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Solemnity of Christ the King 2020

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Today the liturgical year ends in a glorious crowing in the celebration of the feast of Christ the King. Jesus is a King, but not as we understand what it means to be a king. Jesus the King appears without power or glory; his throne is the cross, his crown is made of thorns he has no sceptre but a reed; he has no luxurious clothing, but rather is stripped of his tunic; he wears no ring, but rather his hands are pierced with nails. He has no treasures; he was sold for thirty pieces of silver. His reign is not of this world; he has an army, not of soldiers but of legions of angels. He is the Servant King, and the grandeur of his kingdom is not of power or influence or wealth but of love, the love of God. He is the King of love and he reigns over the kingdom of love. His love forgives all things, hopes all things and sustains all things. His love overcomes sin, death and fear. 

The Scriptures testify that Jesus of Nazareth is the King, not just of the Jews but of the universe, the cosmos, heaven and earth and under the earth. The ancient hymn our forefathers and is now revered as Sacred Scripture proclaims that at his name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is King and Lord to the glory of God the Father. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, the Saviour and Creator, for by him all things were made. In him dwells the fullness of the deity and by his cross he has saved, redeemed and reconciled us.

CONTINUED LOCKDOWN: We are amid this current lockdown; but it is hoped that this will be lifted on 2nd December. Even though there is hope on the horizon with a possible vaccine; but we cannot become complacent and lower our guard. It is still very important to adhere to the Governmental guidelines re. Social distancing, hand washing and sanitisation, and face coverings.  With these Signs of Hope for the future, it is important for each of us to have something to look forward to.  As we will enter the Holy Advent Season next weekend, Christmas and the Birth of Our Lord into our lives once again becomes the central feature of this Holy Time of the year. Let us all reflect on the ways in which we can prepare for Christmas in this very difficult year. Free Sacred Christmas Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on  Clipart Library

PARISH BAZAAR THIS YEAR? As we rapidly approach the Advent Season and hopefully the reopening of our parishes on 2nd December, we are planning a ‘Big Grand Draw’ with good prizes, (about 20 prizes). If anyone would like to donate 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, M & S Gift Cards.   Obviously, it would be good to know in advance so we can publish a list of prizes. If you can donate a good prize, please speak to Fr. John.  Tel No: 020 8508 3492See the source image

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

MAKING UP HAMPERS FOR GRAND DRAW: Would any parishioners have any Hamper Baskets they could let us have, to make up the hampers from the gifts you have donated. Our Bazaar committee members suggested that we do this, and of course, everyone loves a Christmas Hamper. I you can continue to donate Christmas food items and goodies for the Hampers. Also toiletries, we’ll have a couple of Toiletry Hampers as well, fancy toiletry gift sets are available for Christmas at the moment in Supermarkets etc. We continue to need Wine and Spirits (Bottles of Whiskey please; also Gin & Brandy, Baileys, Champagne). I would like to thank all those parishioners who have kindly donated items for the CHRISTMAS GRAND DRAW this year. Obviously, without our Parish Bazaar, our only fund-raiser, and with our offertories down considerably, this will be a good way to make up some funds. Please support us!   Luxury Christmas Hamper

GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: This is an additional appeal for GRAND DRAW PRIZES OR MONEY DONATION PRIZES. We need lots of good prizes. Could anyone donate a Colour TV? Or Restaurant Vouchers? Please! Also, we hope to make up as many Christmas Hampers as possible with Christmas goodies; also toiletries to make up Toiletry hampers. No matter how small an offering, it will be used this year.  GRAND DRAW TICKETS WILL GO OUT ON THE WEEKEND 5TH/6TH DECEMBER. The Draw will take place on Sunday 19th December after the 11.00am Mass. Perhaps what you would have spent if we had had a Bazaar, you can spend on Draw Tickets. As you know this is our only Fund Raiser each year.  http://www.loretoswords.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/grand-christmas-draw-2.jpg

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS: Due to Governmental guidelines on social distancing, at present we are only able to accommodate 125 persons maximum at each mass. Chrstimas tends to be a time of year when more people make a visit to Church.  In a bid to cope with numbers, I will add some additional masses. There will be no children’s mass this year; and I would ask all parishioerns to seriously think about masses they attend. Please don’t all turn up for the first mass, because we will have to turn away parishioerns once we have reached our capacity of 125. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/18/01/2f/18012f1cb6d0481e8589c00809a05d15--christmas-nativity-scene-christmas-night.jpg

Christmas Eve Masses: 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.30pm & 10.00pm

Christmas Day Masses: 9.00am, 10.00am & 11.00am

NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY 2020: Today is the Feast of Christ the King, and the weekend where we especially honour and celebrate the place of young people. Last year Pope Francis wrote a letter to young people, Christus Vivit, where he said “Young people … are meant to dream great things … and to offer the best of themselves to the building of something better.” Covid has had particular effects on the young; since March our Brentwood Catholic Youth Service has offered online opportunities for prayer and service, in wonderful ways, and reaching thousands of people. To discover more – including a series of short videos where young people share their experience of the BCYS – go to www.bcys.net. Donations: This year, in addition to lost retreat income, the lack of congregations at Mass will dramatically affect the second collection that usually takes place today – please give a donation to support the BCYS via the website www.bcys.net/donate or post a cheque to “Brentwood Catholic Youth Service” through the presbytery letterbox and we will pass it on.https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.pjX6OzC4_dC6qYJccbydvAHaEK&pid=Api&P=0&w=290&h=164
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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Our RCIA programme continues on Thursday 3rd December 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: The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist – The Jewish Notion of Memory.  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.

