ENVELOPES FOR THE NOVEMBER DEAD LIST are now available from the back of the church. This year, for many it will be a case of composing your own list and dropping your envelope through the letterbox at St Joseph’s presbytery with the writer’s name written on the envelope and marked “Holy Souls”. If you come to Mass, you can use the collection plate. In the coming year, a Mass will be offered up for each compiled list under the name of the person compiling the list. So please do not forget to write your name on the envelope.
Fr Johns Surgery – Confession, Registration, Baptisms and School enquiries.
Fr John hopes to be available on Saturday mornings at St Josephs Church/Sacristy between the hours of 1030 h and 12 noon.covering such matters as Confession, Registration, Baptism and Schools God Willing. Registration is now a requirement for all seeking to avail of parish services and can be done in the surgery on Saturday mornings.
Please make an appointment by email with him on the email address shown on our bulletin and only come to the surgery if you believe you are Covid free and not exhibiting symptoms. The stewards will assist you while in the church.
Fr John 16th October 2020
Congratulations to our winners for our October 200 Club draw
1st. £60. 79. C. Nicholls
2nd. £30. 101. A. McGovern
3rd. £10. 130. G. Giacomelli
All cheques have been posted out and very welcome with Christmas around the corner.
Marie Woods writes:
Awareness month 2020 for society of St. Vincent de Paul
While we have had to stop our befriending visits, our SVP members have been writing to or phoning many housebound parishioners, who live alone and are not able to visit family and friends. In the fine weather, we enjoyed a chat with one or two in their gardens and left them a newsletter. Fortunately, most have wonderful neighbours to do their shopping.
We have also phoned care homes and sent cards to those residents we used to see every week.
A family of travellers asked us for help while they waited to move on to a permanent site. We showed them where the launderette was, bought them gas bottles and gave them a Tesco voucher so that clothes could be bought for the children.
We continue to sponsor 2 SVP Conferences in India: St. Thomas Conference in Madhapuram and Thuckalay Central Conference. Sister Manju and Brother Iyathurai are very thankful for our support. It enables them to give food and medicine to the old, the sick and widows as well as helping a few students to continue their higher education.
The SVP, particularly during the pandemic, is also focused on raising money for the SVP’s Covid Recovery fund to help pay for the crucial work now and in the future. The website www.svp.org.uk/rise suggests all sorts of imaginative ways to raise much needed money for those in need. If anyone wishes to donate directly to the SVP society, you can do so through the above website, or you can send a cheque to our SVP group at St. Joseph’s, payable to “The St Joseph SVP Conference” and send to St Joseph SVP, St. Joseph’s church, 56 High Street, Aylesbury HP20 1SE.
Thank you very much for all your prayers and generosity
St Joseph and St. Clare Conference
October 1st 2020
Kindly click on this link on how to make my first Confession http://stjosephandstclare.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/My-First-Confession-2020-21.pdf
Kindly click on this link http://stjosephandstclare.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Schedule-Confession-Communion-2021.pdf to find out what and when there are events in our preparation for these Sacraments of First Confession/Communion 2020/ 21
Guidance for Parishioners attending Masses after July 25th, please view link below
Please go to link below to view our need for stewards for reopening on July 25th/26th at St Clare’s
First of all we are really grateful to all of you who already are giving in various ways to
enable our church continue and pay its way.
Like all homes the bills continually come in even when we can’t work.
The Church is very similar.
Fr John hopes to work with everyone to enable us play our part and get us through this time without going into deficit.
For more guidance click above on website address
Holy Week Message from Pope Francis 2020
Pope Francis in his Holy week address reminds all of us of the following.
The struggles that people are going through currently.
Families, Prisoners, The Poor and Homeless.
Those who are putting themselves at risk to serve and care for others.
He encourages all of us to be generous in our Neighbourhoods.
Bishop David ” A Holy Week Address” given at the Cathedral in a service of Reconciliation.
An Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.
When we are aware of our need for Sacramental Confession but cannot avail of it due to the Coronavirus Pandemic Safeguarding measures,
This act of contrition if sincerely said from the Heart with a firm purpose of amendment restores atonement with God.
When possible a Sacramental Confession should be made.
Our Weekly Prayer Intentions.
This week in our thoughts and prayers we keep in mind all those affected by the coronavirus, their families and loved ones. We remember the frontline workers, the paramedics, nurses, doctor ancillary workers, the scientists and all working for a cure. Our Candle in the Window all night reminds us of our frontline workers.
We recall now all those for whom we have been asked to pray in our weekly Masses.
Julie Fenlon, Hillary McDermott, Phyllis Mahoney
Adrian Fabul, Gladys Turnbull, Theda Gordon, Kathy Stevens
Michael Mulligan, Christopher Almeida, Maura Kinsella, Maureen Quiller
Ann Adams, Pauline Cargin, Eileen Teahan,
Gerard Wilson, Feargal Callaghan, Susan Daggett, Fr Edmund Worthy
Sympathy with the recently bereaved.
Our prayers and sympathy lie with the following:
The Langtry family on the death of James in the morning of the 10th April
The Marsala family on the death of Francesca who died on Saturday 11th April
May they rest in peace.
Funeral arrangements will be posted online when known.