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WARNING! NEW PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN THE ROADS AROUND THE CHURCH.
PARKING ATTENDANTS MAY FINE YOU!
The Catholic Churches in Stevenage
Captain Tom and the Ripple Effects of Goodness
We recently celebrated Candlemas, or the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple (2nd February). When Joseph and Mary brought the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem – to fulfil the Law by consecrating their first-born son to God – the old man Simeon, to whom the Holy Spirit had revealed that he would see the Messiah before he died, took the child Jesus in his arms, and said, “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace… because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see” (Luke 1:29-31).
I’m sure many people were touched by the fact that Captain Sir Tom Moore was called home to God on this very day. This old solider, aged 100, who lived just up the road in Bedford (and whose grandchildren have acquaintances in our parish) touched literally millions of hearts – at home and abroad – by simply walking in his garden to raise funds for the NHS! Something about his dogged determination to keep going, despite his frailty, struck a chord with so many of us. His actions remind us: there are many Captain Toms in our society! How many people there are who quietly but persistently seek to do good, to help others, and to reflect God’s goodness – we pray that, like Captain Tom, their efforts may have ripple effects beyond anything they can imagine!
For many of us, the past year has been like a long Lenten experience, but the Church encourages us to renew our hope in the resurrection and not to be discouraged by the state of the world. “The Lord is waiting to be gracious to you; happy are all who hope in him.” (Isaiah 30:18). May this season of grace prepare our hearts to experience the joy of Easter with new confidence, for our Saviour never abandons his people.
Friday 19th February at 7.30pm
Recollection: “Living Lent to the Full” – with Fr Nigel (via Zoom)
All parishioners most welcome to join this event, there’ll be a short reflection, then time for questions or comments – duration 40 minutes total.
To join in, please email: email@example.com – the Zoom link will be emailed to you.
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St Joseph’s Church, Bedwell, Stevenage
Due to the fact that a certain number of our regular stewards and ministers are currently self-isolating, and taking into consideration reduced Mass attendance during this lockdown, we have decided to cancel the Saturday evening (6pm) Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Bedwell until further notice.
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Although there are defined ‘parish boundaries’, we include among our regular worshippers Catholics from all parts of Stevenage and the surrounding Hertfordshire towns and villages.
About 300 adults and children attend mass each weekend and we are always delighted to welcome visitors to share in our worship!
Our resident priests are Fr Michael and Fr Nigel
Our postal address is 4 Basils Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3PX. You will find us off Church Lane, east of High Street.
You can contact us on 01438 226857. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking at the Transfiguration
There is a car park on Church Lane (between Grove Road and Basils Road) that borders the church and Presbytery.
Additionally, there is a car park on Primett Road at the back of the High Street and next to Lytton Way.