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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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In 2023 the Bishops will gather at a Synod in Rome to discuss the future of the Catholic Church and WE have been given an opportunity to contribute to that discussion. Don’t miss that opportunity for our families and future loved-ones. The Diocese have asked us: “What is the Holy Spirit saying to us now as Church?  What are the opportunities that are opening up?  How might the Church look tomorrow?  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, a fantastic chance to have a voice. Tell us and share your dream for the future of the Church.”  Our Synodal Journey 2021-2023 - Brentwood Diocese (dioceseofbrentwood.net) . Come and share your thoughts in prayer and fellowship in both parishes TOGETHER either in Tilbury at 7.30pm on Friday 11th February 2022 or Stanford-le-Hope at 7.30pm on Friday 25th February 2022


Thresholds of Hope Question: What do the Martyrs teach us about the life of faith? Input will be given by Fr Paul Keane, Vice Rector at Oscott seminary, Birmingham on Sundays 23rd and 30th January 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. via Zoom. To join this Zoom meeting simply forward a contact email to adultformationvicariate@dioceseofbrentwood.org  For more information go to www.thresholdsofhope.co.ukBe part of the Walsingham House Team 2022/23:



If you are 18+ and looking for an exciting gap year opportunity, then a year on the Walsingham House Team could be for you. Spend a year as a volunteer in a thriving young Catholic Community, working with thousands of young people from Essex and East London. We are looking for inspiring individuals who want to share their faith with other young people and are also looking to learn new skills, grow deeper in their own faith and enjoy a challenge. For more information please contact Joseph Beattie, manager of Walsingham House, by emailing josephbeattie@dioceseofbrentwood.org or calling 01277 373959. There is more information about our work on our website (www.bcys.net) and social media @Brentwoodcys


Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis and Youth Ministry:


The Bishop’s Certificate is designed to be an entry level qualification to help in the ongoing formation of adults involved in sacramental preparation or youth ministry in the Diocese of Brentwood. It includes both the development of practical skills & the deepening of theological knowledge. The course is online and taught through engaging, short videos with expert interviews. The course will begin on the evening of 24th February, with an introduction and welcome evening, held at Walsingham House at Abbotswick. For more information please see our website: https://bcys.net/bishops-cert/ or email your expression of interest tobishopscertificate@dioceseofbrentwood.org by Monday 22nd February.



Sir William Petre Almshouses:  

A vacancy has arisen at the Almshouses situated along the High St in Ingatestone.  The Almshouse is a one-bedroom property for single persons.  Candidates must be over 50 years of age and in need. Preference may be given to Roman Catholics.  To apply please contact Mike Falcone, Trustee, Ginge Petre Trust -  07935 959388.GIDEA PARK 


Cathedral Chorister for a Day:  


Brentwood Cathedral will be hosting a ‘Be a Cathedral Chorister for a Day’ opportunity for boys aged 7-12 on Saturday 29thJanuary 2022.  The day will begin at 10.30 a.m. with a welcome for families and will end with Choral Vespers at 4 pm, an opportunity for everyone to hear the boys sing.  We hope the day will be of interest to all boys who enjoy singing, whatever their prior musical experience.  We will be holding a similar day for girls later in the year.   For more details and to register a place, please visit www.cathedralbrentwood.org or telephone 01277 265288.



An example of charity work from within the community

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Getting the less fortunate back on their feet again


Diocesan Pilgrimage 

..... led by Bishop Alan, will take place from Sunday 24 – Friday 29 in Lourdes.  It will be the first time in three years that the diocese has returned to Lourdes.   Brochures for the pilgrimage, which will include costs, will be available soon.   If you would like further information now, please contact Cathy O’Connor, the Administrative Director: cathy@dioceseofbrentwood.org or 07813 710070.



The project is aimed at supporting unemployed Tilbury people of all ages to be able to get a worthwhile job.


There is now an office base in Tilbury at Centenary House (the ground floor of the new flats at Civic Square) and the organisers are keen to spread the word around Tilbury to increase the awareness of the support available to Tilbury residents aged 16 and above.

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Thurrock Council fostering team have been working with 33 other Local Authorities and Trusts with the primary need to speak to more people about becoming foster carers. The need for more foster carers is huge, so your help and support is crucial. Please click on the below link and watch our new 3 minute film called ‘Out There; Find the best of you’.

#FosterForYourCouncil #FindTheBestOfYou If you would like to find out more about Fostering with Thurrock Council please contact us on 0800 652 1256 or email fostering.adoption@thurrock.gov.uk


https://youtu.be/_oOAty12lBc    Thank you as always


T100 photographs

What a fanastic experience !!!!!!!!!

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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.

Latest information November 2021

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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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