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Parish Newsletter

22nd April 2018


Parish of The English Martyrs Catholic Church, Danbury

with Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers


(Year B, Part 1) Page 135-137 for Scripture Readings - Psalter Week 4


 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 (4:8-12)

Responsorial Psalm 117 “The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.”  Alleluia!

A reading from the first letter of St. John (3:1-2)

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me”.  Alleluia!

The Gospel of St. John 10 11-18



Today’s episode from Acts of the Apostles could be entitled ‘No Good Deed Goes Unpunished,’ something we can all relate to. By invoking Jesus’ name, St. Peter healed a man paralysed from birth. Subsequently hauled before the authorities, St. Peter refuses to be cowed into silence or even toned down. With a passionate conviction that today would make even believers somewhat uncomfortable, St. Peter declares: ‘There is no salvation through anyone else or any other name but Jesus.’


The First Letter of St. John acknowledges that sadly, the world neither knows Jesus nor recognises us; but concludes encouragingly: Jesus does know us. St. John’s Gospel goes even further: one day all will know Jesus and belong to Jesus’ fold.


The Fourth Sunday of Easter always portrays Jesus as our Good Shepherd, and so prompts the community’s prayer for priestly vocations, shepherds after Jesus’ own heart. Throughout this fifty-day celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, the scriptures challenge all of us to imitate our Good Shepherd’s self-sacrificing love. So we can’t miss that point, Jesus declares five times in eight lines, ‘I lay down my life for my sheep.’ The relationship between shepherd and sheep, in Jesus’ teaching, is one of mutual and intimate love: knowing and hearing denote the warmth of relationship rather than cold obligation. The Church born of this Good Shepherd’s sacrifice-unto-death is an all-embracing sheepfold, not a multinational corporation. Thus the key to the Church’s renewal and the world’s evangelisation is our recommitment to Jesus in the personal relationship of a disciple’s love.


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Question of the Week


In what concrete way this week, and for whom, can I imitate Jesus’ ‘laying down his life for his sheep’? Perhaps for someone who does not (yet) belong to the Good Shepherd’s fold?




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

6.00pm             ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                Special Intentions (Sherry)


SUNDAY 22 APRIL - FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B) (World Day of Prayer for Vocations)

8.45am             HOLY TRINITY                         Mass                Ann Mclean, Rest in Peace (Abrahams)

10.45am           ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                Special Intentions Margaret and Peter Schwartz



10.00am           ENGLISH MARTYRS                Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Service



9.OOam            HOLY TRINITY                         Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Service


FRIDAY  27 APRIL - Feria

9.15am             HOLY TRINITY                         Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Service



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

6.00pm             ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                Parishioners



8.45am             HOLY TRINITY                         Mass                Jimmy Catling, Rest in Peace (Catling)

0.45am             ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass                Special Intentions (Coady) 

Parish News

Dates for your Diary

Second Collection - There will be a second collection this weekend (21/22 April) for the promotion of vocations, thank you.


Holy Communion - Children’s session 11 will take place on Monday 23 April at 6.15pm in St. Joseph’s School Hall, South Woodham Ferrers (access via Holy Trinity Church).  Parents’ session 5 will take place on Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 8pm in Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers. 


Confirmation Preparation Classes - Session 4, Thursday 26 April at 7.30pm in English Martyrs Catholic Church.


Catholic Meditation Group - Next session will be on Thursday, 26 April 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, 5 May 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.


Fairtrade goods will be on sale after all Masses the weekend of 5/6 May.


Parish Live Simply Walk will take place on Saturday 12 May.  Meeting at the visitors centre car park of South Hanningfield at 1.30pm.


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‘CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Padre Pio Prayer Group has been cancelled for April.  It is hoped that it will resume again in May.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  

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), JohnsonFamily, 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), Carol Riley (Pauline S), 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.