St Joseph's Parish News

22nd May 2022

Thursday 26th May: SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD – Holy Day of Obligation.

Today’s great feast marks the ascension into heaven of the Risen Christ 40 days after his resurrection. Masses:10.00am and 7.30pm. The children of St Joseph’s School will be celebrating a Mass at 11.00am at which the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will also be a focus of celebration.

Sunday 29th May: World Communications Day –

the mandated Second Collection this Sunday is for the CCN (Catholic Communications Network). In addition to promoting the Church’s and the Bishops’ message in the local, regional, national and international mass media, the CCN helps journalists with their queries and to have a better understanding of the Church’s activities and witness. In his message for the Fifty-Sixth World Day of Social
Communications, Pope Francis has encouraged us to foster the ability to listen – to God, to one another, to the cry of those in need. Today’s appeal assists the Church to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people throughout the world.

If you would like to give a gift to this collection by means other than the retiring collection, you can donate here until 3rd June:

https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/campaign/catholic-communications-network

28th-29th May: The Highclere Show. 09.00am-5pm. Go to www.highclereshow.co.uk



NEW SAINTS FOR THE CHURCH: In Rome last Sunday Pope Francis canonized 10 new saints. They are:

+ Saint Devasahayam Pillai, an Indian layman born in 1712 and martyred in 1752.
+ Saint César de Bus, the French founder of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine, who was born in 1544 and died in 1607.
+ Saint Luigi Maria Palazzolo, Italian founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor, who lived 1827-1886.
+ Saint Giustino Maria Russolillo, Italian founder of the Society of Divine Vocations for men and the Vocationist Sisters, 1891-1955.
+ Saint Charles de Foucauld, French priest and hermit, born in 1858 and killed in 1916.
+ Saint Anna Maria Rubatto, Italian founder of the order now known as the Capuchin Sisters of Mother Rubatto, who lived 1844-1904.
+ Saint Maria Domenica Mantovani, co-founder and first superior general of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family, born in 1862 and died in 1934.
+ Saint Titus Brandsma, Dutch priest and journalist, who was born in 1881 and martyred in 1942.
+ Saint Carolina Santocanale, Italian founder of the Congregation of the Capuchin Sisters of the Immaculate of Lourdes, who lived 1852-1923.
+ Saint Marie Rivier, French founder of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. She was born in 1768 and died in 1838.


 

15th May 2022

PARISH QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY –

Sunday 5th June. Our Garden Party will follow after the conclusion of 11.00am Mass in the grounds of the church. Please bring a picnic lunch, drinks, rugs, or garden chairs. A number of multi-cultural dishes will be offered to share which will clearly state possible allergen issues for those at risk. Some games will be available, and a special Jubilee Cake! Please come and join us in celebration, and bring your iPad, loaded with either BBC or ITV iPlayer to watch the afternoon’s events in London while you picnic.

Vocation to the Permanent Diaconate?

Fr Dominic Adeiza, Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate, invites you to consider if you are being called to the Permanent Diaconate: Have you ever wondered what it’s all about, but something has held you back from finding out more about it? Is there a little voice in your head, that can’t be silenced? If that is YOU, why not ‘Come & See’ for yourself without committing to anything further?

We will be holding an information event on Saturday 11th June at St Bede’s Church, Basingstoke, from 9am – 2pm where you will get to hear first-hand, from those who are involved and what it’s been like for them. You’ve got nothing to lose! If you would like to attend, please call Pam on 07883 059529 to book a space and to help with catering requirements. If you can’t make it on the day, but would like to know more, please contact Pam or email diaconate@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

8th May 2022

NEWBURY SPRING FESTIVAL : 7th-21st May. To see the full programme of musical events: www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk

Thursday 12th May:

11.00am Talk ‘The English Hymnal’, St George’s Church, Wash Common. Tickets £10. In 1904 the agnostic Vaughan Williams set about introducing folk song into The English Hymnal. This revolutionary hymn book was the brainchild of Percy Dearmer, who wanted to rid the Anglican church of turgid 19th-century hymn tunes. After the project had been concluded, Vaughan Williams admitted that his work on The English Hymnal had been ‘a better musical education than any amount of sonatas and fugues’. Jeremey Summerly will present a talk, ‘From Hedgerow to Pew’, focusing on more of the fascinating story of Vaughan Williams and The English Hymnal.

West Berkshire Foodbank.

