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View from the Presbytery 22 November

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 52   No: 43

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: 22 November 2020                                                                                                                                                                     

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

 

This is a big weekend for me and I hope all goes well. As I write this piece early on Friday morning, 20 November, I am preparing to go

to the Rivers Hospital for a Covid test in preparation for my urological procedure on Monday. This means that when I get back later this

morning I must isolate myself quite strictly so as to avoid any infection. This will mean – as I mentioned last week – that our sessions of

private prayer will be slightly changed. The church will open from 9.30—11.00 on Friday, Saturday and Monday (20, 21 and 23 November)

but the afternoon sessions will not take place and the church will not open on Sunday. I am sorry about this, but I hope you will

understand. People often say that we are living in strange times. They certainly seem strange to me.

There was no proper collection last weekend and so money was not counted. However, if any of you still have donations for the Sick and

Retired Priests’ Fund please use the envelopes on the table in the cloister and post them through the presbytery letter box.

Many thanks for all your generosity.

I also want to thank all those who sent cards and presents for my 70th birthday last Monday. I was completely overwhelmed by what I received and people’s generosity was quite amazing. I still can’t quite realise that I have reached the age of 70, but your kindness made it a lot easier!

We celebrate this weekend the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday in the liturgical year. This is a feast, which seems to urge us to leave things in God’s hands and not to worry. That may be a bit difficult at the moment, but I am sure that it is best for us to keep calm and carry on complying with the restrictions placed upon us. They are extremely irksome but let us hope that they will do some good and that we can soon enjoy our freedoms once again.

For if it is Christ the King this week, it must be the first Sunday of Advent next week. It will be strange to begin the Advent season in lockdown, but we shall just have to grin and bear it. There is still no news to report about arrangements for Christmas and we shall have to wait until the Government decides what will be permitted before we can sort out the details. I still hope that we will be able to erect our crib and I suggest a date of 7pm on Wednesday 16 December for this task. This may have to change as we get closer to the time, so watch this space and keep hoping and praying.

On the reverse of this sheet you will find a notice about the purchase of Christmas trees. This scheme has been running very successfully for a few years now and I commend it to you.

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER:

Artificial Intelligence:
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

 

PRAYERS FOR HOME – NOVEMBER #2

Copies available with the newsletters or can be viewed on our website.

 

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.

 

THE SAINT JOHN HENRY NEWMAN SCHOOL ASSOCIATION An opportunity has arisen for a Learning Support Assistant to join our friendly and supportive SEND Department from January 2021.  working in a school environment with a view to a further career in education. Please contact Heidi Foyle (foyleh@jhn.herts.sch.uk) for further information and an application pack can be downloaded from our website. Closing date for applications is 3pm 2nd December.

 

CHRISTMAS STALL selling Advent calendars, candles etc…. Please see Mrs. Sue Walker who will be in the church hall each weekday from 7.30am until 12noon.

 

 

HERTFORD & DISTRICT FOODBANK CHRISTMAS 2020 SHOPPING LIST:

tinned salmon, tinned ham, tinned potatoes, mince pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, tinned fruit, tinned custard, jars of jam or marmalade. Items can be dropped at Tesco’s or Sainsbury’s in Hertford at the front of the stores.

 

During lockdown there are no public Masses.

Masses, however, will be celebrated at:

7.30am weekdays

6.00pm Saturdays

10.30am Sundays

Church opening times for individual prayer:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9.30am – 11am

and 4.30pm – 5.30pm (with Exposition)

Thursday: church remains closed

Sunday:  2.30pm – 6.00pm (with Exposition)

 

ORDER YOUR FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE

As in Previous years, The Friends of St Joseph (School PTA) are offering you the chance to pre order your fresh Christmas tree at a great price, from a local ecologically managed plantation near Watton at Stone. The order forms are on the table in the cloister (next to the newsletters) or email nadinebarry@hotmail.com

                      

 

 

                           

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm:  Holy Souls

 

Sunday: CHRIST THE KING

10.30am: William Shevlane (RIP Anni)

 

Monday:

7.30am:

 

Tuesday:  St Andrew Dûng-Lac, Priest

7.30am: Holy Souls

 

Wednesday:

7.30am: Mary Deighton (RIP))

 

Thursday:

7.30am: Holy Souls

 

Friday:  

7.30am: Rosemary Byrne (RIP)

 

Saturday:

6.00pm: People of the Parish

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Mary Deighton, Mary Whelan, Frankie Whelan

May they rest in eternal peace.

