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St Joseph's is the Catholic Parish Church for Epsom in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. We are an active welcoming community, offering spiritual and pastoral support for everyone.

CELEBRATION OF MASS AT ST JOSEPH’S FROM MONDAY 6 JULY

Please be aware that with effect from Saturday 8 August 2020 Parishioners will have to wear face coverings in places of worship'

Following the polishing of the church floor, the flexibility of chairs at St Joseph's has enabled the layout to be rearranged to provide 211 chairs, in 100 clusters ranging from 1 to 6 seats, with appropriate social distancing in place.

Huge thanks to the Parishioners who have volunteered to be Stewards and Cleaners
to enable us to celebrate Mass in our Church

Mass Intentions for coming week

Sat 21 Nov

5.30p.m. As per Book of Remembrance

Sun 22 Nov : Feast of Christ The King

10.30a.m. People of the Parish
10.30a.m. As per Book of Remebrance

Mon 23 Nov

10.00a.m. As per Book of Remembrance

Tue 24 Nov : Memoria St Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs

NO MASS

Wed 25 Nov

10.00a.m. As per Book of Remembrance

Thu 26 Nov

10.00a.m. As per Book of Remembrance

Fri 27 Nov

10.00a.m. As per Book of Remembrance

Sat 28 Nov

5.30p.m. As per Book of Remembrance

Sun 29 Nov : First Sunday of Advent

10.30a.m. People of the Parish
10.30a.m. As per Book of Remembrance

Live streaming of Mass from St. Josephsregsiter

 

Mass will be continue to be 'live streamed' at the revised times:-

Weekdays Monday - Friday at 10.00a.m., Saturday at 5.30p.m. and Sunday at 10.30a.m. and 5.30p.m. Recordings of the Masses will also be available to view at a later time.

Click here to view YouTube live stream and recordings of masses


Parish Finances

Thank you to everyone who has set up standing orders for their regular offertory giving. Before lockdown, 68% of our offertory income came from the weekend blue bag cash collections, making an increased uptake of standing order giving vital to us in these continuing times of reduced congregation size. If you don’t already do so, please do consider giving by standing order. Please email accounts@st-josephs-epsom.org.ukto get the necessary details.

Easiest Ways to contribute

  • Standing Order : Please email accounts@st-josephs-epsom.org.uk to get the necessary bank details
  • Bank Transfer : Please email accounts@st-josephs-epsom.org.uk to get the necessary bank details
  • Justgiving: please be sure to specify in your message that the donation is for St Joseph’s Church Epsom.
  • Contactless giving: we now have a contactless giving device. Please ask mass stewards if you would like to use this device.

The Parish Needs Your Support! Gift Aid it

Please help by giving the benefit of
Gift Aid.

If you are a Tax Payer the Goverment will ADD 25p for every pound that you donate.

For full details and the necessary form please email accounts@st-josephs-epsom.org.uk


Stay Connected!

Our Connect group has created an online way of still praying and sharing together, and we'd like to invite you to join us. Just go to https://stjosephconnect.blogspot.com.

There you'll find a reflection on the forthcoming Sunday's gospel reading, and some other things which may also interest you. Anyone can join the conversation by leaving a comment so we can all stay Connected! (But you'll have to bring your own coffee and cake.) Please come along and have a look, and take part - and tell your friends.


New to the Parish?regsiter

If you are new to St. Josephs please take the time to complete a registration form, this lets us know a little about our parishioners and enables us to keep in contact with you. You can pick up a form from the Narthex or the parish office.

Registration form now available online.

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Epsom & Ewell Foodbank PleaFoodBank

Your donations over the last two weeks came to a staggering 208.2 kilos - a very big thank you!! Your unstinting support and generosity is truly heart-warming. Last week, our wonderful foodbank volunteers made 94 deliveries and fed 259 people. Our current list of items in short supply includes:

  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Tinned Sweetcorn
  • Biscuit
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Adult toothbrushes - singles or twos
  • Adult toothpaste
  • UHT milk - semi skimmed or full fat
  • Toilet rolls
  • Nappies size 6 plus
  • Pull ups all sizes
  • Long life fruit juice
  • Long life sponge puddings
  • Savoury snacks - crisps etc
  • Savoury snacks for children

Given our high numbers and the continued high demand, we are beginning our Christmas Appeals a little earlier than usual. This year, as we are delivering boxes to our clients in order to keep everyone Covid safe, below is a list of what we would like to include in these Christmas boxes which our clients will receive in the run-up to Christmas day.

  • Christmas chocolate coins
  • Mince pies - no alcohol and please watch the use by dates
  • Christmas puddings - small and medium - no alcohol
  • Gravy mix
  • Stuffing mix
  • Tubs of chocolates
  • Christmas napkins
  • Disposable Christmas table cloths
  • Small boxes of shortbread
  • Boxes of biscuits for our older clients
  • Savoury snacks - cheeselets, twiglets, crisps etc
  • Nuts and mixed fruit
  • Yule logs/chocolate Swiss rolls - again please watch the use by date
  • Custard - no brandy sauce

In addition, the boxes will include meat vouchers to be used at local butchers and energy top-ups. Finally, we hope to also include new towels, face cloths, tea towels and socks.

