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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 27 Feb

5.30p.m. Shirley Martin R.I.P.

Sun 28 Feb : Second 'Transfiguration' Sunday in Lent

10.30a.m. Leo Houston R.I.P.
5.30p.m. NO MASS

Mon 1 Mar : Feast of St David

10.00a.m. Patrick McDonagh R.I.P.

Tue 2 Mar

10.00a.m. NO MASS

Wed 3 Mar

10.00a.m. People of The Parish

Thu 4 Mar

10.00a.m. Deceased Members of the Soares' Family

Fri 5 Mar : World Day of Prayer

10.00a.m. Mansoor Bholah R.I.P. and Rex Truscott R.I.P.

Sat 6 Mar

5.30p.m. Charlie and Hannah Williams R.I.P.

Sun 7 Mar : Third Sunday in Lent

10.30a.m. Carmelo Schifano R.I.P. and the Schifano Family
5.30p.m. NO MASS

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

As always, thank you so much for your unwavering support - the donations keep flowing in and out to those in need.

In addition to food donations, in January the Foodbank processed 70 energy card top ups during several face to face sessions with clients. We helped keep 247 people warm at the cost of £3,062.

The IT project has been a great success and to date we have handed out 173 refurbished laptops and tablet devices. This has made a tremendous difference to the home schooling of many local children. This is an on-going project so if you have an old laptop or device then please get in touch (Rachel on 07899902051). It will need to be wiped clean, have any necessary passwords attached, have the necessary leads and be Windows 7, 8 or 10 compatible. We cannot accept phones or devices with windows vista or windows Xp.

Our food stocks are good but we are in need of specific items - see below.

URGENT

  • Jam
  • Long life sponge puddings
  • Breakfast cereal - not porridge
  • Pasta/beans with meat
  • Washing up liquid

LOW STOCK

  • Tinned meat pies - no alcohol
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned fish
  • Powdered milk
  • Sugar - 500g bags
  • Shaving foam
  • Ladies deodorant

Thank you so much for your continued support and generosity. Keep safe. Rachel

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

We had the Government’s long awaited road map out of lockdown on Monday evening – it was pleasing to hear about the timetable for lifting of the current restrictions with some much needed light at the end of the tunnel predicted for 21 June!

 

The announcement will not really have any impact on what we currently are able to offer in terms of celebrating Mass, but I feel it would be opportunistic to focus on what celebrations we can safely have on Palm Sunday and at Easter.

 

I think it is very likely that we will have to introduce a booking system for all the planned services – I am waiting for confirmation from the Diocese on how the services will be celebrated and will let you know in due course.

 

At the moment, I envisage the following services:

 

Palm Sunday Vigil Mass 27 March – 5.30p.m.
Palm Sunday 28 March – 10.30a.m. and 5.30p.m.
Maundy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper            1 April – 5.30p.m.
Good Friday Liturgy 2 April – 3.00p.m. 
Holy Saturday Vigil Mass 3 April – 5.30p.m.
Easter Sunday 4 April – 8.30a.m. and 10.30a.m. 

 

These dates are subject to confirmation.

 

As we did at Christmas, we will be allocating seats on a first come, first served basis – and we will have additional seating capacity in the Church Hall. If you are planning to attend any of the Palm Sunday or Easter services, please email the Parish Office at office@st-josephs-epsom.org.uk  with the number of seats you require (in family households) and the names of those attending.

 

I hope to reinstate all Masses for week commencing 15 March 2021.

 

God Bless, and keep safe
Fr Bill, Fr Ruslan, Sr Margarite and Sr Fionnuala
 


Latest News

Latest Parish Newsletter : 28 Feb 2021

If you have an item of news to include in future newsletters, why not let the parish office know.

 

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.


Refugee Crisis

Discover how donations to the Refugee Crisis Fund have helped to make lives more hopeful!

Please read the Refugee Crisis Newsletter 2020.


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