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

WEEKLY OFFERTORY: During this lockdown, there are no public masses and therefore no income at the weekends. Many of you are using the online giving scheme, and direct debit scheme (details above). Also, please feel free to drop off your Offertory Envelope through the Presbytery letterbox. I would like to thank the whole parish community for your ongoing financial support of the parish during these lockdowns; as we all know, the bills still keep coming in. Please try to keep your Offertory envelopes up to date. Thank you!   https://mountoliveyakima.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Offering-plate_10209C.gif

ST. JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: (School Applications for September 2021) 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.

HOLY SEASON OF ADVENT: Begins next weekend 28/29 November. Unfortunately during this lockdown, we will have to begin this Holy Season by live streaming our masses, as the churches do not officially open again until Wednesday 2nd December. This has been such an unusual year, unprecedented; none of us have ever known anything quite like this. And of course there have been all sorts of reactions and responses; Sadly 250 thousand deaths. But as Catholic Christians Hope is central to our lives of faith. We have to look forward in Hope and anticipation to the Coming of Jesus into our lives once again this Christmas. Jesus is Saviour, and it is ultimately God who is in control. This week I would like you all to seriously consider who you will be preparing for the Birth of Our Lord this year 2020. There may need to be areas of improvement in our lives: more charity and kindness; giving time to others; getting back to the practice of our faith when our churches open; more daily prayer; reading of scripture; involvement in our parish. Advent Calendars. Free Religious Advent Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on  Clipart Library

BAPTISMS: We have been given permission to resume the Baptism of infants in our churches. At present all baptisms have been suspended until after 2nd December, and then, once again we will have to review the situation in accord with Government guidelines. 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

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! Realistic Interior Background with Rainbow

NOTICES FOR WHEN CHURCHES OPEN AGAIN 2nd DECEMBER 2020

SUNDAY MASSES: Nothing can replace Sunday Mass. Livestreaming is not an alternative to Mass and receiving Holy Communion. 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!

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

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!

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. Thank you!

REQUIESCANT IN PACE: In your mercy please pray for the repose of the soul of Doreen Wiltshire RIP who passed away recently. We extend our condolences to her family in this time of great loss. Her Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday 3rd December at 12.15pm at St. Edmund’s; followed by burial at Chigwell Cemetery.

Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Anthony Orsini RIP who passed away recently. His Funeral; Service will take place at Forest Park Crematorium on Wednesday 2nd December at 1.30pm We extend our condolences to his family in this time of great loss.

DIARY 2020

  PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Karl Britz, 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: Dr Douglas St John Murphy RIP, Mrs Eileen Hills RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: NO OFFERTORY. 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! 

MASS INTENTIONS – NOVEMBER 2020

NO PUBLIC MASSES. MASS WILL BE TRANSMITTED DAILY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Sat 21st                                                                             10.00amBreda Dolan RIP (Laura McCrory) / All Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 21st              6.00pmMargaret Russell RIP (John & Sue Campbell)  /  All Holy Souls
Sun 22nd  No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 22nd                                              11:00amJohn McDowell RIP (Gunn Family)  H/S
Mon 23rd   10.00amNO MASS TODAY
Tues 24th                                                                       10.00amNO MASS TODAY
Wed 25th                  10.00amNO MASS TODAY
Thurs 26th                10.00amNancy Burgess RIP (Maria Abbs)  /  All Holy Souls
Fri 27th                                               10.00am 10.30amJhana Marc-Peterkin  (Mary M-Peterkin)Holy Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 28th                                               10.00amPeter & Lattricia 50th Wedding Anniversary.  All Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 28th                       6.00pmEmily & Gerald McKernan RIP (McKernan Family).   All Holy Souls
Sun 29th     No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 29th                                                               11:00amBen Cunnea RIP (S & L Pierce)  H/S

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.

Thirty Third Sunday of the Year 2020

Dear Friends in Christ                                  

As we continue with this second lockdown, we heard this week that over fifty thousand people from the UK have lost their lives to this terrible disease. But we also heard that there is some hope on the horizon, with the possibility of a vaccine that could start to be given very soon. This has been a tortuous year, and everyone’s lives have been affected by this Pandemic. Keeping safe is fundamentally at the heart of everyone’s lives. We should all be aware of each other in preventing the spread of this disease. All the restrictions, no matter how difficult they are, are in place to preserve life. Please continue to be vigilant! See the source image

During this lockdown, I will continue to livestream Holy Mass at 10.00am each day Monday – Saturday. There will be a Vigil Mass at 6.00pm on Saturday evening, and 11.00am on Sunday morning.  Each day Monday – Friday we will livestream the recitation of the Holy Rosary for the ending of this Pandemic. We do this in conjunction with all parishes up and down the country, united in faith and prayer. 
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SIGNS OF HOPE: There are certainly seeds of hope for the future in the new vaccine. But we also must have things to look forward to; Christmas looms fast upon us. It’s always a wonderful time for families; children get excited, and hopefully as Catholic Christians we share this faith with all around us. This is one of the reasons I decided to continue in our preparations for Christmas with a Grand Draw. I know it would have been impossible to have our annual parish Bazaar, but to do something special in preparation for Christmas shows some semblance of life carrying on, despite the difficult circumstance s we all face. Please be supportive of our Grand Draw this year.  

FEAST OF ST. EDMUND OF CANTERBURY:  Patronal Feast. Monday 16th November. St. Edmund of Abingdon, also known as Edmund Rich (circa 1174 – 1240) Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury 1233. Died 1240 Soisy-Bouy, France. Buried Pontigny Abbey, Burgundy, France. St. Edmund was an extremely holy man, and was canonised 1246. He is the Patron Saint of our parish here in Loughton. We ask his intercession on Monday 16th for all our intentions. 

