Our Parish is blessed..

with a number of active and welcoming prayer and ministry groups as well as other activities that regularly take place. We encourage you to come and take part in any of the following;

Contact Pat Chesterton for more information

Every second Monday of each month at St Clare’s Catholic Church

Mass 19:30 and followed by meeting at 20:00.

Contact Pauline Gilbert for more information

Tuesdays 19.15 – 21.00 at St. Clare’s Church.

This is a charismatic prayer group. The meeting has 5 phases;

  1. PRAYER, PRAISE and THANKSGIVING to God, in word and song.
  2. WORSHIP of God
  3. LISTENING to God in silence
  4. SHARING what God has revealed to us

There is an opportunity at the end of the meeting for individual prayer..

Prayer Group – To our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

Mondays at 19:15 -19:45

St Joseph’s Catholic Church, High Street, Aylesbury

Contact Kevin Gavin for more information

Third Monday of every month 19:30 – 21:30.

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, High St, Aylesbury.

Contact John Fry for further information

This group meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at 19:00hrs

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, High St, Aylesbury.

Contact Geraldine White for further information

This group meets every Tuesday at 19:00h – 20:30h.

at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, High Street, Aylesbury.

The meeting is warm, welcoming and prayerful.

The spirituality is Marian centred with an emphasis on learning from Mary

the First Disciple of Jesus.

Daily Prayer and Visitation of families is at the heart of the Mission.

Close bonds are formed between members.

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy takes place every Sunday during the 09:30h Mass at St Joseph’s Church.

At St Clare’s, Children’s Liturgy hopefully will recommence post Easter 2019.

A mobile class room is being purchased to facilitate this and will be situated there.

Presently volunteers are being sought to minister in this area.

Deanery Clergy Report from Meeting of 17th September 2019
The meeting was preceded with Neil Roseman (Nymo) taking photos of clergy for the purposes of acquiring a Celebret credit card style authentication. This will be done by the vicar general who has the technology to provide such like – one year duration – provided that clergy have attended recommended courses or online safeguarding programmes.
1 The clergy of the deanery of St John Fisher convened at St Joseph’s presbytery at 11:30h. with the following present;
Frs Beirne, JB, Iroh JI, Wisniewski LW, Fleming JF, Neil Roseman Diocese and Jim Cargin Ministry Pillar
1 The Meeting opened with the Deanery Prayer let by JB.
2 Apologies
Deacons Sillitoe and Duffy sent apologies for absences from meeting.
Various Matters relating to Communications were addressed. JB made the following points:
A An updated Deanery Noticeboard, with up to date information, is now being prepared by the parish of St Joseph and St Clare. The clergy were invited to put in their orders should they wish. Two orders were placed.
B The parishes served by Fr Leszek and Fr Joseph were invited to be represented in the directory (already in use for Aylesbury churches) when it comes to be reviewed in Advent 2019. LW expressed an interest in this. (This directory lists all the groups serving currently in the Aylesbury area)
C The clergy were invited to participate in the round robin sharing of weekly relevant information and in the facility of the Deanery diary. The latter is a very valuable asset for planning. Again, interest was expressed in this. JB would email all with the relevant information to get started.
D The Diocesan Directory needs the careful attention of the clergy in ensuring that correct and up to date information is only published. Clergy were asked to ensure this was done in this month of September.
E Again all parishes were asked to contribute suitably skilled people to help with the Communications pillar serving our deanery. Can clergy keep an eye open for such like and let JB know please.
F JB enquired of all the clergy as to the condition of their websites. Some felt theirs needed rebuilding. Keeping them updated and relevant is a continuous challenge but ultimately very worthwhile for it is the language that our young people understand via their smart phones.
G JB now receives most of his requests for help via the website especially from young people.
3 The Report/June 2019
This was accepted as accurate.
4 The Day of Reflection October 12th, 2019
JB outlined what had happened by way of preparation for the Day of Reflection for October 12th.
The Steering group composed of Geraldine White and Evan Hatch had emailed all the clergy with directives for what needed to be done by way of preparation.
Each parish was allocated 10 places of which there are seven in the deanery.
Each attendee would need to fill out a form covering individual needs/allergies.
All clergy present acknowledged reception of this communication. All were at at varying stages by way of response.
JB had the list of ten names for Geraldine and was in the process of making available the form for individual needs.
A full list of attendees will have to be forwarded to Geraldine White from all the priests with accompanying forms for individual needs. The latter covers safeguarding issues pertinent to food.
The matter of funding such occasions was raised. JB said he would pay the full bill up front and then request each parish to pay its share.
5 The Diocesan Catechetical Gathering 2020
Again, all parishes had received communication from Alex Heath regarding the programme for the Diocesan Gathering in 2020.
Each Parish should already have had a summer plenary gathering of all their catechists to review their situation and elect 2 delegates to the Deanery Pastoral Area Gathering at Princes Risborough parish.
This is scheduled for Saturday 9th November at St Teresa’s church/parish hall, Princes Risborough 10:00h – 13:00h.
6 Forthcoming Local Events
Our Lady of Lourdes celebrates its Golden jubilee on Sunday 13th October 2019
Guardian Angels is running a programme aimed at awakening lapsed Catholics commencing Thursday 19th September for 4 weeks
The Blessing of the Graves will take place on Remembrance Sunday in November with JB in attendance at Tring Rd, cemetery.
7 Diocesan Events.
The Retreat at Douai in October 21th – 26th will be attended by JB.
The Advent Reflection at Hothorpe Hall in early December likewise will be attended by JB, JF and JI.
JB mentioned the following:
The increasing pressures on clergy today with so many things being in their remit.
The core of our ministry can sadly get relegated to the back burner with the grind of administrative work ever increasing unless there is careful balance kept.

