As we prepare to re-open our Church for the celebration of Mass, and the requirement to ensure everyone’s health, well-being and safety as far as possible, we have introduced a booking system for Masses. The capacity in the Church is significantly reduced. Please adhere to the booking requirements for Masses at weekends and over the Christmas Season. The booking system will remain in place until we are otherwise advised by the Diocese of Westminster and Government guidance.
Click here to book for Mass over the weekend of 5th/6th December.
Please see the latest parish newsletter for our most recent updates and information.
Please note the adjustment to Church opening times.
NEW – Vacancy for Caretaker at St Thomas More School. We are looking for a hardworking, enthusiastic, self-motivated, reliable and well organised person to join our team as Caretaker. We are looking for someone to:
- Fulfil caretaking responsibilities (e.g. security, porterage & occasional cleaning)
- Oversee and maintain the buildings
- Undertake minor repairs where necessary
- Maintain Health & Safety standards
- Liaise with external contractors
The proposed caretaking hours are 20 hours per week, 52 weeks.
Split Shift with suggested hours of 7.00 to 10.00 and 17.00 to 18.00, however these are negotiable.
For further information, please contact Mrs Kath Lee on email@example.com or 01462 620670.
One of our parishioners – Katie Shephard, a Year 12 student at The Saint John Henry Newman Sixth Form – is fundraising for KISS by “Braving the Shave” as she embarks on intense chemotherapy treatment. You can read more about this on her Just Giving page. To date (30/11/2020), she has raised just over £11,000.
Please sponsor her if you can, and pray for successful and effective treatment leading to her recovery.
Vacancy at JHN for Learning Support Assistant. Visit http://www.jhn.herts.sch.uk/388/current-vacancies
Caritas Westminster Road to Resilience – Equipping communities to lift people out of poverty
Letchworth Foodbank Christmas 2020 Appeal and urgent items required now.
Great News: Access the St Hugh of Lincoln Children’s Liturgy Group YouTube channel here.
Westminster Social Justice and Peace Forum: An online gathering to share experience, provide a vision of hope, and offer practical direction in the year ahead; Saturday 5th December, 11am to 1.30pm. Speakers include Anna Gavurin, Dr. Pat Jones, Frs. Richard Nesbitt, Paschal Uche and Dominic Robinson SJ. The forum is hosted by Bishops Nicholas Hudson and Paul McAleenan. Please register in advance for the Zoom link at; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/westminster-social-justice-and-peace-forum-learning-from-thepandemic-tickets-127452079601
St Hugh’s Youth Group Pantomimes A number of parishioners will hopefully remember the annual Pantomimes that our Youth Group performed in the past (between 2004 and 2013). The scripts for these pantomimes were written by Stephen James and Frank Nuttall. As a retirement project, Stephen has had them reproduced into a book entitled “It’s Behind You!” We have 50 copies of these in quality hardback format. All the scripts include a cast list not to mention many terrible jokes and great songs. We hope to tempt those of you with a nostalgic disposition who either performed in (or suffered through a performance of one or more of them) to buy a copy for £10, with all proceeds being donated to KISS. If you would like to buy a copy please contact Frank on firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen on email@example.com and we will arrange for it to be delivered.
Catholic Universe Newspaper is available for delivery or digital download. You can order it here.
School Admission Information
Primary School Applications Parents who are applying to St Thomas More Primary School will need to download & complete the parish school form – New Parish School Form. Please return it to Aimee in the parish office by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for admissions is 15th January 2021. Thank you Fr Jimmy
The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School is hosting a virtual Sixth Form Open Evening. It can be accessed from Tuesday 17th November on the school website. www.jhn.herts.sch.uk.
- The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School Admissions Information Packs and Application Forms for Secondary School transfer and Sixth Form in 2021 are available here.
- Secondary School Transfer Fr Jimmy is happy to meet with people to discuss the Certificate of Catholic Practice for secondary school transfer. Please contact the parish office via email to book a 10 minute time slot. Please do not turn up without an appointment.
Diocesan and CBCEW Information
Recent statements from Cardinal Nichols and from the CBCEW following the recent restrictions for public worship here.