Twenty Ninth Sunday of the Year 2020

St. Edmund of Canterbury & St. Thomas More

Dear Friends in Christ                              

It’s really amazing what can happen within a week. As you know, as of midnight Friday the new Government restriction came into place. London and Essex, and many other part of the country are now experiencing these measures once again! Yes, it may be frustrating and annoying, but Health & Safety always come first! With regards to the attendance at Church, according to Government & Diocesan guidelines we retain the Status Quo. Hand cleanliness and sanitisation, Social distancing, Face coverings, the cleaning and sanitisation of the Church after each Mass. Also please follow the Stewards directions.Dark skin family wearing face masks for prevent Vector Image

Obviously, this is something that we’re all going to have to learn to live with for the foreseeable future. Vigilance and attentiveness to other people is necessary for the non-spreading of this virus. Unfortunately, walking up the High Street and visiting the supermarket seeing the lack of social distancing and lack of face coverings, is quite disconcerting. Covid-19 is very real, and is not very nice if you contract it. We all probably know of someone who lost their life to this terrible disease, that’s why we need to preserve and promote all health and safety measures.

I approached our Diocesan Health & Safety Officer this week about the reopening of our parish hall. The Diocese have decided that there are so many stringent government rules and regulations attached to the opening of halls, that for the time being the diocesan policy is that they remain closed. This is extremely disappointing for our Uniforms Groups in the parish, who have worked so hard with the Scouting organisation in strategic planning for groups of children to meet. But the diocese has stated that outside of School Education of children we cannot gather in our halls. Unfortunately, this also means that we are unable to commence First Holy Communion & Confirmation Programmes, which I was hoping to do after Christmas. These are really unusual times, and we all have to employ as much patience as possible. I don’t know what ‘Normal’ is anymore. But let us see what happens over the next few weeks with these new measures in place!  

PARISH BAZAAR THIS YEAR? With the uncertainty regarding the Covid 19 Pandemic, I have made an executive decision not to have our annual Parish Bazaar this year. Instead, it would be good to have a ‘Big Grand Draw’ with really good prizes, (about 20 prizes). If anyone would like to donate really good prizes for the Draw these will be gratefully accepted. Money Prizes, Colour Television, I Pad, Kindle, X Box, Crate of Wine, Restaurant Vouchers, Various Hampers (large & small), Large Bottle of Champagne, Large Bottle of Whiskey/Brandy, Health Spa Treatment, Theatre Vouchers, Set of Crystal Glasses, Men’s / Ladies Watches,   Obviously, it would be good to know in advance so we can publish a list of prizes. If you can donate a really good prize please speak to Fr. John.  Tel No: 020 8508 3492Xmas Raffle Clipart , Png Download - Christmas Raffle, Transparent Png, Free Download

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS: Some of our Bazaar Committee Members have suggested that we make up some beautiful Christmas hampers. If parishioners are not in a position to be able to contribute one of the larger prizes, if you could contribute items for  hampers this would be wonderful: Bottles of wine, Bottles of Prosecco, boxes of biscuits, Shortbread, Boxes of mince pies, Jars of jam & marmalade, Jars of pickles, Jars of coffee, Tea, Christmas Puddings, Christmas Cakes, Boxes of Chocolates & Sweets, Candy Canes, Selection Boxes, Chocolate Oranges, Bags of Crisps, Popcorn Crackers for Cheese, Box of Dates, Turkish Delight, Christmas Nuts (Walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazilnuts). Etc. Depending on how much we get in, we’ll make as many hampers as possible! During the week, you can leave items in the box in the porch 10.30am – 11.30am; also I will leave a box at the Presbytery Front Door, and one in my Garage at the back of the Presbytery. Thanking you all in anticipation.     Free clipart gift basket

SUNDAY MASSES: Nothing can replace Sunday Mass. Livestreaming is not an alternative to Mass and receiving Holy Communion. If people are not in a vulnerable category, or have underlying health conditions, they should make every effort possible to return to the weekly practice of faith. From my observance outside, it appears people are far safer in church than in a supermarket or a restaurant. Please come home to the Lord and the practice of your faith. There is an additional Sunday Mass at 10.00am to help with Social Distancing numbers. We can accommodate approximate 125 people at each mass now. Vigil Mass on Saturday at 6.00pm. Sunday Masses at 9.00am, 10.00am & 11.00am. Please come and join us!

LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES: Every week I receive updates to the latest situation re. Covid-19 guidelines. The Health & Safety Office at the Diocese of Brentwood has sent us a memo about the winter and the turning on of heating in our churches & parish halls; they are awaiting instruction from the Government, and within the next few days I should have a clearer indication as to what we will be able to do.  In the meantime, as the temperatures slowly begin to decrease, I would suggest to all of our parishioners that you wrap up really well with a topcoat and scarf. The scientists have assured us that ventilation is vital and necessary with this virus being so virulent. We have good health & safety procedures in place at church.  http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J2OmNe-Z8qM/UpD0eC7SgPI/AAAAAAAANfg/5F2if8AOBLs/s1600/keep_warm.jpg

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Our RCIA programme continues this week on Thursday 15th October at 8.00pm Unfortunately, due to the latest Government guidelines we cannot meet together in the presbytery; therefore, there will be a Zoom meeting. Theme: Please pray for our enquirers. This programme is a systematic study of all aspects of the Roman Catholic Faith, with the view of the enquirer deciding to receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation & the Holy Eucharist.RCIA | Holy Spirit Parish

NOVEMBER – MONTHS OF HOLY SOULS: In the Catholic Church, November is traditionally the Month of the Holy Souls. It is when we remember in a very special way all of our deceased loved ones, relatives, friends and benefactors. There are November Deceased Envelopes available to parishioners, as you leave Church today. If you would like to remember your deceased loved ones, please make a list and place it in the envelope with your Mass Offering. Holy Mass will be offered each day throughout November for our Holy Souls; and a decade of the Rosary will be prayed at the end of each weekday mass, with the additional prayers for the deceased. Please return your Deceased List Envelopes by All Souls Day 2nd November. There will be three masses that day. 10.00am, 12.15pm & 8.00pm  Free Clipart Funeral Flowers

FEELING A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE: About attending Sunday Mass; we have set up a Speaker outside the Church; and parishioners can practice Social distancing outside as well. Obviously if you attend as a family, you can sit closely together in the Church. Alternate benches have been blocked off, and with the wearing of Face Coverings we are complying with regulations.

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. Your donations of are needed as much as ever now by people in our area who are struggling to put food on the table. Basic staple items are always welcome including the unbranded supermarket basic ranges which can make your generous donations go even further. Currently they are in urgent need of the following items: instant mash, tinned meat, packet noodles, savoury crackers, sponge puddings, crisps, snack bars, laundry tablets (small and medium) bars of soap and hand sanitisers. Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank via their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

ST. JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: will not be offering any on-site tours to view our school this year. Instead we have prepared a virtual tour. Please visit our school website on www.st-johnfisher.essex.sch.uk (our admissions page is under the Statutory Info section). The virtual tour will give parents the opportunity to see what the school is like.

Admissions open on the Essex website on 9th November 2020, and the closing date is 15th January 2021.  We ask parents to complete a supplementary form, also obtainable from the admissions page, (especially if they wish to be considered under criteria 2 or 3 of the admissions policy) and can be returned directly to the school. If you need further information, please contact Mrs McGrenra on tmcgrenra@st-johnfisher.essex.sch.uk.

LEAVING WINDOWS OPEN: It may feel a little uncomfortable at times in colder weather. But Government guidelines state that there should be plenty of ventilation in enclosed spaces. Some windows and the doors will remain open in the Church during Sunday Mass. Please dress accordingly, with warm topcoat, gloves and scarf. Keeping everyone safe is our top priority!
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YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY: My sincere thanks to those who are making their weekly contribution of Gift Aid envelopes and through the banking system that has been set up through the Diocese whereby your Offertory can be paid directly into the Parish Account, details below: 

Or you can use Parish Bank Account: Using Online Banking
HSBC Sort Code 40-13-22
Account Number: 11019651

Please put your name as reference and your Gift Aid number if you have one.