Currently, the donations for the Foodbank are much lower than last year. Current needs are: Urgent: Tins of Baked Beans, Spaghetti, Soup, Fish, Meat, Custard, Cooking oil, Pasta sauce, Sponge puddings. Low on stock: Tins of Tomatoes, Fruit & Vegetables, Stock cubes, Long life Fruit juice, Tomato puree, Garlic puree, Shower Gel & UHT Long life Milk. This list is updated regularly and can be obtained from the Foodbank App. Thank you for your support. With your help, those in our local community finding themselves in crisis, have somewhere to turn to for immediate support and a food parcel.

The Paradox of Abundance

Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food, and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. St John Paul II called this ‘the paradox of abundance.’ Clearly the currently global food system is not working. But as Pope Francis said, "Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and the planet." Let’s respond to his call. CAFOD’s new campaign is called Fix the Food System. See www.cafod.org.uk/food for more information, including an invitation for parish groups to learn about the impact of our food with our Fix the Food System: a 7-station journey resource.


 

30th April 2022

Sunday 8TH May: This is ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ when we traditionally reflect upon our vocation, and also vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Our Second Collection today is for the Clergy Training Fund, in support of our ten seminarians currently in formation for the priesthood for Portsmouth Diocese, to sustain their six or seven-year journey of studies to ordination. Each seminarian brings his own life experience, and participates in a comprehensive programme of formation pastorally, intellectually, and spiritually. These future priests will baptise and catechise the coming generations, and care for us on our pilgrim way: our generosity today is a legacy to the Church of tomorrow. Deacon James Lewis writes, ‘I cannot believe that it has been six years since I entered seminary formation in Allen Hall, London. I am very grateful to the people in the Portsmouth Diocese who have welcomed and received me so kindly into their parishes over these years… My ordination date, please God, has been confirmed for Saturday 16 July, at 11am in St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth. If you are able to come, you would be very welcome… this is not just for myself but for the whole Church. Please pray for me in these coming months as I will continue to pray for you.’ To sustain a seminarian costs around £30,000 each year. If you would like to give a gift to this collection, you can also donate here: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/campaign/support-our-seminarians

Wednesday 4th May: N.B. In addition to the 10.00 am Mass today (Intention Janet Colbert RIP), there will be a Requiem Mass at 12 noon for Katherine Young RIP.

Synod Document: The consolidated Portsmouth Diocese Synod Document that was presented to Bishop Philip at the Chrism Mass and has now been forwarded to the Bishops’ Conference. You can view the document on the website: https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/synod

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass 2022
(from Marriage and Family Life Dept, Portsmouth Diocese) Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th anniversary, or anniversary over 60 years? If so, Bishop Philip would like to invite you to a Mass of celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s church in Basingstoke on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at 11am. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. If you would like to come, please email Liz Murphy at anniversaries@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Parish Office at St Bede’s and they will provide you with the form. To help celebrate the occasion please could you provide a COPY of your Wedding photograph, you can upload it when you complete the form online. Alternatively, scan and send via email to the above email address. If you have no access to the internet you can post a COPY along with the completed form by post to the following address: St Bede’s Parish Office, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX (Please mark the envelope Significant Wedding Mass).


 

24th April 2022

Tuesday 26th April: 10.00 am Mass Feast of St George – Patron of England (Transferred from 23rd April).

N.B. Also today: 7pm Planning Meeting for our Parish Platinum Jubilee Garden Party in St Joseph’s Hall. All are very welcome to contribute ideas and potential help. It would be good to hear from as many parishioners as possible to help make this a truly festive and enjoyable occasion!

West Berkshire Foodbank.

Currently, the donations for the Foodbank are much lower than last year. This has meant that for each of the last three months, they have distributed 3 tonnes more than they have received in donations. Obviously this is not sustainable so they are appealing to us to circulate this message amongst our congregation. Current needs are: Urgent: Tins of Baked Beans, Spaghetti, Soup, Fish, Meat, Custard, Cooking oil, Pasta sauce, Sponge puddings. Low on stock: Tins of Tomatoes, Fruit & Vegetables, Stock cubes, Long life Fruit juice, Tomato puree, Garlic puree, Shower Gel & UHT Long life Milk. This list is updated regularly and can be obtained from the Foodbank App. Thank you for your support. With your help, those in our local community finding themselves in crisis, have somewhere to turn to for immediate support and a food parcel.


 

16th April 2022

Thomas Collins RIP

We were saddened to hear of the death on 9th April of Tom Collins, long-time parishioner of St Joseph’s at the age of 96 years. Tom, known to many here as ‘the gaffer’, gave generously of his time to the parish over many years – among many things running the Legion of Mary, and caring for the gardens around the church. He moved to Newcastle some years ago where he passed away. May he rest in peace.