 

View from the Presbytery 15 November

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 52   No: 42

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: 15 November 2020                                                                                                                                                  

THIRTY-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

 

We have managed quite well in lockdown so far, so let’s hope we can continue for the next couple of weeks. Because of my hospital appointments (this coming Friday for a Covid test and next Monday 23 November for the urological procedure itself) I have to isolate myself next weekend. This means I can still say the Masses – without congregations – and arrange the morning openings, but the afternoon opening of the church for private prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will not take place. I am really sorry about this, but I hope people will understand. It’s just the one weekend, from Friday to Monday, and we shall return to the ordinary lockdown mode on Tuesday 24 November. Thanks for your patience.

The collection for the Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund reached a total of £220 last weekend, despite the lack of congregation. Many thanks

to those who donated. There are, however, some envelopes on the table in the cloister for anyone who wishes to use them and there is a QR code on the envelopes and on the posters, which would allow you to donate online. These envelopes can be posted through the presbytery letter box and if they run out you can use any envelope. Just write Sick and Retired Priests on the front. It’s a very important collection, since there are many elderly priests to look after, so do give what you can.

I celebrated Mass for Remembrance Sunday last week and I said the prayers at the War Memorial and put a new wreath there. Although nobody else was there, it was still a moving moment and the two minute silence was just as powerful as it always is. We shall continue to remember those who died and pray for peace in the future.

There is still no news to report about arrangements for Christmas and we shall have to wait until the Government decides what will be permitted before we can sort out the details. I suspect, though, that there will still be restricted numbers for Mass, so many people could be disappointed. We always have such large congregations at this time of the year and there is just not the seating available. There is also the problem of the music and singing which may also be restricted. And we shall have to hope that people will be allowed to erect our crib which is such a feature of our Christmas celebrations. I have so far pencilled in my diary 7pm on Wednesday 16 December for the putting up of the crib, but things may change as we get closer to the time. Watch this space.

On the reverse of this sheet you will find a notice about the purchase of Christmas trees. This scheme has been running very successfully for a few years now and I commend it to you.

I sometimes feel that we are only just keeping our heads above water – let’s all work together so that the next few weeks are a success!

God Bless  –  Fr Terry

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER:

Artificial Intelligence:
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

 

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.

 

ORDER YOUR FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE

As in Previous years, The friends of St Joseph (School PTA) are offering you the chance to pre order your fresh Christmas tree at a great price, from a local ecologically managed plantation near Watton at Stone. The order forms are on the table in the cloister (next to the newsletters).

MASS ONLINE
Private Masses will continue to be offered and several parishes in the diocese live-stream them at Church Services TV. Find a weekly schedule of Masses here. http://www.churchservices.tv

 

 

CHRISTMAS STALL selling Advent calendars, candles etc…. Please see Mrs. Sue Walker who will be in the church hall each weekday from 7.30am until 12noon.

 

 

PRAYERS FOR HOME – NOVEMBER #1

Copies available with the newsletters or online.

https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hertford/wp-content/uploads/sites/224/2020/11/2020-Nov-lockdown-prayers-1.pdf

 

During lockdown there are no public Masses.

Masses, however, will be celebrated at:

7.30am weekdays

6.00pm Saturdays

10.30am Sundays

Church opening times for individual prayer:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9.30am – 11am

and 4.30pm – 5.30pm (with Exposition)

Thursday: church remains closed

Sunday:  2.30pm – 6.00pm (with Exposition)

                                                             

THE SAINT JOHN HENRY NEWMAN SCHOOL ASSOCIATION would like to invite you to join a free online quiz on Saturday 28th November. The quiz will be live on YouTube and questions will be presented by the teachers. The YouTube channel can be found by following this link:

tinyurl.com/JHNA-Youtube

 

The quiz will go live at 8pm on 28th November with questions starting at 8.15pm. Everyone is welcome so please share the details and invite your family and friends.