If you can set it up as a regular payment this would be excellent and save a lot

of time in the future. If you don’t have GIFT AID this is a good time to start, you can do this by e-mailing Maria Mosquera (mjm70@hotmail.com).Fr

With continued thanks for your generosity.

God Bless You All      Fr. John 

TRINITY CATHOLIC HIG SCHOOL ADMISSIONS SEPTEMBER 2021:

In response to the COVID-19 situation and due to extraordinary circumstances this year, the school has commissioned a virtual tour of Trinity Catholic High School, which can be found on our website (https://fc.tchs.uk.net/).  The school has taken this decision, not to expose our prospective parents to any unnecessary risks.  The school realizes that you, as parents, may be disappointed with regard to this but please be aware that we only have the interests of the parents, and our school community, at the forefront of this decision, and would not wish to disadvantage any parents who may not feel able to attend.  The website contains a lot of information regarding Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 teaching and the School Prospectus contains details of the life of the school.  Please contact Mrs L Scrivens, Admissions Officer, on LScrivens@tchs.uk.net, if you have any further queries and this will be passed onto the relevant department. 

   The closing date for applications is 31st October 2020.  Please note that applicants will need to complete a common application form which will be provided by their own Local Authority.  This application will then need to be returned to the applicants own Local Authority.  For applicants wishing to submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice, this Diocesan document can be obtained through your parish priest, on the Diocesan website or the priest who will be signing your form.  You will also need to complete a SIF form which can be found on the Trinity website, under Year 7 – 11 Admissions. 

Parents will be able to drop these documents off at the Sydney Road entrance in the drop box, not directly to the school office as visitors will not be allowed on site.  Please contact the office via the buzzer on the gate to let them know that documentation has been left.  Please provide a SAE if you require a receipt’.    May I thank you once again for your help and support with this process and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions arise. 

With every good wish. Yours sincerely, Dr P C Doherty OBE,  Headmaster. 

FOR TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: A Certificate of Catholic Practice is necessary. This clearly states that you are a practicing Roman Catholic; both you and your child attend Weekly Mass. If you don’t meet this requirement the form cannot be signed, and you must make applications without the CCP form. Obviously, our churches opened again on the 4th July for weekly mass.  CCP forms can be downloaded, please hand personally to Fr John after Sunday Mass this weekend 17/18th October. The fact that children are now back at school, they should be attending weekly mass.

APPLICATIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR 2021

If you have a child who is currently in Year 6 who is eligible to start Secondary School in September 2021, you need to seriously start thinking about the applications procedure. First and foremost, none of the High Schools are having open evenings this year but have published virtual tours of their schools online. The two schools that our parish tend to deal with are Trinity Roman Catholic High School & Davenant Foundation School. Before you make any applications please view the online presentations.

The applications procedure, especially if this is your first time, is through Essex County. It is an online procedure; you must complete the questionnaire application in detail by the 31st October 2020. You will receive a registration number, which you can use to access the application form to change or alter any information up until 31st October; after that date you will be locked out.

FOR DAVENTANT FOUNDATION SCHOOL: The applications procedure is slightly different. They have an 11-page online applications form going into detail about their requirements. A Seven Year practice of faith is required. Once again, our churches opened on the 4th July for weekly Mass. I would like a copy of what you recorded for your Weekly Practice please. (I have the relevant page (hard copy) for you to complete). Please collect a copy of Weekly Practice for 7 years from Presbytery and return personally to Fr. John after weekend Sunday masses 17/18th October.   In November the School will contact me with your application form. (I will not be signing application forms if I have not received your personal self-evaluation practice form in advance). I can only attest to the truth in my 18 years here in the parish about your practice of faith. So please be honest and truthful in your personal assessment of practice. I will not sign anything that is untruthful. If you are not a practicing Catholic, you will have to take your chances and make your applications without reference from me. The fact that children are now back at school, they should also be attending weekly mass.
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DIFFICULT DECISIONS: Obviously, parents know what the requirements are for applications into our faith school; namely the weekly practice of faith, this is nothing new; I will never compromise my personal integrity by signing a form that I know is not true. Please read both schools Admissions Criteria. You can also find relevant information on the Diocesan Website regarding admissions. The Priests’ guidelines are mapped out very clearly by the diocese. 

DIARY 2020

  PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH: 

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Jane Downs, Steve Dalgliesh, James Geller, Veronica Godsave, Bernadette Hall, Ann Hawkes, Claire Howes, Pamela Houghton, Shaun Keel, Angela Long, Lilian Mothersole, Sheila Murphy, John McKernan, Rosemary O’Rourke, Kathleen Pomeroy, Barbara Pope, Geraldine Taylor, Vera Taylor, Mary Walstow, Mary Witten, James Wright. And all our loved ones.

ANNIVERSARIES: Emily Courtney RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £736.48 With continued thanks for your Weekly Offering. If you would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme there are application forms in the Church Porch, or ask Fr. John for a form. If you forget your envelope, there are spares in the Porch. Thank you! 

BAPTISMS: We have been given permission to resume the Baptism of infants in our churches. As of 28th September, the Governmental guidelines have reduced the number of people present to 6 persons. Manifestly, this is very distressing to families who really want to celebrate this beautiful sacrament. I really don’t know how long this situation will continue, but the most important thing is that your baby is baptised. If this is your first child Sharon Chalk, our Baptism Catechist will meet with you, and go through the whole process of BaptismTransparent Tutor Clipart - Baptism Clipart, HD Png Download - christening  png - Transparent PNG, Transparent Clipart (763*578) - PNG Image on uokpl.rs

MASS INTENTIONS – OCTOBER 2020

Sat 17th                                                                          10.00amMaree Kavangh’s Int’s
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 17th           6.00pmGuillaume, Becky Luca & Christophe Julien (Kathleen Sorrell)
Sun 18th                  9.00amRachel Frances Murray RIP (M Duffy)
Sun 18th10.00amPeople of the Parish
Sun 18th                                           11:00amPeter McRory RIP & Dec’d members of McRory family. (Geri Fitzgibbon)
Mon 19th                                                10.00amPeter Smith RIP (Paul Falco)
Tues 20th                                                                    10.00amAmal & Family Int’s (Mrs O’ Donoghue)
Wed 21st              10.00amGrandchildren of Jenny & Arthur Cattterall
Thurs 22nd            10.00amDanny Clarke’s Int’s
Fri 23rd                                           10.00am Bill McQuade RIP (Margaret Duffy)
Fri 23rd10.30amHoly Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 24th                                         10.00amDr L Mitchell RIP (Carmen)
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 24th                   6.00pmBreege & Michael Kerrane (Mary)
Sun 25th                        9.00amJohn Ormond RIP (Catherine Mills)
 Sun 25th10.00amPeople of the Parish
Sun 25th                                                          11:00amNeil Millward RIP (Carole Millward)

BOOKING MASSES: At present there are many openings for Mass Intentions. If you would like a Mass for a particular intention, please write your details on an envelope and post it through the letterbox at the presbytery. You can Gift Aid your intentions just put the GA number on envelope. Place your Mass offering in the envelope. Thank you! 

IN CASES OF EMERGENCY: Tuesday is usually Fr. John’s Day Off. In 

Cases of emergency please call one of the local parishes, either in Epping – Tel: 01992 572516, or the St. Thomas of Canterbury Friary at Woodford Green – Tel: 020 8504 1688.  This would also apply if Fr. John is away for a few days break or on Retreat. All the local funeral directors have a contact number for Fr. John if a funeral needs to be arranged in his absence.

Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year 2020

Dear Friends in Christ                              

In these strange times, we have seen over the past week all the new measures that the Government is putting in place up and down the country. Local lockdowns; the closure of working establishments, pubs and restaurants; colleges and universities. The numbers are creeping up again, and more and more people are being admitted to hospital. Covid-19 is very real. Now that the winter is approaching rapidly, and the cold and flu season slowly manifests itself. Our medical services are going to be stretched to capacity. Being vigilant and attentive to the guidelines is vitally essential to abating this disease. It’s true some young people are asymptomatic, but it’ still a killer for some. We should constantly be mindful of others; sanitising, handwashing regularly, wearing face coverings, keeping a social distance. These are not too much to ask, but some people think that these measures don’t apply to them, hence endangering other people’s lives.  This is the ‘new normal’. Yes, life has to be lived, and we can’t put everything on hold, but at the same time we need to be aware of others all the time. And possibly this is how it will be until the scientists find a vaccine. Stay alert!Dark skin family wearing face masks for prevent Vector Image

Our aim at St. Edmund’s is keep everyone safe and well. It’s wonderful that so many have returned to the practice of weekly faith. There is an additional mass on a Sunday Morning at 10.00am to assist with social distancing. The health and safety measures at Church are working extremely well; and with the assistance of the Stewards at each of the masses everything is running very smoothly. I have approached the Diocese this week, who in conjunction with Toolbox, are reviewing the possibilities of being able to open our Parish Hall on a limited basis. We are due a visit next week, and hopefully by next weekend I will be able to report a go-ahead date of opening the hall

Nothing can replace Sunday Mass. Livestreaming is not an alternative to Mass and receiving Holy Communion. If people are not in a vulnerable category, or have underlying health conditions, they should make every effort possible to return to the weekly practice of faith. From my observance outside, it appears people are far safer in church than in a supermarket or a restaurant. Please come home to the Lord and the practice of your faith.St Mary Magdalene Yarm Church

LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES: Every week I receive updates to the latest situation re. Covid-19 guidelines. The Health & Safety Office at the Diocese of Brentwood has sent us a memo about the winter and the turning on of heating in our churches & parish halls; they are awaiting instruction from the Government, and within the next few days I should have a clearer indication as to what we will be able to do.  In the meantime, as the temperatures slowly begin to decrease, I would suggest to all of our parishioners that you wrap up really well with a topcoat and scarf. The scientists have assured us that ventilation is vital and necessary with this virus being so virulent. We have good health & safety procedures in place at church.  http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J2OmNe-Z8qM/UpD0eC7SgPI/AAAAAAAANfg/5F2if8AOBLs/s1600/keep_warm.jpg

ADDITIONAL SEATING: Our Health & Safety Committee have managed to add some additional seating in the Church, and in the Library (just off the porch). I do ask all our parishioners to kindly follow the directions of the Stewards who will show you to your seats. Please move right into the benches; obviously families can sit close together in their ‘family bubble’, but please ensure social distancing wearing your face coverings. Also, for Holy Communion make sure there is a metre plus from the person in front of you as you process to the Altar. Thank you! My thanks to Iain McLay who has set up a speaker just outside the church. This will accommodate any overspill, and you will be able to hear very clearly. Unfortunately, as autumn and winter rapidly approaches this service may need to be discontinued.Family on the church pew — Stock Vector © kimazo #69105951

ADDITIONAL MASS: With the additional mass at 10.00am, the turnaround must be very quick; it is imperative that the cleaning of the benches takes place as quickly as possible after the 9.00am & 10.00am masses. We still need some more Stewards. Or, if you can assist with the sanitising of the benches after the masses, this would be of great assistance to us. 

FEELING A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE: About attending Sunday Mass; we have set up a Speaker outside the Church; and parishioners can practice Social distancing outside as well. Obviously if you attend as a family, you can sit closely together in the Church. Alternate benches have been blocked off, and with the wearing of Face Coverings we are complying with regulations.

UNABLE TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS: If you are genuinely unable to attend one of the Sunday Masses, the Bishops Conference of England & Wales has strongly recommended that you make the extra special effort to attend one of the Weekday Mass, at present being celebrated daily at 10.00am. Please wear a Face Covering. Live streaming is still available daily just go to the Website of St. Edmund of Canterbury, Loughton

FOR THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE: For parishioners who are in the vulnerable age bracket 70 plus, (It’s your prerogative to attend Mass). Or if you have underlying health issues or are displaying symptoms of Corona virus PLEASE STAY AT HOME. 

THANK YOU: I would like to sincerely thank all those parishioners who have volunteered as Stewards, at our Sunday Masses, and for the hour of private prayer during the week. I’m truly grateful for your generosity of spirit and service to the whole parish community. It’s truly wonderful to see!  We have purchased special cleaning materials for the benches & surfaces, and they are cleaned every time they are used by parishioners. If you would like to volunteer as a Steward, please contact Iain McLay Tel No: 07806 998187   

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Our RCIA programme continues this week on Thursday 15th October at 8.00pm in the Presbytery. Theme: Invitation to share God’s life through Jesus Christ. Please pray for our enquirers. This programme is a systematic study of all aspects of the Roman Catholic Faith, with the view of the enquirer deciding to receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation & the Holy Eucharist.RCIA | Holy Spirit Parish

BAPTISMS: We have been given permission to resume the Baptism of infants in our churches. As of 28th September, the Governmental guidelines have reduced the number of people present to 6 persons. Manifestly, this is very distressing to families who really want to celebrate this beautiful sacrament. I really don’t know how long this situation will continue, but the most important thing is that your baby is baptised. If this is your first child Sharon Chalk, our Baptism Catechist will meet with you, and go through the whole process of BaptismTransparent Tutor Clipart - Baptism Clipart, HD Png Download - christening  png - Transparent PNG, Transparent Clipart (763*578) - PNG Image on uokpl.rs

ST. JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: will not be offering any on-site tours to view our school this year. Instead we have prepared a virtual tour. Please visit our school website on www.st-johnfisher.essex.sch.uk (our admissions page is under the Statutory Info section). The virtual tour will give parents the opportunity to see what the school is like.

Admissions open on the Essex website on 9th November 2020, and the closing date is 15th January 2021.  We ask parents to complete a supplementary form, also obtainable from the admissions page, (especially if they wish to be considered under criteria 2 or 3 of the admissions policy) and can be returned directly to the school. If you need further information, please contact Mrs McGrenra on tmcgrenra@st-johnfisher.essex.sch.uk.

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. Your donations of are needed as much as ever now by people in our area who are struggling to put food on the table. Basic staple items are always welcome including the unbranded supermarket basic ranges which can make your generous donations go even further. Currently they are in urgent need of the following items: instant mash, tinned meat, packet noodles, savoury crackers, sponge puddings, crisps, snack bars, laundry tablets (small and medium) bars of soap and hand sanitisers. Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY: My sincere thanks to those who are making their weekly contribution of Gift Aid envelopes and through the banking system that has been set up through the Diocese whereby your Offertory can be paid directly into the Parish Account, details below: http://texanonline.net/am-site/media/cheerful-giver.jpg

Or you can use Parish Bank Account: Using Online Banking
HSBC Sort Code 40-13-22
Account Number: 11019651

Please put your name as reference and your Gift Aid number if you have one.

If you can set it up as a regular payment this would be excellent and save a lot

of time in the future. If you don’t have GIFT AID this is a good time to start, you can do this by e-mailing Maria Mosquera (mjm70@hotmail.com).
With continued thanks for your generosity.Fr

God Bless You All      Fr. John 

TRINITY CATHOLIC HIG SCHOOL ADMISSIONS SEPTEMBER 2021

In response to the COVID-19 situation and due to extraordinary circumstances this year, the school has commissioned a virtual tour of Trinity Catholic High School, which can be found on our website (https://fc.tchs.uk.net/).  The school has taken this decision, not to expose our prospective parents to any unnecessary risks.  The school realizes that you, as parents, may be disappointed with regard to this but please be aware that we only have the interests of the parents, and our school community, at the forefront of this decision, and would not wish to disadvantage any parents who may not feel able to attend.  The website contains a lot of information regarding Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 teaching and the School Prospectus contains details of the life of the school.  Please contact Mrs L Scrivens, Admissions Officer, on LScrivens@tchs.uk.net, if you have any further queries and this will be passed onto the relevant department. 

