Posts by Rob Jones

Catholic Union says Christians should engage their consciences over referendum

Next month’s referendum is important as it engages Christian virtues and asks us all to consider what is the best approach for ensuring peaceful stability, according to the Catholic Union of Great Britain. Read more →

Deepening our love for Jesus in Holy Communion


Celebrating First Holy Communion with nearly 50 families over two weekends in the first part of May was truly a time of great joy and festivity for our entire Parish community. Read more →

Sign up to 24-hour prayer session

For 24 continuous hours, Parish community members will take it in turns to pray with Jesus in the sacrament on the altar – and there is still time to sign up to take part. Read more →

Joyful celebrations at First Holy Communion Masses


Children from around the Parish have celebrated their First Holy Communion at St Joseph’s Church. The children read prayers and readings at the Masses, and their drawings illustrated the orders of service.

Parishioner survey will set the parish agenda and long-term goals

All parishioners are invited to participate in a survey that will help the St Joseph’s pastoral team assess the needs and aspirations of the community. Read more →

What does Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia add to the debate on family matters?


On a spring day about five years ago, when I was rector of Mundelein Seminary, Francis Cardinal George spoke to the assembled student body. He congratulated those proudly orthodox seminarians for their devotion to the dogmatic and moral truths proposed by the Church, but he also offered some pointed pastoral advice. Read more →

Parish celebrates Easter with series of special Masses and blessings


Our week of Easter celebrations included a variety of events and blessings for all members of the community. Read more →

In Holy Week, discover all Jesus accomplished to show us God’s mercy


Holy Week begins today, Palm Sunday, and ends with the Easter Vigil on Easter night. We call this week ‘holy’ because, throughout these days, we discover with admiration all that the Lord Jesus accomplished in order to show us the infinite tenderness of God, the embrace of God’s mercy.

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Mass times for Easter

St Joseph’s Parish Masses over the Easter weekend include morning prayer sessions, the Stations of the Cross, Vigil Masses and a Taize service. The complete Mass times for the Easter weekend at St Joseph’s, and Easter Masses at St Swithun’s, are listed below. Read more →

Time to engage and reflect on the images of the Year of Mercy


Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Holy Year of Mercy began on 08th of December 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It will close on 20th of November 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. The motto of the Year of Mercy is “Merciful Like the Father”. Read more →