Eucharistic Adoration Holy Hour

8th Aug 2019
This will resume on Fridays from 4th October at 9.00 a.m in the Parish Church

Almshouses Mass

8th Aug 2019
This will resume on Fridays from 4th October at 6.00 p.m

Ride and Stride Ingatestone Saturday 14th September

8th Aug 2019
After last year's excellent response, we have another opportunity for exercise and fun! Would you like to cycle, walk, or be a welcoming church steward? All can be be sponsored. Do your children have bikes? Why not join them to ride to some local churches? List of local churches and suggested routes (from 2 to 10 miles) will be available soon. Sponsorship forms for both 'Riders' and 'Striders' are available after Mass. Further details from Helen Shaw - 354230 Ingatestone and Moira Trigg 07836748618 Stock


8th Aug 2019
The Defibrillator has now been installed (yellow box) and there be a training course at the end of September or early October. We are looking for at least four volunteers (2 for 6.00 p.m Mass and 2 for 11.00 a.m Mass) to be trained together with Fr.Anthony to operate the device. The course is free and further details to follow

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8th Aug 2019
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy day of Obligation - Masses are on Thursday 15th August 9.00 a.m and 8.00 p.m at Ingatestone. Stock at 10.30 a.m

Altar Servers Recruitment Drive

21st Jul 2019
If there are any young persons in our parish congregation who have made their First Communion and are interested to have the privilege of serving at our weekend Masses please contact Fr. Anthony. New Altar Servers Training will be on Saturday 14th September at 12 noon.

Parish Barbecue

21st Jul 2019
Thank you to all those that came along to support our Annual Summer Barbecue in June. A total of £535.93 was raised for Parish Funds. Thank you also to those who worked hard on the day to make it a success.

Confirmation Programme for Ingatestone and Stock Parishes

21st Jul 2019

Enrolment Mass for Confirmation Candidates will be held on Sunday 15th September 11.00 a.m. Mass.  Attendance is compulsory. As you all know Bishop Alan will be making his Pastoral visit to our Parish in the summer of 2020. 

Confirmation Application is closed and we have eight confirmandii who have applied to be confirmed during the Bishop’s visit.  They are: Alyssa Mills, Aoife Whitfield, Callum Rutherford, Connor Bryanton, Ella Webb, Joseph Bridge, Michael Walsh and Nathaniel White.

100 Club

15th Jul 2019
The next draw will be 28th July at the 11.00 a.m. If you have not paid your contributions you only have two more weekends before the July Draw.

Rose Bushes

15th Jul 2019
Could anyone help to do some gardening work and weeding around the rose bushes. Please contact Davina on 01277 355670. Many thanks.

Confirmation 2020 Enrolment Mass

15th Jul 2019
Confirmation 2020 Enrolment Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 15th September 2019 at 11.00 a.m. in Ingatestone Parish. Attendance is compulsory for candidates and their families.

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

15th Jul 2019
The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will feature on Lourdes TV ( at 22.00 (UK time) on Monday 22nd July when we are part of the Marian (Torchlight) procession and at 09.30 (UK time) on Tuesday 23rd July, when we celebrate Mass at the Grotto. In addition, each day from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July the BCYS (Brentwood Catholic Youth Service) will be offering “Virtual Pilgrimage” clips and highlights from Lourdes, including homilies from Bishop Alan and priests of the Diocese. 

You will find all these on the website The website is being refreshed this Friday, 19th July, with new resources and links for youth leaders and catechists: have a look!

100 Club

23rd Jun 2019
100 Club will run in a slightly different format this year. It will run from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 with the first draw being held over the weekend of 27/28 July. Having discussed the performance of the 100 Club with Fr. Anthony and in an attempt to increase the contributions to the church, the subscription will be increased to £24 per annum.

The idea behind this is that £12 will be reserved for prize monies and £12 for church funds. There will also be two prizes each month; a first prize of £20 and a second prize of £10. In addition, there will continue to be a Christmas and an Easter raffle of £20 each.Please do subscribe. 

Your contributions do provide much needed funds for our church. Many thanks, Jacinta.

First Holy Communion 2019

16th Jun 2019
Registration commences on 13th July for those children who will be at least eight years of age in May 2020. Please ask Fr. Anthony for a Registration form and make sure you return the completed form, together with the child’s Baptismal Certificate (photocopy) by the weekend of 28th/29th September as no late Registrations will be considered. The tentative date for the Enrolment Mass is Sunday 13th October at 11.00 a.m.

A Mass for thanksgiving for Marriage and Family Life

16th Jun 2019
A Mass for thanksgiving for Marriage and Family Life will take place at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 6th July 2019 celebrated by Bishop Alan. If you would like to represent the Parish at this Service please see Fr. Anthony who still has three more tickets.

Stewards of the Gospel

10th Jun 2019
A Stewards of the Gospel/Parishioners Meeting is planned after Mass on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July to summarise and discuss MEPP plan progress to date and answer any questions parishioners may have regarding the proposed plans and timetable of events.

New Confessional Door

10th Jun 2019
Thank you and God Bless to those people that have generously contributed to the new Confessional door. The amount donated altogether was £305.00.

Confirmation Programme for Ingatestone and Stock Parishes

10th Jun 2019
This programme will begin in September 2019 and if you are 14 years of age and above in the summer of 2020 and wish to be confirmed please think about this Sacrament and write a letter to Fr. Anthony by 14th July 2019 latest, saying why you wish to be confirmed. Please also enclose a copy of your Baptismal Certificate.

