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									ST. JoSeph
The Worker
pariSh neWS 19 april 2009
vOcaTiOn prayEr
Lord give me the gift of a generous heart to follow your will as I journey the
path of life. You set before me the vocation of priesthood, religious life, single
life and marriage. Grant me the grace and generosity I need to answer your call.

iS chriSTian hOpE individualiSTic?
14. Against this, drawing upon the vast range of patristic theology, de Lubac was
able to demonstrate that salvation has always been considered a “social” reality.
Indeed, the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of a “city” (cf. 11:10, 16; 12:22; 13:14)
and therefore of communal salvation. Consistently with this view, sin is understood
by the Fathers as the destruction of the unity of the human race as fragmentation
and division. Babel, the place where languages were confused, the place of separation,
is seen to be an expression of what sin fundamentally is. Hence “redemption” appears
as the re‑establishment of unity, in which we come together once more in a union
that begins to take shape in the world community of believers. We need not concern
ourselves here with all the texts in which the social character of hope appears.
Let us concentrate on the Letter to Proba in which Augustine tries to illustrate to
some degree this “known unknown” that we seek. His point of departure is simply
the expression “blessed life.” Then he quotes Psalm 144 [143]:15: “Blessed is the people
whose God is the Lord.” And he continues: “In order to be numbered among this
people and attain to...everlasting life with God, ‘the end of the commandment is charity
that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith’ (1 Tim 1:5).”11
This real life, towards which we try to reach out again and again, is linked to a lived
union with a “people,” and for each individual it can only be attained within this “we”.
It presupposes that we escape from the prison of our “I,” because only in the
openness of this univeral subject does our gaze open out to the source of joy,
to love itself – to God.

pErSOnal rEFlEcTiOn
“Those of you who have been baptised into Christ have been clothed
with Christ.”
                                                                  Gal 3:27

To have Christ at the centre of our lives, enabling us to grow
in faith as a community where all feel welcomed, loved and valued.

Fr. Leslie Knight                                        Miss Bernadette Rossiter
The presbytery, 17 highview Crescent, hutton             St. Joseph the Worker primary School
Brentwood, essex CM13 1BJ                                high View Crescent, hutton
T: 01277 221917                                          Brentwood CM13 1BJ
M: 07730 409784                                          T: 01277 227282
Welcome to our parish of St. Joseph the Worker

