, we have not reached the end of that yet, but the party showed us that there was some light at the end of the tunnel, so it brought hope to a good number of people. Thank you so much!

Our meeting in preparation for the Synod of 2023 went well on Wednesday evening. There were seven of us altogether and some interesting ideas were discussed. I am hoping that we shall be able to send in a parish response to the Holy Father’s initiative, so watch this space for information about an online survey and a paper exercise for those who prefer it that way.

I haven’t yet managed to sort out all the Christmas services, so I shall have to get down to it in the coming days. Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, so there is some urgency about sorting out a detailed timetable for Christmas and New Year, along with writing all my Christmas cards. It always seems to get done in the end, but I think that this year will be a bit tight. Let us pray for the strength to celebrate the great festival as best we can.

The Solemnity of Christ the King, which we celebrate this weekend marks the last Sunday of the liturgical year and gets us ready for the season of Advent and prepares to think about the power of God and the second coming of Christ at the end of time. In the Gospel Jesus tells Pilate that he really is a king, but that his kingdom is not like the kingdoms of the earth. We need to be part of that kingdom and participate in its aims and objects, which are to bring peace and fulfillment to all people. It’s quite a task, but we can start small. The kindness and generosity of the people of this parish over the past months have been an impressive demonstration of that kingdom.

Can I once again encourage you all to wear masks in church if you are not exempt and to think very hard before refusing to be vaccinated? All of us need to be safe.

God Bless  –  Fr Terry

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER

People Who Suffer from Depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP on Fridays at 9.30-11.00am. All are welcome.

THE LOBSTER POT CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Friday 17 December at 12.45pm in the church hall. Lunches cost £20 for a three course meal, glass of wine, coffee, crackers and Christmas music. Please call Sue on 07711 584 517.

THE SVP are distributing 11,500 VINNIE PACKS containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Please could you consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.70 per pack? Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you so much for your support.

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.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS

You can order your photographs from the book at the back of the church; they come in two sizes.

CHRISTMAS STALLS: During November we will be selling Advent Calendars, diaries and many other Christmas items. The stall will be held after the weekend Masses.

ADVENT LUNCH on Tuesday 30 November, in the church hall after the 12.15 Mass. If you would like to come along please sign the board on the table in the cloister.

THE GIFT OF THE SUNDAY EUCHARIST

The Sunday Eucharist is a gift; as God’s holy people we are called to praise and thank God in the most sublime way possible. When the Church speaks of the Sunday obligation, it reminds us that attending Mass is a personal response to the selfless offering of Christ’s love.

At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinder attendance at Sunday Mass. The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still present. For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, we recognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass. 

RECENTLY BAPTISED:  

Ileana Lorena Cuffaro

Sienna Louise Maniscalco

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:  

6.00pm: Maurice & Nessan Leahy (RIP)

Sunday: OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, King of the Universe

8.30am: People of the Parish

10.30am: Tony Queally (RIP)

6.00pm: Holy Souls 

Monday:

10.00am:Holy Souls

Tuesday:  St Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr

12.15pm: Patrick Cusack

Wednesday:  St Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

10.00am: Linda Radford (RIP)

Friday:  

12.15pm: Minnie Lee (RIP)

Saturday:

6.00pm: Holy Souls

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5-5.40pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5pm and Benediction at 5.45pm

Peggy Stevens, Mary Shevlane

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View from the Presbytery 14 November

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 42

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: 14 November 2021                                                                                             

THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – REMEMBRANCE 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.

Many thanks – as always – for your contributions to the Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund. It is still possible to make a contribution and there are still some envelopes on the chest at the back of the church. Please either give your donation directly to me or post it through the presbytery letter box. I hope I shall be able to give the final total next week. As I mentioned last week, there are more than 80 sick and retired priests in the diocese who receive help from this fund, so you can see how important it is. Please give what you can.

This weekend we celebrate Remembrance Sunday, and the national events will take place as usual with a few restrictions because of the pandemic. Here at St Joseph’s, there will be a Requiem Mass for the Fallen at 10.30 and after the Mass we shall gather in the cloister for prayers, the Last Post, silence and Reveille. You will see that the cloister is specially decorated this year with a great ceiling of poppies, which have been loaned to us by the Secret Knitters of Hertford. Quite a number of people have been to visit the cloister over the last couple of weeks, so it has clearly helped people focus their thoughts. Many thanks, once again, to those who put up the poppies.

I am writing this on Friday morning, so I can’t yet say that the birthday celebrations have gone well. However, I can say how grateful and touched I am that this should be taking place at all. You have all been very kind to me and I am sure the festivities will be thoroughly enjoyable. Our next social event is the Lobster Pot Lunch next Friday 19 November and then we have the Advent Lunch on Tuesday 30 November after the 12.15 Mass. Please sign the lists if you wish to come to either of these events.

Our next meeting about the preparation for the 2023 Synod will take place this coming Wednesday, 17 November, at 7pm in the hall and it would be good to hear people’s experiences during the lockdown and particularly to hear from people who do not come to church much and who would be prepared to say why. Don’t worry – there will be no interrogation or recrimination!

A number of people seem not to be wearing masks in church. Can I encourage you all to wear masks in church if you are not exempt and to think very hard before refusing to be vaccinated? All of us need to be safe.

I am getting a little anxious, too, about Christmas and all that needs to be done to prepare for the Feast. Next weekend we have the Feast of Christ the King and then we have the First Sunday of Advent on 28 November. Christmas Day is on a Saturday this year, which is quite an awkward day, since we shall have the Sunday immediately afterwards and then the Octave of Christmas. I am planning to have our usual celebration of New Year, with Mass, Te Deum and lunch in the Hall on 1 January. I shall try and get round to sorting out the Christmas timetable in this coming week. Let’s hope it all gets done!