Easter Sunday 21st April

6th Apr 2019
The Resurrection of the Lord Mass will now be at 10.30 a.m. as Fr. Anthony will be celebrating Mass at Hutton at 8.30 a.m. due to the shortage of Priests.

Parish Maintenance

6th Apr 2019
March 2019 £330.97 making a total of £2038.19 collected for the Financial Year 2018/19. Thank you for your generous support.

Easter Flowers

6th Apr 2019
There will be a retiring collection this weekend 6th/7th April and next weekend 13th/14th April for flowers for the Church at Easter. Thank you.

Offertory Envelopes

6th Apr 2019
The boxes of Offertory Envelopes are at the back of the Church for you to take if you are in the Gift Aid Scheme.  If you would like to join the scheme, the Parish receives an extra 25p for every £1 given see Darryl Sankey.  Even if you pay by direct debit there are special envelopes in the box for second collections during the year.

Readers Rotas

6th Apr 2019
Readers Rotas are ready for collection from the Sacristy.

First Holy Communion

1st Mar 2019
The next session number 7 "We receive Holy Communion". This session is for both parents and children. Saturday 16th March 9.00 a.m. in the Parish Room

Children's Liturgy of the Word

1st Mar 2019
Volunteers are urgently needed to lead our Sunday Children's Liturgy of the Word. Please contact Fr. Anthony or Rosaline Harris

Prayer Petitions for Lourdes

1st Mar 2019
If you have any private intentions/prayers please put them in an envelope marked with "HCPT Easter Lourdes 2019 Pilgrimage" and hand to Fr. Anthony by Easter Sunday, 21st April

First Aiders

1st Mar 2019
Please make yourself known to Fr. Anthony or Trevor Rhodes if you have a valid certificate as a First Aider

Parking on the Grass

1st Mar 2019
Please refrain from parking on the grass when is it wet as the grass is being destroyed

Ash Wednesday

1st Mar 2019
Will be on Wednesday 6th March and Masses are at 9.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. A reminder that it is a day of fasting and abstinence, the start of Lent and the beginning of a time of preparation for Easter

Coffee and Tea

22nd Feb 2019
Please join us every Sunday after 11.00 a.m. Mass in Ingatestone for tea, coffee and biscuits in the Parish Room

Ash Wednesday

22nd Feb 2019
Will be on Wednesday 6th March and Masses are at 9.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. A reminder that it is a day of fasting and abstinence, the start of Lent and the beginning of a time of preparation for Easter

Parish Volunteers Needed

16th Feb 2019
There are currently four jobs that need immediate attention, as follows:

Entrance Lobby
  • Acquire and attach child locks on cupboards
  • Acquire a dirty washing basket and enough tea towels for single use only
  • Edge of stairs highlighted

  • Acquire a supply of disposable sanitary waste bags

Parish Room
  • Acquire and install a CO detector
  • Acquire and install a new lock for doors to garden with non-key opening from inside (re: fire escape)

Parish Boiler Room
  • Acquire and install a hasp and clasp lock and also add a laminated sign "AUTHORISED ACCESS ONLY"

Please contact Dominic Petre on or Trevor Rhodes on if you are able to help

Ingatestone Parish Maintenance Fund 2018/19

16th Feb 2019
November - £189.80
December - £192.42
January - £180.40

Total amount raised to date is £1578.77! Many thanks for your generous contributions towards Parish Maintenance Funds

Parish Lenten Faith and Scripture Sharing Sessions

27th Jan 2019
These will be held on Fridays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March and 5th April in the Parish Room at 7.30 p.m. There will be a sign-up sheet available in February

Sunday Readers Rota

27th Jan 2019
The rota for February into the Lenten Season is ready for collection in the Sacristy

Memorial Mass for Grace Millane RIP

27th Jan 2019
Her Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 17th March at 11.00 a.m.

Baptism Preparation Course

27th Jan 2019
The next course in on Wednesday 13th February 7.30 p.m. This will be the last Preparation Course before Lent and if you intend to have your child baptised during the Easter season you must attend this course. Please contact Fr. Anthony to register for the course.

Church Cleaning

27th Jan 2019
Volunteers needed ASAP please contact Rachel Grainger on 07909 784744 if you can help.

First Holy Communion Session 4

8th Jan 2019
First Holy Communion Session 4 will be on Saturday 19th January at 9.00 a.m.  Parents must also attend this Session together with their child(ren).

Palm Leaves/Crosses

8th Jan 2019
Please let me have your old palm leaves/crosses latest Sunday 24th February, to be burnt for Ash Wednesday ashes. There will be a box at the back of the Church under the table. Ash Wednesday this year is 5th March.

Priority Services Register

21st Dec 2018
How would you cope if you had no electricity for a short while? In the rare event of a power cut, you can get help from UK Power Networks. This company looks after the electricity network in your parish (no matter who you pay your energy bill to) and also runs a free Priority Services Register for people with medical needs, families with babies and the elderly. Being on the Register gives you free access during a power cut to services including a welcome pack with useful advice about preparing for a power cut, a home visit by our staff or the British Red Cross and a 24-hour priority phone number. To join the Priority Services Register for extra help during a power cut email:, visit: or call: 0800 169 9970

Church Cleaning for Christmas

14th Dec 2018

Please come along, if you can, on Friday 21st December between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon to help clean the Church. Male parishioners would be most welcome too. Many hands make light work. Coffee and mince pies are also on offer.

