Thank you to everyone for attending the synodal listening session that took place in our parish.
All the parish listening sessions across the Diocese have now been completed. In total, over 1100 parishioners took part in the sessions. Over 3500 people have also made submissions via the online questionnaires. The age range of those who have engaged with the process has been from teenagers to parishioners in their 80s.
All of these submissions will be used to formulate the diocesan submission to the Bishops’ Conference as part of the preparatory work for the Synod of Bishops in October 2023.
This completes the first phase of our synodal process.
Details of the next phase, our own diocesan process, will be outlined by Bishop Marcus in due course.
A summary of the submissions made during the listening session in our parish can be downloaded via the link below.
The Second programme of repair works has begun and will continue until the end of March. The works will take place on the South side of the Church, (facing the garden and car Park).
The work involves major repairs to the fabric of the Church outside wall, and to the large windows of Church.
We have been very lucky to be receiving a grant from Historic England’s Heritage Stimulus Fund. The amount we have been awarded is £83,296.
I am very grateful to the Diocesan Property Department for their hard work in attaining this grant, and for their work with Historic Churches for their approval of this work. – Canon Tim
A series of talks and workshops on the interaction between Catholic Faith and the Arts.
Dates for the ten special events planned for 2022 are set out in the following document.
The programme includes speakers from a variety of backgrounds including the visual arts, dance, theatre and theology.
Marc who had been with us since the beginning of the summer holidays, when he completed his training at the English College in Rome is beginning a Pastoral Parish Placement at St John Mary Vianney in Leeds.
I would like to thank Marc for his time here and for all the support he has given over the last number of weeks at Masses and in the Presbytery. I am sure we will continue to keep Marc in our prayers as he prepares for the future – which please God will be ordination as a Deacon next year, before Priesthood. Marc will still use St Joseph’s here as a base for days off etc, so you may see him around occasionally. - Canon Tim