Sunday 24th April: SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER.

11.00am Mass: Children’s Liturgy of the Word will take place during this Mass in the Hall for all Primary School age children. Those at pre-school are welcome to attend with a parent or grandparent. All the catechists have been trained and DBS checked for working with children.

What happens when the children leave Mass and go to the hall? After a brief welcome and opening prayer, the children say sorry prayers and then listen to a scripture reading from a Children’s lectionary. We then discuss the meaning of the reading and how it should be reflected in the way we live our lives. We end with an activity which reflects on the message of the reading before returning to Mass to take part in the Offertory procession.

Also, today, FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY 3pm - Hour of Mercy, Adoration & Reconciliation at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Priory Road, Hungerford, RG17 0AF – a Celebration for the whole West Berkshire Pastoral Area with Fr Zbigniew (Wash Common & Hungerford), Fr Kevin (Thatcham), Fr Gabriel (Douai), and Fr Michael (Newbury). All are welcome.

The Lord Jesus said to Saint Faustina:

“Souls who spread the honour of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Saviour.” (Diary, 1075)

Tea & Coffee after 11.00am Sunday Mass.

Refreshments are available after 11.00am Mass each Sunday. All are welcome.


Easter Edition of Viva Voce:

The Easter edition of the quarterly Diocesan Newsletter Viva Voce is at the back of the church today. This bumper edition has a special focus on what some of our parishes and our schools – and our families too as domestic churches - are doing to celebrate Easter. There is also an item on the Synod, as well as news from Caritas. Canon John Cooke discusses the importance of parish welcome and hospitality and there is a special schools feature on Passion Plays. Along with Viva Voce, this time there is a special four-page insert Planning the Next Ten Years. It’s about the Diocesan Strategy and where we are up to so far: the priorities that are emerging and the sobering statistics. We are blessed in our Diocese with many committed and faithful people who strive to realise their mission in the service of the Lord and His Church. It is also true that impact of an increasingly secular culture is felt deeply. Over the last 15 years, the Church has been troubled in many ways, with scandal and division, and since 2019, Covid and its shock waves have accelerated a change across society and the Church in a way that we never imagined. It is 15 years since the last strategic plan for our Diocese - Go out and Bear Fruit - was published, so it is timely that we think together about how we respond, so that we can realise our mission in this challenging age, in our fidelity to Christ and His Church to shape the legacy of a vibrant Diocese for future generations.


 

03rd April 2022

HOLY WEEK MASS TIMES / LITURGIES - Please click here


Tuesday 5th April: 10.30am Stations of the Cross, will follow the 10.00am Mass today. 

Thursday 7th April - 7.30pm LENTEN PENITENTIAL SERVICE, OFFERING THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE OUR Easter Confession and to be set free from whatever holds us back from more truly loving God and our neighbour, and from becoming the kind of person the Lord wants us to be. We will be joined by the parishes of Thatcham, Wash Common, and Douai – together with their parish priests – for this occasion.

Tuesday 12th April: THE CHRISM MASS, 11.am at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, at which Bishop Philip will bless the three Holy Oils to be used in the sacraments over the coming year: the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Blessing of the Sick, and the Oil of Chrism.  This is one of the most ancient ceremonies of the Church and is always celebrated in the Cathedral Church with priests, deacons, religious, and lay people of the diocese.  This year, the final version of the Synod document will be presented to the Bishop for onward transmission to the Bishops’ Conference and to Rome.  Following this, all the priests make a renewal of their commitment to priestly service.  All are welcome. 

FROM THE PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE: ‘The Easter Collection’ for our parish priests is both an important opportunity for us to express our gratitude to them for their service, care and guidance – and constitutes a significant element of clergy remuneration and support. The Easter Day Collection supports your parish priest directly, in grateful thanks for his dedication, service and witness throughout the year. In addition to the usual ways of giving for this collection, an online giving page has been set up for St. Joseph’s Parish to support this collection for Fr Michael:

https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/newbury-st-joseph-catholic-parish-easter-collection-2022


27th March 2022


Collection for CAFOD:

A total of £1,243.00 was collected. Thank you for your generous response.