Sewing machines for Uganda

14th Dec 2018
We have suddenly been given cost free access to a container to be sent to Uganda at the end of December.  We would like to send second hand sewing machines (manual or electric) to a village project (which Sr. Monica Butler has visited and has supported for many years).  Sewing machines are invaluable since they enable villagers to produce items for sale and hence support their family financially.  If you are able to donate a sewing machine please contact Catherine Boyle on 0787 6341039 as soon as possible.

Ingatestone Mass Times

14th Dec 2018

This weekend please remember to take the Mass schedule for Christmas and the New Year.  Please note the following:

Thursday 27th December (Parish Feast Day) Mass will be at 9.00 a.m. followed by refreshments.
Monday 31st December Mass will be at 9.00 a.m. there will be no 7.00 p.m. Mass but 10.30 p.m.  – 11.30 p.m. there will be Eucharistic Adoration Holy Hour and Benediction followed by a social gathering to welcome in the New Year.

Stock Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve: Confessions 11 a.m. – 12 noon.  Carols 7.30 p.m. followed by Christmas Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.
Christmas Day: Mass of Christmas 9.00 a.m.

Christmas Mass Times

8th Dec 2018

Monday 24th December       Ingatestone    6.00 p.m. (Children’s Christmas Liturgy)
Ingatestone    9.00 p.m. Carol Service followed by Christmas Mass at 9.30 p.m.

Tuesday 25th December       Stock              9.00 a.m. Mass

    Ingatestone    10.00 a.m. Mass  -  There is NO MASS at 11.00 a.m.


More details will be available next week for the Christmas Octave and New Year Liturgies.

Church Cleaning for Christmas

8th Dec 2018
Please come along, if you can, on Friday 21st December between 10.00am and 12 noon to help clean the Church. Male parishioners would be most welcome too.  Many hands make light work. Coffee and mince pies as well.

Sick and Infirmed Parishioners

1st Dec 2018
Do you know of any parishioners who are unable to attend Masses?  If you have their contact number please let me know so that I can contact them to arrange a visit and celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with them during Advent.  Fr. Anthony

Parish Third Social Meal

1st Dec 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in last Thursday’s social meal.  The raffle raised £93 for parish funds.

Children’s and Young Families Christmas Mass

1st Dec 2018
If any of the older children who have moved on from Children’s Liturgy of the Word group would like to play a solo or accompany the nativity hymns please let us know.

Nativity Mass Rehearsal is on Sunday 23rd December after 11.00 a.m. Mass to rehearse nativity and hymns.  The Children’s Christmas Mass is on 24th December (Christmas Eve) at 6.00 p.m.  We would need the children in the Church for 5.30 p.m.

We REALLY need an adult to lead the children in the singing who can also attend the rehearsal on 23rd December.  We are desperate for a volunteer and your child does not need to be taking part in the nativity.  Please contact Rosalie Harris –

Children’s Liturgy and Cake Sale

1st Dec 2018
Thank you to everyone who bought cakes last weekend to raise funds for our Parish Christmas Tree.  The total sum raised was £93.67.

Church Flowers for Christmas

1st Dec 2018
There will be a collection for Christmas flowers after Masses this weekend and next.

Children’s Christmas Colouring Competition

1st Dec 2018
Parents please encourage children who are up to age 12 to collect the Christmas colouring sheets from Fr. Anthony.  Please return sheets by Sunday, 16th December.  We have two Advent Calendars and some religious Christmas cards for sale.  Please see Fr. Anthony if you would like to buy them.

Reconciliation Service

1st Dec 2018
Reconciliation Service will be held on Wednesday, 19th December at 7.30 p.m. in Brentwood Cathedral.

Vision Document: Shaping Our Future

1st Dec 2018
This weekend marks a key milestone in the Steward of the Gospel process as the Vision Document: Shaping Our Future is published. Bishop Alan has recorded a video message to all parishioners that can be viewed on the Diocese’s website by clicking on the News button. Please take time to watch and listen to this message in the coming days. In the News section you will also find a link to the Vision Document: Shaping Our Future.   The Vision Document: Shaping Our Future is designed as an online resource in line with our early commitment to making better use of technology and it has links through to other websites and documents. Viewing the document on line enables it be read in large print and some people have access to read aloud functions. Wherever possible we would urge you to read the document online but in the parish we have hard copies of the booklets for those who cannot access the online version.

Ingatestone Stewards of the Gospel

1st Dec 2018
This weekend there will be a screening of Bishop Alan’s video message regarding the restructuring of the Diocese.

Ingatestone Stewards of the Gospel

24th Nov 2018
After Mass on Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December there will be a screening of Bishop Alan’s video message regarding the restructuring of the Diocese.

National Youth Sunday

16th Nov 2018
National Youth Sunday is next weekend and there will be a retiring collection at both Masses to provide support, formation and opportunities for young people and those who journey with them, centred in deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ.  The BCYS and Walsingham House at Abbotswick work with thousands of young people and hundreds of catechists and youth leaders in parishes across our Diocese, as well as Secondary school lay chaplains.

Sunday Mass Readers

16th Nov 2018
Please contact Aileen as soon as possible to arrange new Readers Rota for January – 3rd March 2019

CTS Stand

16th Nov 2018
Advent begins on 1st December and the board has been revamped.  You will find the emphasis is on spiritual encouragement for Advent!

