Please pray for our Sick

23rd Oct 2020
Please keep in your prayers 
Anne Holmes
Angela Hills
John McCormack 

Talks on the 'Joy of the Gospel'

23rd Oct 2020

Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP will give two talks on the 'Joy of the Gospel', considering the theme of joy in Luke, John and Paul, on Saturday 24th October. Talks, which are promoted by the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain, will begin at 11 am and at 2 pm.

Contact the CBA by email to

Due to covid restrictions the event will be live streamed from Blackfriars Oxford.

To access please go to and click on live stream remote services.

First Holy Communion Programme 2021

22nd Oct 2020
At this time of year we would normally be inviting children of seven years and above to join our parish First Holy Communion Programme. Due to government restrictions, however, we are not yet able to start the children’s preparation. After consultation with Canon Peter, we have decided to review the situation after Easter. We will continue to pray for you and your children. Best wishes. Helen and David.

Brentwood Diocesan Catholic School Vacancies

22nd Oct 2020

All Brentwood Diocesan Catholic School Vacancies (for which the Education Services Department are aware) are posted on the Diocesan website.

Please use this link address to view current vacancies.

St John's Special Needs School

16th Oct 2020

St John’s RC School, Woodford Bridge are recruiting full time Class Assistants. Previous experience of working with children or adults with special needs is essential. For an application pack please contact the school office on 020 8504 1818 or email These are term time only positions and successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

News from Brentwood Catholic Youth Service

14th Oct 2020

Director of Diocesan Youth Ministry. Last Friday a panel which included Bishop Alan, as well as young adults in the Diocese, selected Claire Bailey to serve as Director of Diocesan Youth Ministry. You can read about Claire on the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service website, , and she will begin the role in January. Please keep her, and all our Diocesan and parish youth ministry, in your prayers.


Memorial Mass for young people who have died. On Wednesday 4th November the Youth Mass from the chapel at Walsingham House at Abbotswick, streamed at 8pm via Instagram, will commemorate young people who have died. You will find more details at If you would like the name of a young person to be read during the Mass, and a candle lit for them, please email, before 2nd November.


Memorial Mass for those commemorated at Abbotswick. On Sunday 8th November, at 3pm, there will be a Memorial Mass on the BrentwoodCYS YouTube channel. Those commemorated with plaques and benches at Abbotswick will be named, and a candle lit for each of them. If you are connected to Abbotswick, and are not sure if we already have the name of your loved one, or if someone has passed away recently, please email before 5th November.

Brentwood Ursuline Virtual Open Evenings September 2021 Intake

10th Oct 2020
Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School will be holding Virtual Open Evenings for prospective Year 7 and Sixth Form students and their parents who wish to consider entry to the school in September 2021. For prospective Year 7 students the Virtual Open Evening will go live from Wednesday 30 September 2020. Please contact the Admissions Officer Miss Lester (tel: 01277 227156 ext 405) for further information. Please see our school website and click on the tickertape running across the screen.

For Sixth Form students the Virtual Open Evening will go live on the 5th November 2020.

Pope Francis' Prayer to the Creator

4th Oct 2020

A Prayer to the Creator


Lord, Father of our human family,

you created all human beings equal in dignity:

pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit

and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,

dialogue, justice and peace.

Move us to create healthier societies

and a more dignified world,

a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.


May our hearts be open

to all the peoples and nations of the earth.

May we recognize the goodness and beauty

that you have sown in each of us,

and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,

and shared dreams. Amen.


Pope Francis, given in Assisi, at the tomb of Saint Francis, on 3 October, Vigil of the Feast of the Saint, in the year 2020, the eighth of my Pontificate. 

Brentwood Catholic Children's Society

1st Oct 2020
Please visit

to view the latest newsletter from the Brentwood Catholic Children's Society

News and Events from Brentwood Catholic Youth Service

1st Oct 2020


Information about the new Walsingham House at Abbotswick Team is now on the website,

We are constantly monitoring the latest Government and Church advice, and will write to all parishes and schools in the week before half term with suggestions for 2021 retreat possibilities, and booking arrangements. We are delighted to be fully booked for the next two months, offering retreats for Year 7 pupils in many of our secondary schools during October and November.


Youth Mass on Instagram. We are maintaining the “first Wednesday” Youth Masses; please encourage young people to join online @BrentwoodCYS. Next month’s Mass (4th November) will be in remembrance of young people who have died, especially those who have died in the last year. 

7th November, 10am – BCYS Voices – Fr Paschal Uche. Fr Paschal will reflect on the pain of racism, the problem of racism, and the potential that we have, as young Catholics, to build the world in the image of Jesus Christ – where everyone is welcomed, valued and loved, in all the beautiful diversity of every race. 

The “BCYS voices” episodes will continue with a fresh speaker on YouTube on the first Saturday of each month, through until March 2021.

7th November 10am-1.10pm – Training and Resources Morning for Catechists. This includes input from internationally acclaimed speaker David Wells and the full details for the morning are at As all the content will be on YouTube you can adjust the timings/date to suit you. We hope this will be a great stimulus for groups of catechists, with input that will give you space to reflect and discuss. You could gather (safely) as a little group, or arrange a group zoom call, to reflect and pray together.

Retrouvaille: A Programme for Couples Struggling in their Marriages

1st Oct 2020

Rediscover Your Marriage Retrouvaille offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. The programme helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. It has saved many hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples that have already separated or divorced. There is no group therapy or group work.

For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 12th -15th Nov 2020, call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443 – or email - or visit 

Fr Matthias Homily for 12/13 September 2010

14th Sep 2020
See attached for Fr Matthias Homily for 12/13 September 2020

Fr Matthias Homily for 23 Sunday in Ordinary Time 6 September 2020

8th Sep 2020
See attached for Fr Matthias' Homily for 23 Sunday in Ordinary Time 6 September 2020


8th Sep 2020

Fr Matthias's Homily for 22 Sunday of Ordinary Time - 29 August 2020

3rd Sep 2020
Fr Matthias's Homily for 22 Sunday of Ordinary Time - 29 August 2020

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