   The closing date for applications is 31st October 2020.  Please note that applicants will need to complete a common application form which will be provided by their own Local Authority.  This application will then need to be returned to the applicants own Local Authority.  For applicants wishing to submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice, this Diocesan document can be obtained through your parish priest, on the Diocesan website or the priest who will be signing your form.  You will also need to complete a SIF form which can be found on the Trinity website, under Year 7 – 11 Admissions. 

Parents will be able to drop these documents off at the Sydney Road entrance in the drop box, not directly to the school office as visitors will not be allowed on site.  Please contact the office via the buzzer on the gate to let them know that documentation has been left.  Please provide a SAE if you require a receipt’.    May I thank you once again for your help and support with this process and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions arise. 

With every good wish. Yours sincerely, Dr P C Doherty OBE,  Headmaster. 

FOR TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: A Certificate of Catholic Practice is necessary. This clearly states that you are a practicing Roman Catholic; both you and your child attend Weekly Mass. If you don’t meet this requirement the form cannot be signed, and you must make applications without the CCP form. Obviously, our churches opened again on the 4th July for weekly mass.  CCP forms can be downloaded, please hand personally to Fr John after Sunday Mass on weekend 17/18th October. The fact that children are now back at school, they should be attending weekly mass.

APPLICATIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR 2021

If you have a child who is currently in Year 6 who is eligible to start Secondary School in September 2021, you need to seriously start thinking about the applications procedure. First and foremost, none of the High Schools are having open evenings this year but have published virtual tours of their schools online. The two schools that our parish tend to deal with are Trinity Roman Catholic High School & Davenant Foundation School. Before you make any applications please view the online presentations.

The applications procedure, especially if this is your first time, is through Essex County. It is an online procedure; you must complete the questionnaire application in detail by the 31st October 2020. You will receive a registration number, which you can use to access the application form to change or alter any information up until 31st October; after that date you will be locked out.

FOR DAVENANT FOUNDATION SCHOOL: The applications procedure is slightly different. They have an 11-page online applications form going into detail about their requirements. A Seven Year practice of faith is required. Once again, our churches opened on the 4th July for weekly Mass. I would like a copy of what you recorded for your Weekly Practice please. (I have the relevant page (hard copy) for you to complete). Please collect a copy of Weekly Practice for 7 years from Presbytery and return personally to Fr. John after weekend Sunday masses 17/18th October.    In November the School will contact me with your application form. (I will not be signing application forms if I have not received your personal self-evaluation practice form in advance). I can only attest to the truth in my 18 years here in the parish about your practice of faith. So please be honest and truthful in your personal assessment of practice. I will not sign anything that is untruthful. If you are not a practicing Catholic, you will have to take your chances and make your applications without reference from me. The fact that children are now back at school, they should also be attending weekly mass.
http://sr.photos1.fotosearch.com/bthumb/CSP/CSP991/k12212545.jpg

DIFFICULT DECISIONS: Obviously, parents know what the requirements are for applications into our faith school; namely the weekly practice of faith, this is nothing new I will never compromise my personal integrity by signing a form that I know is not true. Please read both schools Admissions Criteria. You can also find relevant information on the Diocesan Website regarding admissions. The Priests’ guidelines are mapped out very clearly by the diocese. 

DIARY 2020

  PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH: 

Margaret Baldwin, Brian Beveridge, Jane Downs, Steve Dalgliesh, James Geller, Veronica Godsave, Bernadette Hall, Ann Hawkes, Claire Howes, Pamela Houghton, Shaun Keel, Angela Long, Lilian Mothersole, Sheila Murphy, John McKernan, Rosemary O’Rourke, Kathleen Pomeroy, Barbara Pope, Geraldine Taylor, Vera Taylor, Mary Walstow, Mary Witten, James Wright. And all our loved ones.

ANNIVERSARIES: Maureen Epsom RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £706.38 With continued thanks for your Weekly Offering. If you would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme there are application forms in the Church Porch, or ask Fr. John for a form. If you forget your envelope, there are spares in the Porch. Thank you! 

THE SISTERS AT CHIGWELL CONVENT: Would be most grateful for your used postage stamps for their Missions. There is a Box in the Porch of the Church for the stamps. Especially all your Christmas Stamps. With many thanks!

CAFOD – CORONAVIRUS APPEAL: This week our parish marked CAFOD’s Family Fast Day on Friday 9th October to help people facing the worst of the coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected and donate online at cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of the envelopes. You can also give easily via text. Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085. For more information please see our Privacy Policy: cafod.org.uk/Legal-information/Privacy-notice

MASS INTENTIONS – OCTOBER 2020

Sat 10th                                                                          10.00amCecilia & Fred Adams RIP (Steve & Teresa)
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 10th           6.00pmKazimierz Michalik RIP (Nick & Joanna Jarvis)
Sun 11th                  9.00amPeople of the Parish
Sun 11th10.00amNatalie Cosgrove (sick) (Philomena Egan)
Sun 11th                                           11:00amJohn Maton (sick) (Diana & Ferdi Tisi)
Mon 12th                                                10.00amForwood Family thanksgiving. Marion & Terry (knee op) (Staines Family)
Tues 13th                                                                    10.00amBernadette Craft RIP (anni) Kendal Family)
Wed 14th             10.00amGloria Walters (sick) Geraldine & Denis O Donoghue)
Thurs 15th           10.00amViolet Clarke RIP (Margaret & Pat)
Fri 16th                                          10.00am 10.30amDec’d members of the Epsom Family)Holy Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 17th                                        10.00amMaree Kavenagh’s Int’s 
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 17th                  6.00pmGuillaume, Becky Luca & Christophe Julien (Kathleen Sorrell)
Sun 18th                        9.00amRachel Frances Murray RIP (M Duffy)
 Sun 18th10.00amPeople of the Parish
Sun 18th                                                          11:00amPeter McRory RIP & Dec’d members of McRory family. (Geri Fitzgibbon)

BOOKING MASSES: At present there are many openings for Mass Intentions. If you would like a Mass for a particular intention, please write your details on an envelope and post it through the letterbox at the presbytery. You can Gift Aid your intentions just put the GA number on envelope. Place your Mass offering in the envelope. Thank you!

IN CASES OF EMERGENCY: Tuesday is usually Fr. John’s Day Off. In 

Cases of emergency please call one of the local parishes, either in Epping – Tel: 01992 572516, or the St. Thomas of Canterbury Friary at Woodford Green – Tel: 020 8504 1688.  This would also apply if Fr. John is away for a few days break or on Retreat. All the local funeral directors have a contact number for Fr. John if a funeral needs to be arranged in his absence.

27th Sunday of the Year 2020

St. Edmund of Canterbury & St. Thomas More

Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year 2020

Dear Friends in Christ                              

We have all seen this week the incredible measures that are being taken in various parts of the country because of an increase in those who are testing positive to Covid-19. This disease can spread so quickly, and many people’s cavalier attitude obviously has accelerated the spread of this disease once again. We are all encouraged to follow Governmental guidelines; no one is invincible, and this disease has killed 42 thousand people. Being vigilant is essential; practicing social distancing, hand cleanliness and sanitisation and wearing face coverings all can help in the prevention of transmission. We are constantly being bombarded by these recommendations, but still the virus spreads. Many people don’t know whether they are carriers of the virus or not. If we all take responsibility for ourselves and our families, the sooner this terrible virus will decrease. Let us continue to pray for all those who are sick through this pandemic.   Dark skin family wearing face masks for prevent Vector Image

It has been so heartening to see many of our parishioners returning to the weekly practice of our faith by attending Sunday Mass. I have put on an additional mass at 10.00am to cater for numbers and to ensure that social distancing is maintained. The system is working extremely well in the church, and I’m truly grateful o our Health & Safety committee and our Stewards for all the help they give to ensure that everyone is kept safe and that our Church is sanitised after each Mass. 