Children’s Liturgy of the word CAKE SALE

16th Nov 2018
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be holding a cake sale on Sunday 25th November 2018 after the Youth Sunday 11.00 a.m. Family Mass.   Please support the cake sale which is raising money for the Parish Church Christmas Tree

First Holy Communion 2019

4th Nov 2018
Please pray for our new candidates: Archie Keane, Grayson Truman, James Fitzpatrick, Joseph Webb, Lucas Beever-Salinas and Martipa Regan Kapota.

ICW Christmas Raffle

4th Nov 2018
1st  prize £350.00 cash; 2nd prize a meal for two at the Blue Strawberry; 3rd prize a Luxury hamper; plus other luxury prizes. Tickets will be on sale after all masses from 10 November. The draw will take place on the 16th December after 11:00 a.m. mass. Please support this worthy cause, as all proceeds from the raffle go to Church Funds.

Ingatestone Parish Maintenance Fund 2018

4th Nov 2018
April £48.88; May £143.85; June £139.20; July £111.40; August £210.82; September £196.00; October £166.00. Total amount raised to date £1,016.15. Many thanks for your generous contributions towards our Parish Maintenance Funds.

Feast of Christ the King (Solemnity) Youth Sunday 25th November

28th Oct 2018
Feast of Christ the King (Solemnity)  Youth Sunday 25th November will be a Young Families and Children’s Mass.  The children are invited to create an art project of crowns and sceptres and are encouraged to dress in a costume for that Sunday’s Mass.

Small Hymn Books

28th Oct 2018
Small Hymn Books  we seem to have mislaid a number of small hymn books.  Please would you check if you have one at home and kindly return it.  The Church is open and the books can be discreetly returned.

Holy Souls Envelopes

28th Oct 2018
Holy Souls Envelopes  are available at the back of the Church for your  November Dead List (Ingatestone and Stock Parishes)  Please take an envelope and return with a list of the dead you wish to be remembered during November together with the stipend.  Please add your Gift Aid number if you have one.  Remember to return by 2nd November the index cards you have decorated together with the names of deceased relatives and friends.

First Holy Communion 2019

28th Oct 2018
Registration is now closed and the Enrolment Mass will be next week, on Sunday, 4th November at 11.00 a.m.

School Forms

21st Oct 2018
Fr. Anthony will sign the Certificate of Catholic Practice for parents who wish to enrol their child in a Catholic school.  Parents must bring along their child’s baptismal certificate to the Parish Room every Monday ONLY after the 7.00pm Mass in the Parish Room.

Blessing of Graves

13th Oct 2018
Blessing of Graves, Fryerning  will take place on Saturday 17th November at 10.30 a.m.

Holy Souls Envelopes

13th Oct 2018
Holy Souls Envelopes  are available at the back of the Church for your  November Dead List (Ingatestone and Stock Parishes)  Please take an envelope and return with a list of the dead you wish to be remembered during November together with the stipend.  Please add your Gift Aid number if you have one.

Pastoral Parish Council

13th Oct 2018
Pastoral Parish Council There are forms at the back of the Church for all Parishioners to complete and return to Fr. Anthony, Jan Myers or Yvonne Falcone before 24th October as the PPC will need to prepare a report for the AGM in November.  Thank you.

Happy Animal Blessing (Feast of St Francis of Assisi)

8th Oct 2018
Our four-legged friends including Orio, Raffles, Zoe, Max, Tom and Jerry gathered with their owners to be blessed by Fr Anthony as part of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.

Volunteers needed to help with tea and coffee after Mass

6th Oct 2018
Volunteers needed to help with tea and coffee after 11.00 Mass on Sundays. Please contact Fr. Anthony or Philippa Webb if you can help. Thank you.

Rosary Prayers

6th Oct 2018
Rosary Prayers  will be said every Wednesday after 9.00 a.m. Mass during October, please join us.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

30th Sep 2018
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day is 5th October.  There are envelopes on the table at the back of the Church for your use.  Please put your gift aid number on the envelope if you have one.  Retiring collection will be taken after all Masses on 6th/7th October.

Parish Bingo and Fish and Chip Night

15th Sep 2018
Unfortunately due to school holidays this event has been cancelled but we hope to try and arrange for next year.

Gardening and Maintenance Group

1st Sep 2018
Our volunteer team need donations of some second hand equipment:  spades, rakes, wheelbarrow, petrol strimmer and a hedge trimmer would be greatly appreciated.  We also need to borrow a double/triple extension ladder for a couple of weeks if possible.    If you can donate any items we would like to have them by Friday 14th September.  Many thanks.

Friday 14th September 2018 - Feast of The Exaltation of the Cross

1st Sep 2018
Please come join the Catholic Parish of St. John the Evangelist & St. Erconwald, Ingatestone for a day of Prayer & Fasting.   We begin with morning prayer at 10.00 a.m. and thereafter the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed till 6.30pm with Benediction.  Mass will be celebrated at 7.00 p.m. in the church (please note that there will be NO 6.00 p.m. Mass at the Almshouses that evening).  A sign up sheet is on the table by the entrance of the church for those who like to spend quiet time with the Blessed Sacrament and pray for our broken church and fragile world in desperate need of healing/reconciliation.

St. John’s Ride and Stride Saturday 8th September

1st Sep 2018
Thank you to all the people who have signed up to welcome visitors to our Church, there are still spaces if anyone can spare an hour.  Striding – anyone in either Ingatestone or Stock who is interested in joining a guided walk round Chelmsford should contact Helen Shaw (354230).  Walks will start from Chelmsford Bus Station when the 10.22 bus arrives (depart Ingatestone 9.58).  Walk as far as you like, there are up to 10 churches in 2 miles!  Good luck to all of you who have sponsor forms and enjoy the day next Saturday.

