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Parish Newsletter

13th May 2018


Parish of The English Martyrs Catholic Church, Danbury

with Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers




(Year B, Part 1) Page 146-148 for Scripture Readings - Psalter Week 3 


 Parish Priest   

Fr. James McShane      

01245 324138

Chairman of Parish Council       

Mr Alan Pursell

01621 828352

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Head Teacher, Mrs Ginzler-Maher

01245 321828

Parish Admin/HT Diary/Gift Aid Co-Ordinator

Mrs Maria Smith           

01245 226724

Parish Email: danbury@dioceseofbrentwood.org  and/or danburyswf@aol.com

Parish Website: www.englishmartyrswithholytrinity.org.uk

Marriage Care (Professional, Confidential Counselling)

0800 389 3801

Steward of the Gospel                                                              

Mrs Pauline Spratt

Parish Safety Officer    

Mr Pat McDonald and Mr Bernard Dayer  

01621 828758

Co-Ordinators for Liturgy of the Word for Children 

Mrs Maria Smith (English Martyrs)

01245 221691

Co-Ordinators for Liturgy of the Word for Children 

Mrs Vicky Hull (Holy Trinity)

01245 327638


 The Liturgy of the Word

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:15-17.20-26)

Responsorial Psalm 102 “The Lord has set his sway in heaven.”  Alleluia!

A reading from the first letter of St. John (4:11-16)

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia! “I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy.”  Alleluia!

The Gospel of St. John 17:11-19



St. John’s Gospel does not include what we know as the Lord’s Prayer; however, an entire chapter is devoted to the prayer Jesus said to his Father at the Last Supper. This prayer, if you will, is John’s Lord’s Prayer. Jesus is praying to his Father, but he is praying for his disciples, both the Apostles who are there with him and also all ‘who through their words will believe in me,’ which means that even we are included (St. John 17:20). In the section of the prayer we hear today, Jesus specifically prays that all his disciples may be one. Since the Church is the body of Christ, Jesus is asking that his body may remain unified, just as he and his Father are unified.


How do you picture God? In his Gospel, St. John wrote, ‘No one has ever seen God’ (St. John 1:18). He repeated this statement in his letter, but he gave us a way to see God: ‘No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another, God will live in us, and his love will be complete in us’ (1 John 4:12). The love that St. John described in his letter that we have heard over the last several Sundays - love that is generous and selfless, love that is faithful and merciful, love that is active and truthful, love, in short, that imitates the love God has for us - will lead us to seeing God. When we love one another in this way, we can see God. For many of us our first example of this kind of self-sacrificing love was from our mothers.


This, then, links the two greatest commandments. In loving our neighbour, whom we can see, we love God, whom we cannot. In this way, truly God’s love is brought to perfection.


Pastoral Patterns, Copyright Publications and Decani Music


Question of the Week


How can I more closely imitate the love God has for me in the way that I treat those I love in my life? Do I see God in those I love?



SATURDAY 12 MAY - St John Houghton, Pr, M (Catholic Deaf Awareness Week 12-19 May)

10.00am                       HOLY TRINITY             Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Service

6.00pm             ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                            Betty Knox, Rest in Peace (Family)


SUNDAY  13 MAY - SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B) (World Communication Day)

8.45am             HOLY TRINITY                         Mass                            Bridie Mannion, Rest in Peace (Whitley)

10.45am           ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                            Daniel Harmer, Rest in Peace (Willliams)



10.00am           ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                            Special Intentions (Spratt)


THURSDAY  17 MAY - Feria

10.00am           HOLY TRINITY                         Mass                            Special Intentions Fr. Edna Keenan


FRIDAY  18 MAY - Feria

9.15am             HOLY TRINITY                         Mass                            Maude and Lily Buckley, Rest in Peace (Stuttle)



10.00am           HOLY TRINITY                         Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Service

6.00pm             ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                            Parishioners



8.45am             HOLY TRINITY                         Mass                            James Mannion, Rest in Peace (Whitley)

10.45am           ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                            Special Intentions Fr.  Daniel Kelly


Parish News

Dates for your Diary

Second Collection - There will be a second collection at all weekend Masses and throughout the Diocese of Brentwood this weekend for World Communications.  Thank you.