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 good prizes, (about 20 prizes). If anyone would like to donate 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, M & S Gift Cards.   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 3492See the source image

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

GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: This is an additional appeal for GRAND DRAW PRIZES OR MONEY DONATION PRIZES. We need lots of good prizes. Could anyone donate a Colour TV? (See list in previous notice, page 2)  Also, we hope to make up as many Christmas Hampers as possible with Christmas goodies; also toiletries to make up Toiletry hampers. No matter how small an offering, it will be used this year.  GRAND DRAW TICKETS WILL GO OUT ON THE WEEKEND 5TH/6TH DECEMBER. The Draw will take place on Sunday 19th December after the 11.00am Mass. Perhaps what you would have spent if we had had a Bazaar, you can spend on Draw Tickets. As you know this is our only Fund Raiser each year.  http://www.loretoswords.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/grand-christmas-draw-2.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: The Sacrament of Reconciliation. 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

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

WEEKLY OFFERTORY: During this lockdown, there are no public masses and therefore no income at the weekends. Many of you are using the online giving scheme, and direct debit scheme (details above). Also, please feel free to drop off your Offertory Envelope through the Presbytery letterbox. I would like to thank the whole parish community for your ongoing financial support of the parish during these lockdowns; as we all know, the bills still keep coming in. Please try to keep your Offertory envelopes up to date. Thank you!https://mountoliveyakima.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Offering-plate_10209C.gif
Realistic Interior Background with Rainbow

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! 

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

ST. JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: (School Applications for September 2021) 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.

Why do we pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy?

So, how did it all start? 

God’s mercy is proclaimed in the Bible in the New and Old Testament. In 1930s Jesus appeared to St Faustina Kowalska, a simple Polish nun, and asked her to proclaim God’s mercy. Jesus’ words: “[…] I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.” – (Diary, 687)*

Why the image?

Jesus ordered St Faustina to paint a picture, as she saw Jesus, and with the words “Jesus I trust in you” written on the image. As St Faustina could not paint, her spiritual director enlisted a professional painter to paint the image. The Lord said: “ […] I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and then throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” — (Diary, 47-48)*

Why pray the Chaplet? 

Jesus instructed St Faustina to pray for the whole world  and especially for the sinners in the words of what we now know as the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. Jesus said to St Faustina: “My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet […]” – (Diary, 1541)* and “The Lord’s Promise: The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.” – (Diary, 754)*

Why 3 o’clock? 

This is the hour at which our Lord died. In his appearances Jesus said to St Faustina: “At three o’clock, implore My mercy […] and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, […]. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. […]. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me in virtue of My Passion…”  – (Diary, 1320)*

You can download an official Divine Mercy app by Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. You will find there more information about the Divine Mercy message, about St Faustina as well as the prayers associated with the Divine Mercy.

If you would like to know more or get more involved, please, contact Edie via our parish WhatsApp group or via our parish website page.

*All the citations come from St Faustina’s Diary Marian Press, Stockbridge, MA 01263, 2005

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!

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. Thank you!

NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY: 22nd November. Next weekend is the Feast of Christ the King, and the weekend where we especially honour and celebrate the place of young people. St John Paul II said, “In the Church of today, you are the hope of tomorrow” and Pope Francis speaks about the “creativity and audacity” of the young. Since March our Brentwood Catholic Youth Service has offered online opportunities for prayer and service, in wonderful ways, and reaching thousands of people. To discover more – including a series of short videos where young people share their experience of the BCYS – go to www.bcys.net. Donations: This year, in addition to lost retreat income, the lack of congregations at Mass will dramatically affect the second collection that usually takes place – please give a donation to support the BCYS via the website www.bcys.net/donate or post a cheque to “Brentwood Catholic Youth Service” through the presbytery letterbox and we will pass it on.https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.pjX6OzC4_dC6qYJccbydvAHaEK&pid=Api&P=0&w=290&h=164

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS: Due to Governmental guidelines on social distancing, at present we are only able to accommodate 125 persons maximum at each mass. Chrstimas tends to be a time of year when more people make a visit to Church.  In a bid to cope with numbers, I will add some additional masses. There will be no children’s mass this year; and I would ask all parishioerns to seriously think about masses they attend. Please don’t all turn up for the first mass, because we will have to turn away parishioerns once we have reached our capacity of 125. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/18/01/2f/18012f1cb6d0481e8589c00809a05d15--christmas-nativity-scene-christmas-night.jpg

Christmas Eve Masses: 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.30pm & 10.00pm

Chretismas Day Masses: 9.00am, 10.00am & 11.00am

DIARY 2020

PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Karl Britz, 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: We pray for all our Holy Souls, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: No Offertory. 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. At present all baptism have been suspended until after 2nd December, and then, once again we will have to review the situation in accord with Government guidelines. 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 – NOVEMBER 2020

NO PUBLIC MASSES. MASS WILL BE TRANSMITTED 

DAILY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Sat 14th                                                                            10.00amBreda Dolan RIP (Laura McCrory) / All Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 14th             6.00pmMargaret Russell RIP (John & Sue Campbell)  /  All Holy Souls
Sun 15th No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 15th                                             11:00amJohn McDowell RIP ((Gunn Family)  H/S
Mon 16th  10.00amSam Farrugia RIP  /  All Holy Souls
Tues 17th                                                                      10.00amRachael Harding’s Int’s (Rosemary & Ian Johnson.  /  All Holy Souls
Wed 18th                 10.00amBreege & Michael Kerrane RIP (Mary) All Holy Souls
Thurs 19th               10.00amJhana Ruth Marc-Peterkin (Mary Marc-Peterkin)  /   All Holy Souls
Fri 20th                                              10.00am 10.30amPeter Smith RIP (Paul Falco)  / Holy SoulsHoly Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 21st                                              10.00amJoan Taylor RIP (Gunn Family) / All Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 21st                      6.00pmDavid Jeffreys RIP (Barbara Jeffreys) /All Holy Souls
Sun 22nd    No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 22nd                                                              11:00amKarl & Margaret Britz RIP (K Britz)  All Holy Souls

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.

