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Parish Newsletter

19th November 2017

Parish of The English Martyrs Catholic Church, Danbury

with Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers



(Year A, Part 2) Page 84-87 for Scripture Readings - Psalter Week 1 


 Parish Priest   

Fr. James McShane      

01245 324138

Chairman of Parish Council       

Mr John Geary

01245 325311

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 324138

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 book of Proverbs (31:10-13.19-20.30-31)

Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 127) “O blessed are those who fear the Lord”

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians (5:1-6)

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia! “Even if you have to die, says the Lord, keep faithful, and I will give you the crown of life. Alleluia!

The Gospel of St. Matthew 25:14-30 



Wise and foolish investments, banks, even interest rates - today’s parable permits no escape from life in the real world or from the fact that it will one day end. Those planning to be ready for the Lord’s return can’t just hang around waiting. As always, today’s Old Testament illuminates the Gospel.  The perfect wife of the book of Proverbs is praised neither for good looks nor gracious manners, but for her industry, skill, conscientious development of gifts given by God, and generosity in serving others with them. The contrast with the parable’s cautious servant could hardly be more striking. Thus, the book of Proverbs’ wife confirms the first two servants’ resourcefulness in developing their ‘talents.’


Note that while ‘talent’ might be applied to the wife in the book of Proverbs to mean gifts or capabilities, St. Matthew’s ‘talent’ refers to an astronomical sum of money, equivalent to twenty years’ wages. Today, when so much hard-earned, carefully invested money has evaporated, our true wealth is more clearly defined by the book of Proverbs’ ‘talents’: our abilities, natural or acquired, skills studiously perfected, generously shared.


Lest we, like the lazy servant, think our Master too demanding, note that there is no mention of the Master taking back the sum entrusted to the first two servants or the profit they made with it. Rather, the cautious servant’s fate serves to jolt us out of the ‘peace-and-security’ complacency St. Paul warns against. Rather than caution, the Christian community and individual disciples must undertake creative, even daring initiatives for the Kingdom, take a chance on the gifts the Master has invested in us, and encourage others to do the same.

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Question of the Week

 Identify five, two, even one talent the Master has entrusted to you. How I am investing those talents?




6.00pm             ENGLISH MARTYRS    Mass    Terence Coady, Rest in Peace (Coady)



8.45am             HOLY TRINITY Mass    Sandra Lamberti, Rest in Peace

10.45am           ENGLISH MARTYRS    Mass    November Holy Souls



9.40am             ENGLISH MARTYRS    Morning Prayer           

10.00am           ENGLISH MARTYRS    Mass    November Holy Souls


THURSDAY 23 November - Feria

9.00am             HOLY TRINITY Mass    Parishioners


FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER - Ss Andrew Dung Lac, Pr & Comps, Mm

8.55am             HOLY TRINITY Rosary

9.15am             HOLY TRINITY Mass    November Holy Souls 



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

6.00pm             ENGLISH MARTYRS    Mass    Special Intentions Brian and Celia Coady



8.45am             HOLY TRINITY Mass    November Holy Souls

10.45am           ENGLISH MARTYRS    Mass    November Holy Souls 


Parish News

Dates for your Diary

Holy Communion - Children’s session 5 will take place on Monday 8 January at 6.15pm in St. Joseph’s School Hall, South Woodham Ferrers (access via Holy Trinity Church).  Parents’ session 3 will take place on Monday 22 January 2018 at 8pm in Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers.  First Reconciliation will take place on Monday 20 November at 4.30pm in Holy Trinity Church.

Catholic Meditation Group –   Thursday, 24 November at 7.15pm – 7.45pm in Holy Trinity Church and every Thursday evening at the same time. 

Fair Trade Goods will be on sale the weekend of (18/19 November) after all weekend Masses.

Next Justice and Peace Meeting on Monday 20 November at 7.30pm in the Conservatory at Danbury. Everyone welcome.

Padre Pio Prayer Group – next meeting, Monday 20 November, 7.15pm at Holy Trinity Church.  All welcome.

Fair Trade Wine and Cheese Evening in support of CHESS in the Conservatory at Danbury after the 6pm Mass on Saturday 25 November.

Second Collection - There will be a second collection the weekend of 25/26 November in this parish and across the Diocese of Brentwood for National Youth Sunday.  Thank you.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in English Martyrs Catholic Church on the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 11am.  The next date for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in English Martyrs will be on Saturday, 2 December.  This will be preceded by Morning Prayer at 9.40am.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 16 December at 10.30am to 11.30am. 

Cake Sale - The Parish Justice and Peace Team will be holding a cake sale at English Martyrs the weekend of 2/3 December in aid of the Melbourne Sisters who are trying to raise £70,000 for a new building to replace the scout hut.

Parish Social ‘Elvis Night’ - Saturday, 27 January 2018 in Danbury Village hall.  7.30pm to late.



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), Sheila McDonald, Frank Sherry, Laila Hunt, Karen Duliue, Betty Fitzsimmons (D), Billie James (CNH), Patricia (D), Johnson Family, 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), Gladys Thomson(Francesca), Robin Ho (Lo), Mary Dodd, Elena Golebiowski (Christina), Failey O’Connor (Noctor), 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(age 3  - Collins), Carmel Rafferty(Sherry), Les, Michael Gaffney,  EmilyWheeler (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).


Christmas Mass Times

The Birth of Jesus Christ The Lord

Sunday, 24 December 2017

6pm – Christmas Family Mass - Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers

7.40pm – Christmas Carols – Holy Trinity  Church, South Woodham Ferrers

8pm – Mass of Christmas Eve - Holy Trinity  Church, South Woodham Ferrers

9.30pm – Christmas Carols – English Martyrs Catholic Church, Danbury

10pm – Mass of Christmas Eve – English Martyrs Catholic Church, Danbury


Christmas Day – Monday, 25 December 2017

8.45am – Mass at Holy Trinity, South Woodham Ferrers

10.45am – Mass at English Martyrs Catholic Church


(Please note there will be no Masses on the morning of24 December)