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Adult Formation

10th Jun 2021

THE THRESHOLDS OF HOPE WEBSITE will be launched this weekend. This new online resource is the work of the Brentwood Diocese Vicariate for Adult Formation and aims to help adults to deepen their relationship with Christ and His Church. Please have a look at the website and watch it develop over time. Do let us know what you think of it. The website address is www.thresholdofhope.co.uk  



RELAY 100

10th Jun 2021

The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society is inviting parishioners across the Diocese to join in with their ‘Relay 100’ summer community event. This initiative is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to our work following the pandemic, to remind our community about the work we do, to reach families who may need our support and to raise some funds through sponsored walks, runs or cycles. We are looking for 100 individuals (or families within bubbles) to complete a ‘leg’ of our relay around the diocese; we have routes of varying distances so there is something to suit all abilities. Can you help us? To find out more, please contact Damian Dillon: ddillon@bccs.org.uk / 07912 308000 or visit https://www.bccs.org.uk/fundraising-and-events/all-events/relay-100 to read more about this event.



Keep in Your Prayers

10th Jun 2021

In addition to those being Ordained Priest and Deacon for the Diocese this summer, there are two who are being Ordained for Orders/Movements. Please would you keep them in prayer, and ask parishioners to pray for them.

Rev Callum Young will be Ordained a priest for the Neo-Catechumenate at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on 29th June 2021. Callum is from St Michael’s, East Ham. Callum travelled with the BCYS to Lourdes and World Youth Day.

Rev Joseph (Shaun) Bailham, OP will be Ordained a priest for the Dominicans at St Dominic’s Church (Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary), London, on 4th July 2021. Joseph (Shaun) was part of the Team at Walsingham House in 2007/8 and served as a BCYS leader in Lourdes for several years, as well as travelling to World Youth Day in Sydney and in Madrid. He was part of the parish of St Joseph the Worker in Hutton, and Our Lady and St Joseph in Stock.



Coordinator of Music for the 11am Sunday Mass Billericay

10th Jun 2021

Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay 

Responsibilities:

  • To direct the Choir for the 11.00am Mass and for rehearsals when they resume
  • To introduce new material as appropriate, liaising with the Parish Priest and the Director of Music and other musicians within the Parish.
  • To plan music for Sunday Masses and other Services as required
  • To encourage participation in the Music Ministry of the Parish by young people, supporting the Children’s Choir and enabling involvement with 11.00am Choir and Music Group.

Hours of work: 5 hours per week

Start Date: July 2021

Closing date: Monday, 21st June 2021

Interviews: TBC

To be considered for the role, please send a CV and covering letter (no longer than one side of A4) to office@mostholyredeemer.org.uk.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

Please note that candidates will need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position and must provide proof of Right to Work in the UK.

For an informal chat with the Parish Priest, please email office@mostholyredeemer.org.uk

The Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 21 Laindon Road, Billericay, Essex CM12 9LL. Telephone 01277 624891



“Lourdes at your Local” Talent Show!

10th Jun 2021

Do you think you could be worthy of Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer?! We are looking for acts to share as part of our “Lourdes at your Local” Talent Show this Summer, which will be streamed online on Friday 30th July.

Whether it’s singing, dancing, magic, comedy or anything in-between, if you have a talent to share with the diocese please email gabriellafusi@dioceseofbrentwood.org and be prepared to send a video recording no later than Friday 2nd July.

For more information on “Lourdes at Your Local” this Summer, please visit www.bcys.net/events



BCCS

10th Jun 2021

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society – bccs –Summer Newsletter: https://www.bccs.org.uk/application/files/5916/2315/2865/bccs_Newsletter_Summer_2021.pdf



Vacancy

10th Jun 2021

St Benedict’s Catholic College, Chaplaincy Worker: We are looking to appoint a practising Catholic, who as a chaplaincy worker will further develop and enhance the spiritual, liturgical and prayer life of the college. The successful candidate must be a practising Roman Catholic committed to supporting the inclusive Catholic nature of the college and spiritual journey of the members of its community.

The main purpose of the role will be to provide spiritual and pastoral support to the students of the college, bearing witness to the mission statement and maintaining and enhancing the distinctive Catholic nature of the college.

We are also offering to support the successful candidate in undertaking the School Chaplaincy and Youth Ministry PG Certificate at St Mary’s University from September 2022. The pay band for the role is Scale 7 (scp 19 to 24), which is £25,481 to £28,672. 

The hours of work for the role will be 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday and this will be required term time, plus five staff training days, so 39 weeks in total. Flexibility will be required and we would also welcome part time applications as well.

