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17 March 2024

A Heart for Others


In Jeremiah 31:31-34, God offers a new covenant, written on our hearts, signaling a personal connection with Him. This inner transformation is echoed in the Psalm’s yearning for a pure heart, a call for personal renewal and sincerity in our relationship with God. Hebrews 5:7-9 presents Jesus as the epitome of obedience and humility, enduring trials for our sake. John 12:20-30 challenges us, showing that true glorification comes through self-sacrifice. These readings together teach us the power of inner change and the strength found in surrendering to God’s will.


To bring this into our daily lives, consider small acts of selflessness that mirror Jesus’ sacrifice. It could be as simple as giving up personal comfort for the benefit of a family member or dedicating time to help a neighbor or community project. In these acts, we embody the spirit of the new covenant and Jesus’ teachings.


Family Connection:

“What is one thing each of us can give up this week to help someone else, following Jesus’ example of self-sacrifice?”



“Lord, guide us to live with selfless hearts.”

The readings of the 5th Sunday of Lent build on the themes of covenant and promise. The Gospel features Jesus’ prediction of his death, emphasizing the glory that comes through suffering and the necessity of dying oneself to produce spiritual fruit.


Your Parish needs You!

To assist us with ensuring that we keep you safe and comply with our legal obligations, we require volunteers from the congregation for each mass service to assist us with the evacuation of the church in the event of a fire. Volunteers will be provided with fire safety training for this role which comprises what actions to do in the event of a fire, which is to successfully evacuate the church and aid those who may have limited mobility.

We cannot do this without your help, so please volunteer today!

Pro-Life Rosary

Daily rosary in the chapel after Mass with pro-life rosary Wednesday and Friday. adoration & recitation of the rosary with exposition in the chapel 10-45-1145am. Fridays only.

Stations of the Cross

22nd March 6:00pm


Baptism Seminar Schedule

Baptism Seminars for parents of children up to 6 years old.

Saturday, 13th of April at 03.00 PM in the Church Sacristy. To register, please email your name and the name and age of your child to:


Lent Recollection Service

20TH March 5:00pm in the church

For parents of First Holy Communion & Confirmation candidates


Blessing of Food for Polish Families

30 March 2024, 12.00 NN

Easter Bonnet / Hat Competition

Join our Easter Bonnet/Hat Competition!

Entry: Adults £ 5.0, Children £ 2.0.

Showcase your creativity for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Celebrate Easter with style and fun. Don't miss out! Prices to be won.  (Pay for entry on Easter Sunday)


Easter Hamper

Support our Easter Hamper for parish upkeep. Buy tickets: £1 each or £5 per strip. More tickets, more chances to win! Your contribution makes a difference. Thank you for your generosity!

FIHM Retreat

FIHM will have a retreat on 6 of April from 10:00 am to 16:00

Facilitator: Rev. Fr Jose Costa, FIHM Programme for the day retreat / day of recollection: 10 am welcome coffee / tea in the hall with morning prayer followed by adoration 11 am rosary in the church with confessions —Mass 12pm –  Lunch 1pm (packed lunch in the hall ) —- 1-45 pm Themed Talk and discussion with father Jose Costa FIHM in the hall. 3 pm Divine Mercy devotions in the hall. Concluding prayer & 4 pm finish.

Dear Legion of Mary Auxiliaries

You are invited to attend the ACIES Ceremony which will take place on

Saturday 6th April 2024 at 2pm at

St Teresa of Lisieux RC Church,

16 Clairmont Road, Colchester CO3 9BE.

The purpose of the Acies is to renew and deepen our Consecration to Mary.

If you wish to enquire as to the availability of transport to the Acies or are interested in finding out more about the Legion of Mary please call Danielle 07849 103304.

- Our Lady Help of Christians Praesidium

Knanaya Catholic Malayalam Community Mass

11May 2024, 04.00 PM

Note: The planned monthly masses for March and April are canceled.

Dates for your diary……

Youth Encounter Gathering

13-14 July

Confirmation Day

20 July

155th Anniversary of Saint Helen’s Church, Westcliff-on-Sea

17-18 August

Job Vacancy

Little Company of Mary

11 - 13 Grosvenor Rd

Westcliff on Sea

We are recruiting for a maintenance person with good all-round DIY skills.

Basic knowledge of electrical, heating, plumbing and hot & cold-water service installations is required, with the ability to undertake all general and statutory maintenance checks on the various installations.

Previous experience in a similar role is desirable, preferably in a Care Home environment.

The successful candidate must have a good standard of record keeping and be able to work unsupervised.