32nd Sunday of the Year 2020

This week we began our second lockdown in England. It’s quite heart-breaking and soul-destroying going back to square one again. But as the autumn and winter approaches, we are always very conscious of sickness and deaths through flu. With Covid-19 also part of the equation now, the Government experts have presented the science that precipitates the necessity to protect people’s lives through this second lockdown. Hopefully, the public will take notice and abide by these restrictions. Keeping safe and well during these winter months is so important. Obviously, since the summer, when people lowered their guard, and when the weather was so good, we were able to spend a lot of time outside. But now, we need to be vigilant; following the guidelines is vitally essential in preserving our health. No one is invincible! Wearing face coverings, hand sanitisation, and social distancing are all still important. C'mon North Carolina, choose life and health – wear a mask | NC Policy Watch

As you know, there are no public or organised Services in the Church, but I will live stream mass everyday Monday – Saturday at 10.00am. Keeping connected through social media is so important. It gives us the opportunity, as difficult it may be, to express our faith in the solitude of our homes, but at the same time, knowing we are all connected in Christ through this act of worship. In the first lockdown, it was incredible to hear from so many of you, saying it was a real lifeline during a very difficult time. Hopefully, we can do the same this time. Sadly, many people did not return to church when we opened last July. I pray for our Parish daily; and I want you to know that I offer my rosary for you all daily. We really do need the Lord at this time; our faith cannot be put on the backburner. I would like to think that during these months we have had the opportunity to really discover the importance of our faith in our lives; not as something that we just tag on to our existence, but something that is central and key to our lives.       How to Convince Family to Take Coronavirus Seriously - The Atlantic

DURING THE LOCKDOWN: The Vigil Mass for Sunday will be celebrated at 6.00pm on Saturday Evening.  Sunday Mass will be at 11.00am. 

TODAY IS REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: The traditional Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 8th November will now be an online Service with all the various Christian Churches in Loughton taking part. Each Church has recorded a part of the Service, and this will be transmitted at 12.15pm on Remembrance Sunday. The theme this year ‘Remember at Home’. It’s important to know that Remembrance Sunday is not cancelled but just being done in a different way. Obviously, the Pandemic, to a certain extent, is dictating all our lives at present; but it’s always important to remember all of those men and women who died during the two Great Wars and all the subsequent conflits and wars.

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 good prizes, (about 20 prizes). If anyone would like to donate 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, M & S Gift Cards.   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

DIARY 2020

  PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Karl Britz, 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: Joyce Gregory RIP, Pat Salter RIP, Maureen Finnegan RIP, Lucy Byrne-Ingle RIP, Terrence Callahan RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £719.42 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

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. As the temperatures slowly begin to decrease, I would suggest to all 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 are really fastidious about the cleaning and sanitisation of our seats and benches after the church has been used. I’m truly grateful to our faithful stewards for this wonderful work.  There are 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 13th November 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: The Sacraments – Baptism, the Sacrament of Initiation. 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 – MONTH 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 our deceased loved ones; relatives, friends and benefactors. There are November Deceased Envelopes available for all parishioners. 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.See the source image

KEEPING OUR CHURCH CLEAN DURING THE PANDEMIC: In compliance with Governmental & Diocesan guidelines, our church is sanitised after every Mass. I’m truly grateful to our Stewards who are helping with this process each week.   Salem Cleaning Day - Dec. 9 - Salem Lutheran Church

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. The Foodbank are truly grateful for the generosity our parish has shown throughout the pandemic and our donations are still needed desperately as more and more people in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet. 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: tinned fruit, tinned ham, tinned carrots, sponge puddings, chocolate bars, Nutella, toilet rolls (2 or 4 pack), washing up liquid, laundry tablets/powder and shower gel. Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank via their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

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 

YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY DURING THE LOCKDOWN: Manifestly, as we are in lockdown for the next month, once again, the weekly offertory is essential to keep our church functioning. As we are open for daily pray for an hour, the heating is on. Like everyone else the bills still keep coming in. I appeal to all our parishioners to use the above methods for your offertory. They are easy and very quick. Or, just put your Weekly Offertory envelope through the Presbytery letterbox. I thank you all for your ongoing support of the parish during these very difficult times.   

ST. JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: (School Applications for September 2021) 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! Realistic Interior Background with Rainbow

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

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!

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. Thank you!

PARISH REPOSITORY: There are a variety of beautiful Christmas cards, Advent Calendars, Cribs, Candles, Books, and other items in the porch of the Church. During the lockdown the Church is open each day between 10.30am – 11.30am, if you wish to purchase cards or gifts there is Repository money tin to receive the proceeds of your purchase. This will be emptied at the end of each opening of Church. Thank you! 

THINKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS: It is presumed that the Churches will open again on the 2nd of December after a month’s lockdown. Obviously, by then we will have already celebrated the First Sunday of Advent. Advent, the Holy Season of preparation for Christmas is the Church’s way of celebrating those key moments in Our Lord’s life. This year will be very different all over the world. This Pandemic has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and creates an element of fear in many people. But Advent is still a Season of Hope & Joy; the Saviour will be born again into our lives at Christmas.   http://clipart-library.com/newhp/411-4112793_nativity-scene-clipart-new-calendar-template-site-jesus.png

Due to social Distancing in all of our Churches, with alternate benches being cordoned off, we can only accommodate approximately 125 people in the church at one time. I have been thinking about our Christmas Masses. Usually we have a family mass with a children’s Christmas Tableau, unfortunately this year, this will not take place; but there will be an added surprise for the whole parish to delight in at all of our Masses, which you can see at Christmas. 

