Parish Life

St Joseph's Action on Climate and the Environment

St Josephs Action on Climate and the Environment The Next Stage

 

How have we , as a parish, responded to Laudato Si?

 

How have we responded to the climate emergency news?


Having launched our campaign on the environment we will now be forming an online group, so if you are interested and haven’t yet done so, please give us your name and email address. These will be passed on to Julie McCulloch.

 

As part of the Live Simply award we need to develop a Living Simply Parish Action Plan. Suggestions can be emailed to Julie via the parish office.  The action plan will then be written and submitted to CAFOD for approval. The aim is that this plan will be finalized and submitted for approval. These will be published on the Weekend of April 25/26th (hopefully!!) Living Simply in the Light of the Resurrection when we will look at how we build on our Lenten challenges and commitments.

 

How far did we get, looking at the Live Simply 100 ideas.?

Online resources are available at: livesimplyaward.org.uk


Lenten Challenges: a few suggestions;  Go vegetarian two days a week, Have two 'car free' days a week, Reduce shower time to 5 minutes, Look at ways of reducing heating bills, Decide to find out more about climate change
and learn how to live simply.
These are just suggestions, you do not have to do one of these, you can make your own Lenten promise!  When you have decided on your Lenten challenge post a note on the new notice board in the hall to inspire others. Pick up a posting card from the church.

More Information here                    

For further information email Julie McCulloch, at juliemg.mcculloch@gmail.com or contact Penny or Fr Tony.

Pastoral Team

The Team works to oversee that the pastoral needs of the parish are met.  Areas of responsibility include: Liturgy, Ecumenism, Youth, Children’s Liturgy, The Sick and Housebound and our Schools.  We meet several times a year to review the Parish activities and future needs.

As a group we have worked to develop our Parish Mission Statement.

Parish Priest:                  Father Tony Milner

Liturgy:                            Deacon Tony

Children/Youth:      

First Holy Communion: Emma Anderton

Confirmation:                 Deacon Tony and Bernadette Smith

Ecumenical:                    Francis Cluett

Parish Family Groups:   Denzyl Castelino

School:                            Carolyn Scrutton

Sick and Housebound:  Hazel & Michael Fitz-Gibbon

These are ministries performed by trained members of the congregation during the celebration of the Mass.

Fr Tony organises training for readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. Training is necessary to ensure that prospective ministers are fully aware of the importance of the ministries and the seriousness with which they should be carried out. 

Recommissioning of Ministers of Holy Communion takes place annually, notice given in the Parish Newsletter.

Altar Servers

St. Joseph's Church has an active group of altar servers (both boys and girls), within the parish, who serve on a regular basis, primarily on the Saturday/Sunday Masses, as well as the special holy days throughout the liturgical calendar. Their role is to assist the priest and/or deacon, as well as helping the congregation to pray.

Children can become altar servers once they have made their First Communion, and we encourage adults to join us too.

St Joseph's Church's is a member of the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen, and a number of altar servers are enrolled within the Guild (shown by them having a bronze medal - no matter how long they have served, at present - around their neck).

 

If anyone would like to serve then speak to Father Tony (Parish Priest). Alternatively, contact Martin Stebbings (St. Joseph's Church MC) on 07771 523170.

Music Group

The Music Group leads the music at the 9.00 am Mass on most Sundays. It currently comprises any or all of singers, guitarists, flautists, a pianist and cello player. New singers and instrumentalists, young and old, are always welcome and we are also on the lookout for leadership talent.

 

If you would like to join us, we would be delighted to see you. Please call Gabrielle Norman on on 01306 883633 or, even better, introduce yourself at Mass on Sunday.

As we change from two Masses to one it seems an appropriate time to reiterate that the music group welcomes anyone who would like to join us – to sing or to play – or both! If you or your daughter/son is doing their Duke of Edinburgh award then singing/playing with the music group can count towards their volunteering!
Something to consider. Come and have a chat to any of us after Mass or via the church office. No commitment – come and give it a try.

Repository

The repository contains a wide range of leaflets and religious articles. While the church is closed due to COVID-19 feel free to contact the parish office if there is anything particular that you want.

Children’s Liturgy and Liturgy Plus

Children’s Liturgy takes place every Sunday during 9am Mass (term time only). for children ages 4-7. While parents may wish to remain with their child, we encourage the children to come on their own, and the parents to remain in Mass.

The children carry out a creative activity to deepen their understanding of the day’s Gospel.  The children bring their work back into Mass (at the point of the Offertory). At significant times in the liturgical year (Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost) the children work together to create thematic displays on a large board.

 

Liturgy+ is run every other week in term time for post first Holy Communion children. (Years 4-7).

 

The Children’s Liturgy team are always looking for more volunteers to help lead the Liturgy. No experience is necessary. For more information please contact the parish office.

Flower Arranging in Church

The Flower Group are always in need of people who are keen to arrange flowers during the year at St. Joseph’s. Duties include being part of a team available for Christmas and Easter flowers and also for flower arranging every couple of months, usually with another member of the team.

 

Flowers need to be watered every few days after arranging and titivated to ensure they are in good order for the next arranger to take over 1-2 weeks later.

 

If you love flowers and like being part of a jolly team, please phone

Tina Owen on: 01306 882978.

Parish Ministry to the sick, elderly and housebound

We have a dedicated team of Eucharistic Ministers who assist Fr Tony in taking Holy Communion and visiting the our frail and elderly. If you would like to be on our visiting list please call the Parish Office on 01306 882433. Also if any parishioner becomes ill or has to go into hospital, please let us know.

                                        

This year's Annual Mass of Healing takes place on Sunday, 6th October 2019 at 11am.

 

If a parishioner would to attend Mass but has transport problems, it may be possible to arrange a lift.  Hazel and Michael Fitz-Gibbon are the parish co-ordinators and can be contacted on 01306 882433.

Little Stars Toddler Group

The Little Stars Toddler Group meets each Monday morning during term time in the Church Hall from 9.30am -11am (early birds welcome)

 

All babies and toddlers are welcome with their grown ups.

 

The cost is a £1.50 per family or minded child.

Brownies

Brownies currently meet on a Thursday late afternoon. For registrations, please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk and click on the "Parents" tab.

Church Hall

Our beautiful hall has recently been redecorated and the floor re-varnished. The kitchen is fully equipped for catering for up to 50 people with a range cooker and commercial dishwasher.  

 

There is a car park attached to the hall as well as parking on the access road. Toilet facilities include disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

 

The hall is fully accessible. Hire rates average  £15 per hour depending on room/time of day. There are 2 halls available to hire, a large wood floored hall and a smaller carpeted room. Availability and bookings can be made via the Parish Office.

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Parish Office

Parish Secretary: Penny Dubois

The parish office is open in the Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-2

You can also contact us by telephone or email

 

Contact details:

Telephone:    01306 882433

email: saintjosephs@tiscali.co.uk

Holy Mass:

Public masses will resume on Saturday 4th July

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