I had really hoped with the chidlren returning to school at the beginning of September, more of our parishioners would return to the practice of their faith. Sadly, this has not happened. Our Church is probably safer than a supermarket or restaurant. Livestreaming can never replace being physically present at Holy Mass and receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. Being away from church for over 100 days certainly took its toll on many people’s lives, both physically and spiritually. Statistically, perhaps some people have decided they don’t need to return to the practice of their faith; but the question we ask, is what replaces it? You can never quantify your relationship with God, because it’s about eternal life!St Mary Magdalene Yarm Church

AUTUMN & WINTER: With the change of seasons, people are preparing to switch on their central heating. Governmental guidelines still advise the circulation of fresh air in enclosed spaces. I seriously advise all parishioners to come to Church warmly dressed during this autumn and winter. Make sure you have a topcoat and warm clothing. We are doing everything to look after your health and safety. Windows will have to be opened at various stages for a through draft. An apology in advance if this causes any inconvenience.   

ADDITIONAL SEATING: Our Health & Safety Committee have managed to add some additional seating in the Church, and in the Library (just off the porch). I do ask all our parishioners to kindly follow the directions of the Stewards who will show you to your seats. Please move right into the benches; obviously families can sit close together in their ‘family bubble’, but please ensure social distancing wearing your face coverings. Family on the church pew — Stock Vector © kimazo #69105951

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Our RCIA programme continues this week on Thursday 8th October at 8.00pm in the Presbytery. Theme: Jesus Christ – truly God & truly man. Please pray for our enquirers. This programme is a systematic study of all aspects of the Roman Catholic Faith, with the view of the enquirer making a decision to receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation & the Holy Eucharist.RCIA | Holy Spirit Parish

BAPTISMS: We have been given permission to resume the Baptism of infants in our churches. As of 28th September, the Governmental guidelines have reduced the number of people present to 6 persons. Manifestly, this is very distressing to families who really want to celebrate this beautiful sacrament. I really don’t know how long this situation will continue, but the most important thing is that your baby is baptised. If this is your first childs. Sharon Chalk, our Baptism Catechist will meet with you, and go through the whole process of Baptism. Please contact Fr. John for more details. Transparent Tutor Clipart - Baptism Clipart, HD Png Download - christening  png - Transparent PNG, Transparent Clipart (763*578) - PNG Image on uokpl.rs

PARISH BAZAAR THIS YEAR? With the uncertainty regarding the Covid 19 Pandemic, I have made an executive decision not to have our annual Parish Bazaar this year. The Bazaar is our only & main fundraising event of the year and usually brings in several thousand pounds. Obviously these are difficult times. Instead, it would be good to have a ‘Big Grand Draw’ with really good prizes, (about 20 prizes). I know its early days, but if anyone would like to donate really good prizes for the Draw these will be gratefully accepted. Money Prizes, Colour Television, I Pad, Kindle, X Box, Crate of Wine, Restaurant Vouchers, Various Hampers (large & small), Large Bottle of Champagne, Large Bottle of Whiskey/Brandy, Health Spa Treatment, Theatre Vouchers, Set of Crystal Glasses, Men’s / Ladies Watches. Money Donations would also be very welcome. Obviously, it would be good to know in advance so we can publish a list of prizes. If you can donate a really good prize please speak to Fr. John.  Tel No: 020 8508 3492   Xmas Raffle Clipart , Png Download - Christmas Raffle, Transparent Png, Free Download

FEELING A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE: About attending Sunday Mass; we have set up a Speaker outside the Church; and parishioners can practice Social distancing outside as well. Obviously if you attend as a family, you can sit closely together in the Church. Alternate benches have been blocked off, and with the wearing of Face Coverings we are complying with regulations.

UNABLE TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS: If you are genuinely unable to attend one of the Sunday Masses, the Bishops Conference of England & Wales has strongly recommended that you make the extra special effort to attend one of the Weekday Masses, at present being celebrated daily at 10.00am. Please wear a Face Covering. Live streaming is still available daily just go to the Website of St. Edmund of Canterbury, Loughton

FOR THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE: For parishioners who are in the vulnerable age bracket 70 plus, (It’s your prerogative to attend Mass). Or if you have underlying health issues or are displaying symptoms of Corona virus PLEASE STAY AT HOME. 

THANK YOU: I would like to sincerely thank all those parishioners who have volunteered as Stewards, at our Sunday Masses, and for the hour of private prayer during the week. I’m truly grateful for your generosity of spirit and service to the whole parish community. It’s truly wonderful to see!  We have purchased special cleaning materials for the benches & surfaces, and the they are cleaned every time they are used by parishioners. If you would like to volunteer as a Steward, please contact Iain McLay Tel No: 07806 998187

YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY: My sincere thanks to those who are making their weekly contribution of Gift Aid envelopes and through the banking system that has been set up through the Diocese whereby your Offertory can be paid directly into the Parish Account, details below:

Or you can use Parish Bank Account: Using Online Banking
HSBC Sort Code 40-13-22
Account Number: 11019651

Please put your name as reference and your Gift Aid number if you have one.

If you can set it up as a regular payment this would be excellent and save a lot

of time in the future. If you don’t have GIFT AID this is a good time to start, you can do this by e-mailing Maria Mosquera (mjm70@hotmail.com).
With continued thanks for your generosity.

God Bless You All      Fr. John Fr

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. Your donations of are needed as much as ever now by people in our area who are struggling to put food on the table. Basic staple items are always welcome including the unbranded supermarket basic ranges which can make your generous donations go even further. Currently they are in urgent need of the following items: instant mash, tinned meat, packet noodles, savoury crackers, sponge puddings, crisps, snack bars, laundry tablets (small and medium) bars of soap and hand sanitisers. Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

CAFOD – CORONAVIRUS APPEAL: This week / next week our parish is marking CAFOD’s Family Fast Day Friday 9th October to help people facing the worst of the coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected and donate online at cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of the envelopes. You can also give easily via text. Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085. For more information please see our Privacy Policy: cafod.org.uk/Legal-information/Privacy-notice

TRINITY CATHOLIC HIG SCHOOL ADMISSIONS SEPTEMBER 2021

In response to the COVID-19 situation and due to extraordinary circumstances this year, the school have commissioned a virtual tour of Trinity Catholic High School, which can be found on our website (https://fc.tchs.uk.net/).  The school has taken this decision, not to expose our prospective parents to any unnecessary risks.  The school realizes that you, as parents, may be disappointed with regard to this but please be aware that we only have the interests of the parents, and our school community, at the forefront of this decision, and would not wish to disadvantage any parents who may not feel able to attend.  The website contains a lot of information regarding Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 teaching and the School Prospectus contains details of the life of the school.  Please contact Mrs L Scrivens, Admissions Officer, on LScrivens@tchs.uk.net, if you have any further queries and this will be passed onto the relevant department. 

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2020.  Please note that applicants will need to complete a common application form which will be provided by their own Local Authority.  This application will then need to be returned to the applicants own Local Authority.  For applicants wishing to submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice, this Diocesan document can be obtained through your parish priest, on the Diocesan website or the priest who will be signing your form.  You will also need to complete a SIF form which can be found on the Trinity website, under Year 7 – 11 Admissions. 

Parents will be able to drop these documents off at the Sydney Road entrance in the drop box, not directly to the school office as visitors will not be allowed on site.  Please contact the office via the buzzer on the gate to let them know that documentation has been left.  Please provide a SAE if you require a receipt’. 

