Children at St Joseph's have performed the Way of the Cross for the local community, sharing the events of Holy Week with their families.
Higher Prep (Year 5) class have been reflecting on the Stations of the Cross. They then wrote their own diary entries to recount the events.
Every weekday at 6pm (thanks to the IT Team) Evening Prayer is Live-streamed from the Church. Either 'live' or by watching the recording, over a 100 people take part most days. This evening a comment was posted (see above). If you would like a candle lit for any intention please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Sunday (5th Lent) 14 couples came together for the day to conclude their Marriage Preparation Course. Beginning at the 10.30am Mass - with a blessing for the couples - the day included lunch, discussion and a lot of laughter! There was agreement at the end that it had been a very helpful course - and many had made great new friends. We assure them of our prayers as they make their final preparations for their Marriages.
CAFOD Big Lent Walk
On Saturday 18th March 2023 a group of intrepid CAFOD supporters set out on the arduous Big Lent Walk from St Pius X Church in Merrow to the heights of Newlands Corner and back, a total distance of over 6km. For once the BBC weather App was totally wrong and cleared to a dry morning. Inspired by Monica Rowden, who so far has walked in excess of 180km raising approaching £700, who knows what the remaining days of Lent will bring. The walkers l-r were Steve Rowden, Jan Gutowski, Maria Bonnici, Monica Rowden, Judith Combes, Sarah Style, Michael Combes and CAFOD’s Jenny Finlayson.
Solemnity of St. Joseph
St. Joseph's School (who created the wonderful picture above) celebrated their Patronal Feast with a Mass. Congratulations to them on some great Singing, Reading and Praying. The pupils were all excited at the idea that Lent was suspended for the day!
Agnes 'Jane' Cupit RIP
Alison Rayer RIP
CAFOD Soup Lunch at St. Mary's
Thank you to all those who supported the CAFOD Soup Lunch at St. Mary's Church Hall on Sunday 12th March. The organisers provided a warm welcome and a great selection of soups: Thank you.
First Scrutiny for The Elect
At the 5pm Mass on Sunday 12th March some of the Elect were called forward as the parish celebrated the First of the Scrutinies. The Elect, who will be Baptised during the Easter Vigil, were assured of the prayers of the whole parish as we journey with them over the next three weeks. During the Homily Mgr. Tony had noted that it is a real encouragement to the parish that they have responded so faithfully having heard the Call of God.
Scott Coleman Visits Seminary
Scott visits the seminary to meet the Rector and Pastoral Director to discuss the progress of his formation. (It’s going well, and the pastoral placement in Guildford has been extremely beneficial!)
Coincidentally, it’s also the Selection Advisory Conference this weekend, so please pray for candidates for seminary and vocations to the priesthood!
A Welcome Sight
A welcome sight as the Clergy Team continued their visit of the parish this week.
(Look up 'Chalking the Door' if you need an explanation!)
Brother Michael Strode
This week saw a rare and uplifting moment in the life of a parish. Peter Strode (St. Pius Community) met with Mgr. Tony. Peter needed to have his signature witnessed and the parish stamp applied to his account of the life of his brother, Dr. Michael Strode, founder of The HCPT Lourdes Charity.
The friends of Brother Michael (as he became in later life) and many who worked with him think he was a saint. While a formal process of canonisation cannot begin until five years after his death, testimonies about his spirituality are actively being gathered.
For more information, see www.brothermichaelstrode.org
Young adults adore the Blessed Sacrament on a retreat day with Fr. Tristan, at St Pius X Church; the day also involved talks on the spiritual life, the rosary, confessions and fellowship.
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