PARISH NOTICE BOARD
NEW PARISH PRIEST
Father Andrew Moss became parish priest of Camberley and Bagshot on Thursday 7 April. He was inducted as the second parish priest of the Camberley & Bagshot Catholic Parish during a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard and priests of the deanery on 7 June at St Tarcisius church.
YEAR OF MERCY 2015-2016
Pope Francis has called for a ‘Year of Mercy’ He writes: This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, that [the dicastery] might animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy. I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey
Year of Mercy - Main Parish Event in June
Many Year of Mercy events will be taking place around the diocese, In the parish we will be holding a Festival of Flowers and Art beginning on Saturday 25 June at St. Tarcisius church. The festival will begin with a Mass in honour of Our Lady at 9.30am on the Saturday and the flowers will remain in place until the following Friday. The arrangements will be on the theme of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The church will be open from 10.30am - 4pm each day. All are welcome to visit the church during that time.
We have a new name for our Parish Prayer Group!
It is .......
We pray that this new name will help us to RENEW our energy & enthusiasm and that the
Holy Spirit will inspire us to do the work he has in mind for us!
There are at Present 3 Renew Groups in the Parish of Camberley and Bagshot, which meet once a month, usually in a member’s home:
- A Men’s and Ladies’ group which meets usually on the first Monday evening of the month at 8pm.
- A Ladies’ Group which meets on 3rd Monday afternoon of the month at 2pm.
- A Ladies’ Group which meets on 1st Wednesday Evening of the month at 8pm.
There are about 8-10 members in each group and we meet to share what is going on in our lives (both the joys and sorrows), to support each other and to grow in our Catholic faith to enable us to ‘Spread the Good News’ where we can. The format of the meetings can vary from group to group and from time to time but generally there is a time of discussing important Catholic topics and sharing information about Christian books, DVDs or Catholic Websites etc that have helped us in our journeys.
At the end of each meeting there is a time of prayer where we pray for each other and for the wider community! The groups have been meeting for several years as Cursillo Groups but have recently been restructured and renamed Renew group! Most members seem to find the meetings spiritually uplifting, informative and encouraging.
We pray that our faith will be renewed and that the Holy Spirit will guide us.
New Members Welcome!
For more information and the venues which vary each month please contact:
Judy Potter 01276 506029
June Woolley 01276 471946
New St Vincent's Shop
The new St Vincent's Local Community Shop had its Grand Opening on 28 November. Visitors will always be most welcome tom come and browse. Address: 1-5 Sparvell Way, Camberley GU15 3SF (just off the Camberley Mall Shopping Centre). Tel: 01276 679659
Connect Counselling Service seeks a part time paid Treasurer to review the monthly management accounts, prepare the annual budget and year end accounts. Weekly running of accounts covered by Book Keeper. Forfurther information please contact : Director Cathie Russell - Telephone 01276 24210
Parish Volunteer Drivers Required
The Parish is looking for volunteer drivers to help out on an occasional basis working from a register of drivers happy to collect and return someone on an agreed rota basis.
For in formation please contact Carole Ann Roycroft at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01276 504740/07885 836461.
Holy Family Sisters of the Needy Appeal
This appeal some weeks ago involved filling collecting boxes at home. This appeal is now closed. No further bloxes will be accepted.
REFUGEE CRISIS - CHURCH RESPONSE
We are all deeply concerned about the Refugee Crisis. Our Bishop has written to us indicating ways in which we as a Parish and Diocese can respond effectively and efficiently in providing support and succour to our brothers and sisters in need. Parishes may assist in the following ways:
- with emergency short term accommodation
- short term accommodation for those who are unable to pay
- self-contained long term property for those granted refugee status (unable to pay rent)
- with skills and time – including language skills; the teaching of English; legal assistance; knowledge of the local community and the facilities that may be available
- financial support.
Please collect a form at the back of all our churches. Through thisn form offers of help may be sent directly to either Aidan Cantwell at DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP or to Mary-Jane Burkett at St. Cuthman’s, Cowfold Road, Coolham, West Sussex RH13 8QL. Aidan and Mary-Jane will act as our contacts with local councils and information from the Bishops’ Conference will also be passed to them.
The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is taken very seriously not only by our parish but indeed by the diocese and the whole Church and for obvious reasons. In our parish part of this involves ensuring that we comply by obtaining clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formerly CRB for anyone in the parish engaged in ministry particularly with children and vulnerable adults. Fr Richard, Catechists, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Leaders of Children’s Liturgies, Sacristans and others who may from time to time provide a specific ministry must be DBS cleared. For several years now Mr Liam Whelan has provided the internal administration required for DBS clearance and for ensuring that our Safeguarding procedures are up to date and robust. This has included ensuring that our buildings and spaces support a good Safeguarding policy. Now Mr Mike Roycroft is taking over the reins and will shortly be providing the parish with updated proceedures.
Volunteers for St Augustine’s School
The school are always looking for volunteers to help out. Most classes have only one volunteer and one class has no help. Volunteers make a really huge difference, particularly with listening to children read. If you have an hour or two spare each week the school would love to hear from you. Naturally DBS checks will need to be made and any necessary training can be given. If you are interested please contact the parish office.
Want to Grow in your Faith?
Each Tuesday morning Margherita Gosling speaks at long established a study group in the house at St Tarcisius. The study session starts at 10.30 and lasts an hour. The Group is presently studying the Holy Spirit. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone wishing to deepen their faith and of course all are welcome
St Vincent de Paul’s “Big Blue Clothing Containers” & Food Bank
In the car park at SS Peter and John two large blue containers have appeared. They belong to the SVP and may be used to deposit unwanted clothing and garments. These clothes are collected and sorted out every other day. It is very important that all clothes placed in the blue containers must be clean and dry. Further enquiries to John Looby on 01276 537616. Additionally in each of our churhes there is large box. If you have spare groceries (tins etc) then these may be donated to be used as an SVP Food Bank.
On more than one occasion in recent months no instructions have been left regarding a funeral. Bereaved families have not always realised that for a committed Catholic a Requiem Mass in church is always appropriate. Thus in addition to a WILL it is often helpful to leave some notes that specify a wish for a Catholic Mass as part of the funeral liturgy. This may then be followed by burial or cremation. The presence of the worshipping community (parishioners) in church for Mass at a funeral is a powerful witness of faith and love since for Christians death is not the end but the beginning of a great adventure in God’s own home.