200 Club Winners October 2021

The Winners in the October Draw of the 200 Club 2021

1st.           £60.          No 16.      C. Mynott
2nd.         £30.           No 131.    M. Collins
3rd           £10.           No 64.     J. O’Sullivan

Synod Starts 10th October 2021 Worldwide Call by Pope Francis

Bishop David writes;


The Church of God is convoked in Synod.
With this convocation,
Pope Francis invites the whole Church
to question itself on synodality:
a decisive theme for the life and mission of the Church.
After the opening ceremony in Rome on October 10, 2021
there are 7 days between the opening ceremony in Rome
and the opening ceremony in our Cathedral with Bishop David (October 17, 2021, 3pm)
which will be live-streamed. As a spiritual preparation for the opening of the Synod in each
local Church,
you are invited to use this time as 7 days of prayer for specific intentions related to the
Pray this prayer daily at Mass or in school assembly. It could be used as a conclusion to the
daily Universal Prayer [Prayer of the Faithful] or before the blessing at Mass.
The Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Synod: Adsumus Sancte Spiritus
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte
Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,”
which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for
hundreds of years, being attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – 4 April 636). As we
are called to embrace this synodal path of the Synod 2021-2023, this prayer invites the Holy
Spirit to operate within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace. For the
Synod 2021-2023, we propose to use this simplified version, so that any group or liturgical
assembly can pray more easily.
For further resources see synod.va
The Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Synod: Adsumus Sancte Spiritus – adapted for
younger people
Holy Spirit of God be with us as we pray.
Come into our hearts to guide us.
Show us what to do
because we need your help to always do what is good.
Keep us away from anything that is wrong.
Bring us together as God’s people
to always know what us true and right.
We ask you this because you are with us always and everywhere
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Ame

Streaming Facility.

Streaming Facility at St Clare’s.

Writing today Tuesday 7th October, we are pleased to say that we have tracked down the problem and fixed it.

Our Streaming service is now up and running again.

Canon John.

Tuesday 7th October 2021

12 noon.

200 Club Winners September 2021

September  Winners in the  September 200 Club draw winners
1st.           £60.          No 120.     J. Shepherd
2nd.         £30.           No 129.      C. Sheppard
3rd           £10.           No 67.        J. Chesterton



Saturday Morning Surgery

Each Saturday, when Fr John is available there is surgery

10:00h – 11:30h at St Joseph’s Church

This covers the following







School Matters

Track and Trace needed with Covid recommendations adhered to.


Fr John

24th September 2021



Sacrament of Confirmation 2022

Our Confirmation team met on Tuesday 23rd  August to further plan for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday 12th July at 1930h with Bishop David.

The following was agreed by the Team for this year’s programme of Preparation.


1 All the information regarding this Sacrament” will be, via the Parish Newsletter and Parish website where sections “News and Sacraments” will carry all necessary information.


2 On Friday 1st October 2021, The enquiry form will be posted on the Sacrament’s Section of the website under the heading Confirmation.

This form must be downloaded, filled in and returned with the accompanying Baptism certificate of the candidate to St Joseph’s Presbytery, white door letterbox, in an envelope marked “Confirmation 2022” with the candidate’s name clearly written on it. (Photocopies of Baptism Certificate suffice)

All returned enquiry forms must be accompanied by a certificate of Baptism of the candidate and be handed in by Sunday 31th October 18:00h as described above.

An email then must be sent to Fr John on the email address office@stjosephandstclare.co.uk that this has been done.

Do not return the enquiry form unless accompanied by the Baptism certificate of the candidate.


3  On Monday 1st November all the enquiry forms are processed by the Confirmation Team.


4 On Monday 8th November all the necessary documents relating to the Sacrament will be posted on the parish website under the heading of Sacraments.

This will entail six documents being posted and then downloaded and returned to the presbytery by Sunday 21th November 18:00h.

They are as follows:

A Registration Document

B Schedule of Preparation.

C Consent form.

D Candidates Prayer.

E Support Document of Parents/Guardian/ Sponsor.

D Data Protection Document.


5 On  Sunday 21th November 18:00h,  the necessary documents  of the above, must be returned to the presbytery at St Joseph’s presbytery  via the letterbox of the presbytery, white door

in an envelope clearly marked Confirmation 2022 with the candidate’s name clearly written on it.

An email then must be sent to  Fr John at the email address office@stjosephandstclare.co.uk explaining that this has been done.


6  On Thursday 13th January 2022 at 19:00h  Registration will take place at St Clare’s Church.

Attendance at this meeting is obligatory for all parents who wish to avail of this programme for their children.

Non-attendance by parents/Guardians at the above meeting will be interpreted as non-participation in the programme.

After Registration Evening no further candidates are admitted to the programme.


The Confirmation Catechetics Team

August 25th 2021.

First Confession and Communion 2022

The Parish Catechetics Team met on Wednesday 18th to Plan the Program for 2022 and agreed to the following:

1 The Program commences in January of 2022.

2 First Confession will be celebrated in May of 2022 on the following dates 14th and 21st May, commencing 10:00h.

3 First Communion will be celebrated on the following Sundays in June of 2022, 5th, 12th, and 19th at 15:00h at St Clare’s.

4 Registration for both of the above Sacraments will take place on Wednesday 5th January at 20:00h at St Clare’s Church.

( Failure to attend Registration Evening, when all information and directives are given, will mean non-admittance to the program for 2022)

5 Documentation to access the course will appear in the “Sacraments Section” of the Website in Mid November 2021

6 All Documents must be returned to the presbytery via the presbytery letterbox of St Josephs by Sunday 5th December 18:00h 2021

7 An email must be sent to the parish email address office@stjosephandstclare.co.uk confirming the above has been done.

8 All families wishing to join the program must be registered with our parish. This can be done via Fr John’s surgery on Saturday mornings from 10:00h – 11:30h.

8 Children must have reached the age of seven years when joining the program and normally be in year 3 of their education.

9 Baptism Certificates must accompany all applications for the above Sacraments.

10 Most of the preparation will be done online via the streaming link


The Catechetica Team.

20th August 2021



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