The care of the sick and vulnerable in our midst needs to be maintained – where our energies need be devoted -with suitable time for the preparation of courses, liturgies, homilies, catechesis and spirituality maintained. This should not be lost sight of amid all the other matters.
The need for clergy to be given on-going help in the ever-changing landscape of IT seems so necessary and yet so rarely mentioned in diocesan planning and service. Neil Roseman was asked to kindly share this with the relevant diocesan bodies with a view to a suitable response.
9 Ministry Jim Cargin
Jim outlined what the Ministry Pillar had been doing over the years.
A Conversation ensued with each priest outlining what he was seeking to do in this area.
B JF is blessed with dedicated Lay ministers assisting him with visits to care homes.
C Likewise JI is assisted by two very active ministers via the hospital and care homes.
D JB has a huge area to cover and can only respond through teams and individual ministers visiting the care and private homes. Ongoing communication with these ministers is vital if good care is to be given. This could be facilitated by the Ministry Pillar.
Again, he is reliant on the email facility, landline phone family and friends of sick to keep him informed of need.
The seriously ill have a special place with a monthly home visit for the Sacrament of the Sick.
There seems to be an increasing need for Eucharistic Ministers to include in their ministry the needs of those who cannot get to church.
JB thanked, on behalf of the deanery, Jim Cargin for the methodical approach that was being applies to the care of our sick and housebound. The contacts with Care homes is invaluable with posters being displayed bearing the names of clergy available to visit and pertinent information displayed.
This conversation continued over the lunch that was served in the dining room.
Fr John White joined the meeting for lunch and the usual stimulating conversation ensued with an enjoyable exchange of valuable ideas- all assisted by a glass of red wine.
A topic that received attention was the need of singles in our town and what perhaps could be done. It was remarked that a successful response had been made to the Poor/Homeless which could perhaps be followed up in a similar vein here. Further consideration will be given here
JB asked all the clergy and witness to give a mark to this deanery event from 0 to 10
The score was 7 8 8 8 9
Area where we all could improve “our ability to hear each other without interrupting “
Finally, not only a very enjoyable get together, but also a valuable sharing occasion keeping us in touch with each other and our ministry.

