Jamie Madden RIP. His funeral Service will be on Tue 19th Dec at 10.30am in the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium.
Louise Simon RIP. Her Funeral Mass will be on Wed 20th Dec at 10am in St Teresa’s Church.
Please remember them and their families in your prayers.
CHRISTMAS MASS MINISTRIES
Please could altar servers, collectors, readers, ministers of communion and welcomers indicate which of the Masses over Christmas they are available to help at. Either contact your co-ordinator, or the office, or fill in a list in the sacristy. The more the merrier.
MINISTRIES AND SERVICE GENERALLY If you would like to volunteer to help in the Mass or with anything in the parish please don’t hesitate to speak up. Also the more the merrier.
PARISH OFFICE CONSOLIDATION
Having reviewed the parish secretarial support arrangements, and in view of there now being only one priest, it has been decided to consolidate all administration in the parish office at St Joseph’s with effect from Fri 1st Dec. Icona Miles is leaving parish employment after 9 years, and the Holy Family office function will now be transferred to the office at St Joseph’s. Fr Tony expresses his thanks to Icona for all the considerable help she has provided in her time, during which the parish has seen much change.
50/50 CLUB 2018
Subscriptions are now due for the 50/50 Club at St Teresa’s for 2018. £12 per number per year. New subscribers welcome. Please see Janet Franklin or contact her by email: [email protected]eengots.co.uk. The last 50/50 Club draw of 2017 will be after 5.30pm Mass this Sunday, 17th Dec. Mince pies mulled wine, teas and coffees will also be served. All welcome.
CAROLS AT ST MARY’S BLETCHINGLEY
On Sun17th Dec at 5pm in St Mary`s Bletchingley, a ‘Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight’ with Deacon Tim. All welcome.
PARISH ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
Holy Family on 21st Dec 2017 at 7.30pm Carols, prayers, mulled wine and mince pies. If you have not been before, why not come along? A joyful evening for all. All welcome.
PLEASE JOIN CHRISTIANS TOGETHER
singing Carols outside the Co-op in Merstham from 11.30am on Sat 23rd Dec. We received a wonderful response last year.
ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL ADMISSIONS FORM
For parents/guardians who have applied for their child to attend St Joseph’s Primary School there will be two opportunities to come meet Fr Tony and receive the parish support for your application: Wed 10th Jan and Fri 12th Jan 2018.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 2018
There will be a Parents’ Information Session before the programme starts in the New Year. Bishop Richard will be in our parish for our Confirmation Mass on Sun 13th May 2018 at 3pm.
SURREY’S FIRST COMMUNITY CAFE
A not-for-profit community cafe has just opened in the new Merstham Hub called the Merstham Mix. The objectives are to strengthen the local community bonds, promote healthy eating, provide affordable food to all and free hot meals to all our local food-bank users. We will also be reducing food waste by supplementing our kitchen with food surpluses from supermarkets and farms. Merstham Facilities Community Trust and Loveworks are on the organising end and although we have a wonderful chef, we need volunteers for the kitchen and FOH to keep our costs low. If you would like the opportunity (training given!) please contact Anna on 07929498430 or [email protected] gmail.com for more information. Our website is www.mersthamcc.org.uk to read all about it!
SATURDAY AFTERNOON GET TOGETHERS We are a friendly group of adults that meet every Saturday in the PNL Café area between 3-5 pm. We play games, chat and enjoy company over a complimentary hot drink. Parishioners, people from our local community and visitors are always welcome to come along anytime during the session. Please don't hesitate to contact the parish office if you would like to meet with me prior to coming along. Reena Clarke
SAFEGUARDING IN THE PARISH
Some roles in the parish require volunteers to have a DBS check which are renewed every 3 years. Katie Jones, our Safeguarding Rep, will be contacting people if a re-check is needed. However if you are in a role in the parish and have not had a recheck or if you have any query on the DBS process please contact Katie on 01737 761017.
Come and join us in the Café in the PNL Centre at St Joseph’s on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and have a FREE tea or filter coffee when you purchase any hot food. The café is open term times Monday to Friday 10.30am - 1.30pm.
ARE YOU FREE OR JUST RETIRED and looking for something to do? Why not volunteer in the Retreat Café at St Joseph’s and make new friends. If you would like to know more please contact the parish office on 01737 761017.
BEQUESTS THANK YOU
We are very grateful that a number of parishioners from our three churches have assisted our parish by gifting a donation to the parish in their wills. A sheet has been prepared by the diocese outlining the wording that should be used for this. It also includes information on Foundation Masses and bequests to our diocese. If you would like more information please take one of the blue sheets at the backs of all our churches.
PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Visiting Bari, St Giovanni in Rotondo, and Loreto, with Fr Terry Martin and Fr Stephen Hardaker. From 9th May - 15th May, 2018. The cost is £799. Pilgrimage brochures and Booking Forms are available from Pax Travel on 0207 485 3003 or [email protected]
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Bishop Richard invites families to join him on a pilgrimage to Dublin for the World Meeting of Families 22nd – 26th Aug 2018. This event includes a three day congress exploring themes from Amoris Laetitia. Wonderful international speakers will lead sessions for adults and there are age-appropriate activities for children and young people. This is followed by a concert- style ‘Festival of Families’ on the Saturday and the event concludes with Sunday Mass concelebrated by Pope Francis. For further details please see [email protected] net.org