On Saint James’s Day – this Monday 25th July – Masses will be offered at the usual times of 7.15am, 12.30pm & 6pm. There will be a SOLEMN MASS at 7.30pm at which the celebrant and preacher will be the Rt. Revd. Hugh Allan O.Praem who is Prior of the Norbertine community in Chelmsford and also Parish Priest of the Catholic community there. The music will be: Missa Fac Bonum by Rathgeber, plus Laudate Dominum and O lux et decus Hispaniae both by Victoria. It should be a great evening!  Please do everything you can to be there – and encourage as many others to join you as you can. A reception will follow the Solemn Mass.

A prayer which is being offered at the end of each Mass in the Novena leading to the celebration of our Feast of Title:  “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom the whole family in heaven and on earth has its origins, we ask you to strengthen this parish with your Holy Spirit, that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, and that, rooted and grounded in love, we may be able to comprehend with all your holy ones, especially Saint James and Saint Anne, the breadth and length, the depth and the height of your love which passes all human knowledge, and that we may be filled with the fullness of your Godhead. Unto you be glory in the Church, by Christ Jesus, throughout all the ages, world without end. Amen”.

The charity Mary’s Meals are asking for your unwanted clothing, bags, shoes and belts. Please have a clear-out and put everything into sacks and bring them to Mass over the weekend of 30th/31st July where volunteers for the charity will collect them. Three full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one nutritious meal every school day for a year. Mary’s Meals sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. For those who want to know more, there is
Literature available at the back of church. Mary’s Meals is a no-frills charity committed to speeding 93p in every £1 received on its charitable activities with only 6p spent on Fundraising and 1p on Governance.

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please telephone 0161 941 3498, visit their website or email

At the back of church you will find information about a new way of supporting the parish by text giving through a mobile phone.

Last week’s giving £2, 817 (includes envelopes but not bankers' orders, etc.)