Masses will continue in the same manner as present; unfortunately, there will be no singing of Christmas Carols, and our masses are now much shorter than usual.  I have decided to celebrate 4 Christmas Eve Masses: 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.30pm & 10.00pm.  Christmas Morning Masses 9.00am, 10.00am & 11.00am.    I appeal to all of our parishioners to seriously think about these masses, and kindly do not all turn up for 5.00pm, once we have reached capacity of 125, people would have to be turned away until the next mass. This is the only way I can think of around the numbers who attend at Christmas. Please understand this is going to be a pretty heavy schedule for me personally!    http://stgabrielchurch.org/media/1/Home%20page/Christmas%20Mass%20Schedule%20Graphic(1).jpg

GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: This is an additional appeal for GRAND DRAW PRIZES OR MONEY DONATION PRIZES. We need lots of good prizes. Could anyone donate a Colour TV? (see list in previous notice, page 2)  Also, we hope to make up as many Christmas Hampers as possible with Christmas goodies; also toiletries to make up Toiletry hampers. No matter how small an offering, it will be used this year.  GRAND DRAW TICKETS WILL GO OUT ON THE WEEKEND 5TH/6TH DECEMBER. The Draw will take place on Sunday 19th December after the 11.00am Mass. Perhaps what you would have spent if we had had a Bazaar, you can spend on Draw Tickets. As you know this is our only Fund Raiser each year.

MASS INTENTIONS – NOVEMBER 2020

NO PUBLIC MASSES. MASS WILL BE TRANSMITTED DAILY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Sat 7th                                                                            10.00amRita Bellini RIP  /  Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 7th             6.00pmKazimierz Michalik RIP (Carmen)  H/S
Sun 8th No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 8th                                             11:00amEugene & Ellen Carney RIP (C Knight)H/S
Mon 9th  10.00amJean, Archie & Ross Sinclair RIP   H/S
Tues 10th                                                                      10.00amJohn William Mills RIP ((Mark & Catherine Mills)      Holy Souls
Wed 11th                 10.00amIrene Olivelle (B’day Ints) (Pat & Margaret) / All Holy Souls
Thurs 12th               10.00amMaggie Stephenson RIP  /   All Holy Souls
Fri 13th                                              10.00am 10.30amPierina Kavanagh RIP (Diana & Ferdi Tisi)Holy Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 14th                                            10.00amBreda Dolan RIP (Laura McCrory) / All Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 14th                     6.00pmMargaret Russell RIP (John & Sue Campbell)  /  All Holy Souls
Sun 15th   No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 15th                                                             11:00amJohn McDowell RIP (Gunn Family)  H/S

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.

Dear Friends in Christ                                     32nd Sunday of the Year 2020

This week we began our second lockdown in England. It’s quite heart-breaking and soul-destroying going back to square one again. But as the autumn and winter approaches, we are always very conscious of sickness and deaths through flu. With Covid-19 also part of the equation now, the Government experts have presented the science that precipitates the necessity to protect people’s lives through this second lockdown. Hopefully, the public will take notice and abide by these restrictions. Keeping safe and well during these winter months is so important. Obviously, since the summer, when people lowered their guard, and when the weather was so good, we were able to spend a lot of time outside. But now, we need to be vigilant; following the guidelines is vitally essential in preserving our health. No one is invincible! Wearing face coverings, hand sanitisation, and social distancing are all still important. C'mon North Carolina, choose life and health – wear a mask | NC Policy Watch

As you know, there are no public or organised Services in the Church, but I will live stream mass everyday Monday – Saturday at 10.00am. Keeping connected through social media is so important. It gives us the opportunity, as difficult it may be, to express our faith in the solitude of our homes, but at the same time, knowing we are all connected in Christ through this act of worship. In the first lockdown, it was incredible to hear from so many of you, saying it was a real lifeline during a very difficult time. Hopefully, we can do the same this time. Sadly, many people did not return to church when we opened last July. I pray for our Parish daily; and I want you to know that I offer my rosary for you all daily. We really do need the Lord at this time; our faith cannot be put on the backburner. I would like to think that during these months we have had the opportunity to really discover the importance of our faith in our lives; not as something that we just tag on to our existence, but something that is central and key to our lives.       How to Convince Family to Take Coronavirus Seriously - The Atlantic

DURING THE LOCKDOWN: The Vigil Mass for Sunday will be celebrated at 6.00pm on Saturday Evening.  Sunday Mass will be at 11.00am. 

TODAY IS REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: The traditional Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 8th November will now be an online Service with all the various Christian Churches in Loughton taking part. Each Church has recorded a part of the Service, and this will be transmitted at 12.15pm on Remembrance Sunday. The theme this year ‘Remember at Home’. It’s important to know that Remembrance Sunday is not cancelled but just being done in a different way. Obviously, the Pandemic, to a certain extent, is dictating all our lives at present; but it’s always important to remember all of those men and women who died during the two Great Wars and all the subsequent conflits and wars.

