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This Week Newsletter

Week Commencing 14TH DECEMBER 2014

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Masses and Intentions for Week Commencing 14TH DECEMBER 2014

Useful Telephone Details

Presbytery : 178 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0AR
Telephone Number : 01245 352898
Fax Number : 01245 600043
E-Mail : office@olichurch.co.uk
Website : www.olichurch.co.uk
The Brentwood Diocesan Registered Charity Number. 234092
Diocesan Vocations Website: www.brentwoodvocations.org

 
Parish Priest : Father Hugh Allan
Baptisms, Funerals, Marriage : By Appointment
Baptism Meeting : Last Friday of the month - 7.30pm to 9.30pm - Tel : 01245 422621
Beavers Cubs and Scouts : Thursdays 6pm Christ Church - Tel : 07759 344698
Confessions : Saturday 11.00am to 12noon and on call. Also before Mass at Holy Name on request
CWL : Contact Kath Barham - Tel : 01245 357481
Marriage Care : Professional confidential counseling - Tel : 0800 389 3801
Marriage Care National Helpline : Monday - Friday 11.00am to 3.00pm - Tel : 0845 660 6000
Parish Hall Hire : OLI - Tel : 01245 265601 (bookings taken from 6.30pm 9.00pm)
Parish Schools : Primary : Our Lady Immaculate - Tel : 01245 353755
Senior : St. John Payne - Tel : 01245 345629
Parent and Toddler Play Group : Mondays (term time only) 9am-10.30am in the Parish Hall
Contact: Emma Search 07971 008571
Tuesday Club : Tuesday afternoons in the Parish Hall 1.00pm to 3.45pm - Tel : 01245 362152
Youth Group OLI : Friday evenings in the Parish Hall, fortnightly 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Youth Groups Holy Name : First Friday of the month in the CW Hall
Mini Youth : 6.00pm to 7.00pm and Older Youth 8.00pm to 9.30pm
 
Please inform Father Hugh of :
Change of Address, New Telephone Number or New Parishioner

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“THANK YOU” FROM FR STEPHEN

Dear Parishioners, dear Friends,

Don’t panic – Fr Hugh hasn’t gone on strike, nor has there been a coup… He has invited me to write a message to you all in this week’s newsletter, which I am very happy to do!

I would like to say “Thank you” - to every single one of you - for your generous prayers, support, donations and gifts on the occasion of my ordination to the Sacred Priesthood last weekend. To say that I had been overwhelmed would be an understatement… I have been completely showered with love and presents of all kinds, that to say a general ‘thank you’ in the newsletter seems too small a gesture in return. You have all been absolutely fantastic, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that I have received from you. I am extremely grateful.

I am truly blessed to have been ordained a priest for the Norbertine Community, at the service of our linked parishes. How lucky we are to have such wonderful parishioners to look after! You have demonstrated beautifully how you also look after us, your priests. The ordination ceremony on Saturday 6th was a tremendously grand occasion, and you came in your hundreds. Apologies to those who didn’t get seats! Many thanks too, to those who attended my First Masses, or who will do at Holy Name church this weekend. You are the Church, the People of God, the Body of Christ present in Chelmsford, and it was a humbling and very moving experience to stand at the Altar with you, for the first time as one of your priests, and to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass for you.

Needless to say, you are all very much in my prayers at the moment, in gratitude for all your kindness. But that will remain true for as long as the Good Lord gives me life, because a priest is ordained forever, to be Christ to you, and to be a shepherd to the flock of God entrusted to him. My primary duty is to pray, for you and for all your intentions, and then to minister the Sacraments to you as often as you need them. This I hope to do, with the help of Almighty God, to the very best of my ability. I entrust myself to your prayers for the future – I will need them! I rely on your support and your help (and your forgiveness, for the times when I will make mistakes through human weakness), to serve the Lord as best I can, and to be a good and holy priest for many, many years to come.

So, this is a new beginning – the start of my priestly life and ministry. I must thank you again, with all my heart, for your encouragement and support, your kindness and your generosity, not just last weekend, but throughout my years of formation as a brother here in Chelmsford. As I said at my First Mass – a priest may eventually go either to Heaven or to Hell… but he never goes alone! It will be my first duty to bring souls to Heaven, including my own (!), and it is a task which I will undertake with all my energy and enthusiasm. Our journey on earth as Baptised members of the Church will only end when we are all reunited one day before the Throne of God in heaven, priests and people, God’s Holy Church, brothers and sisters, called and sanctified, made to live with God in the company of Our Lady and all the Saints forever.

“Amen!” – so be it! That day might seem light years away, but in this season of Advent we are taught to prepare for it ever more fervently! Thank you for making the start of my priestly life so special. May God reward you!

With my love and prayers always,

Fr Stephen

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This Weeks Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,

Here is this weeks Lady Immaculate and Holy Name Parishes Church Newsletter.
It is saved in HTML format. Click the link below to open in a new browser window.

Current Parish News

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Masses and Intentions for Week Commencing 14TH DECEMBER 2014

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B) - GAUDETE SUNDAY

Sat

   13th

   6.00pm

First Mass of Sunday -

Holy Name

Dioinsio Carvalho (Anniv.)

Sun

14th

  9.00am

Mass - OLI

Reg Mercer (Anniv.)

 

 

10.30am

Mass - Holy Name

For All Parishioners

  10.30am

Old Rite Mass -

Priory Chapel

Lino Medici (RIP)

12noon

Mass - OLI

Antoinetta Guiseppe Domenico
Maria Maglione (RIP)

4.00pm

Polish Mass - OLI

 

   6.00pm

Priory Chapel

Vespers and Benediction

   7.00pm

Mass - OLI

Bridget Ahern (RIP)

Mon

15th

 8.00am

Mass - Priory Chapel

Lily Amy Gascoigne (Anniv.)

feria

   7.30pm

Mass - Holy Name

John Peploe (RIP)

Tue

16th

 8.00am

Mass - Priory Chapel

Ints. of Fr. Stephen

 

feria

 12.30pm

Mass - OLI

Patrick Edward Baldwin (Anniv.)

   7.30pm

OLI

Reconciliation Service

Wed

17th

 8.00am

Mass - Priory Chapel

Ints. of Marie & John Luff

(40th Wedding Anniv.)

 

feria

  12.30pm

Mass - OLI

Patrick Baldwin (Anniv.)

Thurs

   18th

 8.00am

Mass - Priory Chapel

Patricia Johnson (Sick)

 

 

feria

 9.30am

Mass - Holy Name

Anthony James Morton (Anniv.)

12.30pm

Mass - OLI

Allison Tibbatts (1st Anniv.)

Fri

 19th

8.00am

Mass - Priory Chapel

John Peploe (RIP)

 

feria

feria 

9.30am

Mass - OLI

Mary Cooley (Anniv.)

 

Sat

 

 20th

 
9.00am   

 

Mass - OLI

Theresa Dixon (RIP)

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)

Sat

20th

6.00pm

First Mass of Sunday -
Holy Name

Ints. of Fr. Hugh’s Family

Sun

21st

9.00am

Mass - OLI

For All Parishioners

 

  

10.30am

Mass - Holy Name

Ints. of Crisp Family

12noon

Mass - OLI

Remigio & Maria Russo, Giuseppe
Costanza & Alfonso Morena (Anniv’s.)

6.00pm

Priory Chapel

Vespers and Benediction

7.00pm

Mass - OLI

Allison Tibbatts (1st Anniv.)

 

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