Hours: 16 hours over 4 days (to be agreed)

Please submit your application to

Harlow Water Tower Abseil

The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society (BCCS) are looking for thrill seekers with a passion for fundraising to take part in Harlow Tye Rotary’s annual Harlow Water Tower Abseil on Saturday 18th May 2024. For all details, please visit our Harlow Water Tower Abseil webpage here:    To secure your spot, a £35 entry fee will be paid to the Harlow Tye Rotary Club, with all funds raised through your efforts being donated to BCCS. Please reach out  to Charlotte: / 07986841178 to sign up!

Pilgrimage to Fatima

From 11th to 15th Oct 2024

£ 855.00 Operated by Special Pilgrimages ‘Christian Tours’ For Inquiries, please contact:

Salvatore Burzotta 07753 203129

Sacrament of Confirmation:

Invitation to Join Our Catechist Team

Our parish is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to join our team of catechists. Whether you are experienced or new to catechesis, your contribution will be invaluable in guiding and nurturing the faith journey of our community members.

To equip you for this role, we are organizing a special training session led by one of our parishioners, Carmel Allen, an experienced catechist and educator.

If you feel called to this ministry or would like to learn more, please approach Fr. Alex.

Friendship Club!

🌟 Join the Friendship Club of St. Helen's Parish in Westcliff! 🙌🏼 Discover meaningful connections and laughter every Tuesday, 11.00am-02.00pm at the Parish Hall.

All are welcome! ❤️



🌿 Got Green Fingers?🌱 Be a part of something beautiful at St. Helen's Parish in Westcliff. Join our team of volunteer gardeners and help cultivate a serene oasis. 🌸🌼


No Bubble Gum in the Church

Out of respect for our sacred space, bubble gum is prohibited within the Church premises. I appreciate your cooperation.

- A friendly reminder from the dedicated volunteer cleaners of Saint Helen’s Westcliff

 📢 Vacancy for Cleaner

We urgently seek committed applicants, preferably with experience, for this vital role in our Parish. For those who are interested, please get in touch with Fr. Alex Poblador, RCJ.

Parish Team Members

Kenneth Attwood

Health and Safety Officer

Benneth Chukwuemeka

Health and Safety Assistant

Lucy and Gary Watts

Safeguarding Representatives


Cherry Ann Castro

Finance Coordinator

St. Helen’s Cleaners

Join the group chat to get the weekly schedule of volunteer cleaners.

St Helen’s Minibus Service

For parishioners of Saint Helen’s with mobility problems and wanted to attend the 11:30am Sunday Mass; - For those who are interested to join the team of volunteers, please contact Ray Newman on Tel. No.: 07775 769826

Many thanks to all who support the maintenance of our Parish Minibus. If you know anyone who needs a lift to church to 11.30 Mass, please let the office know and it will be handed on to Ray Newman.


Sacramental Services

·  For Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals, please email our parish office or get in touch with any of the priests.

·  Marriage Preparations: Couples who are planning to get married in or outside the parish should contact the parish office at least six (6) months in advance.

·  The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Thursdays 10:45-11:25am; Saturdays 11:15-11:50am or approach the priest to get an appointment.

·  The Sacrament of the Sick: Please contact the parish office for requests about visiting the housebound / Care Home residents.

Masses at Saint Helen’s

Weekday Masses: 10:00AM

Saturday Mass: 12:00NN

Sunday Mass: 09:30AM / 11:30AM / 06:00PM

2nd Mass on Holy Days: 07:00PM

No Mass on Mondays

Mass Intentions

For Any Mass Intentions, please see the priests or call them during office hours (Tuesdays to Fridays 9-1pm) Tel. No.: 01702 342324 


Mass Intention Envelopes are available Mass Intentions are published in the parish newsletter (available for collection). It is also posted via Facebook Page of the Parish.

Contactless Giving (Temporarily Out of Service)

No cash? Give your donations using your card. Look for the one in-charge of the parish’s card reader and get a receipt on the go or visit the parish website.

Gift Aid

Collection Envelopes 2024

If you are a tax paying parishioner making a gift to the parish, for example putting money in the collection, the Inland Revenue aids us by refunding the tax.

For every £1 you donate we can claim a 25p refund; £1 becomes £1.25 for the Parish.

Our Parish has to pay its own way, what we collect in the Offertory collection plate no longer covers our overhead costs, so the Gift Aid Scheme is our financial lifeline.

The new financial year starts on 6th April so please pick up your new box at the back of the church and check that we have your correct address.

Equally important, if you are a taxpayer and not in the scheme and would like to join and help the Parish please complete a Declaration Form which will be available for you to collect from the back of the church.

If you any further questions please contact

John Upsher phone 01702 347369.

