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.
Urgent Funding for St Joseph's Catholic Church Repairs & Improvements
Restoration of St Joseph’s Church
We are about to invite tenders for the refurbishment of the church walls and
the re-laying of the floor, a target figure for the work will be published when
we have awarded the contract.
This is a major expense, and we need everyone’s help to be able to afford
this. Please consider how much you give in the collection. Also please do
make sure that, if you pay any tax, that you are enabling us to benefit from
the extra £1 for every £4 you give by signing up for gift aid.
Many thanks to all who generously sponsored Canon Kieron to ride his bike to Lourdes in July.
The total amount raised to date is £3,520 which will be applied directly to the St Joseph’s
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.
After consulting with both communities in the Parish, Bishop Kieran and the Parish Team, Canon Kieron is now able
to announce the new arrangements for weekend masses which will be effective from the First Sunday of Advent.
This new timetable is necessary so that the whole Parish can be served by the Parish Priest without an
unsustainable dependence upon supply priests.
There will be Saturday evening Mass at St Francis at 5.30pm and on Sunday morning, masses at St Joseph’s at
9.30am and 11.30am and then 5.30pm. There will no longer be a Saturday morning Mass at St Joseph’s but there
will be Exposition and Confessions from 11.00am until midday. There will be a morning mass at St Francis at
Christmas and Easter and on other major feasts and a regular Friday Morning Mass at a time to be agreed. St
Francis will host a Mass for the Healing of the sick twice a year. Canon Kieran will set up a “St Francis Community
Core Group” which will manage this time of change and ensure that the Community at St Francis continues to
ﬂourish and grow
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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