NEWSLETTER FOR ST JOSEPH’S & THE ENGLISH MARTYRS
Mgr John Nelson
(Parish Priest &
Fr Bonaventure Ndong Che
(Resident at St Joseph’s)
Registered Charity Number:
64 Liebenrood Road The Presbytery, Berkshire Drive
Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2EB RBH Chaplaincy - Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5JJ
Tel: 0118 957 2149 (Tel: 0118 322 7105) Tel: 0118 942 8632 - e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Fr Chris Whelan email@example.com
website: www.englishmartyrs.org.uk Fr Richard Maniak website: www.st-josephs-tilehurst.org.uk
(Tel: 0118 958 6637)
Secretary: Gwen Price Secretary: Sheila Jones
THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B 18 /19 AUGUST 2012
I was in London last May. Whilst there, I noticed unusual jets and helicopters flying over London. People said that
it was because of security for Olympics 2012. Some people were not happy about this visible show of military
presence. Londoners were complaining about the intolerable noise; some even felt the vibration of the jets.
Others however justified and defended the fact that security was an absolute priority for the London Olympics
2012; hence these extra security measures were necessary.
A few months later, with the spectacular closing ceremony last Sunday, the curtain came down on the London
Olympics 2012. Those glorious 17 days of Olympics 2012 made history in the world of British and world sports.
People could hardly believe that they had spent so much of those 17 days, either in front of the TV at home or big
screens in the parks and beaches or various Olympics stadiums and venues. Anxieties about security and the
weather turned out in fact not to be an issue and provided a perfect platform for the games. The London Olympics
2012 ended on a happy note.
Like me ‘under privileged’, those who watched the Olympics on TV would have noticed one remarkable thing
exhibited by the competitors during the games, with all due respect to commendable sportsmanship, encouraging
crowds from the stadium, dedication of volunteers and hospitality of the British. That one thing was the quiet,
understated public display of faith, in one form or another, by the athletes of the world. From a simple sign of the
cross before an event to prostration and kissing of the ground in prayer, athletes from varied religious backgrounds
demonstrated their private and personal relationship with God, in praise and thanksgiving, in the global arena.
Noting this reality, Bishop Richard Moth of the British Armed Forces recently said: "It’s a sign that faith is not just a
personal thing, but in a very simple way they are opportunities for us to proclaim the Gospel, to proclaim faith and
all those things can only be good!"
ENGLISH MARTYRS DAYS ST JOSEPH’S
Pat Moen RIP 6.30 pm Vigil
Jacinta Baptiste RIP 9.30 am Sunday 8.30 am
Alex Britto RIP 11.30 am
Dennis O’Brien RIP 5.00 pm 10.30 am
Kathleen Ingram RIP 9.30 am Monday 8.30 am
Stenson Family RIP 9.30 am Tuesday 7.00 pm Peter Kerrigan RIP
Bernard Bradley RIP 9.30 am Wednesday 9.00 am Feliza Villalon Gamorot
John O’Brien RIP 8.00 pm Thursday 9.00 am Margaret Humphreys RIP
Donaghue Family RIP Friday
9.30 am 7.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am
FEASTS OF THE WEEK:
Mon – St Bernard Tues – St Pius X Wed – The Queenship of Mary Thur – St Rose of Lima
Fri – St Bartolomew Sat – Ss Louis IX & Joseph Calasanz
Thursday 7- 8 pm EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Saturday - 9.30 – 10 am
Saturday – 5.30-6.15 pm CONFESSIONS - SATURDAY Saturday - 10.30 – 11 am
Responsorial Psalm: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
DIARY: A WARM WELCOME TO
Church Cleaning: Group 2 – 24 August.
Seine Caisther Cubilla who is being baptised this
Counters: 26 August – Mr Thorp, M/M Sheppard. weekend.
12 August £927.66
“THE RETURN OF CATHOLICISM TO READING” Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Robert Burns who died recently and whose
A new book by John and Lindsay Mullaney
Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday,
29 August at 9.30 am.
The book begins with persecution under the Tudors.
It tells about the work of the French clergy exiled by FOR INFORMATION - Father Bon will be away
the Revolution, the founding of the first Catholic until 26 August and Father John will be away from
chapel, now demolished, the building of St James 17 August – 2 September. Father Richard will be
designed by A W Pugin – his first church. It is an away from 3–16 September. Father Bon is then
attractive book of 160 pages, illustrated throughout due to move across to St John Bosco, Woodley,
and includes many colour pictures. The cost is £10 during the week beginning 17 September. We are
reduced to £8 for orders received by 7th October. very grateful to Fr Joseph MHM who is helping to
To order telephone St James on 957 4171 or Ann cover at EM and SJ during August.
Davis (Bookstall) or the Office.
ROOM TO LET
Joined on to the Presbytery, there is a bed-sit with
POST CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME kitchenette and bathroom. In years past it was
used by CRUSE as an office and sometimes
Dave Hill, the Advisor for Youth Ministry for the counselling room. In more recent years it has
Portsmouth diocese, has written a post confirmation been rented out as a bed-sit.
programme and our parish has been selected for
piloting this. Dave will be involved in the sessions In September it will be available for rent as the
alongside some of the confirmation catechists. This present occupant is due to leave. Do you know of
programme is open to those who have made their anyone who might be interested in renting this
confirmation this year and last year in both English space, either to live in or to use as an office
Martyrs and St Joseph. Application forms along with space? It would be ideal for someone running
dates are available at the back of the church and should their own business but who is finding it difficult to
be returned to the parish office by 6 September for operate from their own home.
those who would like to take part. Any ideas, please talk to Father John.
PASTA AND QUIZ EVENING CAFOD SUPPORTERS’ MEETING
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
Saturday, 15 September, 10 am – 1.30 pm,
There will be a pasta evening starting at 7.30pm for all St Bede’s Primary School, Popley Way,
parishioners and their families. Money raised is for the Basingstoke RG24 9DX. Join us for an open
English Martyrs School building fund. Pasta will be Q&A session on “All you wanted to know
cooked by Father John and the quiz will have an about CAFOD’s international work but were
Olympics theme. Tickets will be on sale the weekend too afraid to ask”. The day will also feature an
of Saturday 25 and 26 August, although please let the update on Lent 2012 and the upcoming Harvest
parish office know if you will be away this weekend rd
Fast Day. Please book a place by 3
and would like tickets. Tickets will cost £6 for adults September by email firstname.lastname@example.org
and £3 for children under 10. or phone 01252 329385. Tea/Coffee provided
PARISH AUTUMN FAYRE – 15 SEPTEMBER LIFT REQUIRED
We will be needing tombola prizes, toiletries, jewellery, Are you able to offer a lift to 11.30am Mass
toys, books, plants, bric-a-brac, etc., and lots of help for a lady who lives in Westcote Road (off
on the day! Watch this space!! Parkside Road). A rota could be organised if
several people can help. Please contact
Donations for the BAZAAR can be left in the either Fr John or the Parish Office.
colonnade. Thank you
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS PLEASE REMEMBER TO SWITCH
OFF YOUR MOBILE PHONE
St James Church throws its doors open once BEFORE MASS BEGINS
again to welcome visitors on Saturday, 8th September,
11.00 am – 4.00 pm and Sunday, 9th September, 2–4
pm – organisation of this event with the