Gift for Saint Helen’s Church

Please consider Saint Helen’s Catholic Church as part of charity in your will. For more information, see the parish priest.

Enhancing security

Saint Helen's Westcliff implements 24/7 CCTV surveillance across its premises.  Notices alert parishioners to the system's presence for heightened safety.

The initiative aims to deter threats and ensure a secure environment for worshippers and visitors alike.


Sunday 17 March

09.30am – Children’s liturgy

10:30am – St Patrick’s Day – CWL Coffee Morning after Mass (Hall)

01:30pm – Tamil Mass

05.00-06.00pm – Tamil Association (Hall)


Monday 18 March

07.00-08.00pm – Adoration organized by the FIHM (Presbytery Chapel)


Tuesday 19 March

10.30am – FIHM Business Meeting (Small Hall)

11.00am-02.00pm – Friendship Club (Hall)

06.00-7.30pm – Bible Study (with Fr. Alex)


Wednesday 20 March

10.30am – FIHM Pro-life Rosary (Presbytery Chapel)

05.00pm – FHC and Confirmation Parents Meeting with Fr Alex (Church)

05.00-06.00pm – FHC session (Hall)

06.15-07.30pm – Confirmation Session (Hall)


Thursday 21 March

10.30-11.30am – Adoration for Vocations 10:35-11:20am – Confession

06.00pm – Finance Council Meeting (Presbytery)

07.00pm – Legion of Mary Meeting (Sacristy)

(For home visits, please get in touch with the parish)


Friday 22 March

10.30am – FIHM Adoration and Pro-life Rosary (Presbytery Chapel)

03.00-04.00pm – Divine Mercy Devotion (Presbytery Chapel)

06.00pm – Stations of the Cross

06.45pm – Perpetual Novena to Sto Niño (Church) during Fridays of Lent. After Lent, the Novena would be back to 07:30pm, Presbytery Chapel.


Saturday 23 March

10.00am – FHC candidates’ First Confession

11.00-11.50am – Adoration organized by FIHM

11.15-11.50am – Confession

12.00nn – Holy Mass


Sunday 24 March

09.00am – Blessing of Palms (Church Grounds)

No Children’s liturgy


Note:    Recitation of the Holy Rosary at the small chapel after the weekday Masses


17 Mar 5th Sunday of Lent B (Purple)

09.30am – For Leonardo Nobrega (Sick); +Annick Johnson; +Joyce Foy (5th Death Anniv)

11.30am – For +Michael Monaghan (Death Anniv); +Joyce Foy; Lee Hooton (Birthday)

06.00pm – For Gloria Despacio-Reyes (Intentions); Sofija Caroline Tan (Birthday);

Andy Robinson (Sick); +Joyce Foy


19 Mar – Tue. Solemnity (White)

St Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

10.00am – For Sr +Assumpta Doherty


20 Mar – Wed. of 5th week of Lent (Purple)

10.00am – For +Haydee Farrol; Fr +Sidney Williams


21 Mar – Thur. of 5th week of Lent (Purple)

10.00am – For Vocations to the Religious and Priestly Life


22 Mar – Fri. of 5th week of Lent (Purple)

10.00am – For Louis Charlier (Foundation Memorial)


23 Mar – Sat. of 5th week of Lent (Purple)

12.00nn – For Canon +Arthur Holmes


24 Mar       Palm Sunday (Red)

                  Passion of the Lord

09.30am – For the Rogationist Congregation;

11.30am – For the FDZ Congregation;

06.00pm – For the Parishioners’ Intentions



24 March – Palm Sunday. Jesus entrance to Jerusalem

09.00am Mass

*Blessing of Palms in the Church grounds

11.30am Mass

06.00pm Mass


25 March – Holy Monday

10.00am Mass followed by Confessions


26 March – Holy Tuesday

10.00am Mass followed by Confessions


27 March – Holy Wednesday

Chrism Mass at Brentwood Cathedral (No Mass / No Confession)


28 March – Maundy Thursday

07.00pm Last Supper and Washing of the Feet followed by the Vigil / Adoration (‘til 11.00pm)


29 March – Good Friday

No Mass. Church is open for visits and prayers.

10.00am – Stations of the Cross / Confessions

03.00pm – Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion

(Special Collection for the Holy Land)

After the Veneration, Reflection on the Seven Last Words.


30 March – Holy Saturday

No activity during the day.

09.00pm Easter Vigil


31 March – Easter Sunday

09.30am Mass

11.30am Mass

No 06.00pm Mass

After 11.30am Mass,

Easter Hamper Raffle Draw


Fr Viktor's Daily Gospel Reflection

St Helen, pray for us!

Send, O Lord, Holy Apostles, into Your Church!

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