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 good prizes, (about 20 prizes). If anyone would like to donate 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, M & S Gift Cards.   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

DIARY 2020

  PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Karl Britz, 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: Joyce Gregory RIP, Pat Salter RIP, Maureen Finnegan RIP, Lucy Byrne-Ingle RIP, Terrence Callahan RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £719.42 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

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. As the temperatures slowly begin to decrease, I would suggest to all 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 are really fastidious about the cleaning and sanitisation of our seats and benches after the church has been used. I’m truly grateful to our faithful stewards for this wonderful work.  There are 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 13th November 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: The Sacraments – Baptism, the Sacrament of Initiation. 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 – MONTH 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 our deceased loved ones; relatives, friends and benefactors. There are November Deceased Envelopes available for all parishioners. 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.See the source image

KEEPING OUR CHURCH CLEAN DURING THE PANDEMIC: In compliance with Governmental & Diocesan guidelines, our church is sanitised after every Mass. I’m truly grateful to our Stewards who are helping with this process each week.   Salem Cleaning Day - Dec. 9 - Salem Lutheran Church

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. The Foodbank are truly grateful for the generosity our parish has shown throughout the pandemic and our donations are still needed desperately as more and more people in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet. 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: tinned fruit, tinned ham, tinned carrots, sponge puddings, chocolate bars, Nutella, toilet rolls (2 or 4 pack), washing up liquid, laundry tablets/powder and shower gel. Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank via their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

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 

YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY DURING THE LOCKDOWN: Manifestly, as we are in lockdown for the next month, once again, the weekly offertory is essential to keep our church functioning. As we are open for daily pray for an hour, the heating is on. Like everyone else the bills still keep coming in. I appeal to all our parishioners to use the above methods for your offertory. They are easy and very quick. Or, just put your Weekly Offertory envelope through the Presbytery letterbox. I thank you all for your ongoing support of the parish during these very difficult times.   

ST. JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: (School Applications for September 2021) 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! Realistic Interior Background with Rainbow

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

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!

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. Thank you!

PARISH REPOSITORY: There are a variety of beautiful Christmas cards, Advent Calendars, Cribs, Candles, Books, and other items in the porch of the Church. During the lockdown the Church is open each day between 10.30am – 11.30am, if you wish to purchase cards or gifts there is Repository money tin to receive the proceeds of your purchase. This will be emptied at the end of each opening of Church. Thank you! 

THINKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS: It is presumed that the Churches will open again on the 2nd of December after a month’s lockdown. Obviously, by then we will have already celebrated the First Sunday of Advent. Advent, the Holy Season of preparation for Christmas is the Church’s way of celebrating those key moments in Our Lord’s life. This year will be very different all over the world. This Pandemic has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and creates an element of fear in many people. But Advent is still a Season of Hope & Joy; the Saviour will be born again into our lives at Christmas.   http://clipart-library.com/newhp/411-4112793_nativity-scene-clipart-new-calendar-template-site-jesus.png

Due to social Distancing in all of our Churches, with alternate benches being cordoned off, we can only accommodate approximately 125 people in the church at one time. I have been thinking about our Christmas Masses. Usually we have a family mass with a children’s Christmas Tableau, unfortunately this year, this will not take place; but there will be an added surprise for the whole parish to delight in at all of our Masses, which you can see at Christmas. 

Masses will continue in the same manner as present; unfortunately, there will be no singing of Christmas Carols, and our masses are now much shorter than usual.  I have decided to celebrate 4 Christmas Eve Masses: 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.30pm & 10.00pm.  Christmas Morning Masses 9.00am, 10.00am & 11.00am.    I appeal to all of our parishioners to seriously think about these masses, and kindly do not all turn up for 5.00pm, once we have reached capacity of 125, people would have to be turned away until the next mass. This is the only way I can think of around the numbers who attend at Christmas. Please understand this is going to be a pretty heavy schedule for me personally!    http://stgabrielchurch.org/media/1/Home%20page/Christmas%20Mass%20Schedule%20Graphic(1).jpg

GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW: This is an additional appeal for GRAND DRAW PRIZES OR MONEY DONATION PRIZES. We need lots of good prizes. Could anyone donate a Colour TV? (see list in previous notice, page 2)  Also, we hope to make up as many Christmas Hampers as possible with Christmas goodies; also toiletries to make up Toiletry hampers. No matter how small an offering, it will be used this year.  GRAND DRAW TICKETS WILL GO OUT ON THE WEEKEND 5TH/6TH DECEMBER. The Draw will take place on Sunday 19th December after the 11.00am Mass. Perhaps what you would have spent if we had had a Bazaar, you can spend on Draw Tickets. As you know this is our only Fund Raiser each year.

MASS INTENTIONS – NOVEMBER 2020

NO PUBLIC MASSES. MASS WILL BE TRANSMITTED DAILY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Sat 7th                                                                            10.00amRita Bellini RIP  /  Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 7th             6.00pmKazimierz Michalik RIP (Carmen)  H/S
Sun 8th No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 8th                                             11:00amEugene & Ellen Carney RIP (C Knight)H/S
Mon 9th  10.00amJean, Archie & Ross Sinclair RIP   H/S
Tues 10th                                                                      10.00amJohn William Mills RIP ((Mark & Catherine Mills)      Holy Souls
Wed 11th                 10.00amIrene Olivelle (B’day Ints) (Pat & Margaret) / All Holy Souls
Thurs 12th               10.00amMaggie Stephenson RIP  /   All Holy Souls
Fri 13th                                              10.00am 10.30amPierina Kavanagh RIP (Diana & Ferdi Tisi)Holy Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 14th                                            10.00amBreda Dolan RIP (Laura McCrory) / All Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 14th                     6.00pmMargaret Russell RIP (John & Sue Campbell)  /  All Holy Souls
Sun 15th   No 9.00am or 10.00am Masses
Sun 15th                                                             11:00amJohn McDowell RIP (Gunn Family)  H/S

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.