 Second Sunday of eaSter (B)
 firSt maSS of Sunday
 Saturday 18   6.00 p.m. Helen Wright                                          Wright family
 Sunday 19                   8.30 a.m. People of the Parish
                             10.30 a.m. Irene Murphy R.I.P .                   T Murphy & family
 Monday 20                   9.15 a.m. Fred Pattle                             E Pattle
 Tuesday 21                  9.15 a.m. Richard Burbidge                        P & M Barlow
 Wednesday 22                8.30 a.m.
 FEaST OF ST GEOrGE paTrOn OF EnGland                                                                  Sunday 19 april 2009
 Thursday 23   9.15 a.m.                                                                               Welcome to our parish of St. Joseph the Worker.
 FEaST OF ST. MElliTuS                                                                                 In this Easter season we continue to reflect on our
 Friday 24      9.15 a.m. Len Hagerty R.I.P.                                   F Hagerty               baptismal promises which we renewed recently
                                                                                                       at Easter. We welcomed our new members into
 Saturday 25                 9.15 a.m.                                                                 the Catholic church at Easter. I invite you to
                                                                                                       continue to pray for them as they continue
 third Sunday of eaSter (B)                                                                            their journey of faith towards Pentecost.
 firSt maSS of Sunday
 Saturday 25   6.00 p.m. David Hills R.I.P.                                    A Hills                 As the patron saint of doubt Thomas is very
                                                                                                       much the patron saint of our age, which is an
 Sunday 26                   8.30 a.m. People of the Parish                                            age of doubt and scepticism. A reflection of this
                             10.30 a.m.                                                                can be seen in the recent flurry of books from
 Sacrament of Reconciliation with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Saturdays 9.45–10.15 a.m.        prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins
                                                                                                       and Christopher Hitchins, including The God
 Today Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction 3.00 p.m.                                               Delusion and God Is Not Great.
                                                                                                       Although St. Thomas is referred to as “Doubting
                                                                                                       Thomas” it is perhaps an unfair epithet because,
                                                                                                       as John Henry Newman once reflected, “ten
 Irene Murphy, Esther Gilmore, John Ives, Edwin Costin. Priests of our diocese Fr. Edmund Dobson,
                                                                                                       thousand difficulties do not make one doubt”.
 Fr. Patrick Taylor, Fr. John Jones, Fr. Dermot Moore. May they rise in glory.
                                                                                                       In other words, while St. Thomas certainly
 plEaSE pray FOr Our Sick in ThE pariSh                                                                questioned, struggled and doubted, this was
 Lucy Calabrites, Don Whittle, Des O’Reilly, Simone Austin, Kathy Piper, David Clarke, Julie Cahill,   part and parcel of his journey of faith. Faith in
 Eileen Emus, Marie McNeill, Sandy Philpot, Anita Czupeynski, Vibert Mohabir, Winston Mohabir,         God and acceptance of Jesus is often reached
 Donald Frost, Margaret Cronin, Mick O’Dowd and Bernard Gordon. Our Lady of Lourdes                    through a process which invariably involves
 intercede for them. If there is any change in the sick list please see Fr. Leslie.                    questions, struggles and difficulties.
                                                                                                       Indeed, there can be a way in which, as
 yOuTh MaSS daTES (Sunday aT 10.30 a.M.) FOr 2009
                                                                                                       St. Augustine said, doubt and unbelief are
 26 April, 17 May and 7 June.
                                                                                                       really no more than fear dressed up: “For I
 pariSh Financial MaTTErS                                                                              kept my heart from assenting to anything, fearing
 in                                                                                                    to fall headlong; but hanging in suspense I was
 Gift aid on standing orders £1,996.00                                                                 worse killed”. Doubt can be the gateway into
                                                                                                       faith. In his poem “Bishop Blougram’s Apology”
 Thank you to everyone who contributes in this way. Please do help by gift aiding your                 Robert Browning wrote, “The more of doubt, the
 donations if you pay tax.                                                                             stronger faith, I say, if faith o’ercomes doubt”.
 OuT                                                                                                   In St. Thomas’ case faith overcame doubt –
 Diocesan quota per month £974.00                                                                      although admittedly he was blessed and
 Electricity quarter £1,024.87                                                                         privileged to see the risen Lord and touch
                                                                                                       his wounds. Unlike the disciples we were not
 Normally this period would be around £500 but the diocese had to accept the new price                 chosen to actually see the Lord but we have
 increase from last October. Previously the price had been fixed for three years and now               been chosen to receive great comfort and
 came up for renewal. I ask, in particular, all hall users to be careful that kitchen, toilets and     consolation from him, and he assures us that
 cupboard lights are switched off if not in use. Hall lights especially in the longer days only        we are blessed indeed because we believe
 use if necessary. It is also good for the environment. Thanks.                                        but have not seen (John 20:29).
 appEal FrOM carOlinE pETErS                                                                           The biblical definition of faith is to be sure
 As many of you know, within our Guide district we have supported the breakthrough                     of what we hope for and certain of what we
 for breast cancer crocus walks and, once again, I thought I’d go a step further by walking            cannot see (see Heb. 11:1). Faith invites us
 the half moonwalk raising funds for Walk The Walk Worldwide. On 16 May I will be walking              to live by a different faculty than just reason.
 with one of my sisters and we are looking for sponsors. We hope that you can give us your support.    Faith invites us to trust in the promises of
                                                                                                       Christ, to rely on them and to base our lives
 For ease this year I have set up a justgiving page,,
                                                                                                       on them. God will never disappoint us. God
 so that you can donate by debit/credit card, even use your PayPal account. I realise that
                                                                                                       will never let us down. Faith is the currency
 there is a very small transaction charge for using this page, but it does make giving easy.
                                                                                                       of the kingdom. We can only live by faith, but
 If you would rather sponsor and pay me directly then let me know in person or by e‑mail.
                                                                                                       a time will come when faith will no longer be
 In true accountant style, I must remind you to gift aid your donation if you can. 25% is              required because we will see God face to face.
 added to your donation plus a further 3% supplement and, if you are a higher rate tax
                                                                                                       Thank you all for the Easter offering and for
 payer, you can claim an additional amount by way of your tax return.
                                                                                                       all your cards. Thank you and God bless.
 Thanks for your support.
 Caroline Peters