May I thank you once again for your help and support with this process and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions arise. Liturgical Readings For Trinity Sunday - Holy Trinity Symbol Catholic -  Free Transparent PNG Clipart Images Download

With every good wish. 

Yours sincerely 

Dr P C Doherty OBE  

Headmaster 

APPLICATIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR 2021

If you have a child who is currently in Year 6 and is eligible to start Secondary School in September 2021, you need to seriously start thinking about the applications procedure. First and foremost, none of the High Schools are having open evenings this year but have published virtual tours of their schools online. The two schools that our parish tend to deal with are Trinity Roman Catholic High School & Davenant Foundation School. Before you make any applications please view the online presentations.

The applications procedure, especially if this is your first time, is through Essex County. It is an online procedure; you must complete the questionnaire application in detail by the 31st October 2020. You will receive a registration number, which you can use to access the application form to change or alter any information up until 31st October; after that date you will be locked out.

FOR TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: A Certificate of Catholic Practice is necessary. This clearly states that you are a practicing Roman Catholic; both you and your child attend Weekly Mass. If you don’t meet this requirement the form cannot be signed, and you must make applications without the CCP form. Obviously, our churches opened again on the 4th July for weekly mass.  CCP forms can be downloaded, please hand personally to Fr John after Sunday Mass on weekend 17/18th October.  

FOR DAVENTANT FOUNDATION SCHOOL: The applications procedure is slightly different. They have an 11-page online applications form going into detail about their requirements. A Seven Year practice of faith is required. Once again, our churches opened on the 4th July for weekly Mass. I would like a copy of what you recorded for your Weekly Practice please. (I have the relevant page (hard copy) for you to complete). Please collect copy of Weekly Pracice for 7 years from Presbytery and return to Fr. John after weekend Sunday mass 17/18th October.    In November the School will contact me with your application form. I can only attest to the truth in my 18 years here in the parish about your practicing of faith. So please be honest and truthful in your personal assessment of practice. I will not sign anything that is untruthful. If you are not a practicing Catholic, you will have to take your chances and make your applications without reference from me.

DIFFICULT DECISIONS: Obviously, parents know what the requirements are for applications into our faith school. I will never compromise my personal integrity by signing a form that I know is not true. Please read both schools Admissions Criteria. You can also find relevant information on the Diocesan Website regarding admissions. The Priests’ guidelines are mapped out very clearly by the diocese.    

PUBLIC MASSES HAVE RESUMED ONCE AGAIN AT ST. EDMUND’S. WE ARE STRICTLY FOLLOWING GOVERNMENTAL & DIOCESAN GUIDELINES ON HEALTH & SAFETY. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IN PLACE. PLEASE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO RETURN TO WEEKLY MASS WITH YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU!

PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH:

Margaret Baldwin, Brian Beveridge, Jane Downs, Steve Dalgliesh, James Geller, Veronica Godsave, Bernadette Hall, Ann Hawkes, Claire Howes, Pamela Houghton, Shaun Keel, Angela Long, Lilian Mothersole, Sheila Murphy, John McKernan, Rosemary O’Rourke, Kathleen Pomeroy, Barbara Pope, Geraldine Taylor, Vera Taylor, Mary Walstow, Mary Witten, James Wright. And all our loved ones.

ANNIVERSARIES: for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £609.83 with continued thanks for your Weekly Offering. If you would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme there are application forms in the Church Porch, or ask Fr. John for a form. If you forget your envelope, there are spares in the Porch. Thank you! 

THE SISTERS AT CHIGWELL CONVENT: Would be most grateful for your used postage stamps for their Missions. There is a Box in the Porch of the Church for the stamps. Especially all your Christmas Stamps. With many thanks!

PARISH RESPOSITORY: There are a variety of cards for all occasions and religious items available from our Parish Repository. Later in October there will be a variety of Religious Christmas cards available.  A box is available to receive your money for purchased items. This is emptied daily.

NO MASS INTENTION REQUESTS: Unfortunately there have been very few Mass Intention requests; therefore, there are many openings. If parishioners would like mass intentions for any occasion or anniversary, please put your request & mass offering in an envelope and drop off at the Presbytery as soon as possible. Please ensure that you put your Gift Aid number on the envelope.  Thank you!

IN CASES OF EMERGENCY: Tuesday is usually Fr. John’s Day Off. In 

Cases of emergency please call one of the local parishes, either in Epping – Tel: 01992 572516, or the St. Thomas of Canterbury Friary at Woodford Green – Tel: 020 8504 1688.  This would also apply if Fr. John is away for a few days break or on Retreat. All the local funeral directors have a contact number for Fr. John if a funeral needs to be arranged in his absence.

MASS INTENTIONS – OCTOBER 2020

Sat 3rd                                                                         10.00amSr Susan Asher’s Int’s
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 3rd          6.00pmJulie Clarke Int’s (Maree Kavanagh)
Sun 4th                  

Sun 4th 
9.00am

10.00am
People of the Parish
Gerard RIP & Kathleen Pampellonne
Sun 4th                                           11:00amPeter McRory RIP & Dec’d of McRory Family (Geri Fitzgibbon)
Mon 5th                                                10.00amStaines, Smith, Munnelly & Hassan Families in thanksgiving. (Geraldine Staines)
Tues 6th                                                                    10.00amJulie Clarke’s Int’s (Maree Kavanagh)
Wed 7th             10.00amCarmel Sheedy RIP (Sue & John Campbell)
Thurs 8th            10.00amPierina Kavanagh (sick) (D & F Tisi)
Fri 9th                                          10.00am 10.30amGraham Howes RIP (Michael & Gemma)Holy Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 10th                                        10.00amCecilia & Fred Adams RIP (Steve & Teresa)
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 10th                  6.00pmKazimierz Michalik RIP (Nick & Joanna Jarvis)
Sun 11th                         9.00amPeople of the Parish
Sun 11th10.00amNatalie Cosgrove (Sick) (Philomena Egan)
Sun 11th                                                          11:00amJohn Maton (sick) (Diana & Ferdi Tisi)

ADDITIONAL MASS: With the additional mass at 10.00am, the turnaround must be very quick; it is imperative that the cleaning of the benches takes place as quickly as possible after the 9.00am & 10.00am masses. We still need some more Stewards. Or, if you can assist with the sanitising of the benches after the masses, this would be of great assistance to us.   

Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year 2020

St. Edmund of Canterbury & St. Thomas More

Dear Friends in Christ                            

As a priest it is truly wonderful to be able to celebrate Holy Mass for the community, not only at weekends, but every day! It is the most important thing that any priest will do in his priestly ministry, and it can never be underestimated how important the Holy Mass is for every Roman Catholic Christian. The Second Vatican Council informed us that the ‘Eucharist is the Source & Summit of the Christian Life.  Holy Eucharist illustration, Eucharist First Communion Sacraments of the  Catholic Church Religion Christianity, communion transparent background PNG  clipart | HiClipart

We have all been encouraged to return to the weekly practice of our faith. The reality is that life is not going to return to Pre-Covid, and we now must adapt our lives accordingly and live with this situation. We cannot put our lives on hold! The reality is that this could go on for a couple more years. Life will not be the same, but we must live! All the negativity through the press and media doesn’t inspire anyone; but if we all act sensibly, and take the precautions necessary, we can get on with our daily lives. Being conscious and aware of others is important. Practicing Social Distancing, the wearing of Face Coverings, washing and the sanitisation of our hands, receiving the Flu Vaccine where necessary, these are all precautionary measures in not only protecting ourselves, but everyone else as well. After each of our masses at weekends and during the week the Church is cleaned and sanitised.  I would like to sincerely thank our volunteer Stewards, who are so generous in the time and service they give to our community. Dark skin family wearing face masks for prevent Vector Image

Our schools returned three weeks ago. The Government is doing everything conceivably possible to ensure that our schools remain open. The fact that schools have retunred should be an incentive for families to return to our places of worship. I appeal to every parishioner in our community to retunr to your church. If you are not vulnerbale or have an underlying health condition, please ‘come home’! We all need God in our lives; and live-streaming is all well and good, but it’s not a substitute for receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. We need to get back into the habit once again. St Mary Magdalene Yarm Church
Pictures Of Praying Hands With Rosary

OCTOBER. THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY: I advocate that every family take up the Rosary during this special month, and pray every day for an end to this Corona virus Pandemic. The Rosary is a very powerful prayer, and the invocation of Our Blessed Lady is a powerful intercession. Parents teach your children the Rosary during October. There are a number of rosaries for sale in the Parish Repository in the porch of the Church; there is an explanation of how to pray the rosary with each. You can always Google the instructions how to pray as well.