God Bless  –  Fr Terry

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER: People Who Suffer from Depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP on Fridays at 9.30-11.00am. All are welcome.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 19 November 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.

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 SVP are distributing 11,500 VINNIE PACKS containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Please could you consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.70 per pack? Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you so much for your support.

CONFIRMATION PHOTOGRAPHS: Parents of the candidates – please check your emails for details on how to view and purchase the photos.

CHRISTMAS STALLS: During November we will be selling Advent Calendars, diaries and many other Christmas items. The stall will be held after the weekend Masses.

ADVENT LUNCH on Tuesday 30 November, in the church hall after the 12.15 Mass. If you would like to come along please sign the board on the table in the cloister.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Peggy Stevens, Mary Shevlane

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:  

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Sunday: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

8.30am: Holy Souls

10.30am: The Fallen

6.00pm:

Monday:

10.00am:Elizabeth Phipps (RIP)

Tuesday:  St Edmund of Abingdon

12.15pm:  Harry Boyle (RIP)

Wednesday:  

10.00am: Holy Souls

Friday:  

12.15pm: Kathy Hall (RIP)

Saturday:

6.00pm:  Maurice & Nessan Leahy (RIP)

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5-5.40pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5pm and Benediction at 5.45pm

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View from the Presbytery 7 November

hST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 53   No: 41

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: 7 November 2021                                                                                                                                                    THIRTY SECOND 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

First of all, many thanks for your contributions to the retiring collection for World Mission Sunday. The total raised was £564.92 and we shall send this off as soon as we can.

All Saints and All Souls went off as well as they could have done. We were blessed with good weather for our visit to North Road Cemetery and it was good to sprinkle the graves of so many of our former parishioners. The next big November event is next Sunday, when we celebrate Remembrance Sunday. There will be a Requiem Mass for the Fallen at 10.30 and after the Mass we shall gather in the cloister for the Last Post and Reveille. You will see that we have already prepared the cloister for this and we have a ceiling of poppies, which have been loaned to us by the Secret Knitters of Hertford. You may remember that a couple of years ago there was a big cascade of poppies put up on Hertford Castle. Well, the poppies that we have in our cloister formed part of that cascade and have now been put up here to help us in our thoughts and prayers. I must thank John Cleave and Trevor Thomas who worked hard to put them up.

We always pray for the dead in November, and the usual envelopes are available for the November Dead List on the chest at the back of the church. You can write the names of those you wish to pray for (with a donation if you wish) and these names will be kept in the casket near the Pietà. Masses will be said for the Holy Souls during the month of November and you can post the envelopes through the presbytery letter box, or give them to me directly. We shall have prayers for the dead at the end of each weekday Mass in November.

You will remember that we gave notice last week that there would be a retiring collection for the Sick and Retired Priests Fund this weekend. Priests usually retire at 75, but often stay on to supply or do lighter duties after that age. At present there are more than 80 sick and retired priests who receive support from this fund, so you can see that it is a very important resource in the diocese. There are envelopes on the chest at the back if you wish to use one and if you can Gift Aid your donation that would be very helpful. I do not like to ask for money, but I do know that this is a very important help to many of my brother priests in their later years.

Our next meeting about the preparation for the 2023 Synod will take place on Wednesday 17 November at 7pm in the hall and it would be good to hear people’s experiences during the lockdown and particularly to hear from people who do not come to church much and who would be prepared to say why. Don’t worry – there will be no interrogation or recrimination!

A number of people seem not to be wearing masks in church. Could I ask you all to wear masks if you are not exempt and to think very hard before refusing to be vaccinated? All of us need to be safe.

God Bless – Fr Terry

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER

People Who Suffer from Depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life

IF YOU GO IN TO HOSPITAL: 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.

MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP on Fridays at 9.30-11.00am. All are welcome.

THE LOBSTER POT LUNCH: Friday 19 November 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.

THE SVP are distributing 11,500 VINNIE PACKS containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Please could you consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.70 per pack? Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you so much for your support.

CHRISTMAS STALLS: During November we will be selling Advent Calendars, diaries and many other Christmas items. The stall will be held after the weekend Masses.

Friday 12 November from 7pm there will be a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION in the church hall for FR TERRY. If you would like to come along and bring a plate of something, please sign the board on the table in the cloister.

ADVENT LUNCH on Tuesday 30 November, in the church hall after the 12.15 Mass. If you would like to come along please sign the board on the table in the cloister.

‘THE HUNTED PRIEST: FR JOHN GERAD SJ, THE ENGLISH MISSION AND THE GUNPOWDER PLOT’ Thursday 11 November, 8pm at St Andrew’s Church Centre, St Andrew’s Street, Hertford. Michael Maslinski will be giving a talk about the extraordinary life of his ‘ten greats’ uncle, Fr John Gerard, to Hertford and Ware Local History Society. All are welcome. Tickets are £3 on the door.

RECENTLY BAPTISED: Jesse James Greene, Luke Dylan Alavi

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.

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Peggy Stevens, Mary Shevlane

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:  

6.00pm: Holy Souls

Sunday: THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

8.30am: Patrick Cusack (Ints)

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish 

Monday:

10.00am:Marion Grimm (RIP)

Tuesday:  THE DEDICATION OF LATERAN BASILICA

12.15pm: Deceased clergy and catechists of the Deanery

Wednesday:  ST LEO THE GREAT

10.00am: Marion Grimm (RIP)

Friday:  ST JOSAPHAT

12.15pm: Holy Souls

Saturday:

6.00pm: People of the Parish

Confessions: 10-10.30am & 5-5.40pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5pm and Benediction at 5.45pm

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