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Parish Newsletter

25th February 2018


Parish of The English Martyrs Catholic Church, Danbury

with Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers



(Year B, Part 1) Page 78-80 for Scripture Readings - Psalter Week 2 


 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 book of Genesis (22:1-2.9-13.15-18)

Responsorial Psalm 115 “I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living”

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:31-.34)

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia! “Glory and praise to you, O Christ! From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard: “This is my Son, the Beloved.  Listen to him.”

The Gospel of St. Mark 9:2-10




The story of Abraham nearly sacrificing his only child is a difficult one to hear or to appreciate. It helps to understand that this story is told to show how faithful and obedient Abraham is. God put Abraham to the test - and Abraham passes it (Genesis 22:1). He places his trust in God without knowing why he is being asked to do this or how God’s promise to him of innumerable descendants can still be kept. It also helps to connect this story of Abraham and Isaac with the fact that the Father allowed his own Son to suffer and die in order to effect our salvation. Like Abraham, Jesus trusts in God and obeys God’s will.


In the Gospel Jesus is transfigured and appears in glory with Elijah and Moses to his inner circle of disciples— St. Peter, St. James, and St. John. It could have impressed and encouraged them, but instead they are terrified and later confused after Jesus tells them that he will rise from the dead. Like Abraham, they are not prepared for what they see and what they are told. In the previous chapter of St. Mark’s Gospel, St. Peter rebuked Jesus when Jesus first told his disciples would suffer, die, and then rise in three days. At this point, St. Peter is unable to understand or accept what Jesus reveals to him.


Strong in faith or weak in faith, God has a special place for all. Abraham was strong in faith, the very model of trust in God. He obeyed God even in extreme circumstances, willing to sacrifice his own son if this is what God demanded. St. Peter, on the other hand, repeatedly comes up short in the Gospels. Questioning on the mountain, sleeping in Gethsemane, denying in Jerusalem, and doubting when trying to walk on water, St. Peter’s faith is often weak. Yet Jesus chooses St. Peter to lead the church, as God chose Abraham and his descendants to inherit the land.



Pastoral Patterns, Copyright Publications and Decani Music


Question of the Week

In the Gospel, God says, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him” (Mark 9:7). What is Jesus saying to me? What is Jesus asking me to do?





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

6.00pm                         ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass    Jack Chen, Rest in Peace (Chen)



8.45am                         HOLY TRINITY                         Mass    Charlotte Bonner and Lourdes Campos, Rest in Peace (Bonner)

10.45am                       ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass    Sean Dunne, Rest in Peace (Stevenson)



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


THURSDAY 1 MARCH - ST DAVID, Bp, Patron of Wales

9.00am                         HOLY TRINITY                         Mass    Fr. Michael Lynch, Rest in Peace (PACT)



8.55am                         HOLY TRINITY                         Rosary

9.15am                         HOLY TRINITY                         Mass    John and Violet Kennedy, Rest in Peace (Stuttle)



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

6.00pm                         ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass    Peter Langan, Rest in Peace (Stapleton)



8.45am                         HOLY TRINITY                         Mass    James Kane, Rest in Peace (McGinlay)

10.45am                       ENGLISH MARTYRS                Mass    Edna and Stan Parker, Rest in Peace (Collins)

Stations of The Cross

For Lent

 English Martyrs

Monday, 26 February - 10.30am

Monday, 5 March 10.30am

Monday, 12 March - 10.30am

Monday, 19 March - 10.30am

Monday, 26 March - 10.30am


Holy Trinity

Tuesday, 27 February - 7.00pm

Tuesday, 6 March - 7.00pm

Tuesday, 13 March - 7.00pm

Tuesday, 20 March - 7.00pm

Tuesday, 27 March - 7.00pm


Parish News

Dates for your Diary

Holy Communion - Children’s session 9 will take place on Monday 26 February at 6.15pm in St. Joseph’s School Hall, South Woodham Ferrers (access via Holy Trinity Church).  Parents’ session 4 will take place on Monday 19 March 2018 at 8pm in Holy Trinity Church, South Woodham Ferrers.


Catholic Meditation Group - Next session will be on Thursday, 1 March 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 will take place on Saturday, 3 March 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 17 March at 10.30am to 11.30am.


Annual Jumble Sale - Saturday 3 March at Danbury Village Hall. Anyone who would like to donate any jumble, please contact Jacqui Wright on 1245225509 (for Danbury) or Barbara Fenn on 01245 320637 (for SWF).  We need volunteers to help, if you can spare a few hours on the day to help, please contact Jacqui or Barbara.


Lenten Reconciliation Service will take place on Monday 5 March at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church.


Italian Evening - 10 March 2017 in Little Baddow Memorial Hall at 7.00pm.


Padre Pio Prayer Group – The next meeting will be on Monday 12 March, 7.30m at Holy Trinity Church.  All welcome.


Confirmation Preparation Classes - Session 1, Thursday 15 March at 8pm in Holy Trinity Church.


Next Justice and Peace meeting takes place on Monday, 19 March 2018, 7.30pm in the conservatory of English Martyrs Catholic Church.  Any new

 members are very welcome.


Fairtrade goods will be on sale after all Masses the weekend of 7/8 April. 

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), 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 (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), Jim Commins (Smith), Michael Yates (Smith), Gill Jeffereys (Collins), John O’Brien.