This year St Joseph’s and St Francis are having a Christmas Day meal for young and old, who find themselves on their own on Christmas Day. Do you want to come? Do you know of others who might like to come? Can you volunteer to help with the preparations both before or on the day? If you would like to join us for this celebration or can help, please speak to Tracy, Maryanne or Phil after mass today,
to our Parish with effect from Sunday 2nd March. Deacon Stephen will be joining us on a long-term secondment from his home Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace (Adur Valley) and we hope that this will be the beginning of a fruitful partnership between our two parishes.
St Joseph’s Church Restoration
Having received the required permission from the Diocesan Finance Committee, we are finally in a position to go ahead with the church refurbishment plans at St Joseph’s. This will involve the laying of a completely new floor and making-good the plasterwork on all of the walls. We hope to begin the work in July and it should take a period of three months. Inevitably this will cause some disruption, but the plan is to keep the church open for Sunday Masses and to be flexible during the week.
In order to achieve all of this, the Parish will have to take on a modest debt—so watch this space for more details and for giving and fund-raising opportunities.
We need people for the following roles, on a voluntary basis,
St Joseph’s Hall Manager - to oversee and monitor the use of the hall and be a point of contact for maintenance issues. (No cleaning required)
Members to join the Health and Safety Committee. To help carry out an initial assessment and updating the online system.
For more information please contact the office on
01273 386159 or speak to Father Kieron.
WHY NOT MAKE VOLUNTEERING FOR CAFOD YOUR RESOLUTION?
There are lots of ways you can help. We need people to work in schools, raising awareness of poverty and our work to alleviate it. We need people to help in the local office or contact their MP’s on issues of importance. We need people to run events and fundraise for us and of course pray for our work.
If you are interested, contact us on 01483 898 866 or email@example.com
Rediscovering the joy and enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ
Pope Benedict, Year of Faith
Our Bishop, Kieran, invites us to enter a time of Jubilee in which to revitalize our life of faith. Bishop Kieran is calling us to deepen and renew our sense of vision as a Christian Community.
In preparation for the Diocesan Jubilee in 2015, we are called to rediscover and affirm our identity, our calling, and our mission, to bring about new life, and real change in our parish and world.
We will do this over the next 4 years by exploring together 4 vital aspects of our Christian life:
Worship: Offering our whole selves to the God who gives us the fullness of life Word: Encountering God’s love for us revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ Communion: Living with one heart and mind in the new life of the Risen Christ! Mission: Bringing God’s love into a broken world
How to Get Involved
In October, we will begin the Living FaithCourse, exploring Worship– delving into the rich and beautiful teaching of Vatican II on the Sacred Liturgy.
There will be dynamic and engaging conferences: see posters for details.
We will be letting you know about new ways to get involved in the life of the parish and Church.
Keep an eye on this notice board and the newsletter for news of events and opportunities to get involved.
For more information on the Jubilee, speak to members of the Jubilee Planning Team:
Derek Berry – 9:30 MassSheila Fellingham – St Francis