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17th Sunday of the Year 2018

Dear Friends in Christ

Dear Friends in Christ,

As the summer holidays begin we are truly grateful for having had such beautiful weather over the past several weeks! If you are going away on your annual leave I wish you all a safe journey to your destinations, and a wonderful period of rest and relaxation while you are away. Please do try to explore the different Catholic Churches, Cathedrals and sites while away; and remember you take the Lord with you wherever you go! St Edmund’s will function as normal during the holidays, and there will be a visiting priest, while I’m on my annual leave, at weekends, to celebrate the Masses.

God Bless You All,

Fr John Sig

Dear St. Edmund’s: Thank you for a wonderful experience at your parish this summer! I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in England for the first time at the end of June, but you were very welcoming and supportive during my stay. I appreciate your travel tips, your stories, your company, your generosity, and especially your prayers. The opportunity to minister in a parish over the summer is crucial to my pastoral formation in the seminary and I’m grateful that I had such a positive experience. Please keep me and all the seminarians in your prayers as we continue to discern God’s will in our own lives, and know of my prayers of gratitude to God for all of you.” Matt Duclos – Seminarian

CONGRATULATIONS: To Clare Lavery & Paolo Merrifield who will be married at St. Edmund’s on Friday 3rd August at 1.00pm. Clare is our Reception Class teacher at St. John Fisher School and is known to many of our families. We ask God’s blessing on Clare and Paolo as they embark on their married journey of life together. Ad multos annos! Which means ‘to many years!’

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME: Will commence with the Parents’ Information evening on Wednesday 12th September at 8.00pm in the Parish Hall. We will cover the first theme of Belonging. Also you will receive the children’s work books and programme for the whole year. The children’s first session will be on Sunday 16th September at 10am. The formal presentation of the children as candidates will take place immediately after the class on Sunday 16th September at the 11am Mass.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: The Journey of Faith talks will commence on Thursday 13th September at 8.00pm in the Parish Retreat (this is up the stairs and above the parish hall). If you know of anyone who may be interested in learning a little more about the Roman Catholic faith possibly with the view of being received into full-communion with the Church at Easter, please see Fr. John as soon as possible. Tel No: 020 8508 3492

NOTE TO EVERYONE IN THE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP: Our next practice takes place on Monday, 30th July (6.30pm musicians / 7pm singers) to go over the hymns and music for the 11am Mass on Sunday, 5th August. Please make every effort to come to the practice. Thank you.

A NOTE TO ALL EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: If you are going away on holiday during the summer, please ensure that you have found a substitute for your ministry while you’re away. This applies also to our Readers. Bidding Prayer writers, please ensure that you produce a hard copy for the weekend masses while Fr. John is away, as he often doesn’t read his e-mails while on holiday!

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO BE A PRIEST: There is a monthly Vocations Group to help those who would like to find out more about a possible vocation to the Priesthood! There will be a talk, a time of prayer and some food. The next two sessions will be held at St. Edmund of Canterbury, 9 Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex. IG10 1SZ 7.00pm on Tuesday 7th August; 7.00pm on Tuesday 4th September. If you would like to join us or to find out more please get in touch with Fr. Mark Swires: 07843 758961 or vocprom@dioceseofbrentwood.org

PARISH WEEKLY OFFERTORY: At present the Weekly income is not meeting the weekly outgoing. The recent notice in the Newsletter does not appear to have made any difference to the Weekly Offertory. Please do consider your weekly offering to God and the Church, if you’re in a position to increase it, this would be gratefully received. Also during the summer holidays, please try to keep your Weekly Offertory Envelopes up to date. As you all know utilities are set to rise over the summer. We also have to have the Organ repaired during August, as there is a major problem with the instrument; it’s functioning on a ‘wing and a prayer’ at present! If it wasn’t for the Gift Aid returned tax, we would certainly be running at a deficit!

REQUIESCAT IN PACE: Please pray for the repose of the Soul of Mary Cocklin who passed away recently. Mary was a long-time parishioners at St. Edmund’s her requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday 1st August at 12.15pm. Our condolences go to her family in this time of great loss.


