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Year of St Joseph

St Joseph

"Mary sleeps" with permission by artist Roger Loveless

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis proclaimed a special “Year of Saint Joseph,” extending to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2021. In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of Saint Joseph as a Patron of the Universal Church, describing him as a model father and a support and guide for troubled times.

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Retrouvaille - a lifeline for married couples

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29th Sunday of the Year

SUNDAY 17th October 2021

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Pastoral Letter for

The launch of Brentwood Diocesan Laudato Si’ Invitations, Commitments and Actions.

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Please note 

that from October, Parishioners will no long have to book to attend Mass




Father Paul Honoured By Borough

A CEREMONY took place yesterday (Thursday, 30 September) to honour three priests who have been awarded the Freedom of Thurrock.It was held at the South Essex College in Grays when the honour was bestowed on Rev John Guest, Canon Brian O’Shea and posthumously to Father Paul Dynan.The awards were announced in May last year but because of the Covid restrictions it has taken almost 18 months to arrange the presentation ceremony.Father Dynan, who was priest at Stanford's Our Lady and St Joseph Roman Catholic Church passed away shortly before the public announcement of the award but he was aware of the honour before he died.

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Thurrock Foodbank Harvest Collection:  We will be collecting for Thurrock Foodbank at the weekends of 23rd/24th October and 30th/31stOctober.  A list of items which are particularly needed is displayed at the back of the church. Please make sure that everything is in date.  There will also  be a box at the back of the church for your kind donations.  Many thanks in advance.


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CAFOD needs your help

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. eg the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti and the tragic situation in Afghanistan

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Prisoner Sunday

Letter from bishop Richard MothLiaison Bishop for Prisons


Laudato Si'


Living Laudato Si’ – Online Retreat – 15th – 18th October 2021. 

Open to all, this retreat will help personal prayer and reflection, and parish action, on the critical issue of care for God’s creation. Bishop Alan will open the retreat, which will be led by expert speakers. For more information see the poster at the back of church or email laudatosi@dioceseofbrentwood.org

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THE THRESHOLDS OF HOPE QUESTIONS are a series of talks for adults who want to grow in understanding and confidence when questioned or speaking about their Catholic Faith. The talks and discussion take place on Zoom from 4.00 - 5.00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.  


The next talks will be on the 3rd and 10th October and the question being explored is "What does it mean to talk about God?” Fr Mark Reilly, parish priest of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wickford, will consider this question. If you would like to join this discussion, please forward a contact email toadultformationvicariate@dioceseofbrentwood.org  For more information about The Thresholds of Hope Questions go to www.thresholdsofhope.co.uk



Rest and Reflection Weekend Retreat for adults  (3pm Friday 19th – 3pm Sunday 21st November 2021)

We welcome you to join us for a weekend of reflection and prayer in the beautiful house, grounds and chapel of Walsingham House at Abbotswick.  The cost is £150 for a single room, £200 for a twin (twin bookings must be made together with someone known to you).  This price is for 2 nights accommodation and all meals (all rooms are en-suite). For more information, enquiries and bookings please contact Joe Beattie on 01277 373959 or email josephbeattie@dioceseofbrentwood.org.


Remembrance Service at Walsingham House at Abbotswick.

Those who have loved ones remembered within the ground at Walsingham House at Abbotswick are warmly invited to a special Mass of Remembrance on Sunday 7th November at 3pm.  Due to capacity please contact Joseph Beattie in advance to reserve a place either on 01277 373959 or josephbeattie@dioceseofbrentwood.org.



Sacramental Preparation for members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities:

We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping children from GRT communities prepare for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

If you would like to find out more about this work we will be running two training sessions in the Canon Roche Pastoral Centre behind the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Billericay, 21 Laindon Road, CM129LL

The two training sessions will be on Thursday, 14th October and Thursday, 21st October from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

If you would like more information please phone the Billericay Parish Office on 01277 624891 or email the Parish Office at:billericay@dioceseofbrentwood.org

Please note that as this involves working with children, it will be necessary to have a DBS certificate issued by the diocese.


Thurrock Fostering  Our website address for Thurrock Fostering is as follows, this shows our upcoming events and our contact details:    https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/fostering   A couple of online Zoom open morning and evening sessions for anybody who may want to know more about fostering and what’s involved can be found on the information sheet.  People can join us where there will be a presentation along with Q&A 


Information sheet for Sept-Dec 2021



BCYS back


Youth Gather – 23rd October. One day Youth Gather at Walsingham House at Abbotswick.  There will be input from John Pridmore and Leila Bousbaa.  This event will be for Year 9 and above.

Catechists Training and Resource Day – 6th November. Being held at Sacred Heart of Mary School, the day will be an opportunity for Catechists to come together and receive input from different organisations including Caritas Brentwood and the BCYS.

For more information on all of our events please see www.bcys.net 


Baptism news

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T100 photographs

What a fanastic experience !!!!!!!!!

Grays Library to Tilbury Fort | Flickr

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Joe Book Cover


Accounts and reflections of a pilgrim

 Author: Joseph Foroma, Our Lady and St Joseph, Stanford le hope

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Joseph will be in church to promote his book at Masses on 25th/26th September


From June throughout summer months.......

The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society is inviting parishioners across the Diocese to join in with their ‘Relay 100’ summer community event. This initiative is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to our work following the pandemic, to remind our community about the work we do, to reach families who may need our support and to raise some funds through sponsored walks, runs or cycles. We are looking for 100 individuals (or families within bubbles) to complete a ‘leg’ of our relay around the diocese; we have routes of varying distances so there is something to suit all abilities. Can you help us? To find out more, please contact Damian Dillon: ddillon@bccs.org.uk / 07912 308000 or visithttps://www.bccs.org.uk/fundraising-and-events/all-events/relay-100 to read more about this event.




On most Sundays of 2021 we shall be reading from the Gospel according to Mark. In two new video presentations Fr Adrian Graffy, parish priest and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, demonstrates the skill with which Mark put his gospel together, and how Mark’s material was used by later evangelists. The talks are accessible free of charge from the home page of www.whatgoodnews.org and also on the page entitled ‘Faith Talks’.


Thurrock Foodbank Update

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 Right to Life information update

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Trip to Medjugorje October 2021

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Appeal for Father David SSenkaayi's  Project in Uganda

About three years ago we had a Parish Project collecting funds for St. Anthony’s Hospital, Maternity Unit, Uganda and an amazing amount was raised towards the project of purchasing new delivery beds and decorating the ward. Fr. David has now asked if it is possible to raise some funds for the actual hospital which is desperately in need of renovation.  He understands that times are hard but any small amount is gratefully received.

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Comment from Father Anthony

Hi there good people of Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury Catholic parishes.
This is a reality for both our parishes too. I am certain that many other parishes are in similar situations.
I know that times are tough for many families and understand also that finances can be very tight for many people. All I want to say is, please continue to contribute as generously as you can afford even if you are still not ready to come back for mass in the parishes.
You can call the parish office to find out how you can give your weekly/monthly offerings.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your gifts to our parishes.
I rest my case as your grateful parish priest.

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