Second Collection Today (Clergy Assistance Fund)

This is a (mandatory) Second Collection for the diocesan Clergy Assistance Fund, taken today. The Fund resources the work of the Department for Clergy Team, responsible for looking after the welfare, ongoing formation and personal support of our clergy, from ordination to retirement. The Diocesan Fund supports 70 diocesan clergy in active ministry, 47 from religious orders, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham or overseas, and 53 retired, who serve our parishes, chaplaincies, schools, outreach and mission. The Fund is reliant on your generosity to do this. You can also donate on-line until Sat 1st April at: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/campaign/clergy-assistance-fund


Children’s Liturgy of the Word Restarts on Palm Sunday, 10th April.

What happens when the children leave Mass and go to the hall? After a brief welcome and opening prayer, the children say sorry prayers and then listen to a scripture reading from a Children’s lectionary. We then discuss the meaning of the reading and how it should be reflected in the way we live our lives. We end with an activity which reflects on the message of the reading before returning to Mass to take part in the Offertory procession. The activity on Palm Sunday will be decorating plant pots and taking them home planted with flower bulbs and seeds.

Children of primary school age are welcome; those at pre-school are welcome to attend with a parent or grandparent. All the catechists have been trained and DBS checked for working with children.


PASSION PLAY:

Trafalgar Square in central London will be transformed into the Jerusalem of two millenniums ago this Good Friday, 15th April, when the 100-strong cast of the Wintershall Players, accompanied by a number of animals, re-enact the Passion of Christ at 12 noon and 1515hrs. Further performances are planned in various towns and cities around the UK with details at: www.onegoodfriday.com

 

20th March 2022

Lunchtime Prayers for Ukraine:

If you are shopping in Newbury on weekdays, be aware that between 12.30-1.30pm from Mon 21st March until Easter at St. Nicholas’ Church, an hour of quiet prayer for Ukraine will take place – prayer cards and resources available. 10 minutes of prayers will be led aloud at 1pm. This is an initiative of CTNA (Churches Together in Newbury Area). All welcome.

Saturday 26th March: 10.00am-12 noon

First Holy Communion Programme Preparation in St Joseph’s Hall for all those children enrolled in this year’s programme. Please be sure to attend! The children will also be expected to attend, and participate at, the 11.00am Mass next Sunday 27th March – Mothering Sunday.

Sunday 27th March: Second Collection (Clergy Assistance Fund)

This is a (mandatory) Second Collection for the diocesan Clergy Assistance Fund, taken next Sunday. The Fund resources the work of the Department for Clergy Team responsible for looking after the welfare, ongoing formation and personal support of our clergy, from ordination to retirement. The Diocesan Fund supports 70 diocesan clergy in active ministry, 47 from religious orders, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham or overseas, and 53 retired, who serve our parishes, chaplaincies, schools, outreach and mission. The Fund is reliant on your generosity to do this. You can also donate on-line from Monday 21st March to Sat 1st April at: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/campaign/clergy-assistance-fund

Praying the Rosary.

The Rosary is prayed after the 10.00am. Mass on the first Friday of each month.

EASTER CARDS

There will be Easter cards for sale in the hall after the 11.00 Mass on Sunday 27th March, and then also for the following two Sundays - 3rd & 10th April.

Friday 25th March:

The Annunciation of the Lord. Today, at his General Audience, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


13th March 2022

CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal –

Please remember to return your appeal envelopes at Masses today – or next Sunday at the latest. CAFOD has committed £100,000 from this particular appeal to support its sister Caritas agencies working in Ukraine and surrounding countries. Your small act of love this Lent will make a big difference to many displaced communities affected by extreme hunger and children suffering from malnutrition. Remember you can also donate by visiting the CAFOD website (cafod.org.uk/lent), and you can donate directly for Ukraine at CAFOD’s Ukraine-specific appeal at www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Ukraine-crisis

WORSHIP FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE -

Thursday, March 17th 7pm. The Catholic churches within the West Berks Pastoral Area (ourselves, Wash Common, and Thatcham) are gathering next Thursday, March 17th, at 7pm at St. Joseph's Church to pray for peace in the Ukraine. All 3 parish priests will be in attendance to lead us in Benediction, Adoration, and the Holy Rosary. Prayer is our most powerful weapon, especially when we all gather together to intercede. Please do come along and pray for much needed peace.

THE FEAST OF ST JOSEPH (Sunday 20th March)

– transferred from 19th March). The month of March by custom is devoted to St. Joseph - and we look forward to marking our Parish Patronal Feast Day on 20th March. Pope Francis dedicated last year to St Joseph in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as the Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX on 8th December, 1870. We have many reasons to invoke him in our prayers. One traditional prayer that you may or may not be familiar with is the Litany of St. Joseph. It was approved for public use by Pope St. Pius X in 1909, although its origins go back further. It contains twenty-five invocations expressing the virtues and dignity of St. Joseph. We will pray the Litany at Mass next Sunday.