Ride and Stride Ingatestone Saturday 8th September St. John’s

27th Aug 2018
Thank you to all those who have already requested a sponsor form. More will be available after the Masses this weekend.  Do your children have bikes?  Why not join them to ride some local churches? Lists of Local Churches and suggested routes (from 2 to 10  miles) will be available soon.  

Alternatively, if you would like to join a group for a walk of about one mile, visiting 10 churches in Chelmsford or Brentwood please contact Helen Shaw – Tel: 354230.  

Volunteers are also needed to welcome people to our church on the day, if you can spare an hour please sign the list at the back of the church. Thank you to all who are supporting us.  Ingatestone: 354230 and Stock: Moira Trigg 07836 748618.

Gardening and Maintenance Group

27th Aug 2018
Our volunteer team need donations of some second hand equipment:  spades, rakes, wheelbarrow, petrol strimmer and a hedge trimmer would be greatly appreciated. We also need to borrow a double/triple extension ladder for a couple of weeks if possible. If you can donate any items we would like to have them by Friday 14th September. Many thanks.

Parish Bingo Night

27th Aug 2018
With apologies but due to unavailability of halls at Margaretting and Fryerning we are unable to hold our Bingo and Fish and Chip Night. A new date has not yet been confirmed.

Ingatestone and Stock celebrate the Sacraments

17th Aug 2018

Baptisms: Please pray for Beauden Stephen Junior Williams who will be baptised on 26th August and Luca Gambazza on 18th November.  All baptisms begin at 2.00 p.m. in the parish church at Ingatestone.  Please contact Fr. Anthony as soon as you can to register and arrange for a baptism preparation course.

Infant Baptism Preparation Courses:  Contact Fr. Anthony to arrange your course which will either be on 12th September; 17th October; 14th November or 19thDecember.  Courses begin at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday’s in the Parish Room.  Next available Baptism dates 16th September; 21st October and 18th November.  2019 dates are 9th January; 13th February; 15thMay; 12th June and 17th July.  Please Notethere are no Baptisms during the Advent and Lenten seasons.  2019 Baptism dates are; 13th January; 19th May; 16th June and 21st July.  Extra Baptism 6th January the Feast of the Epiphany at 11.00 a.m. Mass.

First Holy Communion 2019:   Registration commences on 8th/9th September for those children who will be at least eight years of age in May 2019.  Please ask Fr. Anthony for a Registration form in August 2018 and make sure you return the completed form, together with the child’s Baptismal Certificate (photocopy) by 21stOctober as no late Registrations will be considered.  Enrolment Mass will be on Sunday 4th November at 11.00 a.m.

Parish AGM

7th Jul 2018
Parish AGM will be on Sunday 18th November immediately after 11.00am Mass. Please keep this date free.

Feedback to diocesan letter

7th Jul 2018

Dear Parishioners - Please see below two paragraphs from the diocesan letter relating to our feedback to the renewal and restructuring agenda.  The full letter sent to all parishes, giving feedback and sharing next steps, will be posted on the parish website as soon as we can make that possible. A hard copy will be available for parishioners to view at the back of the church.  We are planning on using one of the church noticeboards to display communications from the diocese, parish council minutes and any communications and posters the stewards of the gospel receive. This will enable those without internet access to be kept informed and to hopefully get involved. You are most welcome to approach Father Anthony, myself, Patricia Barry, Ross Townsend or David Berry if you have any questions about the diocesan renewal and restructuring agenda.  God Bless, Jan Myers Chair of the PPC

Issues specific to our Parish:

We have noted your enthusiasm for Renewal and your concern to “catch them young”.   That is clearly a sound principle and please do not think that the use of the relationship between parishes, hospital and secondary schools in any way suggest we undervalue the importance of the primary level.  Far from it.


We have interested by your comments about the proposal to link small rural parishes.  While it is not the case that no consideration was given to the things you list we have taken heed of your comments.  I am afraid that we can already say that it is unlikely that your preferred link with the Cathedral will come about but a refined linking with other parishes may be possible more along the lines you have suggested.


Summer BBQ was a roaring success!

1st Jul 2018
Thank you to everyone who helped support our annual BBQ last weekend and also those that helped out, especially the cooks who had to grill in the barmy heat! We managed to raise £299 for the Church.

Social Theology on Tap Sessions (SToTS)

1st Jul 2018
The first session will be on Wednesday 18th July 7.30pm at The Cricketers, Fryerning.  Please share this information with those who come to our parish for Masses.  Everyone is welcome.  We pray together in Church and we also balance at play to keep the ‘spirits’ high.  Looking forward to seeing many of you party animals then.

Pastoral Visits

1st Jul 2018
There are many new faces and families at Masses over the past weeks. If you and your family have just moved to the area, please register and fill out a pastoral visit form and we can arrange a visit and have your new home blessed. If you are an old boy/girl in the parish and want to help me avoid idleness, please arrange for a pastoral visit too.

Greta Boons RIP

1st Jul 2018
Greta’s funeral will be on Friday 20th July at Bentley Crematorium at 10.30am, immediately followed by Memorial Mass at 11.30am in our Parish Church.