                                                                                                       Father Leslie

 Toilets are situated in the hall (next to the Church)
                                                                                                  Welcome to our parish of St. Joseph the Worker
“If angels could be jealous of men, they would       prO‑liFE MEETinG – 21 april
be so for one reason: Holy Communion.”               A pro‑life meeting is being organised by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)
                                        Max Kolbe    on Tuesday 21 April at Brentwood Catholic Cathedral Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT.
                                                     John Smeaton, SPUC’s National Director, will be speaking about the challenges facing the pro‑life
ThE EaSTEr challEnGE                                 movement in the wake of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill being passed by Parliament
“You believe because you can see…Happy are           and how the new law will affect society’s most vulnerable human beings. Please make a big effort
those who have not seen and yet believe.”            to attend and hear what you can do to make a stand for the sanctity of human life at the local and
                                                     national level. The meeting starts at 7.30 p.m. and will finish at 9.00 p.m. For further information
                                        John 20–29   please contact Teresa Mills on 01277 262 251 or e‑mail
Thank you to all who participated in
the Easter Triduum as we journeyed                   calaMiTy JanE – 20–25 april
with Our Lord through his passion, death             Braintree Musical Society present an amateur production of the musical ‘Calamity Jane’ from 20
and resurrection. Congratulations to those who       to 25 April, 7.30 p.m. at The Institute, Bocking End, Braintree. Tickets range from £5.50 to £9.00
were received into our Catholic community            and discounts are available on group bookings. For tickets, call the box office on 01376 552 080.
at the Easter Vigil. Thank you also to the           MEn’S pilGriMaGE TO ThE naTiOnal ShrinE OF ST. JOSEph – 1 may
musicians, choir under the leadership of             Join our men’s pilgrimage for St. Joseph’s feast day “St. Joseph the Worker”. An indult was
Catrina Carson, the altar staff, Eucharistic         granted by Blessed Pius IX to Cardinal Manning to crown the statue of St. Joseph in the presence
ministers, readers, church cleaners and those        of the hierarchy of England and Wales on 13 April 1874, with a magnificent jewelled crown,
who took part in the ‘washing of the feet’           thereby establishing the National Shrine to St. Joseph. One of a select few statues of St. Joseph
on Holy Thursday. I pray that we will be             to be granted this privilege, it is set at the centre of a beautiful marble altar. Housed today in
strengthened in our faith as we journey              the sanctuary of the magnificent Abbey Church of St. Michael in Farnborough, the National
with the Lord into Eternal life through              Shrine of St. Joseph remains a place of prayer and pilgrimage for those who wish to pray for the
our celebration of Easter and throughout             Church, for families, or for whatever personal prayer intention they bring to St. Joseph’s feet.
the Easter Season.
                                                     This pilgrimage, on Friday 1 May, offers a sanctuary of solitude with Mass, spiritual direction,
divinE MErcy Sunday                                  a guided tour of the abbey, benediction, a talk on St. Joseph and devotions.
Today is known as “Mercy of God Sunday”.
Between 1930 and 1938, Christ appeared               For further information contact Edmund Adamus at or visit
to Sister Faustina, a sister of mercy in Poland
who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion.             SprinG pariSh Walk – 2 may
Today at 3.00 p.m. we shall have for the first       The Spring Parish Walk is on Saturday 2 May starting at 10.00 a.m. at The Plough Pub, Hutton,
time the Mercy prayers with Benediction.             opposite the Saxton Garage on Rayleigh Road. This will be a 4–5 mile walk, returning to
These prayers can be said on your rosary             The Plough for lunch at about 12.30 p.m. Please phone Jean Dunne on 218 376 or Liz Kent
beads and Mercy cards are available from             on 220 254 to let us know if you would like a lift from St. Joseph’s church. Do be sure to wear
the Repository. Do try and come to celebrate.        suitable clothing and footwear for the weather that day! We look forward to seeing you. There
prOTEcTiOn OF unbOrn childrEn                        will be a form in the Narthex after Easter for those intending to join the walk to sign up.
May I encourage you to write to our Member           “GOOd nEWS in bad TiMES” – 2 may
of Parliament to oppose the legislation of           Come and hear Fr. Pat Collins C.M. “Good News in Bad times” on Saturday 2 May from 10.30 a.m.
advertising abortion clinics on television           until 4.30 p.m. Brentwood Cathedral. Bring a packed lunch.
and radio. Remind him that life is from the
moment of conception until its natural end.          nEW hall SchOOl OpEn day – 4 may
                                                     The Principal, staff and students of New Hall School, Chelmsford, are delighted to invite
biblE alivE                                          you and your family to an Open Day on Monday 4 May 2009, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
£1.90 from the back of the Church.                   Presentations from the Principal and current students will take place at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.
OlivEr!                                              followed by Equestrian Team displays at 11.15 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. New Hall, founded in 1642,
There are still four or five people to pay for       is one of the oldest and largest Catholic Independent Schools. The co‑educational Preparatory
their tickets for Oliver! It would be helpful if     School takes pupils from 3–11, the Senior School offers single‑sex teaching for girls and boys
we could have the money as soon as possible.         between 11–16 and a co‑educational Sixth Form. Students may board from age 8. Each year
Thank you.                                           we offer 11+ and 13+ boarding and day scholarships specifically for Catholic students coming
                                                     from both state and independent schools. Please visit for more
                                                     information. Fr. Leslie has a DVD should anyone want to borrow it.
                                                     rETrEaT FOr MEn – 9 may
                                                     Retreat for Men at the Marillac Hospital on Saturday 8 May from 10.45 a.m. to Mass at 4.30 p.m.
                                                     (a vigil mass). The day, which will centre on the theme of the role of Christian men in the 21st
        home iS a holy place                         century, will be led by Deacon Maurice Williams, of the Solace Community in Sevenoaks, Kent.
         May our love for each member                Please sign your name on the list at the back of the Church for your place on the day. For further
          be a sign of your love for us
              in all circumstances.
                                                     details please contace Bill O’Regan on 01277 223 460.
                                                     bEnnETS FunEral dirEcTOrS MEMOrial SErvicE – 10 may
                                                     Bennets Funeral Directors are holding a memorial service on Sunday 10 May at the
                                                     Regimental Chapel, Warley at 6.00 p.m. This is open to anybody who would like to attend.
                                                     SOnG cyclE – 6 June
                                                     The all‑singing all‑cycling male voice quartet are providing entertainment for all ages on
                                                     Saturday 6 June at 7.30 p.m. at Hutton and Shenfield Union Church, Roundwood Avenue.
                                                     Tickets cost £7.50 including tea/coffee and biscuits. Telephone 01277 213 579 or 01277 224 190
        HOME         May our families
                     be blessed this                 for more information.