THANK YOU

to all who either organised, or attended, our recent Parish Quiz Night & Fish and Chip Supper. It was a very successful and enjoyable evening which raised more than £500 for the parish coffers!

UPDATE ON THE SYNOD 2021-23.

At the Council of Priests last week, Fr. John Chandler gave an update on how the Synod consultations had gone in the Diocese. Over 3,000 responses from 76 parishes have come in. All the universities submitted responses, plus many schools where meetings of staff, students and parents have taken place. Three ecumenical groups met and some replies mention the presence of non-practising Catholics. His consultation is now almost complete and Fr John has organised a team of volunteers to analyse the data in a professional and unbiased manner, with the support of Professor Tim Caine. It will include the themes that have arisen from the many comments and insights from the synod discussions. A final report will be presented on behalf of the Diocese to Bishop Philip at the Chrism Mass in Holy Week, on 12th April, with all the clergy in attendance. It will then be published across the diocesan communication channels and submitted to the Bishops’ Conference shortly afterwards so that our diocesan perspective can be reflected in the final document that the Bishops’ Conference submit to Rome, representing the discussions that have taken place across the whole of England and Wales.

You can see St Joseph’s parish own consolidated points that our different groups/individuals submitted via the link on our parish web-site. Click here to view the document.


6th March 2022

PARISH PLATINUM JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY – SUNDAY 5th JUNE (PENTECOST SUNDAY) –

Our Parish Lunch/Garden Party will follow the 11.00am Mass. N.B. In a change of approach from what was stated in last Sunday’s newsletter, families will be encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch on this day - to avoid any issues and dangers around food allergies. The long Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend this year is a 4 day long weekend from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June. Ideas and volunteers are welcome to assist with the event.

Friday 11th March. CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal

Appeal envelopes will be distributed at Masses today – please return next Sunday. 11th March is a day when we eat simply and give generously to support families around the world with expert training in growing and making healthy food. CAFOD has committed £100,000 from this particular appeal to support its sister Caritas agencies working in Ukraine and surrounding countries. Your small act of love this Lent will make a big difference to many displaced communities affected by extreme hunger and children suffering from malnutrition. You can also donate by visiting the CAFOD website (cafod.org.uk/lent). CAFOD have also launched a Ukraine-specific on-line appeal at www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Ukraine-crisis

THE SYNOD 2021-23.

My thanks to those of you who reflected upon the Synod 10 Questions about the future of the Church. You can see the consolidated points that our different groups/individuals from St Joseph’s submitted via the link on our parish web-site. - Click here to view the document.

This has now been sent on to Fr John Chandler to inform the wider diocesan response.

Douai Abbey Lenten Reflection Days:

This Lent, Douai Abbey are offering a number of Saturday reflection days and also two weekend retreats as part of their pastoral programme. Leaflets offering details are available in church today. Bookings can be made online at www.douaiabbey.org.uk/bookings.php Any other enquiries about the Pastoral Programme should be directed to Fr Peter Bowe by calling 0118 971 5333. All Reflection Days will run from 10.30am to 4pm (with arrivals and coffee from 10am). A contribution of £25 (or what you can afford) is requested to be made on the day which includes lunch and coffee.

‘Planned Giving’.

Packets of Planned Giving Envelopes for the new Tax Year starting in April 2022 are available for collection from Philip Hobbs. Anyone who would like to sign up to this for the first time should also see Philip. The benefit of this method is that the Parish can claim back 25% on all offerings from Standing Orders or Planned Giving provided that we have a completed ‘Gift Aid Form’ which can be supplied for you to fill out.

Thursday 10th March, 6pm - 8 pm.

Bishop Philip invites everyone to join him for an on-line conference. The topic: ‘A Deeper Understanding of Welcome’. The event is organised by Liza Nahajski, Leader of the diocese’s Ananias and Intercession (Pre-Discipleship) Team, Clare Simpson and the Bishop. It will explore ideas and inspiration on how to reach out to and welcome everyone to life in Jesus Christ and the community of His Church. It is open to everyone but will be especially appropriate to those involved in the Ministry of Welcome, church greeters, those supporting adults and parents of children in sacramental programmes, small group leaders and parish leadership teams. The topics include: hospitality; meeting people where they are; the gift of listening; and accompaniment. Some parishes will share what they are doing to welcome those on the margins, the digital audience, those who are isolated and those who are hard to reach, recognising welcome is not limited to the church door on a Sunday. Join on Zoom on Thursday 10th March 2022 6-8pm. Register (free) at www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/yZvsqefNjuoG and for more details, contact Liza on lnahajski@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.