Peter’s Pence

1st Jul 2018
This weekend there will be a retiring collection for Peter’s Pence. Your offerings to the Holy Father are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See. The Pope, being Pastor of the whole Church, is attentive to the material needs of poor dioceses, religious institutes and of faithful in grave difficulties (the poor, children, the elderly, those marginalised and the victims of war or natural disasters; concrete aid to Bishops or dioceses in need, Catholic education, assistance to refugees and immigrants, etc.).

Ingatestone 100 Club

24th Jun 2018
Subscription form for the year 2018/19 is available on the table at the back of the Church.  Please complete the subscription form as soon as possible.

Fire Marshall Training

17th Jun 2018
This free course will be held on Tuesday 3rd July 7.30 p.m. at Billericay Parish. Attendance is compulsory for all those who volunteered to be Fire Marshalls. Please contact Trevor Rhodes 079688 68357 to book your place before 26th June.

Day for Life

17th Jun 2018

Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. This year’s Day for Life is celebrated on Sunday, 17 June 2018 and there will be a retiring collection for this worthy cause.

Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.  The proceeds of the Day for Life collection to be held in parishes in England and Wales assists the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the Church.

Prayer for Day for Life  We pray for the victims of human trafficking that they may be helped to rebuild their lives after the traumatic experiences they have gone through.  AMEN

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018

10th Jun 2018
If you have any Intentions/Petitions for Fr. Anthony to take to Our Lady’s Shrine in Lourdes in July please place them in an envelope marked ‘Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018’ and hand to Fr. Anthony or post in the green letterbox no later than Sunday 22nd July.

London Marathon 2018 - WELL DONE PHILIPPA

6th May 2018
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the parishioners who kindly sponsored me to run the London Marathon. As it was the hottest to date, I was a lot slower than I’d hoped for but managed to get round in 5 hours 29 mins. I have subsequently raised in the region of £2,000 for Dementia UK and will be collecting any outstanding money over the next few weeks or if people prefer they can donate online via my Just Giving page  


Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018

5th May 2018
Patrick Bourbery will be representing our Parish and working with BCYS assisting sick pilgrims. He is trying to raise funds for his fare and if you would like to sponsor his pilgrimage. Kindly send your donation to Fr. Anthony marking envelope ‘Patrick’s Lourdes Pilgrimage’. Many thanks.

Parish Maintenance Fund

15th Apr 2018
There is a container at the back of the Church if you would like to contribute to this Fund. If you are in the gift aid scheme please make sure you use your gift aid envelope which is in your gift aid pack of envelopes.  This is a monthly contribution. Please do not put empty gift aid envelopes in the offertory collection.

Sponsor a Rose Bush

15th Apr 2018
You may have noticed that the ground has been cleared along the pavement and behind the bench as we are hoping to plant rose bushes each side of the entrance to the church grounds. If you would like to sponsor a rose bush or two the cost is £20 per bush. Please complete a ‘Sponsor a Rose Bush’ form at the back of the Church.

Office of the Hours (Easter Triduum)

24th Mar 2018
Parishioners are encouraged to come for Night Prayer at 11.45pm on Holy Thursday after Keeping Watch and then to come for Morning Prayer on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday at 9.30am.

Good Friday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence

24th Mar 2018
All able bodied children and adults under the age of 65 must Fast on Good Friday.

Parish Quiz Night

18th Mar 2018
Thanks to everyone who came and supported the Quiz Night on Friday which raised £500 for our Parish. Congratulations to the winning team, who were made up the Sankeys', the O'Connors' and Anne Bryne, who not only won the main quiz with a score of 74.5/90 but also the marathon round!

It was a fantastic night enjoyed by all so particular thanks go to Liz and Richard Higgins for organising their 14th Parish Quiz, Jane who booked the hall and made teas throughout and Joan Gibson who put together the prizes and helped organise the raffle with Jane.

Baptismal Certificates required

18th Mar 2018
Would all parents whose children were baptised between May 2007 and August 2016 please let me have a copy of their child’s Baptismal Certificate. If you have mislaid the Certificate please write a letter stating the full name of your child(ren), date of birth, date of baptism, names of Godparents and officiating minister.  

Please let me have this information before Monday 30thApril.

Our Baptismal Register is missing and under Canon Law I need to enter this information into a new Register.  Many thanks for your kind co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience caused.  Fr. Anthony

Church Cleaning for Easter

17th Mar 2018
On Thursday 29th March 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon come and spring clean the Church for Easter. There will be coffee, tea and hot cross buns.  Many hands make light work so please come along if you can. All welcome.

Easter Raffle Tickets

17th Mar 2018
The ICW are selling Easter raffle tickets. First prize a large chocolate Easter egg; tickets will be on sale after Masses, until the draw, which will take place on the 25 March. Please do support us in our fundraising as proceeds go to Church funds.

Thank you very much for your support for last weekend’s cake sale.

Easter Flowers

17th Mar 2018
There will be a collection for flowers to decorate our Church during Easter next weekend.  There are envelopes at the back of the Church and if you have a gift aid number please include it on the envelope.  Thank you.

Grass Cutting

16th Mar 2018
Can you offer some time once a month to cut the grass around the Church and garden. Please contact Fr. Anthony if you can help. Thank you.

First Children's Mass of 2018

11th Mar 2018
The children enjoyed taking part in the first Children's Mass of 2018, helping out with the readings, bidding prayers, collection and offertory procession. Congratulations to all the children that took part.

If your child would like to take part in the next mass on 25th March, please contact Helen Walsh or Patricia Barry and let them know your child's name, age and what they might prefer to do.

Bishop Alan goes #SiLent!

