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Our Centenary

a message from Fr Michael...
 
This year we are giving special attention to the centenary of St Joseph’s.  100 years ago three Carmelite Fathers departed from Chesham Bois and settled in a country house that is now St Joseph’s.  Benefactors donated generously to build a little church that was expanded and blessed in 1963.  The Priory extension was opened in 1970.  There is a cycle of improving and beautifying and expanding that vibrates now.  Countless hours of prayer and meeting and teaching and preaching and praise and service go into our parish story.
 
This year jubilates with planned events.  The original benefactors and founding fathers would be proud of us.  They would think we are “go ahead” and we share what we have planned so far with you.
 
And so we journey into the centenary year with momentum.  On the way we will recall departed loved ones to whom we are forever grateful and Carmelite Fathers who have served at St Joseph’s.  We recall the devoted characters who make up the story of our parish.  At the end of the centenary year we will have a pictorial record of events of the year, and a resume of the past which, God willing, we’ll enjoy.
 

Baptism Congratulations

Fr Michael with the Cartwright, Evans, Najjar, Ruth and Shaw families whose children were baptised recently.  We ask God’s blessing upon them and their families.

 

Our History

St. Joseph's Church and Priory on Austenwood Common, Gerrard's Cross, has grown in two stages, from modest beginnings in 1913 to the large and flourishing church of today... Read more

 
 
 
  

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This is an opportunity to find out more about volunteering here in St Joseph's. Most of our parish work depends entirely on volunteers. We are fortunate that many parishioners already give of their time and abilities generously, however, we really do need more helpers to sustain our community here. The opportunities are many and varied. They are not too demanding in time and most do not require us to learn new skills. Representatives from various parish groups will be available after all Masses this weekend and they look forward to speaking with you - please consider offering your services.

 

Centenary 200 Club

As part of our centenary celebrations, we are launching a 200 Club lottery to raise much needed funds towards the upkeep and refurbishment of Parish buildings.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS.  Closing date for joining is 31 January 2015.  50% of all monies raised will be given in prizes

 

Listen to Advent Talks

Listen to Dr Eddie Howells, Lecturer in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College, as he talks about ’’St. Teresa of Avila’s Foundation of St. Joseph’s – A model for spirituality today?’’

Talk 1 - Thursday 4 December

Talk 2 - Thursday 18 December

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Diary Dates

Ladies Pamper Evening - Friday, 30th January

Closing Date for Centenary 200 Club Applications - Saturday, 31st January

"Sign-Up" Sunday - Sunday, 1st February

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, 18th February

Charismatic Prayer Evening - Friday, 20th February

Faith Exploration: Holy Spirit Talk by Charles Whitehead - Tuesday, 24th February

Taize Evening - Thursday, 26th February

"White Rabbit" Play performed by RISE Theatre - Tuesday, 3rd March

SHOC Quiz Night - Saturday, 7th March

St Patrick's Night Dinner Dance - Saturday, 14th March

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