Parish News & Updates
a message from Fr Michael...
As can be expected in a Parish as large and diverse as ours, there is always something going on and, much as we would like to let every parishioner know all that is happening, it has often been impossible for us to do so. However now, with our very good web site and newsletter at our disposal we will do our very best to keep parishioners well informed on all that is happening in our Parish.
First and foremost, after many months of very careful consideration, consultations with Parish Councillors, the Finance Committee and Diocesan officials and listening to the views of many parishioners, our Community has decided that, thanks to some very generous donations and legacies, we will soon have sufficient funds to be able to consider tackling the very many essential maintenance and desirable refurbishing projects to make our beautiful Church even more beautiful and comfortable in which to praise and give thanks to God.
In the coming weeks, we will be meeting with Diocesan officials and the Carmelite Provincial to discuss our various needs and wishes in order to obtain their views and agreement to our proposals so that we can set a date to begin what is likely to be a lengthy works programme.
As soon as we have this agreement, we will publish the details of the programme on our web site and in this newsletter. Undoubtedly, at this stage, many of you may wish to make practical comments and suggestions on aspects of the proposed works. The Parish Council Chairman, John Bates, will be managing this process (more on this to follow in due course) to ensure that all practical and affordable suggestions are duly considered.
For some time now, we have been looking at various options to increase car parking capacity and we have concluded that, by making use of the strip of land between the Cemetery and the road and the land in front of the Furniture Market, we will gain some 15 to 20 extra car parking spaces. Whilst this is far less than we had hoped for, it will be a good start and work to convert these two areas of unused land can begin in the next few weeks and be completed by Parish Day.
I am sure that all of you would like to see the Church and its occupants safe, comfortable and secure from all of the elements and redecorated. With prayer and goodwill improvements should be made to enable St Josephs to be a comfortable place for the priests, parishoners and visitors to attend masses and other celebrations.
All the best, Fr Michael