27th February 2022

Wednesday 2nd March. ASH WEDNESDAY.

Masses: 10.00am and 7.00pm. Today marks the start of Lent, a season of personal and communal conversion and renewal. In Lent the whole Church accompanies Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem and to his Death and Resurrection. In Him, we die to sin; in Him we rise to life. Lent reminds us that the Christian life is an unending combat in which the weapons of prayer, fasting and penance are used as we die to self in order to live in God. This is the ascetic journey every Christian disciple is called to make with humility, generosity, and perseverance. Ash Wednesday is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence. Fasting means reducing considerably the amount of food we eat (e.g. having just one substantial meal), and abstinence means abstaining from eating meat. The law of fasting applies to anyone aged 18-60. The law of abstinence applies to those who are over 14 (cf. CIC 1252).

Friday 4th March: WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2022.

A short service for the Newbury area will be held at 10.30 am at St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Shaw, Newbury RG14 2DR. All are welcome and refreshments will available afterwards. This year the Prayer Service has been prepared by the Christian Women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and takes as its theme 'I know the plans I have for you'.

Saturday 5th March, 10.00am-12 noon:

First Learning Session for children enrolled in the First Holy Communion Preparation Programme. Venue – St Joseph’s Parish Hall.

‘Planned Giving’.

Packets of Planned Giving Envelopes for the new Tax Year starting in April 2022 can be collected at the end of both Masses today from Philip Hobbs. Anyone who would like to sign up to this for the first time should also see Philip. The benefit of this method is that the Parish can claim back 25% on all offerings from Standing Orders or Planned Giving provided that we have a completed ‘Gift Aid Form’ which can be supplied for you to complete.

CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal– Friday 11th March. -

CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal is Friday 11th March, a day when we eat simply and give generously to support families around the world with expert training in growing and making healthy food. Your small act of love this Lent will make a big difference to many communities affected by extreme hunger and children suffering from malnutrition. You can donate in church using a CAFOD envelope or by visiting the CAFOD website (cafod.org.uk/lent).

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – 4th to 8th JULY 2022.

The cost is £595 per person sharing. Single supplement £33 per night. Cost includes direct flight to Lourdes, transfers, full board at the Hotel Agena and airport assistance where required. Please contact Anne Paice by email on annepaice62@yahoo.co.uk

PARISH PLATINUM JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY – SUNDAY 5th JUNE (PENTECOST SUNDAY) –

Our Parish Lunch/Garden Party will follow the 11.00am Mass. Lists will be issued to state what dish of food or what drink you will contribute (savoury/salad/sweet/drink) to ensure a good spread and balance of shared offerings. The long Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend this year is a 4 day long weekend from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June. Ideas and volunteers are welcome to assist with the event.


20th February 2022

SYNOD 2021-2023. DEADLINE DATE FOR RETURNS – SUNDAY 27th FEBRUARY.

If you have completed the Synod Question Template following discussion in your family or with a group, please be aware that this date is the very latest to hand in your reflections to Fr Michael for him to compile a consolidated return to Fr John Chandler by 1st March. We are being asked by Pope Francis to listen and to reflect deeply and prayerfully on the future Church and our role. The 10 questions address the broad theme: ‘What changes need to be made – in myself, in our parish and in the Diocese – to make the church’s mission today more vibrant and effective?’ Our diocesan return will inform a national response summarised by the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, which will be sent to Rome.

3 Dates/Events for your Diary:

CTNA (Churches Together in Newbury Area) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Sunday 27th February 2022, at 6pm, at St Nicholas’ Church, Newbury. (Followed by refreshments). CTNA comprises representation from many different churches in Newbury who are attempting in cooperation with one another to give better collective Christian witness to our faith in the area. Please consider attending alongside Fr Michael in order to help heighten our profile as part of CTNA. There is also the opportunity for us to have a parish display after the AGM in St Nicholas’ Church Hall where the refreshments will be offered. Anyone willing to help put one together?

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – Friday 4th March 2022. A short service for the Newbury area will be held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Shaw, Newbury RG14 2DR. The service starts at 10.30am. All are welcome and refreshments will be available afterwards. This year the Prayer Service has been prepared by the Christian Women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and takes as its theme 'I know the plans I have for you'.

CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal – Friday 11th March. - CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal is Friday 11th March, a day when we eat simply and give generously to support families around the world with expert training in growing and making healthy food. Your small act of love this Lent will make a big difference to many communities affected by extreme hunger and children suffering from malnutrition. You can donate in church using a CAFOD envelope or by visiting the CAFOD website (cafod.org.uk/lent).


13th February 2022

OFFERTORY COLLECTION PARISH DONATIONS –

You will not be surprised to learn that church offertory financial contributions have taken a very significant hit due to the pandemic and to periods of church closure and greatly reduced congregation size. The impact on parish finances is worrying – the average Sunday collection total is now only about 60-70% compared to what it was 2 years ago.

With changes to COVID church protocols, a normal offertory collection resumes from this Sunday. Please be as generous as you can. Fr Michael and members of the Parish Finance Committee will be addressing the parish about this issue soon at Sunday Mass


Date for the Diary: CTNA (Churches Together in Newbury Area) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

Sunday 27th February 2022, at 6pm, at St Nicholas’ Church, Newbury. (Followed by refreshments). CTNA comprises representation from many different churches in Newbury who are attempting in cooperation with one another to give better collective Christian witness to our faith in the area. Please consider attending alongside Fr Michael in order to help heighten our profile as part of CTNA. There is also the opportunity for us to have a parish display after the AGM in St Nicholas’ Church Hall where the refreshments will be offered. Anyone willing to help put one together?

LOURDES 2022 -

We are proposing a Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes from Monday 4th July until Friday 8th July. Cost £595 per person sharing. Single supplement £33 per night. Cost includes direct flight to Lourdes, transfers, full board at the Hotel Agena and airport assistance where required. For those requiring further information or who wish to join the Pilgrimage, please contact Anne Paice by e mail on annepaice62@yahoo.co.uk or leave your name and phone number at the Parish Office on 01635 40167.

PARENTS’ MEETING FOR THE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME – Thursday 17th February 7.00pm:

St Joseph’s Parish Hall. All parents of children who have been enrolled in this year’s First Holy Communion Preparation Programme should attend this meeting to meet the Catechist Team and to learn about the forthcoming Programme. The meeting should hopefully not exceed one hour.


6th February 2022

A PARISH PLATINUM JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY?

The long Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend this year is a 4 day long weekend from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June. The Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It would be good to mark this historic Jubilee with a parish celebration – perhaps a Garden Party at the Church? If this idea has your support, we should start planning for it now. Ideas and volunteers are welcome. Please start the conversation!

Sunday 6th February – PLATINUM JUBILEE.

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the death of HM King George VI, and is therefore the 70th (Platinum) Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952. We give thanks today, and during the coming year, for the example of dutiful service that Her Majesty has given to the nation and the Commonwealth, and pray that God will bless her with continued good health as we mark this extraordinary milestone.

The Sick and Housebound.

If you know of anyone who would like to receive our prayers please inform Fr Michael via the parish telephone number or email address.

Quiz Night on Friday 4th March, 2022.

Entries to the quiz have now all sold out, a big thank you to everybody who has supported this popular event. Ted and Marion Shaw


29th January 2022

Need for volunteer readers at 08.30am Sunday Mass.

More readers are needed. Please make yourself known if willing. Readers perform a vital ministry for the parish and should always prepare their readings in advance of Mass, in order to read with fluency and understanding, so that the congregation can easily understand and follow the Word of God.

Tea & Coffee after 11.00am Sunday Mass.

Refreshments will resume after the 11.00am Mass each Sunday from today, 30th January. All are welcome. Rotas are available at the back of the church today for those who have volunteered to assist with this ministry of hospitality.

The Sick and Housebound.

We wish to update the list of parish sick and housebound. If you know of anyone who would like to continue receiving our prayers please inform Fr Michael, otherwise names will be removed. Similarly, if you know of anyone who would like to receive our prayers and they are not on the list to please contact him via the parish telephone number or email address

Mill Hill Missionaries (Red box collections)

Many thanks to Phyllis Smith who has looked after this fundraising activity within St Joseph’s. This work helps to fund missionary projects around the world. A new volunteer, however, is needed to take on this role from Phyllis. The role involves receiving and counting the money collected in each red box (approx. 5-10 boxes per month) and depositing the revenue into the APF – Mill Hill bank account. Please let Fr Michael or Chris Bartlam know if you can help. Thank you.

Quiz Night on Friday 4th March, 2022.

Entries to the quiz have now all sold out, a big thank you to everybody who has supported this popular event. Ted and Marion Shaw

Knock Pilgrimage: 14th – 18th March 2022.

