Posts by Rob Jones

Music, food, man and beast welcome to St Francis feast

All St Joseph’s choirs are coming together to lead us in a celebration of the Feast of St Francis in early October.

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Deacons Barry and Aidan make a bald move for charity

Deacons Aidan McPartlan and Barry Mellish are sporting a new look after raising more than £1,300 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support – and the donations are still coming in.

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Deacons prepare for head shave to raise money for cancer charity

Deacons Aidan McPartlan and  Barry Mellish will be losing their hair to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, following Deacon Aidan’s future daughter-in-law’s diagnosis with leukaemia. Read more →

A moment of love and joy from our Medjugorie Pilgrimage


One morning, at the English Mass on our unforgettable Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, I could not help noticing the mother calming her disabled son with a gentle pressure on his arm when his desire to communicate — or to pray? – resulted in his becoming too noisy a participant in the Eucharist celebration. Every time she did this, he turned to her with an unforgettable look of pure love and joy, willingly obeying her. Read more →

Young people put their art into Mass and workshop event

A workshop and Mass for young people, hosted by St Joseph’s, was a great success – and produced some highly creative works of art.

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The home is a school of love, faith and virtue

By EDMUND ADAMUS, Director, Office of Marriage and Family Life – Diocese of Westminster

Yes it’s that time of year where little by little, many households are a hive of activity preparing for a return to schools, colleges and institutions of learning. But as this tsunami of new, yet familiar, demands sweeps over us, let’s not forget that ultimately the home is tasked and graced to be THE school of many things: It’s a school of love, faith, virtues, humanity, dignity, communion, fraternity, hospitality, friendship, moral courage, frugality but abundance (not wanton luxury) when appropriate, elegance, joy and above all sacrifice. Read more →

Together, we are part of a big story


Children love stories; so do adults. We enjoy telling stories and listening to them, too, and we love to hear a good story again and again. Our storytelling takes many forms — a mum or dad reading a story to their child at bedtime, with the favourite story  requested yet again. Try to skip a few lines and you will be called back on track! Read more →

New Rainbows group launches in September

A new Rainbows group for girls is launching in September.

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Cardinal Vincent reflects on how the Church is measuring up to the Master’s command

Cardinal Vincent gave a keynote speech at Evangelisation Conference Proclaim 15 and asked the question: How is the Church measuring up to the Master’s command: ‘Go, therefore to all nations. Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you (Mt 28.19)?’

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Voting on Assisted Dying Bill takes place in September – have your say

On Friday 11 September, MPs will debate the Assisted Dying Bill. If you feel strongly on this issue, you may wish to encourage your local MP to be present in the House of Commons on that day and to vote against the bill.

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