I appreciate these are long wishlists and many households are struggling during this time. Please only give what you can afford to and know that one extra item in your shopping trolley will make a significant difference to our clients. Thank you and keep safe.

Drop off points

St Joseph's Church, Epsom, KT18 7JQ (box located outside the main door)

Epsom Baptist Church, Church Street (open 10am - 11am on Sundays)

55 Kendor Avenue, Epsom KT19 8RJ (leave by front door)

14 Hambledon Hill, Woodcote Estate, Epsom, KT18 7BZ (leave by front door)

89 Downs Road, Epsom KT18 5LU (leave by front door)

St George's Church, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2DA (box outside the main door)


Update from Fr Bill

There hasn’t been much in the way of change or developments since last week for me to update you on, sadly!

Going forward, we have started to think about our Christmas Programme and what we may be able to offer, Government restrictions permitting and being allowed to open and celebrate Mass at St Joseph’s.  

So, a few thoughts for you to consider: we think we may ask you to email the Parish Office and let us have names of those who will be attending Masses on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day - we will be able to use this information to allocate seats and as a register of attendance.  We would also welcome any ideas / suggestions from our young families of what they might like to see happening for their Children at our Christmas Eve afternoon service.

A reminder that the Church is open for Private Prayer on a Sunday between 11.15a.m. – 12.15p.m. The same conditions that we had in place for attending Mass will apply e.g. scanning QR Code, sanitising, and cleaning at the end of the session.  

A date for your diary – you can join Bishop Richard online on from Arundel Cathedral on Saturday 21 November between 6.30p.m. – 8.30p.m. as he leads Eucharistic Adoration observing the Vigil of Christ the King as a day of prayer for the ending of the present pandemic. 

Do stay safe until we can celebrate Holy Mass together again, along with all the other Sacraments.

God Bless 

Fr Bill, Fr Ruslan and The Sisters


Latest News

Latest Parish Newsletter : 22 Nov 2020

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Newsletter Archive

Previous newsletter can be found in our archive.

 


Supporting the Bereaved Course 2021

Around the Diocese many parishes are developing a bereavement befriending team, to accompany and support those experiencing grief and loss. They provide a vital service where people with a common faith can walk with others on this painful journey.

Do you feel that you are being called to this Ministry? Do you have a good ear for listening? Are you able to empathise with people? Are you able to maintain confidentiality?

If you feel drawn to supporting fellow parishioners, please speak to your Parish Priest about being considered for the Diocesan Supporting the Bereaved Course.

A commitment to attending every session is needed (Eight Tuesdays across January to March 2021).

If you wish to speak to someone about what the course entails and to register your interest in joining the programme please call Rev Deacon Simon South, Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Project Worker, on 07415 306222 or email on simon.south@abdiocese.org.uk.


Anti-Modern Slavery

18th October was Anti-Slavery Sunday. The diocese has been steadily building up its campaign against modern slavery, and in conjunction with this we have issued the first of what we hope to be regular updates on the current progress. The newsletter is on the new diocesan website and can be found here

Our hope is to extend the number of people across the diocese who are aware of the tragedy of modern slavery that exists in our communities and we would ask you to especially make people aware in your parish. We hope as time progresses to be able to offer awareness sessions and would be keen to hear from you if you would like to host an event to raise awareness in your area at some point in the future. Please let Tessa Ricketts know on tessa.ricketts@abdiocese.org.uk Anyone else that you find who is interested in becoming a supporter and receiving regular updates can also contact Tessa to sign up. We welcome any suggestions you might have to help raise awareness across our diocese. Thank you.

David Farey - Chairman of the Diocesan Steering Group on Modern Slavery.


Emergency AppealFaith in Action

This is an emergency appeal for Fr. Ed O'Connell (part of FiA) to help him support the people of San Benito. Covid has hit them very hard. Please read the report from Kevin McDonnell with his communication with Fr Ed.

Lima Emergency Appeal. busmap


Calling all Young Adults of the Diocese (20-30 somethings)

Before the current restrictions, our Youth and Young Adults' Advisor had plenty of big plans for helping you get to know other Catholics of a similar age, to form communities where you are free to be yourself, to explore your faith, to grow in friendship, and to be a safe place for you to realise your Catholic identity.

However, this has all had to go on hold. We cannot have a Prosecco and Praise night and remain Covid secure! What we would like to do is invite anyone who is interested to join a focus group. This group will meet virtually to discuss the needs and desires of young adults in the Church, and, if you would like, be involved in coming up with some creative ways to meet those needs.

If this sounds like a project you would like to be a part of, please contact the Youth Service Secretary Rosie at rosie.read@abdiocese.org.uk or 01293 651161