mass intentions & Sunday readings
Thursday Mass at St. Pius On Thursday 23rd August there is a Funeral Mass at St. Pius. Unfortunately we have not been able to find a priest to supply for the 9.15am Mass at St. Mary’s so regret that Mass will have to be cancelled. With apologise for any disappointment caused.
Parish Project Manager We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced project manager to facilitate the next chapter in the life of our Parish. The project (which runs from September 2018 until Easter 2019) involves research, advice and implementing the recommendations of our working groups on Prayer, Formation and Mission. The post holder will work collaboratively to develop our vision and its funding. This post is in response to an eventful year in the life of Guildford Parish with the retirement of the Parish Administrator, the Induction of a new Clergy Team and the Bishop’s diocesan-wide consultation, “The Word who is Life”. The salary will reflect relevant skills and experience. Please send your CV, explaining why you are interested in this role and what you can offer, to Mgr Tony Barry. Closing Date: 23rd August
FHC 2018/2019 Registration is now open
Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Families who regularly worship at St Joseph’s, St Mary’s, St Pius X or St Edward the Confessor can enrol their children for the parish preparation for Reconciliation and Holy Communion if they will be in School Year 3 and above in September. Please visit www.CPG.church/first-communion.html for more information. Closing date for applications is
1st October 2018.
Project Francis - Finding a home in Guildford for a Syrian Refugee Family Bishop Richard set up a Diocesan Project to support Refugees. The Diocese encourages us to respond by working with local initiatives and, accordingly, the Catholic Parish of Guildford has decided to attempt to find a home in Guildford for a vulnerable Syrian refugee family. This means we need to find a property available for rental by the family and to identify a number of volunteers and befrienders to help the family establish itself in its new home. For further detail a leaflet is available at the back of the church or see https://www.cpg.church/social-action.html.If you want to be involved or know of a possible property, please respond via the web-page or to Alan Hughes by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone him on 826124.
If you have not registered on the Parish Database please do sign up at www.cpg.church - with changes in Data Protection this is NOW our only way of finding telephone numbers etc. to contact people. Thank you
Interested in becoming a Catholic?
We will be beginning with a new group of the RCIA on 18th September, meeting weekly on Tuesdays in St Mary's Hall, 7.30-9.30. Do come along and give it a try. We don't ask for any commitment for the first couple of months. The sessions involve teaching, discussion and prayer. For more details and how to apply through the website, check out this link.
If you are interested in learning more about the Catenians, please contact Ian Rogers on 07970 782465 or email@example.com
The St Mary's Baby and Toddler Group
Some volunteers are needed to help with preparing and serving tea, coffee and snacks from September. If you think you could help in this way or would like to know more about the toddler group please e-mail the CYF Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 15th September, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Saturday evening 6pm Mass in St Pius X intention will be for Bereaved parents of the Parish. If you have had to face the ultimate pain of losing a child whether by still birth, loss of an infant or older child, even a miss carriage, we would invite you to attend this Mass. There will be an opportunity for you to place your deceased child’s name in a basket which will be placed on the altar during Mass. Please look out for this when arriving for Mass. We will be providing light refreshments in the quiet room after Mass so that we can get to know people who are living with this sad loss. We are the only people who can truly understand how it feels and how it affects the rest of your life and the life of the siblings and other members of the bereaved family. In this way we may be able to establish how to support one another and newly bereaved families in the Parish. Jo Aldridge (07951 647626) and Francis Allen (07802612512) Bereavement Support Group
St Pius X are looking for an organist for the weekend masses if you would like to help please contact Elizabeth Lewis
Are you involved in Formation in the parish or would you like to get involved with Formation? "Formation" can involve any setting where you may share the faith with others. We invite you to join us for the CCO Faith Studies Discovery Course together. It is a 6-week course that will allow us to revisit the Gospel message, to improve our confidence in sharing our faith clearly and simply. No matter how experienced you are or how mature you are in your faith, we encourage you to join us for this 6- week course. We are running Discovery in St Joseph's Church Hall, 7.30pm, over the 6 Monday evenings from September 10th. If you can't join us on a Monday evening, we are also running Discovery in St Joseph's Church Hall, 10.00am, over the following 6 Wednesday mornings from September 12th, h If you have any questions please contact Aseel: 01483 562 794 or email@example.com.
May They Rest in Peace
Please pray for the parishioners who have died recently and their families who mourn. Funeral for Mary Eddy will be on Monday 20th August at St Pius X at 11.15am.
Funeral for Cecily Williamson will be on Thursday 23rd August at St Pius X 10 am.
Funeral for Audrey Reid will be on Thursday 30th August at St Pius X at 10am.
Fundraising, Communication and Design
If you have skills in the above the Parish Finance Committee would be grateful to hear from you as it prepares a presentation for the Parish on our parish priorities and how they are financed. Only 3 or 4 meetings are involved. Please contact Geoff Bignell on 01483 571670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Both Children & Adults Have you thought of becoming an altar server? If you have received your First holy communion and would like to join the team, please contact Sandy@cpg.church
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
There is a day of Reflection for EMHC ON SATURDAY 15th September at St Joseph’s Church commencing with Mass at 10am and finishing at 1pm in the afternoon (2-4 pm ) there will be an additional session for new Ministers and those who would welcome a refresher: this will cover the practical points ( at Mass and visiting the sick)
Big 0s Party
We are holding a celebration party for all those celebrating birthdays of a big O during 2018 at St Pius hall. Those that wish to join in either contact Mervyn Burby, Michael Steele or Christine Learoyd
Diocesan Mass for Altar Servers On Saturday 15th September at 5pm in Arundel Cathedral with Bishop Richard. Please see poster at the back of church or in the sacristy for more details. all Altar servers and anyone who would like to serve are welcome to attend.
On Saturday 22nd September the Knights of St Columba are running a Charity Quiz in St Pius Church hall, with the ever popular Phil and Chris Mitchell in charge. More details nearer the time but please put the date in your diaries now.
St Mary’s Flower Arrangers The flower ladies at St Mary’s would like to ‘grow’ their team. If you would like to join us we would be delighted. You do not need to be a professional flower arranger, a love of flowers will see you through. We operate on a rota system so depending on the number in the team you would be expected to take a two week slot every few weeks. Please contact Mairi O’Connell on 01483 233223 for further details.
The Polish Community will be celebrating Mass (in Polish) at St. Edward’s at 6pm on Saturday Evenings instead of at St. Joseph’s on a Sunday afternoon.
Join the refreshing Ministry
Meeting people for coffee after Mass is such a pleasant experience and it’s important for developing our community. At St Pius we need one or two more people to help with serving on Thursdays or Sundays. Interested? Then email Liz on email@example.com re Sundays and Christine Learoyd on firstname.lastname@example.org for Thursdays.
To book Mass Intentions, please use the envelopes provided at the back of the church; if you wish to book an specific date please make your request through the form below or ring the Parish Office