Welcome to St Joseph's
It is the time of year when parents of 3-4 year old children go looking around primary schools to choose one for their child, especially if it is their eldest child. This year it is not possible to visit physically, so St Joseph's has prepared a video to showcase the school virtually. And while it is prepared primarily (pun intended) for the parents of prospective pupils, we thought others might like to see it too.
If you are a Catholic parent wondering which school to send your child to, I strongly encourage you to choose St Josephs. It is a very good school, and the faith formation there is 'outstanding' (section 48 report 2019), and there is a close relationship between the parish and the school. For more admissions information see the school website. Fr. Tony
Pope Prancis new encyclical Fratelli Tutti buils both on his previous encyclical Laudato Si and the great tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. In it the Pope talks about the fundamental truth that all human beings are one family, children of one Father, sharing a common home, and he reflects on the ethical implications of this for individuals, communities, the economy and nations. The encyclical will form part of our reflection over the coming weeks. You can read the encyclical on the Vatican website here, and there will be copes of it available in the church.
Pope Francis takes the titles of both his recent encyclicals from the words of St Francis, who recognised both that we are all brothers and sisters. He also recognised expressed our connection with all creation in his famous 'Canticle of Creation'.
The image, by Giotto, is of Francis as a wealthy young man, giving his cloak to a poor man. It was the beginning of his conversion.
St Joseph's is the Catholic Parish Church for Dorking and surrounding villages in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. We are an active welcoming community, offering spiritual and pastoral support for everyone, helping each other to grow in knowledge and love of our Catholic faith. We hope that you find the information on our Parish and its activities useful.
If there is anything else you would like to know please do not hesitate to contact us via the Parish Office on 01306 882433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to our Christmas Masses page to find out what we plan for Christmas Masses and how you can book yourself a place
Tier 2 Restrictions
Public Masses resume with the 9:15am Mass on Wednesday all being well. However the rules are slightly stricter under Tier 2, in that there are to be no 'interactions' between households inside the church. That basically means you need to go to your place and stay there, and not move around the church other than to come in, go out, and come to communion. people may interact in groups of up to 6 outside.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2021
There is still a great deal of uncertainty about the COVID-19 situation. However we will be starting preparation in some form in the New Year. We invite families to register and interest now, so we can plan more easily.
Children in year 3 and up are eligible to make their First Holy Communion this year, and young people in year 10 and above are eligible for Confirmation.
Please email Fr Tony on email@example.com with the subject 'Confirmation' or Communion giving the name of the candidate, the name of a parent or guardian, the school the candidate attends and his or her year group. This latter information will help us make use of any existing 'bubbles' in the preparation process.
As a parish we accept cash and cheque donations and there is a collection basket out at each Sunday Mass, however if you would prefer to make a donation by bank transfer then please contact Penny via the parish office for details. If you are a tax-payer, Penny can also give you details of how to gift-aid your donation, which enables us to collect an extra 25% from the tax man. The Diocesan Just Giving page is also available just make sure your donation is for Dorking St Joseph’s! Click here for link
Churches Together in Dorking
St Joseph’s is an active member of Churches Together in Dorking (CTD). Along with other churches in the town, St Joseph’s plays a full part in growing vision for interdenominational outreach and projects such as Soul Connect Youth Work and the food bank.
Our Parish Mission Statement
Together with our Priest, we are
united in our Catholic faith.
We pray to the Holy Spirit to guide
us in our service of God and our
service of each other.
As a parish we strive to be a warm, welcoming and forward looking community.