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Dear Friends in Christ …

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

FAITH SHARING PROGRAMME: Will cease during the summer holidays. If parishioners are interested in starting up again in September, please speak to Fr. John. We have had some really lively and interesting discussions.

NOTE TO EVERYONE IN THE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP: Our next practice takes place on Monday, 30th July (6.30pm musicians / 7pm singers) to go over the hymns and music for the 11am Mass on Sunday, 5th August. Please make every effort to come to the practice. We really do want to look at some new music we’ve only touched on before and we need as many of you as possible there to make the practice worthwhile. Thank you.

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO BE A PRIEST: There is a monthly Vocations Group to help those who would like to find out more about a possible vocation to the Priesthood! There will be a talk, a time of prayer and some food. The next three sessions will be held at St. Edmund of Canterbury, 9 Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex. IG10 1SZ 7.00pm on Tuesday 7th August; 7.00pm on Tuesday 4th September. If you would like to join us or to find out more please get in touch with Fr. Mark Swires: 07843 758961 or vocprom@dioceseofbrentwood.org

ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE: Please pray for the Rev Mr Gary Dench, who was ordained a transitional Deacon last Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Wanstead. Deacon Gary will be serving as a Deacon at the Catholic parish in Colchester until his Priestly Ordination.

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.

THANK YOU: To all those parishioners who attended the important meeting last Monday in the whole process of Stewards of the Gospel and Forming Intentional Disciples. We have most definitely decided to embark upon this programme of Evangelisation, continuing to spread the Gospel in this little pocket of the Lord’s vineyard here in Loughton; helping people to come to a closer and deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We will be reaching out to those who have lapsed from the practice of the faith; also to those who know nothing of Christ. This was same mandate that Jesus gave to the Apostles before the Ascension. This will be a great challenge, but with Gods help and grace, let us move forward!

May I recommend the Book Forming Intentional Disciples, by Sherry Weddell to all of our parishioners! This can be obtained from Amazon Books. We will be following this programme commencing in September


Summer Lourdes 2018 – the “virtual pilgrimage.”  From Tuesday 24th to Saturday 29th July the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service (BCYS) will present short online videos allowing you to catch the flavour of the Diocesan pilgrimage, led by Bishop Alan. The homily from each Mass, interviews with pilgrims from all ages, and clips to help you pray and reflect will all be available. To find the links, go to www.bcys.net or find BCYS on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can also watch “Lourdes TV” to see Mass at the Grotto (Tuesday 24th, 7.30am UK time); the Torchlight procession (Tuesday 24th, 8.00pm) and the Blessed Sacrament Procession (Wednesday 25th, 4.00pm) as well as Tour de France, starting from Lourdes (Friday 27th, 8am – 11am). The link is www.lourdes-france.org/en/tv-lourdes one of our own young people Rachel Poulter will be on the Pilgrimage; you may be able to see Rachel on the various videos.


PARISH WEEKLY OFFERTORY: At present the Weekly income is not meeting the weekly outgoing. The recent notice in the Newsletter does not appear to have made any difference to the Weekly Offertory. Please do consider your weekly offering to God and the Church, if you’re in a position to increase it, this would be gratefully received. Also during the summer holidays, please try to keep your Weekly Offertory Envelopes up to date. As you all know utilities are set to rise over the summer. We also have to have the Organ repaired during August, as there is a major problem with the instrument; it’s functioning on the ‘wing and a prayer’ at present! If it wasn’t for the Gift Aid returned tax, we would certainly be running at a deficit!


RCIA PROGRAMME: Always commences at the beginning of September. If you know of anyone who may be interested in the programme this year please refer them to Fr. John 020 8508 3492; it’s always wonderful to have a good number. As yet I have had only one enquiry so far! Please spread the word!

SUMMER HOLIDAYS: As our schools have just broken up, I would like to take this opportunity of wishing all our families a good summer. I hope you will be able to get away for some rest and relaxation. But wherever you may go please remember we take the Lord with us as Catholic Christians. I always feel that it’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the Catholic Church in other countries, and to see the richness of traditions and the beauty of their churches. Our obligation to attend Sunday does not cease even though we’re on holidays.

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