ADDITIONAL MASS: With the additional mass at 10.00am, the turnaround must be very quick; it is imperative that the cleaning of the benches takes place as quickly as possible after the 9.00am & 10.00am masses. We still need some more Stewards. Or, if you can assist with the sanitising of the benches after the masses, this would be of great assistance to us.    

RCIA | Holy Spirit Parish

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Each year the RCIA programme – often referred to as the Journey of Faith – is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Roman Catholic Faith. It offers the enquirer the opportunity to explore in a systematic way all the aspects of Catholicism. Our next session will take place on Wednesday30th September at 8.00pm inn the Presbytery. Theme: Restoration of friendship with God

BAPTISMS: We have been given permission to resume the Baptism of infants in our churches. Manifestly, families are allowed up to 30 persons to be present in the Church, practicing Social distancing and wearing a face covering. Many baptisms were put on hold with the lockdown. But I would encourage you to have your babies baptised now. The Church is open for weekly Sunday Mass, and we are trying to get back to some semblance of normality. Life cannot be put on hold forever! Please contact Fr. John to arrange Baptism dates. Tel No: 020 8508 3492.  Transparent Tutor Clipart - Baptism Clipart, HD Png Download - christening  png - Transparent PNG, Transparent Clipart (763*578) - PNG Image on uokpl.rs

BAPTISMS IN THE PARISH: If you have a child due for Baptism please let me know as soon as possible. To avoid any disappointment with dates, contact the Presbytery to book your date. If you are first-time parents, you need to contact Sharon Chalk, who will organise a Baptismal Preparation of two sessions, and then I will come and visit you in your homes. Please don’t forget to collect your Baptismal Information Form. 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The last two children will celebrate First Eucharist on Sunday this week. This is a special time for the children, who have been preparing since last September. It’s extremely important that all those children and their families who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion in the coming weeks start attending weekly mass once again.  Obviously, during these unusual times this celebration will only be for their immediate families. My thanks to our Catechists Kathryn, Elena & their helpers. Holy Communion Stock Photos And Images - 123RF

REPOSITORY: There are a variety of Religious gifts and items available for First Communicants. Cards, statues, rosaries, medals, prayers books, candles There is a cash box to leave your money. The church is open from 10.30am – 11.30am each day Monday – Saturday. 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION: As you know were only just celebrating First Holy Communion for our children (postponed from May). The likelihood is that we will begin our Communion Programme & Confirmation Programme after Christmas. I have spoken to the Catechists, and they are in agreement with this.  (Our Bishop Alan is supposed to make a Pastoral Visitation in 2021 celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation). Please keep an eye on the newsletter for details.

PARISH BAZAAR THIS YEAR? With the uncertainty regarding the Covid 19 Pandemic, I have made an executive decision not to have our annual Parish Bazaar this year. Instead, it would be good to have a ‘Big Grand Draw’ with really good prizes, (about 20 prizes). I know its early days, but if anyone would like to donate really good prizes for the Draw these will be gratefully accepted. Money Prizes, Colour Television, I Pad, Kindle, X Box, Crate of Wine, Restaurant Vouchers, Various Hampers (large & small), Large Bottle of Champagne, Large Bottle of Whiskey/Brandy, Health Spa Treatment, Theatre Vouchers, Set of Crystal Glasses, Men’s / Ladies Watches,   Obviously, it would be good to know in advance so we can publish a list of prizes. If you can donate a really good prize please speak to Fr. John.  Tel No: 020 8508 3492 Prizes can be delivered to the Presbytery for storage. I’ve had one prize so far. As we’re about to enter the month of October, could I ask you all to consider if you can offer a prize this year. The Bazaar is our main fund-raiser throughout the year and certinaly assists in our annual parish finances. As there has been a dramatic decrease in Offertory over the past six months, at least 50 per cent, the Grand Draw would be a wonderful way to help. I appepal to you wonderful ongoing generosity. Thank you.  Fr. John    Xmas Raffle Clipart , Png Download - Christmas Raffle, Transparent Png, Free Download

TRINITY CATHOLIC HIG SCHOOL ADMISSIONS SEPTEMBER 2021

In response to the COVID-19 situation and due to extraordinary circumstances this year, the school have commissioned a virtual tour of Trinity Catholic High School, which can be found on our website (https://fc.tchs.uk.net/).  The school has taken this decision, not to expose our prospective parents to any unnecessary risks.  The school realizes that you, as parents, may be disappointed with regard to this but please be aware that we only have the interests of the parents, and our school community, at the forefront of this decision, and would not wish to disadvantage any parents who may not feel able to attend.  The website contains a lot of information regarding Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 teaching and the School Prospectus contains details of the life of the school.  Please contact Mrs L Scrivens, Admissions Officer, on LScrivens@tchs.uk.net, if you have any further queries and this will be passed onto the relevant department. 

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2020.  Please note that applicants will need to complete a common application form which will be provided by their own Local Authority.  This application will then need to be returned to the applicants own Local Authority.  For applicants wishing to submit a Certificate of Catholic Practice, this Diocesan document can be obtained through your parish priest, on the Diocesan website or the priest who will be signing your form.  You will also need to complete a SIF form which can be found on the Trinity website, under Year 7 – 11 Admissions. 

Parents will be able to drop these documents off at the Sydney Road entrance in the drop box, not directly to the school office as visitors will not be allowed on site.  Please contact the office via the buzzer on the gate to let them know that documentation has been left.  Please provide a SAE if you require a receipt’. 

May I thank you once again for your help and support with this process and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions arise. Liturgical Readings For Trinity Sunday - Holy Trinity Symbol Catholic -  Free Transparent PNG Clipart Images Download

With every good wish. 

Yours sincerely 

Dr P C Doherty OBE  

Headmaster 

APPLICATIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR 2021

If you have a child who is currently in Year 6 and is eligible to start Secondary School in September 2021, you need to seriously start thinking about the applications procedure. First and foremost, none of the High Schools are having open evenings this year but have published virtual tours of their schools online. The two schools that our parish tend to deal with are Trinity Roman Catholic High School & Davenant Foundation School. Before you make any applications please view the online presentations.

The applications procedure, especially if this is your first time, is through Essex County. It is an online procedure; you must complete the questionnaire application in detail by the 31st October 2020. You will receive a registration number, which you can use to access the application form to change or alter any information up until 31st October; after that date you will be locked out.

FOR TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: A Certificate of Catholic Practice is necessary. This clearly states that you are a practicing Roman Catholic; both you are your child attend Weekly Mass. If you don’t meet this requirement the form cannot be signed, and you must make applications without the CCP form. Obviously, our churches opened again on the 4th July for weekly mass. 

FOR DAVENTANT FOUNDATION SCHOOL: The applications procedure is slightly different. They have an 11-page online applications form going into detail about their requirements. A Seven Year practice of faith is required. Once again, our churches opened on the 4th July for weekly Mass. I would like a copy of what you recorded for your Weekly Practice please. (I have the relevant page (hard copy) for you to complete). In November the School will contact me with your application form. I can only attest to the truth in my 18 years here in the parish about your practicing of faith. So please be honest and truthful in your personal assessment of practice. I will not sign anything that is untruthful. If you are not a practicing Catholic, you will have to take your chances and make your applications without reference from me.