Solemnity of All Saints 2020

Dear Friends in Christ  

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of All the Saints. Remembering all those men and women throughout history who have borne witness to Jesus Christ. We have the first martyrs of the Church, the Apostles, and the Martyrs of the Reformation, and all who have given their lives for Jesus. We have all the Founders of Religious Orders; men and women religious; priests and nuns who witnessed to Christ through the holiness of life. We have the many lay men and women, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus. We have our own deceased loved ones, relatives, friends and benefactors, whom we believe join the Company of Saints. It is our aspiration also one day to join this great company. Let us ask for their Intercession today as we continue along the Journey of Life and Faith. Let Jesus Christ, who inspired each one of the Saints, continue to inspire us also. Free Saints Day Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on Clipart  Library

NOVEMBER – MONTH 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 our deceased loved ones; relatives, friends and benefactors. There are November Deceased Envelopes available for all parishioners. 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.See the source image

As Covid-19 continues to spread throughout the world; there appears to be no immediate end to this Pandemic. We all must be vigilant. The Health and Safety of everyone is of utmost importance. And each one of us should take responsibility to ensure that we follow the Governmental guidelines. Our Diocesan guidelines are also helpful to each of us who attend Weekly Mass. Hand sanitisation, social distancing, wearing a face covering; cleaning the church after every Service. Please continue to co-operate with these agencies. 

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, M & S Gift Cards.   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

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: The traditional Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 8th November will now be an online Service with all the various Christian Churches in Loughton taking part. Each Church has recorded a part of the Service, and this will be transmitted at 12.15pm on Remembrance Sunday. The theme this year ‘Remember at Home’. It’s important to know that Remembrance Sunday is not cancelled but just being done in a different way. Obviously, the Pandemic, to a certain extent, is dictating all our lives at present; but it’s always important to remember all of those men and women who died during the two Great Wars and all the subsequent conflits and wars.

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: What is Authority? Canon Law – Church Law. 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

KEEPING OUR CHURCH CLEAN DURING THE PANDEMIC: In compliance with Governmental & Diocesan guidelines, our church is sanitised after every Mass. I’m truly grateful to our Stewards who are helping with this process each week.   CAN YOU HELP? Every three weeks there will be a really BIG CLEAN, on a Saturday morning at 12Noon. If you’re able to help this will be most appreciated.  My thanks to all those who turned up on Saturday to assist with the clean. Keeping the Church sanitised and clean is a priority. Mt sincere thanks to Sharon Fitzmaurice for organising this through the Altar Society. Salem Cleaning Day - Dec. 9 - Salem Lutheran Church

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. The Foodbank are truly grateful for the generosity our parish has shown throughout the pandemic and our donations are still needed desperately as more and more people in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet. 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: tinned fruit, tinned ham, tinned carrots, sponge puddings, chocolate bars, Nutella, toilet rolls (2 or 4 pack), washing up liquid, laundry tablets/powder and shower gel. Thank you! You can also keep up to date with 

the Foodbank via their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

THE LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2021: Is planned for Sunday 25th – Friday 30th July 2021. However because of Covid-19 it is not possible to know yet whether the pilgrimage will be practical or in what form. Decisions will have to be made in January was to whether this will be possible. Therefore, watch this space. Thank you! From Fr. Paul Keane, organiser

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.

God Bless You All      Fr. John 

ST. JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: (School Applications for September 2021) 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.

SEMINARIANS FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE: I was contacted a couple of days ago by one of the Seminarians, who informed me that the whole College has locked down, as several students tested positive with the Covid-19 virus. The whole college is now quarantined, with no one allowed outside of the campus. Manifestly, they believe that there are more students with the virus, who have not yet been tested. They ask for your prayers. Our own Seminarian, Frank Westcott at Oscott Seminary in the West Midlands, continues with his studies and is doing well. The College should have had half-term, but the Rector decided in light of the virus, to not send the students back home for Health & Safety reasons. Pray for all! 
Realistic Interior Background with Rainbow

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! 

SUNDAY MASSES: Nothing can replace Sunday Mass. Livestreaming is not an alternative to Mass and receiving Holy Communion. 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!

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

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.

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!

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. Thank you!

Just a reminder; 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 start after Christmas. These are unusual times, and we all must 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! Image result for health & safety coronavirus  clipart

PARISH REPOSITORY: As we enter the month of November, you may have noticed in the Parish Repository a large selection of Religious Christmas Cards. I know this has been a very difficult year for everyone, but we have to keep before us Christmas as a great source of hope. We can just forget about that even which changed the whole course of human history. People may not be thinking about Christmas at present, but to send or receive a religious Christmas card is very much a sign of hope. There are other Christmas gifts and items also, Cribs, Advent Calendars, Christmas Books for children, Candles, and many more things.  Keeping the message alive and preparing for the Birthday of Our Lord is so important. Do what you can this Advent!Nativity clipart Nativity clip art Christmas clipart Jesus image 0

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: Phil Lawless RIP, Vi Clarke RIP, Sheila Quinn RIP, Jan Leach RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £771.90 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

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 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

MASS INTENTIONS – OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2020

Sat 31st                                                                           10.00amJanet Devine (sick) (Maureen Perry)
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 31st            6.00pmMary Leahy RIP (Philomena Egan)
Sun 1st                    9.00amAndy Jeffreys RIP (Barbara Jeffreys)
Sun 1st10.00amHazel McClurg RIP (Maureen Perry)
Sun 1st All Saints                                          11:00amPeople of the Parish  /  Holy Souls
Mon 2nd All Souls                                                10.00amHoly SoulsJean Chiswell RIP  /  All Holy Souls
Mon 2nd All Souls 12.15pm 8.00pmMaree Kavanagh’s Int’s   /  H/S
Tues 3rd                                                                     10.00amNeil Millward RIP (Carole Millward)  H/S
Wed 4th                10.00amPeter Smith RIP Paul Falco / All Holy Souls
Thurs 5th              10.00amMargaret Russell RIP (Catenians) /All Holy Souls
Fri 6th                                             10.00am 10.30amTony Rattigan RIP (M Rattigan)  H/SHoly Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 7th                                           10.00amRita Bellini RIP / All Holy Souls
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 7th                    6.00pmKazimierz Michalik RIP (Carmen)  H/S
Sun 8th                           9.00amJohn William Mills RIP (Mills Family)
Sun 8th10.00amH/SPeople of the Parish / Holy Souls 
Sun 8th                                                            11:00amEugene & Ellen Carney RIP (C Knight)H/S

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!  