The actual salary for the role (inclusive of holiday pay) is £21,747.31 to £24,580.71 (under 5 years’ service) or £22,040.53 to £24,885.67 (over 5 years’ service).

The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all young people and expects all staff to share that commitment. The successful applicant will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Applications will only be accepted on the college application form (which can be downloaded from our Website) and should be emailed to Mrs Angela Jones HR Administrator at a.jones@stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk. CVs will not be accepted. For further details about the role, please contact Mrs Jo Santinelli, Principal on 01206 549222 and for further details about the college, please go to our website www.stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 9th July 2021 and interviews will be held w/b 19th July 2021.



CATHOLIC BIBLICAL ASSOCIATION:

30th May 2021

On Saturday 12th June at 11 am Fr Jeremy Corley, lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, will speak on ‘Afterlife Hope before the New Testament’. This event is free of charge and can be accessed by going to www.whatgoodnews.org and following the instructions. No prior booking necessary. The event will be available subsequently on the same website. Dr Sean Ryan, chair of the CBA, will introduce the day and take questions.



BCYS Events:

30th May 2021

We are happy to say that as restrictions continue to ease we are able to start running events within the BCYS.  Here are some ‘save the dates’ for your diaries, with more information coming nearer the time:

Lourdes at your Local – 26th - 30th July. During what would have been our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes we will be hosting Mass at different parishes around the diocese each day that week.  Mass will be at 11am, which will include the Anointing of the Sick and concluding with the Angelus.  We will then have time to gather for refreshments afterwards.  For more information on venues please see our website.

Lourdes on the lawn – 31st July. We are also welcoming our young leaders aged 18+ (School Year 13 and above) to gather together at Walsingham House at Abbotswick, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan and followed by a picnic in the beautiful grounds of our retreat centre (12pm – 4pm).

Monthly Youth Mass – 7th July. This will hopefully be our last virtual Youth Mass and will be preparation for our Lourdes at your Local week. Providing restrictions allow we will resume in person Youth Mass at Brentwood Cathedral from September, now on the first Thursday of the month (more details to follow).

Youth Gather – 23rd October. One day Youth Gather at Walsingham House at Abbotswick.  There will be input from John Pridmore and Leila Bousbaa.  This event will be for Year 9 and above.

Catechists Training and Resource Day – 6th November. Being held at Sacred Heart of Mary School, the day will be an opportunity for Catechists to come together and receive input from different organisations including Caritas Brentwood and the BCYS.

For more information on all of our events please see www.bcys.net



Bishops Reflect on the Day of the Lord

23rd May 2021
In The Day of the Lord the Bishops of England and Wales have thanked the Catholic community for all that is being done during the COVID pandemic.  

Pastoral Letter on the Environment for Pentecost

23rd May 2021
The Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales can be viewed here

Parish Administrator Vacancy – Ongar

21st May 2021

A Parish Administrator is required to provide support to our Parish Office. The successful applicant will ideally be an administrator with substantial experience in office organisation. The applicant must be a good team player with excellent communication and Microsoft office skills, including Word and Excel and financial experience. It is important that all applicants are self-motivated, organised, can multi-task, work to deadlines, and use their own initiative within this role. 20 hours per week at £11 per hour . Closing date: Friday 18th June 2021. Please contact the parish office via email ongar@dioceseofbrentwood.org for a full job description and application details.



London Jesuit Centre

8th May 2021

The London Jesuit Centre offers:

an opportunity for prayer, Saturday Retreats on 2.00-4.30pm.  The next one is 19 June.

Retreats in Daily Life in June and in July.

Brian Purfield’s Introduction to the Bible begins on 21 June.  He is offering morning or evening classes.  Booking opened.

We are also delighted to announce that, following the easing of lockdown restrictions, the Heythrop Library, one of the largest specialist theology and philosophy libraries in Europe, is now open Mondays to Thursdays.
For those engaged in spiritual direction, retreat leading, and pastoral ministry, we offer:

Continuing Professional Development for Spiritual Directors – a course for spiritual directors with Dr Kate Stogdon rc and Ruth Holgate.  Booking opened.

Our new Manresa Days:

            Healthy Spiritual Direction and Understanding Spiritual Abuse with Dr Lisa Oakley on 21 May.


             Psychological Issues in Spiritual Direction with Dr Roger Dawson SJ on 8 June.


             Consolation and desolation with Fr Paul Nicholson SJ on 19 June.


             Scripture passages for use in spiritual direction and retreats with Brian Purfield on 8 July.


 You can book online for each event via our website: www.londonjesuitcentre.org



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