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm:  Holy Souls

 

Sunday: THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

 

Monday: St Edmund of Abingdon

7.30am: Harry Boyle (RIP)

 

Tuesday:

7.30am: Holy Souls

 

Wednesday: Dedication of the Basilicas Ss Peter & Paul  

7.30am: Mary Deighton (RIP) & Family (Ints)

 

Thursday:

7.30am: Holy Souls

 

Friday:  

7.30am: –

 

Saturday:

6.00pm: Holy Souls

A letter from the Cardinal

201105 Cardinal’s letter – Coronavirus restrictions

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

As we enter this second ‘lockdown’ and loss of communal celebration of Mass, I wish to add these few words.

This is a time for us to show our strength. And by that I do not mean strength in defiance. I mean strength in mutual support; strength in service; strength in perseverance and hope. I mean, then, the strength of our faith in action.

The first act of faith is the praise of God. It is deep and constant prayer. This must be at the root of our lives, as individuals, as families, as households. I urge you, then, to stay faithful to daily patterns of prayer. Pray privately; pray together at home; come to church to pray; pray without ceasing. I thank God that our churches remain open to be places of peace and prayer, and the live streaming of the Mass, celebrated every day in our churches, is a great help. But that too must be rooted in our own life of prayer.

Only by receiving the living water from the Lord will we pass through this arid time. Indeed, if we stay close to the Lord, we will be changed for the better by this time of crisis.

The second act of faith is humble service. This is the road we are to follow: service of each other; outreach to the lonely; nourishment for the hungry; compassion for the sick, the isolated, the dying, especially those facing death alone, and those who mourn. Let’s do it.

These are the strengths we have, the strengths we must contribute to our society’s way of life. Only in this day-to-day practice can we shape a different future, a better future, one that is more compassionate, more just, more charitable. This is the future which must come out of this crisis. We cannot just wait to ‘get back to normal’. This is a time to rebuild a better family, a better household, a better neighbourhood, a better world.

May God bless and sustain us all in the weeks ahead.

 

Yours devotedly,

 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster

View from the Presbytery 8 November

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 52   No: 41

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: 8 November 2020                                                                                                

THIRTY-SECOND 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.

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

 

Here we are in lockdown again, this time for four weeks. Let us hope and pray that the measures in place will indeed bring down the rate of infection and that people will cooperate in making sure that they abide by the instructions we have been given.

Arrangements here at St Joseph’s will be as follows:

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, weekday Mass will be at 7.30am, without congregation. Mass on Saturday will be at 6pm and on Sunday at 10.30am. I am really sorry that Mass will again be celebrated behind closed doors, but it is communal worship that we can’t do for the moment, so I am afraid that this measure is necessary for the next four weeks. The regulations also prohibit baptisms and weddings and restrict numbers that can attend any funeral liturgy.

Private prayer, however, is permitted and the church will be open from 9.30-11am and from 4.30-5.30 each day. During the afternoon session, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and it would be good to see people using this time for prayer for the parish, the nation and the world. We pray that the Lord will give us the courage and the perseverance to come through this difficult time.

This weekend there was a scheduled retiring collection for the sick & retired priests’ fund, now there is no Mass there cannot be a collection. There are, however, some envelopes on the table in the cloister for anyone who wishes to use them and there is a QR code on the envelopes and on the posters, which would allow you to donate online. These envelopes can be posted through the presbytery letter box and if they run out you can use any envelope. Just write Sick and Retired Priests on the front. It’s a very important collection, since there are many elderly priests to look after, so do give what you can.

There will be no need to book places for Mass for the next four weeks and the measures I announced last week for the time I shall be preparing for my hospital procedure are no longer necessary. We shall have to see what we need to do at the end of the lockdown period, but I will continue to compile a newsletter which – as always – will be on the Parish Website and in paper form on the table in the cloister. Do please continue to read the newsletter. It’s the only way I can get information to you.