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year 2020

Dear Friends in Christ                              

Over the past seven days we’ve seen even more parts of the country having to adopt stricter measures and guidelines from the Government with regards to this Pandemic. People are asking the questions, what can I do and what can’t I do? There is much confusion up and down the country. Health & Safety are of prime concern for everyone. For those who are vigilant, following the Governmental guidelines is extremely important; but even walking up the High Street it’s plainly seen that many of these guidelines are being flagrantly disregarded; and then people wonder why the virus continues to be spread.  Our Health & Safety & Diocesan guidelines are quite stringent, and we have followed them very strictly. The Church is set up with a one-way system; hand sanitisation; wearing a face covering; social distancing; sanitisation of church after every Mass.  I would like to thank all our parishioners for being so supportive and helpful in all these measures. As I’ve stated several times before, it’s far safer coming to church than going to the supermarket or a restaurant these days!     See the source image

Just a reminder; 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 start after Christmas. These are unusual times, and we all must 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! Image result for health & safety coronavirus  clipart

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, M & S Gift Cards.   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

NOVEMBER – MONTH 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 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  See the source image

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 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  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: How do we recognise the Church today? 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

KEEPING OUR CHURCH CLEAN DURING THE PANDEMIC: In compliance with Governmental & Diocesan guidelines, our church is sanitised after every Mass. I’m truly grateful to our Stewards who are helping with this process each week.   CAN YOU HELP? This is an appeal to any parishioner, who would be willing to give half an hour or so on Saturday 31st October to help with a deep clean, which we are doing every three weeks. We will commence at 12Noon. Please contact Sharon Fitzmaurice if you’re able to help. Thanking you in anticipation. Salem Cleaning Day - Dec. 9 - Salem Lutheran Church

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/

ROSARY WHIRLWIND BRITISH ISLES: On Saturday October 31st October – Eve of All Saints – National Rosary relay from 9am to 9pm Dioceses are invited to take an hour. The designated Hour for our Diocese is from11 am we are invited to pray the Rosary sometime between 11am and 12 noon before we hand on to the next Dioceses. The contact for our Diocese is Fr Mark Swires at Brightlingsea. We will pray the Rosary after the 10am Mass

Further details can be found on: https://shoutout.wix.com/so/cdNL6PSiB?cid=2035b9a8-a3d4-4ac4- a72f-8fe6b683216d#/main

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.

God Bless You All      Fr. John 

WEEKLY OFFERTORY: Unfortunately, this week our Offertory took a nose dive to £504.79; these are difficult times. I truly do appreciate your generosity week in and week out. We all have to cut our cloth accordingly these days and many people are struggling. I want to thank you all for your ongoing support through your Weekly Giving. During the past month we have had to pay our Annual Insurance on all our buildings which was £2,276.47. We also still have to pay our monthly Quota to the Diocese £2,230.00
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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! 

APPLICATIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR 2021: I would presume by now that all those who are applying for places in Secondary Schools for September 2021 have already completed their online application forms through Essex County. The cut-off date for applications is 31st October; please ensure that all applications have been completed by this date.

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. I have completed all the CCP forms and have forwarded them to Trinity Catholic High School. Parents, you will need to forward a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate to the School before 31st October.  

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). 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). 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.

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.

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!

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

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!

MSS 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. Thank you!

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: Joyce Gregory RIP, Mary Fox RIP & Maura Highland RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £504.79 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 Baptism.Transparent Tutor Clipart - Baptism Clipart, HD Png Download - christening  png - Transparent PNG, Transparent Clipart (763*578) - PNG Image on uokpl.rs

MASS INTENTIONS – OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2020

Sat 24th                                                                          10.00amDr L Mitchell RIP (Carmen)
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Church resumes regular Sunday Schedule
Sat 24th           6.00pmBreege & Michael Kerrane (Mary)
Sun 25th                9.00amJohn Ormond RIP (Catherine Mills)
  Sun 25th10.00amLily Brennan RIP & Ben Cunnea RIP (Senan & Louise Pierce)
Sun 25th                                           11:00amNeil Millward RIP (Carole Millward)
Mon 26th                                                10.00amThanksgiving – Birthday – Wedding Anni(The Bacuetes Family)
Tues 27th                                                                    10.00amVincent & Theresa McMorrow RIP (Maureen Perry)
Wed 28th               10.00amAgnes McRory (M Ryan)
Thurs 29th             10.00amMargaret & Johnny Kane RIP (M Duffy)
Fri 30th                                            10.00am 10.30amPina & Albert Martinelli RIP (M Duffy)Holy Hour Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament 
Sat 31st                                          10.00amJanet Devine RIP (Maureen Perry)
Vigil Mass for Sunday
Sat 31st                   6.00pmMary Leahy RIP (Philomena Egan)
Sun 1st                           9.00amAndy Jeffreys RIP (Barbara Jeffreys)
 Sun 1st10.00amHazel McClurg RIP ((Maureen Perry)
Sun 1st                                                           11:00amPeople of the Parish

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.