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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

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

Your offertory donations are vital to our parish finances. Ways to contribute are as follows:

  • Standing Order : Easiest and our preferred method. Please set up directly with your bank, using the following details - account name: RCD A&B St Joseph’s Epsom; sort code: 40-05-20; account number: 71076221; bank reference: your name followed by “GA” if you are a member of our Gift Aid scheme. (If you aren’t yet a Gift Aider, please join the scheme! See below.)
  • Bank Transfer : bank details as for standing orders, above.
  • Via the Diocese website: visit www.abdiocese.org.uk and click the red “Donate” button in the top right corner, then under “Parish Giving” select “Epsom”.
  • Contactless giving: device located in the narthex. This can be used for offertory and special collections – select from the main menu as relevant.
  • At masses : Offertory collection at masses.

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If you are a UK taxpayer, please join our Gift Aid scheme. This will boost the value of your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate, at no extra cost to you.

Simply fill in the Gift Aid Form and return it to the parish office or by email to giftaid@st-josephs-epsom.org.uk. Hard copies available in the narthex.


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 Christmas AppealFoodBank

This has been a whirlwind of a year for the Foodbank so far! We know December is a time when people who cannot afford food and basics need us more than ever. Last December the Foodbank supported a staggering 1,570 people in need with food, essentials and seasonal support. So far in 2021 our numbers are not as high but with the fuel price hikes and Universal Credit cuts the number of people needing us is rising again. To date, the Foodbank has helped more than 7,100 this year.

As always, your donations keep coming, meeting the needs of our local clients. Thank you so much for your continued support. Last week was a quieter one with our wonderful volunteers making 55 deliveries and feeding 160 people. We couldn't do this without your donations!!

Our wishlist of donations for our Christmas goodie bags includes:

  • Christmas selection boxes
  • Christmas puddings
  • Savour snacks
  • Tinned ham
  • Christmas biscuits
  • Festive chocolates, sweets and treats
  • Mince pies
  • Packet stuffing
  • Packet trifle mix
  • Christmas napkins, tablecloths and tea towels

Please make sure that items do not contain alcohol as we are unable to give these out. If you could donate these items by Friday 3rd December this will give the Foodbank time to pack the bags ready for our clients.

Alternatively, if you would like to make a financial donation, the Foodbank will again be giving out Christmas meat vouchers from our local butchers so they can choose their meat from Christmas; seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables to add to our meat voucher and goodie bags, energy top up funds for our client's gas/electricity to cook their Christmas dinner and into the New Year and finally, gift cards of £10 for parents to choose a present for their children from Argos, Wilkos, Superdrug, Boots or TK Maxx. To make a donation directly, please visit our Foodbank website at https://epsomewell.foodbank.org.uk

Thank you so much for continued support, generosity and kindness.


Update from Fr Bill

 

Fr Bill’s Update
My journey to and from Rome.
There is nothing too dramatic about this. As you may know, this year I celebrated my Ruby year of priesthood, that is forty years, the vast majority spent happily as Parish Priest here in Epsom. By kind invitation of the English College in Rome, all those who were celebrating 40,50, and 60 years from dioceses around England and Wales were invited to stay at Palazzola, the college villa about an hour outside Rome. It was very special spending time with the 29 priests of such a variety of experiences in pastoral ministry. It was a time of much conviviality, sharing prayer, Holy Mass, good food and wine, relaxing and visiting many places of interest, including visits into the city, where we enjoyed a warm welcome to the Pontifical Beda College for a magnificent lunch, courtesy of Monsignor Philip Gillespie, and again at the English College courtesy of Father Stephen Wang. 

At the Papal Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis greeted the diamond jubilarians, with whom he shook hands and had a brief word with each one, who were of his own generation, as some reminded him! For me the sting in the tale was having to do a PCR test and isolate for two days on my return. I feel great and I look forward to receiving a negative result so that I can be with you over the weekend. Father Stephen has not been so lucky and is having to isolate himself for a little longer.

As you may know Pope Francis has invited the whole church on a Synodal Journey with him. Bishop Richard sent us a pastoral letter setting this out on the 27th Sunday of the year. Please have a look at the website given here so that together we will continue our journey with the Holy Father and Rome. I will say more about this next week.

Here is the link to the website with further details about the Synodal Journey with Pope Francis.
Synod | Arundel & Brighton Diocese (abdiocese.org.uk)
God Bless you and your families.
 


Latest News

Latest Parish Newsletter : 5 Dec 2021

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Newsletter Archive

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Afghanistan Refugee Crisis

Due to the overwhelming generosity of our community and also the communities in the northern regions of England we no longer need donations for Afghan refugees.

Thank you so much to all those who have donated items.

Let's pray that they feel welcome and safe in our country and the relatives they have left behind will be able to lead full and peaceful lives in Afghanistan.


2021 - Year of St Joseph

Church grants plenary indulgence for year of St. Joseph - Vatican News


The Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group in Crawley Request

We would be grateful to receive good quality second-hand clothes as follows:

  • Jeans, waist 30”, 32”, 33”, 34”
  • Joggers in all sizes
  • T-shirts in all sizes but especially Medium
  • Summer jackets in all sizes
  • Shoes in all sizes (apart from 45)

People can bring clothes to the office (The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6AD) during office hours, but it is best to email Josie first to fix a time in case the staff member has to go out: josie@gdwg.org.uk


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