Booking a Mass at St Joseph’s

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Welcome back to Mass at St Joseph’s. For info and the link to book a Mass please see below. When capacity is reached, we regret that we will not be able to accept more people, due to the government and diocesan guidelines regarding social distancing. God Bless and see you in church!

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Masses at St Joseph’s during the coronavirus pandemic

Daily 10am Mass live streamed from St Joseph’s.

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With more than 1,000 parishioners at Sunday Masses, and around 70 parish groups, St Joseph’s is a vibrant and varied parish, serving Catholics of every age, interest and background.
If you’re new to the parish, or just interested in Catholicism, why not come to
Sunday Mass at 9.30am, 11.30am and 5.30pm or  Saturday at 6pm. 

You are guaranteed a warm welcome. Then come and meet others over coffee (between the 9.30am & 11.30am Masses), and introduce yourself to Father Uche or Deacon John-Simon. Everyone is welcome.

Lectio Divina Retreat facilitated online by Contemplative Outreach’s Lectio Divina Service Team (USA) on 7th/8th August.

This online retreat offered on the zoom platform will provide an opportunity to explore and deepen one’s individual practice of Lectio Divina as a way of praying the scriptures. The traditional four moments of the prayer (reading, reflecting, responding and rest) are explored as expressions of the four senses of scripture: the literal, allegorical, behavioural/moral, and unitive senses.  See website for more.

The monastic form of Lectio Divina is used for both individual and group experiences of the prayer. Prayer times will be followed by small group faith sharing. The fruits and gifts of Becoming a Word of God will be explored using the Lectio Divina method on a personal life experience. The retreat includes periods of silent prayer, such as Centring Prayer, to support the praying of Holy Scripture. Profound silence helps us open our hearts and minds to hear with the ear of our hearts both the presented conference materials and the scripture we pray.

The Retreat begins with Conference 1 on Friday 7th August at 7pm Central Time (U.S. time) but as this is 1am UK time, Lesley O’Connor (Waterford) has kindly offered to present the first conference on Saturday morning 8th August at 11.30am. Retreatants in UK can then continue with everyone for Conferences 2, 3 and 4 beginning at 2.30pm.  Here is a link to details of the Lectio Divina retreat UK time.

https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/event/lectio-divina-immersion-zoom-retreat/
When applying for the retreat you can make a request to attend the first conference on the Saturday morning.  If there is any problem please contact Lesley at
lesleywaterford@gmail.com and she will get a link to you.

PARISH DONATIONS / GIVING

We are pleased to announce that we can now accept cashless donations for the Parish by debit and credit cards from all the major card schemes, using the handsets at the back of Church.

On the handset screen are a number of amounts you can choose, but if these do not suit you, you can choose a different amount to donate.

You can donate contactlessly, or you can insert your card into the keypad where you can authorise your donation using your card’s PIN.

You will be asked to register for Gift-Aid, and you would only have to do this the first time you donate.  NB.  You will need register even if you are already registered as a Gift-Aider with the parish.

If you want to give your donation to the Parish Collection as cash, there are baskets at the back of Church.  If you would like to give regularly by standing order, please contact the Parish Office.  Many thanks on behalf of the parish.

Sacramental Update

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 – There is now a possibility that the First Holy Communion Masses will take place during August.  A second Confession will also be arranged.  Details to follow via an email to the parents once everything has been confirmed, so please do keep an eye out for these emails in the next week or so.

CONFIRMATION 2020– The 2 remaining sessions for the Confirmandi will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 1st September and Thursday 3rd September, both at 8pm.  The Zoom code will be emailed to the parents nearer the time.  Again, please make sure you check your emails for this info.

RCIA 2020 – The remaining sessions have been taking place for those on the current programme. Please look out for emails from Deacon John -Simon for any updates regarding this and the next course.

BAPTISMS – These are planned to re-start in September.  We will get up to date with the Baptisms already booked with us, but please wait to hear from us when the office re-opens around the middle of September, please God.