A 4-night pilgrimage to Knock is taking place especially for parishioners of the Portsmouth Diocese commencing Monday 14th March. For details contact: Patricia Ronane at knockpilgrimages@gmail.com

 


 

23rd January 2022

Sunday 23rd January - Second Collection for St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.

This collection is the only support our Cathedral receives annually from the wider diocesan family. Appeal envelopes are available at all Masses for those who do not have gift aided planned giving envelopes for second collections – where possible please complete the Gift Aid statement.

Alternatively, a ‘Give as you Live’ page has been created at: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/cathedral-annual-appeal-1


A VERY BIG THANK YOU FROM THE SVP.

Dear fellow parishioners thanks to your wonderful generosity our Christmas appeal raised £25,915.On behalf of those in need who will seek help and support during the coming year please accept our sincere thanks.

SYNOD 2021-2023.

You may have seen information in our newsletter from Fr John Chandler on this initiative of Pope Francis. We are being asked to listen and to reflect deeply and prayerfully on the future Church and our role. To begin this consultation Pope Francis is inviting us to reflect on 10 questions around the broad theme: ‘What changes need to be made – in myself, in our parish and in the Diocese – to make the church’s mission today more vibrant and effective?’ Our thoughts will be fed back into a consolidated diocesan response, which – in turn – will inform a national response summarised by the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, which will be sent to Rome.

Parishioners are encouraged to meet in small groups to look at the questions and formulate their brief responses which Fr Michael will summarise and send to Fr Chandler by the deadline of 1st March. If interested, please ask Fr Michael for the Question Template to complete. Responses will need to be concise and brief. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Fr Chandler directly via jchandler@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

 


16th January 2022

New Parish Email Address:

Please note that in order to comply with diocesan policy we are now obliged to change our parish email contact address in order to synchronise with the Portsmouth Diocesan IT system and its protocols.

The new email is: office@stjosephsnewbury.org.uk Please cease using the old email address (parishpriest@stjosephsnewbury.org.uk).

Be assured, however, that for a period of time emails sent to the old address will auto-forward to the new email address inbox and will not be lost!

Sunday 23rd January - Second Collection for St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.

This collection is the only support our Cathedral receives annually from the wider diocesan family. Appeal envelopes are available at all Masses for those who do not have gift aided planned giving envelopes for second collections – where possible please complete the Gift Aid statement.

Alternatively, a ‘Give as you Live’ page has been created at: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/cathedral-annual-appeal-1

West Berks Foodbank – An Urgent Appeal.

They are urgently in need of basic items, which include tinned meals, tinned vegetables, tinned fish, tinned soups, sponge puddings, tinned fruit, baked beans, coffee, biscuits, instant mash, pasta sauce cup-a-soups, ketchup, long life fruit juice, UHT milk, sugar, healthy snacks, lunch box treats, shower gel, shampoo, non-bio washing powder. Donations of money can be made through the website:
www.westberks.foodbank.org.uk

The Food Bank is currently feeding over 600 people per week, 3 times as many as in May. Many people find it easier to leave donations in the Foodbank boxes at the supermarkets and that is great.

Advance Notice.

Quiz Night on Friday 4th March, 2022 at 7pm St Josephs Church Hall, tickets £12 pp which includes a fish/ chicken and chip supper, all tickets must be booked and paid for before 1st March. Quiz Teams: 6 people per team. Please bring your own alcohol and soft drinks, plus reusable wine/beer glass.

For tickets contact: Ted Shaw: email: shawejj@gmail.com

Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18th – 25th January.


The annual week of prayer for Christian unity begins on Tuesday 18Th January. We are encouraged to pray together and through our prayers come trust, friendship, and the desire to work together. The late Cardinal Hume once said that Christians “should not do apart that which we can do together” – and this should be our default approach to so many of the pastoral issues that face all our communities. We need to recognise our differences, but there is much that unites us and allows us to work and pray together. This will enable us to be more open to the spiritual gifts that flow from a greater engagement with our fellow Christians. Christian Unity cannot be a “side-issue” – it is central to the very nature of the Church. Jesus prayed “that they may all be one” – and he linked his prayer to the mission that he had given them, “so that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Vatican II lamented that this unity had fragmented, noting that division among Christian communities “openly contradicts the will of Christ [and] scandalizes the world” and Saint John Paul II in his encyclical Ut unum sint, told us that “the quest for Christian unity is not a matter of choice or expediency, but a duty which springs from the very nature of the Christian community”.