10th Mar 2018
For 12 hours, from 8am to 8pm, on Tuesday 27th March, the Tuesday of Holy Week, Bishop Alan will be completely silent (except for occasional communication with his cat, Delia). This is part of a national initiative, “Million Minutes,” adopted this year by the BCYS, to encourage all of us to (re)discover the peace, tranquility and value of silence: within the stillness, God speaks. Every minute of silence can also be sponsored, raising money for projects led by young people in our Diocese. 

For more details, and all the resources, 

To sponsor Bishop Alan and to find out more about all our opportunities for young people go to

Empowering Vulnerable Children ( EVC ) Uganda Appeal 10 / 11 March 2018

3rd Mar 2018
Next weekend there will be a collection for this that works with some of the poorest children in the world in order to take them out of hopeless poverty and provide them with real hope for the future through education. On the weekend of 10 and 11 March Judi Fawcett, a Trustee, will talk briefly after all the Masses about the work. 

Please look at their website at

Sunday Children’s Masses

1st Mar 2018
Fr. Anthony will focus the Readings and his Homily on children and their families. These liturgies will be celebrated at on 25th March Palm Sunday Procession (please assemble in the car park by 10.45am weather permitting), 13th May, 8th July, 30th September, 25th November Youth Sunday.

The Season of Lent

28th Feb 2018
The Season of Lent began last Wednesday and Fr. Anthony will be leading faith and scripture sharing and Lenten Catechesis on Fridays: 2nd March, 9th March and 23rd March 7.30 - 9.00pm in the Parish Room.  The sign-up sheet is available at the back of the Church.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

22nd Feb 2018
Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday 2nd March at 10.00 a.m. at St. Edmund and St. Mary’s Church.  All are welcome including men, and refreshments will be served.  Surinam is the country represented this year.


20th Feb 2018
Chinese New Year celebrations last week went well and everyone had a great time. The raffle raised £186 for parish funds. Thank you for coming along. Our next social meal to celebrate Pentecost will be on Thursday, 24th May. 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 26th May 2018

18th Feb 2018
Join Bishop Alan and other parishes around the Diocese of Brentwood in Walsingham as we honour Our Lady of Walsingham. We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica before walking the Holy Mile to the grounds of Walsingham Abbey to celebrate Vespers and Benediction on the site of the Holy House.  Let Fr. Anthony know if you are interested in going. See poster at back of Church.

First Holy Communion

18th Feb 2018
The next session is Saturday 24th February 9.00 – 10.30am. Children must attend this session but not parents.  Session 9, Saturday 10th March – Mothering Sunday celebration (parents and child must attend).

siLENT from Million Minutes In the Diocese of Brentwood

16th Feb 2018
You are reminded that we should strictly observe silence in the Church, not just during Lent, but before and after all Masses in our Parish Church.  Please visit the website to stay silent - get sponsored and raise money to celebrate young children which gives grants to support them to change their lives and their world.  Million Minutes supported ‘Field of Dreams’ in Basildon, a holiday programme run by volunteers from BCYS.

Steward's of the Gospel recent questionnaire

11th Feb 2018
The Committee would like to thank everyone for participating in the recent questionnaire. The Stewards of the Gospel have collated the information received and will be reporting at the Diocese meeting on 24th February.

The Mass Explained

10th Feb 2018
Bishop Thomas will give a talk in the Conference Room, Cathedral House, Brentwood on 10th February at 10.30am. The talk will give something of the history and meaning of the different parts of the Mass to help us to a greater understanding of our Sunday celebration.

SiLent - an evening for young people at Brentwood Cathedral

3rd Feb 2018

An evening for young people aged 14-25, with Barry and Margaret Mizen speaking at 6.30pm, then the BCYS monthly Youth Mass at 8.00pm. Come and hear a story of amazing forgiveness and hope. Come and be introduced to SiLent. Come and enjoy the company of young people from across the Diocese. Pizza and drinks provided. If you are bringing a group please email If you want to know more about SiLent please visit

Racial Justice Sunday

26th Jan 2018
This weekend there will be a retiring collection for Racial Justice Sunday.

Peace Sunday

11th Jan 2018
There will be a retiring collection this weekend for Pax Christi.  In his 2017 World Peace Day message Pope Francis reminded us that we are all artisans for peace with others through simple actions sustained by prayer.  Over the past year Pax Christi has seen an increased demand for its wide ranging advocacy and campaigning resources.


7th Jan 2018
The first of our three social meals will be held on Thursday 8th February at Izumi in Warley at 7.30pm to celebrate Chinese  New Year of the Dog Reunion Dinner. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church – closing date for signing up is Sunday 4th February.

BCCS Crib Donations

7th Jan 2018
The proceeds of the Crib Collection are donated each year to the Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society to support those children and families who need their help. We would like to ask you to take a moment to pray for those children and families for whom Christmas may be a difficult time. On behalf of the trustees, staff and the children and families who we are privileged to help, we thank you for your support and wish you a very Happy New Year.  The Crib this year will again be displayed until 2nd February.

Friars of the Renewals

26th Nov 2017
During Advent we will be collecting the following items for those less fortunate than ourselves:  Clothing (dark items), pants, vests, T-shirts , trousers and track suits, socks, Beany hats, gloves, scarves, jumpers and heavy jacket.  Foodstuffs: sugar, instant coffee, canned chopped tomatoes, squash (orange, lemon, and blackcurrant) onion and garlic. Household items: toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, cling film, foil, heavy duty bin bags, orange recycling bags, disposable gloves and toilet cleaning items.  All items will be collected until w/e 17th December.