The ban on communal worship also means that our Remembrance Day Liturgy will not happen. I shall still say the 10.30 Mass for the Fallen in Battle and I shall place a new wreath on the War Memorial in the cloister, but we shall not be able to have the prayers and Last Post in the garden. We can all still pray, though, and I ask you to pray for all who have died and for peace in the future.

Let us all make sure to look out for one another and for all those who are lonely and vulnerable.

God Bless –   Fr Terry

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER:

Artificial Intelligence:
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

 

MANY THANKS for your generous contributions to the collection last week for CAFOD. The total raised was £419.80

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

 

Many parishioners are now using Standing Order to donate their weekly/monthly offerings THANK YOU! If you would like to do the same, 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.

 

MASS ONLINE
Private Masses will continue to be offered and several parishes in the diocese live-stream them at Church Services TV. Find a weekly schedule of Masses here. http://www.churchservices.tv

 

CHRISTMAS STALL selling Advent calendars, candles etc….

Please see Mrs. Sue Walker who will be in the church hall each weekday from 7.30am until 12noon.

 

During lockdown there are no public Masses.

Masses, however, will be celebrated at:

7.30am weekdays

6.00pm Saturdays

10.30am Sundays

 

Church opening times for individual prayer:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9.30am – 11am

and 4.30pm – 5.30pm (with Exposition)

Thursday: church remains closed

Sunday:  2.30pm – 6.00pm (with Exposition)

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Philomena Carey, Mary Deighton.

May they rest in eternal peace.

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday:

6.00pm:  Mary Jiggins (RIP)

 

Sunday:

10.30am: The Fallen

 

Monday: The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

7.30am: Ginny Fell (RIP)

 

Tuesday: St Leo the Great

7.30am: Holy Souls

 

Wednesday: St Martin of Tours

7.30am: Celia Rochford (RIP)

 

Thursday: St Josaphat

7.30am: Dorothy Anderson (RIP)

 

Friday:  

7.30am:

 

Saturday:

6.00pm: Holy Souls

 

 

View from the Presbytery 1 November

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 52   No: 40

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: 1 November 2020                                                                                                                                                                                   

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS

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

 

It was great to be able to celebrate the First Holy Communion Masses last weekend, and I am delighted to say that they went very well. The children, of course, looked marvellous, but they also read well and performed all the other jobs with great care and devotion. I would like to thank Mrs Walker and Mrs Pearson, the Communion catechists for all their great work and I would also like to thank the parents for all the support they gave to the children over the past year. We didn’t have the usual crowds in the church this year but given all the circumstances, they were lovely celebrations. Photographs are on the chest at the back of the church. Please place your orders by using the envelopes and put the money in the envelope and post it through the presbytery letterbox. Many thanks.

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, a Feast when we remember all those who have gone before us and left us an example of how we should behave. And then on Monday we celebrate All Souls when we remember the dead who need our prayers. As usual, we shall have the blessing of he graves at 11.00am on Monday morning. This year we shall have to observe social distancing and we may be a smaller group than usual, because of the Covid restrictions, but we shall certainly pray for those we need to remember.

The following weekend we have Remembrance Sunday. The 10.30 Mass will be for the fallen in battle and after Mass we shall have prayers in the garden and hear the Last Post and Reveille. The town celebrations are lower key this year, for obvious reasons, but we shall have the prayers here at St Joseph’s.

Next weekend also we have a retiring collection for the Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund. There are some envelopes on the table in the cloister for anyone who wishes to use them and there is a QR code on the envelopes and on the posters, which would allow you to donate online. It’s a very important collection, since there are many elderly priests to look after, so do give what you can.

We are beginning to get close to the maximum number of people in a congregation at some weekend Masses, so cold I ask you book online or phone the Parish Secretary to book a place. The booking is done on the parish website (address above) and when you are on the first page you will see some options on the to left hand corner of the page. Click on Events and the Masses we have will be shown. It is then pretty easy to book. I’m sorry for all this extra hassle, but we have to be able to keep the social distancing.

To prepare for my hospital procedure on 23 November I shall have to be careful to keep my distance from 9-19 November. I shall still say Mass, but will not be able to do anything that involves contact. Then we shall have Communion Services on Friday 20 and Monday 23 and we managed to find priests for Mass that weekend. It’s all go here, so keep smiling and safe!

