Posts by Rob Jones

What do Jesus’s words mean during a general election campaign?

By Fr TOM McHUGH

“He opened their minds.” These are words of Jesus given to us in the Gospel just now. What might these words mean as we find ourselves in the middle of the general election campaign? Read more →

Leaders needed for Girl Guides groups – Monday evenings

We are looking for adults to run two Rainbow and Guides groups on Monday evenings.

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Blessed are the pure in heart – why St Joseph is an inspiring model for us all

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


This week marked the solemnity of St. Joseph, much overlooked in my view. His purity and integrity of heart, mind and body is such a wonderful and inspiring model for all of us, especially boys and men. When I think about St. Joseph, the recent words of Pope Francis in his official message for World Youth Day 2015 – “Have the courage to be happy” – echo with me where he declares,
 “We need to protect the purity of what is most precious of all: our heart and our relationships. This ‘human ecology’ will help us to breathe the pure air that comes from beauty, from true love, and from holiness.”

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Your views on marriage and family life are needed, ahead of 2015 Synod

Ahead of the forthcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October 2015, Pope Francis has asked us all to reflect with “true spiritual discernment” on the themes relating to marriage and family life that emerged from the extraordinary meeting of bishops held in Rome in October 2014. Read more →

Creating a family of families can enrich the life of our parish

By FR. TOM McHUGH

Like every parish, St. Joseph’s is a family of families. We all know that families come in different shapes and sizes and that we each belong to one of them. Increasingly, individuals and families feel isolated and sense the need to belong to a support group that will enrich parish and family life.

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Parish adopts seminarian in his preparation for priesthood

Our parish has been allocated seminarian Tomasz Margol, now in his second year at St. John’s Seminary. Read more →

Deacon Barry pledges to Live Below the Line to raise funds for the world’s poor

Deacon Barry Mellish is embarking on a diet with a difference to raise funds that will help address extreme poverty and inequality. Read more →

Survey seeks your views on reflect on marriage and family life

You may have read or heard about the Synod Of Bishops meeting that is due to take place this October in Rome. We all have a chance to influence the Synod on marriage and the family by completing a simple survey. You can find the survey here.

Journey in Faith members celebrate Rite of Election at St George’s Cathedral

Five members of our Parish Journey in Faith group, together with their godparents and sponsors, have taken part in a vibrant and joyful celebration – the Rite of Election. This is a pivotal moment in their journey of faith and an occasion of great significance in the life of the diocese.

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Which organisations should we refuse to work with? An ethical and moral dilemma

By DEACON BARRY MELLISH

This case directly concerns myself and others who work or used to work in business and industry. I was a technical consultant working for a computer company involved with the selling of computers and storage systems. By themselves computers do nothing – they are morally neutral, they require people to turn them on and use them. It is how and why they are used that can change this – they can be used for good or evil. The question is, what should I do when I know that the system is being sold to a company whose ethics or purpose is completely opposite to that which I believe in? Read more →