Ride And Stride Ingatestone 2017

15th Nov 2017
We have received a cheque for £535 from the Friends of Essex Churches.  This is half the total collected and will go to parish funds.  The organiser’s comment was ‘Congratulations on another fine effort.’  Fr. Anthony and I would like to reinforce this and thanks again all the Riders, Striders and those who welcome visitors to both the Almshouses and St. John’s and a huge thankyou to the sponsors.  Helen

Animal Blessing 2017

8th Oct 2017
All creatures great and small were blessed on Sunday 8th October at St John the Evangelist and St Erconwald Catholic Church by Father Anthony Cho as part of the celebration to commemorate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, who is the Patron Saint of ecology and creation.

Cats, dogs and 'Doogle' the hamster gathered to mark the love and companionship which the Ingatestone community have for their beloved pets. Father Anthony's two black "boradores" Raffles and Oreo, who have white 'dog collar" markings on their chest were also blessed.

Ftr Anthony said at the pet's blessing service that "We praise and thank God for our pets who provide much joy and all animals should be treated with the utmost respect".

The next Animal Blessing to celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi will be held on Sunday 7th October 2.30pm.

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

24th Sep 2017
The following parishioners have been trained and commissioned by Fr. Anthony as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.  They have received spiritual, theological and practical preparation to fulfil this ministry in the Parish of Ingatestone and Bishop Alan has officially given them faculties for the next five years as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

David Pearce, Augusta Udo, Barbara Appleby, Michael Falcone, John Codling, Patrick Hinchin, Rosemary Toye, Helen Shaw, Beryl O’Brien, Georgina Townsend, Lucy Jack, Darryl Sankey, Aileen Donnelly, Jacinta Whitfield, Ross Townsend, Patricia Barry, Imelda Bevans, Rachel Grainger, Merryl Gargan, Tony Townsend, Davina Bolt and Anne Byrne.

Stewards of the Gospel

7th Sep 2017
The next important stage of the Stewards of the Gospel discernment process is upon us! A document setting out a vision and strategy to take our diocese forward was published at 

There are two hard copies of the document at the back of the Church.  Please return if you take away to read so others have the chance to look at the document.

Good Friday Walk of Witness

19th Apr 2017

Over 50 people from the four village churches took part in the walk of witness on Good Friday after Stations of the Cross as St John's. Some of our wonderful young people helped to carry the cross as we walked up to the Anglican Parish Church stopping at the Elim and URC churches for prayer on the way.

ICW Supports Local Charity- Kids Inspire

21st Feb 2017
The ICW holds a variety of fund raising events throughout the year donating proceeds to Church funds. Each year the ladies also select a worthy cause from the local area to whom they make a smaller contribution. This year’s chosen charity is Kids Inspire:
Kids Inspire support young people across Essex who are at an educational, social or economic disadvantage, for example, they might be experiencing relationship abuse, anxiety or be subject to bullying. The Charity mainly supports those recovering from trauma or dealing with emerging mental health issues. Their goal is to ensure no child is left without the love, support and healing they need to live full and happy lives.
We were moved to hear the stories of neglect, suffering and deprivation and delighted to be able to support the work done by Kids Inspire who achieve such remarkable results.

Pictured, Chairwoman Sue Parulis, together with members of the ICW, hands over a cheque for £200 to Kids Inspires’ Paula Ashfield.

Parish Dinner - Lunar New Year: 25-January 2017

25th Jan 2017
43 parishioners were delighted to join Fr Anthony in celebrating the Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner at Izumi on Wednesday 25 January. Fr Anthony was going home for a visit and wanted to celebrate with us before he left. We all learnt something new; whether it was chatting to a parishioner we hadn’t previously spoken to or listening to Fr Anthony explain the tradition of giving red envelopes – these are usually given with money in them but Fr Anthony’s gift to us were red envelopes containing all a list of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Further photos of this wonderful event can be seen on the Gallery Page.

Recent Baptisms

15th Jan 2017
Sienna, Bernie & Joseph - 3 of the newest members of our parish. These infants were baptised on 7th & 8th January 2017. They were presented to the rest of our congregation and they also received their baptism certificates on the 15th January at the 11am mass.

Steward of the Gospel Meeting for Youth - Cancelled

12th Jan 2017
The 12th January Steward of the Gospel Meeting for Youth has been cancelled due to snow making it dangerous for everyone to travel to. A new meeting date will be arranged shortly.

Art Competition

24th Dec 2016
Our Children have taken part in an art competition to depict what Advent and Christmas mean to them and their families. Their wonderful creations can be seen here and prizes will be given at the First Mass of Christmas on 24-Dec (6pm).

St John’s ICW Grand Christmas Draw

11th Dec 2016
The annual ICW Christmas raffle draw took place after 11am Mass on Rejoice Sunday (11-December) whilst supporting parishioners enjoyed tea and cake provided by the Children’s Liturgy Group. Our Pastoral Assistant John McCormack drew the raffle and the lucky winners of the top five prizes were as follows:

  1. £500 Cash: Lucy Jack
  2. Dinner for Two at the Cuckoo: Margaret Planel
  3. Luxury M&S Hamper: Pat Chandler
  4. M&S Hamper: Margaret Wood
  5. Citizen Watch: D Wood

A huge thanks goes to the ICW for their hard work in organising this vital fundraising initiative. An amazing and much needed £1450 was raised for Parish funds!

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