        IS A         Easter season.
                                                     brEnTWOOd caThOlic childrEn’S SOciETy cElEbraTOry MaSS – 13 June

        HOLY                                         The Rt Rev Thomas McMahon, Bishop of Brentwood, will con‑celebrate Mass to mark the 25th
                                                     Anniversary of the Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society. The Mass will be held at Brentwood
        PLACE                                        Cathedral on Saturday 13 June 2009. We invite you all to book this date in your diary and come
                                                     and help us celebrate 25 years of supporting children and families in our Diocese.
ST. JOSEph ThE WOrkEr SchOOl                                                             ENGAGED ENCOUNTER                            MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
St. Joseph the Worker school have, free of charge, about 36 banqueting                 THINKING ABOUT MARRIAGE...                    A WEEKEND OF DISCOVERY...
chairs and a large office desk. The school need to get rid of them as
                                                                                               THEN...                                   ...A LIFETIME OF LOVE
they have no space. If interested, please contact either Fr. Leslie or               THINK ABOUT PREPARING FOR IT
the school on 01277 227 282.
200 club
Thank you to all who subscribe to our 200 Club and to recent
new members. I hope you are rewarded with our monthly draw.
However we still need new “punters”. Recently I gave out some
standing order forms – however you can pay annually by cash £24.00                                  AT EMMAUS CENTRE WEST WICKHAM
per year. All you do is to put the money in an envelope with your                                   FRIDAY 26 JUNE – SUNDAY 28 JUNE
name and address. The 200 Club helps to bring in extra revenue
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for our parish and at the same time giving you the opportunity                                     AND ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS
to win a cash prize each month. Do give it a thought!                                                       GO TO OUR WEBSITE
                                                                                                       OR TELEPHONE 01538 385 801

We hope you enjoyed reading the newsletter this week; please do remember that if, for some reason, there are not enough hard copies at the back of the Church,
it can always be downloaded from the Parish website ( A PDF of the newsletter can be found under “communication”.

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