God Bless  –  Fr Terry

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION NOVEMBER: Artificial Intelligence:
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

 

NHS APP FOR TRACK & TRACE: Places of worship and halls are now expected to display a QR code which people can use to ‘check in’ and which will be used by Test & Trace. Please scan the QR code when you arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. If you do not have a smart phone please do not worry, we will continue to ask for your name and contact details. Consent is required for your details to be taken and recorded, however, registration in this way is not mandatory. It is to assist the tracking of people to prevent the spread of the virus.             Posters with the QR code can be found on the notice boards and in the hall.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

 

Many parishioners are now using Standing Order to donate their weekly/monthly offerings THANK YOU! If you would like to do the same, 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.

 

 

CHRISTMAS STALLS: There will be a stall selling advent calendars, advent candles and other Christmas items after all Masses on the weekends of 31 October and 1 November, 14 & 15 November and 28 & 29 November. They will be held in the large room of the church hall.

 

ALL SOULS CAFOD MEMORIAL MASS ONLINE MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 6PM-7PM This year’s CAFOD Memorial Mass for deceased supporters can be joined online on Monday 2nd November at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated by CAFOD’s Chair of Trustees, Bishop John Arnold, with music, readings and prayers from CAFOD staff and supporters from around the world. Register at https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks  

 

BOOKING YOUR PLACE AT MASS: Please book your place in advance and arrive in plenty of time so that you can sanitise your hands and be seated by our Stewards. If you have not booked, then unfortunately you will not be guaranteed a place. Please inform the Parish Office if you are unable to attend Mass after you have booked a seat, so that the space can be offered to another Parishioner.

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

Philomena Carey, Mary Deighton.

May they rest in eternal peace.

 

 

Mass Intentions

Saturday:

10.00am: Private Intention

6.00pm: People of the Parish  

 

Sunday: Feast of All Saints

10.30am: Pamela Simmons (RIP)

6.00pm:  Holy Souls

 

Monday: All Souls’ Day

10.00am: Holy Souls

 

Tuesday:

10.00am: Shelagh Stacey (RIP)

 

Wednesday: St Borromeo

10.00am: Alan, Eve & Carol (RIP)

 

Thursday:

7.30am: Holy Souls

 

Friday:  

10.00am: Christy Tarrant (RIP)

 

Saturday:

10.00am: Dorothy Anderson (RIP)

6.00pm:  Mary Jiggins (RIP)

 

 

 

View from the Presbytery 25 October

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 52   No: 39

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 October 2020                                                                                                                                                            

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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

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THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

 

The retiring collection for Cafod two weeks ago made a total of £399.80, so thank you very much for that. I shall leave the Cafod envelopes out for this weekend and if there are any more donations they can be posted through the presbytery letter box in the Cafod envelopes. Many thanks for your contributions and please keep on with the donations of clothing (especially children’s clothing) and of food for the Food Bank. A lot of people are in need at the moment, so anything we can do to help is very much appreciated.

This weekend we shall celebrate the First Holy Communion Masses we couldn’t do in June. It will be a rather different celebration from usual, with all the restrictions in place, but we wanted to give the children, who have worked so hard to prepare for the sacrament, the chance to have some celebration as they receive the Lord for the first time. Please keep them in your prayers over this momentous weekend, and in the future.

Next Saturday and Sunday we shall celebrate All Saints Day and plunge into November. We shall have the usual casket at the Pietà for any names of people you want prayed for and the lists and envelopes will be kept on the table in the cloister. Please just post the envelopes through the presbytery door and leave an offering if you wish. We shall have Masses for the Holy Souls throughout the month and pray for the dead after each weekday Mass. On Monday 2 November we celebrate All Souls Day and will do the usual Blessing of the Graves at North Road Cemetery. We shall have to keep socially distant as we do this, so we shouldn’t really be a huge group, but we shall certainly pray for those who have died and commend them to the Lord.

