News

November 2020

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.

 

NEWVacancy 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 sbm@strcjmi.herts.sch.uk or 01462 620670.


One of our parishionersKatie 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 f.nuttall@thepeakgroup.com or Stephen on sjamesletchworth@yahoo.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 letchworth@rcdow.org.uk.  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.


 

The God Who Speaks

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other. ‘Today Jesus speaks those same words to you: “Take heart, I am here with you, allow me to enter and your life will change”. That is why the Lord gives you his word, so that you can receive it like a love letter…’ Pope Francis (zenit.org)

2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020-21 as a period of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.

Celebrating, Living and Sharing God’s word, through a range of events, activities and resources, available across the Diocese of Westminster.

“We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.” 1 John 1:

 

The God Who Speaks initiative is a partnership between Bible Society and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

 

 

Letchworth Foodbank

“We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.”

Visit the Letchworth Foodbank website for more information – https://letchworth.foodbank.org.uk/

The Letchworth Foodbank works using a voucher referral system. In order to get help from our foodbank, you will need a voucher issued by local agencies. Click here for more information.

Letchworth Foodbank – Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City. SG6 1NX

OPENING TIMES
Mon Closed
Tue 10:00 – 12:00
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 10:00 – 12:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

 

OPENING TIMES
Mon Closed
Tue 10:00 – 12:00
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 10:00 – 12:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

The Foodbank relies on your goodwill and support.  Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – Food donations are absolutely vital in being able to provide balanced and nutritious 3-day supply of food to each person referred.

The Letchworth Foodbank website has a wealth of information about how to access support and help, how to donate food (including urgently required items) and how to work with the Foodbank for the relief of hunger.

 

St Hugh’s is open for individual prayer

The Church is open for individual prayer

  • Monday to Thursday  10am  – 11am
  • Saturday 10am  – 11am
  • Sunday  – after the 9.30 Mass until 12 noon 

 

Please read how we, as a parish, have taken significant steps to ensure everyone’s safety and protection here.

Call for stewards from Fr Jimmy

If you know of anyone who would be willing to volunteer, even for an hour, morning or evening, over the coming weeks, please ask them to contact the parish office (email or telephone) as soon as possible so they can be added to the weekly rota. 

One of the things this will depend on will be having two stewards available for every session.  Please remember, if the whole Catholic community takes this stage of re-opening seriously and gets it right, the sooner we will be able to have socially distanced Mass(es).  Thank you.  Fr Jimmy.

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Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.  Our work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. Mary’s Meals consists of, respects, and reaches out to people of all faiths and of none.

“All around the world, schools are closed and homes have become places of learning. This means we have had to find new ways to feed the children who eat Mary’s Meals – sometimes the only food they receive in a day.  The UN recently published a report calling for urgent attention to be given to the plight of children globally. It highlights the catastrophic effect that loss of school meals during the coronavirus pandemic could have in the world’s poorest countries.”

To find out how you can help, go to Mary’s Meals – a simple solution to world hunger

 

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Caritas Westminster – training

Over the coming weeks, Caritas are hosting a series of online gatherings and webinars to understand the impact, to hear stories, share ideas and provide some initial solutions that a parish can implement straight away as an addition to their current outreach in response to COVID-19.

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Challenging the evil of racism

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales 

” We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George Floyd. As the US Bishops made clear: “we cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.”

Further information is available at Racial Justice in the Catholic Church.