Minutes of Aylesbury Forum Meeting 11 Sept. 2019
Present Canon John Beirne, Father John Fleming, Rev. John Sillitoe,
Rosemary Gowers, Sr. Bernadette

Matters arising
We discussed the Deanery Pastoral Council which is being set up and will require two representatives from each parish.
The steering group which is being set up feel that the schools need to be part of the Pastoral Council and suggest a representative from each school.
The Deanery Pastoral Council will look at :-
-What we do well in our parish
-What else could we possibly do
-Further structures
There will be a day to reflect on these issues on 12th Oct. 2019 9.30- 4.00
Ten people from each parish will be allocated for the day.
Pillar Reports
There is a new programme for the RCIA, Baptism, First Reconciliation and Communion in St. Joseph’s and St. Clare’s church
Ministry Pillar
Jim Cargin has taken over chairing this pillar
Fr. Fleming described the giant Ecumenical service in the park.
Leaders from different churches in the Aylesbury vale network were present.
Mathew Travers and Tom Rawlings are going into Secondary schools and setting up a network representing Youth for Christ. They hope to form units of young Christians.
There will be a commissioning of the Director of Youth for Christ in the Holy Trinity Church.Clergy who want to work with Youth for Christ will have the opportunity
Post Confirmation
An effort is being made to follow up the Confirmandi. The youth need to be fed by wider streams. Tom to be asked to come and speak to the young people

Guardian Angels
An effort is being made to reach out to sleeping Catholics.
DVD’s will be shown for 4 weeks beginning Thursday Sept. 19th
It is felt that something needs to be done to help single people to feel they belong to the parish community Those in their 20’s 30’s and 40’s
Have a pizza evening and soft drinks
Prepare something for the following get together.
e.g. talk about how they feel.
St. Louis
Rose filled us in about the situation in school. The new headmistress Catherine Majin is settling in
There are 60 reception children
Our Lady of Lourdes
The parish is preparing to celebrate its Golden Jubilee
Extraordinary year of Mission
Pope Francis wants us to focus on this during the month of October.
The next meeting will be on Wed. 11th Dec.

Heads and Clergy Meeting
22nd May 2019

School Reports:
St. Louis: Announced retirement of Head Teacher, Margaret Louisey. Noted achievements include the development of Pupils and Staff and the expansion of the school and superb record of Ofstead inspections. The Chaplain recorded his thanks and appreciation for the contribution made over many years of service.
St. Joseph’s: Deputy Head Catherine Machin leaving to take up new post as Head Teacher of St. Louis. Recruitment of replacement underway. School full but some spaces available for September.
St. Michael’s: Supplementary Form compulsory, no form no admission, robust approach-applications in person. Challenge for next year, no standalone budget for set up. Recruitment of TAs help from parishes. Staffing for next year going well. Move into new school 5th August.

St Joseph and St. Clare’s: First Communion in June, followed by Confirmation in July. Workshops for Volunteers. Next APA Newsletter will be published in June. Diocese providing events for development of catechists.

Communication: The Deanery noticeboard to be updated.

First Reconciliation / First Communion Parents meeting 18th September 2019

We held out first parents meeting on Wednesday evening 18th September 2019 at 8pm. There was 43 parents who attended, but some were not able to attend for reason of work commitment or baby sitters. We started our evening with some information about First Reconciliation dates and First Communion dates.

All the parents who attended on the evening were given a letter with the date for their child’s First Reconciliation, which will be in November/December.

We then started out evening with a prayer before moving on to the parents choosing the date for their child’s First Communion next May / June.

Before handing over to Felicity, Viv read a poem called Family. This poem is very much about forgiveness and how we treat one another within our family.

Felicity then talked about what being a catechist meant to her, how she first became a catechist, what it meant to be a catechist and how she managed to fit it in with working full time, having 3 young children and a husband to care for.

She talked about her faith and how she enjoyed passing on her faith to the children, and the look on the children’s faces when they received their First Holy Communion.

We finished the evening with our Guarding Angel Prayer at 9pm.

This was a very busy meeting, but it did get a lot of the dates sorted, leaving us time to arrange with those who could not attend the meeting.

Posted 20 September 2019