Newsletter 15th October 2023

Mass Times and Intentions

NOVEMBER - THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: The month of November gives each of us the opportunity to remember our dearly departed family and friends. We enter their names on the list of the dead and place their names on the Altar to remember them during this month of the Holy Souls. Lists and envelopes are available at the back of the parish churches.

Masses for deceased loved ones will be held in each of our Parish Churches at 7:30PM on the following dates:

The Holy Name - Friday 10th November.

St. Augustine of Canterbury - Friday 17th November.

Our Lady Immaculate - Friday 24th November.

LINKED PARISHES CHRISTMAS FAYRE: - Sunday 19th November We are now starting to collect donations of new items, toiletries, bric a brac, bottles of alcohol, toys, jewellery, books, and other good quality items. Boxes will be left at the back of our churches to receive these donations. With many thanks for your generosity. Any enquiries please phone Anne on (01245) 257463.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME 23-24. First Holy Communion application forms are available at the back of the churches. Applications should be returned to the Parish Office by the end of October. For more information see our website at https://www.chelmsfordcatholic...

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS: group meets for the first time in St Philip's Priory on the 9th November between 7:30-9pm. For more information see on our website at https://www.chelmsfordcatholic...

September 2024 intake – Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School tour: Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School are holding their school tours for prospective parents on Tuesday, 31st October at 10am, 1st November at 1.45pm and 8th November at 1.45pm. Places are limited so please telephone the school office on 01245 353755 to book a tour.

HOLY NAME LADIES' GROUP: will be meeting on Tuesday 17th October in the Canon Wilson Hall at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome.

ROSARY PRAYERS WITH THE LEGION OF MARY: The Holy Rosary will be prayed 25 minutes before all weekend Masses during October at OLI and Holy Name parishes. Anyone wishing to have the Rosary prayed in their home with two members of the Legion of Mary, or who would like to learn more about how to pray the Rosary, can contact Maria via the Parish Office.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS: will take place at The Church of the Holy Name after the 7:30pm Mass on Monday 16th October. All welcome.

A NOTICE ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION: Following some questions regarding how we receive Holy Communion, the following guidance comes from the most recent letter from our Bishops in 2011 following approval under Pope Benedict.

"The usual practice in parishes is for the Sacred Host to be received on the hand, standing, and when practical and prudent to do so reverently - for the Precious Blood to be received from the Chalice, also whilst standing. This practice of standing is now confirmed in the Liturgical Norm for England and Wales, just recently approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome. This Norm together with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal also provide choices which each recipient is at liberty to make: to receive the Sacred Host in the hand or on the tongue either standing or kneeling. Each way has its symbolic and spiritual meaning helping us to be profoundly aware of whom it is that we receive and the unity of faith we share."

You can read the original information from our Bishops at or speak to one of our Priests.

NEXT WEEKEND SECOND COLLECTION: World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It’s a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression. Every parish, school and community is invited to join this special event, and every penny, pound and prayer you give to Missio helps missionaries everywhere continue their work.

VOYAGES OF REVELATION: An audio-visual presentation of liturgical art forms. Organ Music with Steve Knight, paintings and Scripture. Saturday 21st October 11am to 2:30pm in Christ Church URC, 164 New London Road. Free and open to all. Donations welcome, all proceeds to the Alzheimer's charity in memory of Edith Ann Knight. For more information contact the Parish Office.
FOR CURRENT VACANCIES IN BRENTWOOD DIOCESE: Across the schools and departments please see: https://www.dioceseofbrentwood...
New this week:
Assistant Headteacher Vacancy - St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Stanford-le-Hope.
Housekeeper - Our Lady and All Saints Basildon.

THE SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: provides practical help and support where possible for those who need it. Are you lonely, in need of help, or do you know someone who is? If so, contact us on 07876 551150 to arrange a visit. All calls are completely confidential.

HOSPITAL AND SICK VISITS: If you or a member of your family go into hospital, or are sick and housebound, please inform the Parish Office so a priest or member of the Legion of Mary can visit you.