I need to give you advance warning of a hospital procedure that I have to have on 23 November at the Rivers Hospital. The 23rd is a Monday and I will have to have a Covid test on the previous Friday and then keep isolated over the weekend. We have begun to look for priests who might be able to say the Masses over those two days and I shall keep you posted. It is never easy to find clergy who are free at the weekend, especially at short notice, but let’s hope we can manage. There is never an ideal date for medical procedures, so I had to take what was offered and I hope it all goes well. I should be back on duty very quickly.

As I mentioned last week, I don’t quite know how Christmas will be celebrated this year with all the restrictions of social distancing and a ban on congregational singing. I am also not sure how we can avoid being overwhelmed by the numbers we normally get now that we have a maximum of 50 people at each Mass. I would just urge people to be patient and to realise that things are not going to be the same as in previous years. Many thanks for your cooperation.

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION OCTOBER:

The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

 

NHS APP FOR TRACK & TRACE: Places of worship and halls are now expected to display a QR code which people can use to ‘check in’ and which will be used by Test & Trace. Please scan the QR code when you arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. If you do not have a smart phone please do not worry, we will continue to ask for your name and contact details. Consent is required for your details to be taken and recorded, however, registration in this way is not mandatory. It is to assist the tracking of people to prevent the spread of the virus.             Posters with the QR code can be found on the notice boards and in the hall.

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

Many parishioners are now using Standing Order to donate their weekly/monthly offerings THANK YOU! If you would like to do the same, 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.

 

CHRISTMAS STALLS: There will be a stall selling advent calendars, advent candles and other Christmas items after all Masses on the weekends of 31 October and 1 November, 14 & 15 November and 28 & 29 November. They will be held in the large room of the church hall.

TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH: – at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com

BOOKING YOUR PLACE AT MASS: Please book your place in advance and arrive in plenty of time so that you can sanitise your hands and be seated by our Stewards. If you have not booked, then unfortunately you will not be guaranteed a place. Please inform the Parish Office if you are unable to attend Mass after you have booked a seat, so that the space can be offered to another Parishioner. In response to Government guidance and for your safety, we are asking for your contact details so that individuals can be notified in the event of any suspected Covid-19 case. Your details will be kept for 21 days following each Mass to enable us to provide details to the trace & test system should an outbreak occur. Full details of the Privacy Notice can be found at www.rcdow.org.uk/privacy-policy

 

RECENTLY DECEASED: Philomena Carey

 

Mass Intentions

Saturday:

10.00am: Private Intention

6.00pm: First Holy Communion Children

 

Sunday: 30th Sunday of the Year

10.30am:  First Holy Communion Catechists

6.00pm: People of the Parish

 

Monday:

10.00am: Shelagh Stacey (RIP)

 

Tuesday:

10.00am: Mary & Charles Rafter (RIP Anni)

 

Wednesday: Ss Simon & Jude

10.00am: In Honour of & Thanksgiving to St Jude

 

Thursday: Blessed Martyrs of Douai College

7.30am: Martin Ward (RIP)

 

Friday:  

10.00am:  

 

Saturday:

10.00am: Private Intention

6.00pm:  People of the Parish

 

 

 

View from the Presbytery 18 October

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 52   No: 38

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 October 2020                                                                                                                                                   

TWENTY-NINTH 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.

________________________________________________________________________________

THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

 

First of all, thank you very much for your contributions to the collection for Peter’s Pence two weeks ago and for Cafod last weekend. The total raised for Peter’s Pence was £351.41 and I shall give the total raised for Cafod next week once it has been counted. There are still Cafod envelopes on the table in the cloister if anyone wishes to contribute. You can post the envelope through the presbytery letter box. Every charitable organisation is having financial problems at the moment during the virus crisis, including the Church, but it is also true that many individuals and families locally are also severely stretched. As a consequence, the Food Bank is under some pressure and would welcome any donations you can make. These can be left in the hall when it is open or at the presbytery. We shall then see that the food reaches the people who need it. There is also a need for children’s clothes in particular. These too can be brought to the hall and given to Mrs Walker, who will see to their proper distribution. Thank you.

