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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

Baptism Congratulations

Fr Martin with the Garraway, Kapoor, Lavender and Permalino families whose children were baptised recently.  We ask God's blessing on these babies and their families.


RCIA Congratulations

Fr Martin pictured with Emily Rigby, Ken Keen, George Rigby and David Gosnell after the Easter Vigil.  Congratulations to Emily on her Baptism and to Ken, George and David for being received into the Catholic Church.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full
John 10:10



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Parish Day takes place from 12 noon to 4pm in the Priory grounds on Saturday 6th June. Please pray for good weather. This is our major fund raising event of the year and we look forward to your support. There are lots of fun activities for the kids as well as music and drama for everyone. Delicious food will be available and the bar will be serving alcohol and soft drinks. Come and browse around the stalls and don’t forget to pre-order your hanging baskets. Win a Lulu Guinness bag on the Accessories stall - tickets can only be bought on the day!!  Finally  don’t forget the big raffle at 4pm with lots of great prizes including a top prize of £500, an iPad Mini and a hamper of Fortnum and Mason goodies.


Father Liam Finnerty ODC will lead our Parish retreat at
Boars Hill Carmelite Priory near Oxford. Please return
you booking forms to the Parish Office as soon as

Fr Liam Finnerty OCD led our parish retreat at Boars Hill, Oxford and opened up the teachings of St Teresa of Avila for us.

For Teresa, Prayer and our Way of Life are one and the same thing.  To lead a good life we must do this with LOVE for each other, keep our lives in perspective with DETACHMENT from the material goods and live in HUMILITY.  Living our lives in this way will lead to a prayerful life.

As well as enjoying a reflective and refreshing retreat we were blessed with glorious weather and excellent hospitality from the Carmelite Community and their team.

As part of our centenary celebrations, we are launching a special raffle, called the Centenary 200 Club, to raise much needed funds towards the upkeep and refurbishment of Parish buildings.
We are still accepting applications.  50% of all monies raised will be given in prizes.

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Plant & Hanging Basket Orders - Sundays 17th & 31st May

Parish Day - Saturday 6th June

Fr Martin's Silver Jubilee Mass & Reception - Saturday 6th June

St Joseph's School First Holy Communion - Saturdays 13th & 20th June

Confirmation - Sunday, 28th June

The Priests in Concert at St Joseph's - Friday 10th July

Children's Craft Workshop - Sunday, 12th July

St Joseph's Youth FAMILY BBQ - Friday 17th July

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