DIFFICULT DECISIONS: Obviously, parents know what the requirements are for applications into our faith school. I will never compromise my personal integrity by signing a form that I know is not true. Please read both schools Admissions Criteria. You can also find relevant information on the Diocesan Website regarding admissions. The Priests’ guidelines are mapped out very clearly by the diocese.    

FEELING A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE: About attending Sunday Mass; we have set up a Speaker outside the Church; and parishioners can practice Social distancing outside as well. Obviously if you attend as a family, you can sit closely together in the Church. Alternate benches have been blocked off, and with the wearing of Face Coverings we are complying with regulations.

UNABLE TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS: If you are genuinely unable to attend one of the Sunday Masses, the Bishops Conference of England & Wales has strongly recommended that you make the extra special effort to attend one of the Weekday Mass, at present being celebrated daily at 10.00am. Please wear a Face Covering. Live streaming is still available daily just go to the Website of St. Edmund of Canterbury, Loughton

THANK YOU: I would like to sincerely thank all those parishioners who have volunteered as Stewards, at our Sunday Masses, and for the hour of private prayer during the week. I’m truly grateful for your generosity of spirit and service to the whole parish community. It’s truly wonderful to see!  We have purchased special cleaning materials for the benches & surfaces, and they are cleaned every time they are used by parishioners. If you would like to volunteer as a Steward, please contact Iain McLay Tel No: 07806 998187

FOR THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE: For parishioners who are in the vulnerable age bracket 70 plus, (It’s your prerogative to attend Mass). Or if you have underlying health issues or are displaying symptoms of Corona virus PLEASE STAY AT HOME. 

YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY: My sincere thanks to those who are making their weekly contribution of Gift Aid envelopes and through the banking system that has been set up through the Diocese whereby your Offertory can be paid directly into the Parish Account, details below:

Or you can use Parish Bank Account: Using Online Banking
HSBC Sort Code 40-13-22
Account Number: 11019651

Please put your name as reference and your Gift Aid number if you have one.

If you can set it up as a regular payment this would be excellent and save a lot

of time in the future. If you don’t have GIFT AID this is a good time to start, you can do this by e-mailing Maria Mosquera (mjm70@hotmail.com).
With continued thanks for your generosity.

God Bless You All      Fr. John 

MASS INTENTIONS – SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2020

Sat 26th                                                                        10.00amSr Susan Asher’s Int’s
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 27th         6.00pmEbert Fernando RIP (Christine Fernando)
Sun 27th                  Sun 27th 9.00am10.00amWarwick Young RIP (Karl Britz)People of the Parish
Sun 27th                                           11:00amMrs K Mulvaney RIP (Eileen Lee)
Mon 28th                                                10.00amInt’s of Evelyn Bearne ((Noreen & Veronica)
Tues 29th                                                                    10.00amKathleen Pampellonne B’day Int’s. 
Wed 30th             10.00amMary Smith RIP (Noreen Smith)
Thurs 1stOctober           10.00amDebbie Clarke’s Int’s (Maree Kavanagh)
Fri 2nd                                         10.00am 10.30amPeter Smith RIP (Paul Falco)Holy Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 3rd                                       10.00amSr. Susan Asher Int’s 
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 3rd                 6.00pmJulie Clarke (Maree Kavanagh)
Sun 4th                         Sun 4th  9.00am10.00amPeople of the ParishGerard RIP & Kathleen Pampellonne (K Pampellonne)
Sun 4th                                                          11:00amPeter McRory RIP & Dec’d of McRory Family (Geri Fitzgibbon)

BOOKING MASSES: At present there are many openings for Mass Intentions. If you would like a Mass for a particular intention, please write your details on an envelope and post it through the letterbox at the presbytery. You can Gift Aid your intentions just put the GA number on envelope. Place your Mass offering in the envelope. Thank you!  

DIARY 2020

PUBLIC MASSES HAVE RESUMED ONCE AGAIN AT ST. EDMUND’S. WE ARE STRICTLY FOLLOWING GOVERNMENTAL & DIOCESAN GUIDELINES ON HEALTH & SAFETY. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IN PLACE. PLEASE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO RETURN TO WEEKLY MASS WITH YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU!

  PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH: 

Margaret Baldwin, Brian Beveridge, Jane Downs, Steve Dalgliesh, James Geller, Veronica Godsave, Bernadette Hall, Ann Hawkes, Claire Howes, Pamela Houghton, Shaun Keel, Angela Long, Lilian Mothersole, Sheila Murphy, John McKernan, Rosemary O’Rourke, Kathleen Pomeroy, Barbara Pope, Geraldine Taylor, Vera Taylor, Mary Walstow, Mary Witten, James Wright. And all our loved ones.

ANNIVERSARIES: Giovanni Venturoli RIP and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £708.06 With continued thanks for your Weekly Offering. If you would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme there are application forms in the Church Porch, or ask Fr. John for a form. If you forget your envelope, there are spares in the Porch. Thank you! 

VERY FEW MASS INTENTION REQUESTS: Unfortunately there have been very few Mass Intention requests; therefore, there are many openings. If parishioners would like mass intentions for any occasion or anniversary, please put your request & mass offering in an envelope and drop off at the Presbytery as soon as possible. TY!

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. Your donations of are needed as much as ever now by people in our area who are struggling to put food on the table. Basic staple items are always welcome including the unbranded supermarket basic ranges which can make your generous donations go even further. Currently they are in urgent need of the following items: instant mash, tinned meat, packet noodles, savoury crackers, sponge puddings, crisps, snack bars, laundry tablets (small and medium) bars of soap and hand sanitisers. Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

IN CASES OF EMERGENCY: Tuesday is usually Fr. John’s Day Off. In 

Cases of emergency please call one of the local parishes, either in Epping – Tel: 01992 572516, or the St. Thomas of Canterbury Friary at Woodford Green – Tel: 020 8504 1688.  This would also apply if Fr. John is away for a few days break or on Retreat. All the local funeral directors have a contact number for Fr. John if a funeral needs to be arranged in his absence.

25th Sunday of the Year 2020

Dear Friends in Christ

Once again it was wonderful to see so many people returning to Sunday Mass. With our children returning to school, and families trying their best to maintain some semblance of normality during these difficult times, it is imperative that our lives of faith should also continue with the practice of weekly faith. It was wonderful to have been able to live-stream, literally from day one, but as Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said last weekend, with the Holy Father’s approval, it is “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as coronavirus lockdowns permit. I think we would all agree with this sentiment. Unfortunately, negative reporting doesn’t help; it has evoked an atmosphere of fear and anxiety in many people. If we are sensible, following Governmental guidelines, practicing social distancing, washing our hands regularly, using sanitisers, wearing face coverings, manifestly this will assist in helping to protect everyone. Sadly, not everyone adheres to these guidelines. It has been noted statistically that the highest rate of transmission at present in now in the younger age groups. The ‘rule of 6’ is there to protect us.

As the autumn and winter months rapidly approach, and as colds an winter flu emerge, its so important that our Senior Citizen get their flu vaccine as soon as possible. Scientifically it has been observed that the wearing of face coverings and the washing and sanitising of hands will certainly decrease the likelihood of catching colds and flu, let alone Covid 19. STAY ALERT! Obviously, of late, many people have lowered their guard, hence the increase of cases.

As you know the Church has been open since 4th July; many parishioners have returned to the weekly practice of faith. But many have not, especially families. With the return to school, I would like to encourage our families to come back to church. I sent a letter out a couple of days ago ‘COME BACK TO ME’, and hope you’ve had a chance to read it. We have employed every measure possible to ensure the safety of all our parishioners. Keep Safe & Well!