I would also like to thank those who have volunteered to help with the various tasks I have been mentioning over the last few weeks. We now have had offers from people to help with safeguarding, the Finance Committee and the Red Missio Boxes. People have been very generous and kind and I am most grateful for their assistance.

I was at a Deanery Meeting last Tuesday and one of the main topics of discussion was what to do for the Christmas Masses. Our system of online booking has worked pretty well up to now, but we are getting close to the maximum number at certain masses and when I think of the huge numbers we get over the five Masses at Christmas, I begin to worry that many people will be turned away disappointed. I haven’t got an answer yet, but I just flag up the problem to highlight the possible difficulties. Another problem, of course, is the lack of singing and I really don’t know what to do about that. The idea of Christmas without carol singing is very strange, but we shall have to make the best of it. We have to overcome this virus somehow with our concerted efforts.

Our only wedding of the year takes place this weekend, with the permitted 15 guests. Please pray for the couple as they begin their married life together. All our other weddings have been postponed until next year, although there is no certainty about anything at the moment. We are beginning to do baptisms again, although they too have restricted numbers, as do funerals. There are still a number of Requiem Masses to arrange in memory of people who have died this year, but who couldn’t have a proper church funeral, so there will be much to keep us occupied. We are living through an extraordinary time. Let us take care of ourselves, our families and our neighbours and keep up the prayers for all who are suffering in any way.

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION OCTOBER:

The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

NHS APP FOR TRACK & TRACE: Places of worship and halls are now expected to display a QR code which people can use to ‘check in’ and which will be used by Test & Trace. Please scan the QR code when you arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. If you do not have a smart phone please do not worry, we will continue to ask for your name and contact details. Consent is required for your details to be taken and recorded, however, registration in this way is not mandatory. It is to assist the tracking of people to prevent the spread of the virus. Posters with the QR code can be found on the notice boards and in the hall.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

Many parishioners are now using Standing Order to donate their weekly/monthly offerings THANK YOU! If you would like to do the same, 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.

 

THIS SUNDAY IS WORLD MISSION DAY when we pray for the missionary work of the Church throughout the world. So much is being done, and so much more needs to be done so our prayers will be very useful. There will not be a retiring collection but if you would like to donate please visit www.missio.org.uk

 

TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH: – at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com

 

BOOKING YOUR PLACE AT MASS: Please book your place in advance and arrive in plenty of time so that you can sanitise your hands and be seated by our Stewards. If you have not booked, then unfortunately you will not be guaranteed a place. Please inform the Parish Office if you are unable to attend Mass after you have booked a seat, so that the space can be offered to another Parishioner. In response to Government guidance and for your safety, we are asking for your contact details so that individuals can be notified in the event of any suspected Covid-19 case. Your details will be kept for 21 days following each Mass to enable us to provide details to the trace & test system should an outbreak occur. Full details of the Privacy Notice can be found at www.rcdow.org.uk/privacy-policy

 

RECENTLY DECEASED: Philomena Carey

 

Mass Intentions

Saturday

10.00am: Rita Holden (RIP)

6.00pm: Mary Manning (RIP)

 

Sunday: 29th Sunday of the Year

10.30am: Philomena Carey (RIP)

6.00pm: People of the Parish

 

Monday:

10.00am: J E Henderson (RIP Anni)

 

Tuesday:

10.00am: Stewart Hope (RIP)

 

Wednesday:

10.00am:

 

Thursday:

7.30am: Private Intention

 

Friday:  

10.00am: Rose and Philip Murphy (RIP)

 

Saturday:

10.00am: Private Intention

6.00pm: First Holy Communion Children

 

 

View from the Presbytery 11 October

ST JOSEPH’S JOURNAL Volume 52   No: 37

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 October 2020                                                                                                                                                 

TWENTY-EIGHTH 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.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

THE VIEW FROM THE PRESBYTERY

 

First of all, thank you very much for your contributions to the collection for Peter’s Pence last weekend. This is our contribution to the work of the Holy See and all its many activities and I will be able to give you a total next week once it has been counted. One of the current virus restrictions is that we leave to leave the cash for a couple of days before we count it and so we are doing our counting one week in arrears. I have not been giving the Offertory Collection totals recently for a couple of reasons. One, because a number of people have switched to paying by Bankers Order; two, because some people are ‘catching up’ with their contributions and paying several weeks at a time; and three, because the numbers in the congregation are much lower than usual and a comparison of the figures is not really relevant. Keep doing what you can, though, since we still need support. This weekend there will be a retiring collection for the work of Cafod. Gift Aid envelopes are available in the cloister and we all know what good work Cafod does. Do please give what you can.