Confirmation Preparation Classes - Session 5, Thursday 17 May at 8pm in Holy Trinity Church.   Confirmation rehearsal, Friday 18 May at 7.30pm in English Martyrs Catholic Church.


Catholic Meditation Group - Next session will be on Thursday, 17 May at 7.15pm—7.45pm in Holy Trinity Church and every Thursday evening at the same time.


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in English Martyrs Catholic Church on Saturday, 2 June at 10am.  This will be preceded by Morning Prayer at 9.40am.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 19 May at 10.30am to 11.30am.


Parish Pastoral Council Meeting - Next Meeting takes place on Thursday, 17 May at 8pm in the conservatory of English Martyrs.


Christian Aid Cake Sale will take place the weekend of 19/20 May.  Cake donations welcome, thank you.


Next Justice and Peace meeting takes place on Monday, 21 May 2018, 7.30pm in the meeting room of Holy Trinity Church.  Any new members are very welcome.


Padre Pio Prayer Group – takes place on Monday, 14 May at 7.15pm in Holy Trinity Church.


Sick and Retired Clergy - There will be a second collection at all weekend Masses and throughout the Diocese of Brentwood the weekend of 2/3 June for the sick and retired clergy of our diocese.  Thank you for your support.


Fairtrade goods will be on sale after all Masses the weekend of 9/10 June.


Prayer List

We pray for all our friends and their families, including: Carmel Dooley, Linda Ryan, Ann De Boise, Penelope Middelboe, Brida Posluszny, Peter Manikam, Helen, Catherine (at D), Sheila Hughes, Ann (V), Bill Thomas (Kath), Heather and Vic Jones, Andrew Crane, Jack Morgan(Susan’s Dad), Frank Sherry, Laila Hunt, Karen Duliue, Betty Fitzsimmons (D), Billie James(CNH), Patricia (D), Nula Jones (St.J), Henri Chartier (St.J), Ada Gattone (Rocco), Kath Luton, Matthew (aged 8 years), Brída Rice, Kathryn (Catherine), Teresa Such (Nina), Melissa Turner (Lesley), Renée and Trinity, Rita Amendah (Hanou), Kevin Newill (Jacqui), Philomena T, Doreen Amos (Sheila), Peter (Joseph), Barbara Szczepankowska (Grazyna), Marlene (Sophia), Kathryn Regan, Maureen Porter (Mark), Samuel John Weston (Michael), O’Neill Family (McStay), Neil and Sheena Allan, Helen Holloway (Orsi), Street family, Aisling (Deborah),  Alan Patchell, Val, Bridget Canney (Christine), Alfred (Ray), Dorothy Dawson(Mike), Kitty O’Dell (Maureen), Lilian Southey (NZ), Andrew Wilson (Scully), Mary Grace (Webster), Mary Canney (Christina), Joseph Singh, Daphne Taylor (Windle), Rev. Fr. Max Pereira (Doyle), Sister Patricia Mahon (Doyle), Antonipillai Christian, Raphiel Francis, Jaccoval Francis (Sinthu and Ronald), Patricia and Michael Bincalar, Robert Weston (Michael), Robin Ho (Lo), Mary Dodd, Elena Golebiowski (Christina), Kim and Alfie and the Bateman family, Ebuka Ezike (age 13, Banwo), Duncan Family (David EW), Anne Eberle (Trish), Jimmy Byrnes (Maria), Catherine Goldfain (Merryl), Chris Galise (Ted), Carol Bayliss (Maria Mc), Rosie Day (Collins), Carmel Rafferty (Sherry), Les, Michael Gaffney,  Emily Wheeler (Collins), Teresa Bird, Ann Velati, Mary Patricia Parry (Meg), Fr. Bertie Moore (David), Edward Wright (Jacqui), Owen Stafford (Condon), Maria Parkin (Mia), Sarah Van Stolk (Len), Joan Troy (Eastham), Kia, George, Samuel and Evan (M), Jane Neely (Toni King), Philomena Hayden (Maria), Reverend Carol Ball, Yvonne Bailey (Ted), Lynne Hayward(Pauline), Elisabeth Bourn, Sarah Jessop (Collins), Clay Raybourne (O’Byrne), John Vaughan (Collins), Michael Yates (Smith), Gill Jeffereys (Collins), John O’Brien, Fr. Paul Fox.