One of the effects of the lockdown and its restrictions is that the Food Bank is not getting its usual contributions while having a larger number of people to feed. If you wish to help this fine local initiative, you can leave food in the hall or at the presbytery and we shall see that it gets to its proper destination. And while we are on the subject of assistance for those in need, we are often asked for children’s clothes and could find a home for some more. It’s best to contact Mrs Walker in the hall to sort this out.

We still need to finalise the membership of the Parish Finance Committee and the Red Missio Boxes Secretary. Any volunteers should make themselves known to me and we can get cracking.

We celebrate an important Feast on Friday of this coming week, namely the Anniversary of the Dedication of our Church on 16 October 1866. What changes there have been over that time! Whatever would Cardinal Manning, who presided at the Dedication, have thought of all the restrictions and limitations which we are having to endure at the moment? Perhaps he might remind us that our little church has had much to endure for over 150 years. It was here in the Boer War; it was here for two World Wars; and it will be here for a long time to come. It rests on the site of the original Priory grounds and can look back on nearly 500 years of monastic tradition. It is beautiful and well kept and is a wonderful place to meet the Lord in the sacraments and in prayer. We are certainly hampered in our activity at the moment, but the Lord is still with us and we can ask him to help us through it.

We shall continue our practice of saying one decade of the Rosary after each weekday Mass in this month of October. Let us ask our Blessed Lady’s help also and continue to pray and look out for all those in need.

God Bless – Fr Terry

 

 

 

POPE’S INTENTION OCTOBER:

The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

 

ONLINE DONATIONS TO OUR CHURCH:

Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Hertford as the account name.

Account number 21263242

Sort code: 40-05-20

 

Many parishioners are now using Standing Order to donate their weekly/monthly offerings THANK YOU! If you would like to do the same, 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.

 

TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH: – at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com

 

NHS APP FOR TRACK & TRACE: Places of worship and halls are now expected to display a QR code which people can use to ‘check in’ and which will be used by Test & Trace. Please scan the QR code when you arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. If you do not have a smart phone please do not worry, we will continue to ask for your name and contact details. Consent is required for your details to be taken and recorded, however, registration in this way is not mandatory. It is to assist the tracking of people to prevent the spread of the virus. Posters with the QR code can be found on the notice boards and in the hall.

BOOKING YOUR PLACE AT MASS: Please book your place in advance and arrive in plenty of time so that you can sanitise your hands and be seated by our Stewards. If you have not booked, then unfortunately you will not be guaranteed a place. Please inform the Parish Office if you are unable to attend Mass after you have booked a seat, so that the space can be offered to another Parishioner. In response to Government guidance and for your safety, we are asking for your contact details so that individuals can be notified in the event of any suspected Covid-19 case. Your details will be kept for 21 days following each Mass to enable us to provide details to the trace & test system should an outbreak occur. Full details of the Privacy Notice can be found at www.rcdow.org.uk/privacy-policy

 

RECENTLY DECEASED: Eileen Scanlon

 

Mass Intentions

Saturday

10.00am: People of the Parish

6.00pm:

 

Sunday: 28th Sunday of the Year

10.30am: George Robert Emmett (RIP)

6.00pm: Marjorie Macleod (RIP)

 

Monday:

10.00am: Renée Whiting

 

Tuesday: St Edward the Confessor

10.00am: Rosemary Hope (RIP)

 

Wednesday:

10.00am: Paddy Cowan (RIP)

 

Thursday: St Teresa of Jesus

7.30am: Betty O’Neill (RIP)

 

Friday:  Dedication of the Church

10.00am: People of the Parish

 

Saturday: St Ignatius of Antioch

10.00am: Rita Holden (RIP)

6.00pm: Mary Manning (RIP)