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Starting 18 February 2024

First Sunday of Lent (B)



Temptations are part of our human condition. At certain points in our lives, we have been lured into committing sin. The object of temptation is normally that it appears good. That is why we fall into it because it weakens us.  Temptations often seem to be delightful and perfect.  Unfortunately, in the process, it drives us away from God’s love.

 

In the Gospel of today, Jesus was tempted by the devil not only once but three times. He was tempted with POWER, WEALTH, and GLORY, yet none of these three succeeded. Jesus stood up and remained focussed to his mission of redemption.  In addition, temptations seem to be good and easy to follow, and many of us often don’t think twice to entertain them. That is why very often it is too late before we realise that we are already into them.

 

The fact that Jesus himself was tempted and he resisted these temptations is indicative that we can also fall into whatever trap we are in. We are humans and weak, so we need God’s mercy to strengthen us at all times. We should not allow us to wilfully consent to whatever kind of temptation there is. Like Jesus we have to resist and ask his divine help.” Lord, I am in trouble help me”.

 

The catechism of the Catholic Church stresses the need for discernment that unmasks the lie of temptation “whose object appears to be good, a delight to the eyes’ and desirable when in reality its fruit is death” (n2847)

 

As we enter into the season of LENT, let us pray fervently to the Lord and ask his help so that we may become strong and remain faithful to his call. Only in God do we find everything that is pleasing and good.

 

Lastly, may our Lord during these 40 days assist us and give us strength to remain solid amidst the temptations in life and never give up, rather remain in his love forever.

Fr. Alex

 

 



Please note

There will be no FHC or Confirmation session this week (21st);

sessions resume on 28th Feb

 

Stations of the Cross

23rd February 06.00 PM


Perpetual Novena to Snr Sto Niño

23rd February 07.00 PM (right after the Stations of the Cross)

 

Knanaya Catholic Malayalam Community Mass

09 March 2024, 04.00 PM

 

Baptism Seminar Schedule

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

Saturday, 9th of March at 03.00 PM in the Church Sacristy. To register, please email your name and the name and age of your child to: westcliff@brcdt.org

 

Blessing of Food for Polish Families

30 March 2024

 

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!



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




BRENTWOOD CATHEDRAL LENTEN TALKS:

A series of 4 talks on the recent Synod on Synodality, which took place in Rome last October, has been organised for the Holy Lenten season this year.

We have managed to secure 4 speakers 

who were participants at the Synod.

 

  • Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, (Wednesday 21st February 2024) who was appointed by the Pope as the Guest Preacher and Spiritual Director for the whole Synod;

  • The Revd Dr Jan Nowotnik (Wednesday 28th February 2024) Director of Mission for the Bishops’ Conference, and its National Ecumenical Officer;

  • Mr Austen Ivereigh (Wednesday 6th March 2024) Roman Catholic Journalist, Biographer of Pope Francis; Writer, speaker on contemporary Church affairs and

  • Bishop Nicholas Hudson (Wednesday 13th March 2024) Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, (former Rector of the Ven English College, Rome), appointed delegate at the Synod last October. 

 

All the Talks will take place at Brentwood Cathedral at 7.30pm. Considering the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter recently this will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Synod on Synodality, and this invitation is open to the whole Diocese.

 

Job Vacancies

Deputy Headteacher – St Anne Line Catholic Infant School & Nursery, BasildonDeadline for applications: 4:00 pm, Friday 26th January 2024

Headteacher – St Francis Primary School, MaldonDeadline for applications: 4:00 pm, Friday 26th January 2024

Headteacher – St Helen’s Primary School, Westcliff-on-SeaDeadline for applications: 9:00 am, Friday 2nd February 2024

Headteacher – St Joseph’s Primary School, Canvey IslandDeadline for applications: 12:00 pm, Wednesday 7th February 2024

Headteacher – St Patrick’s Primary School, Collier RowDeadline for applications: 12:00 (noon), Monday 12th February 2024


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 Icm.ef@btinternet.com


Pilgrimage to Italy

From 10th to 19th September 2024

Visiting Pisa, Florence, Assisi, and Rome

£ 1,795.00

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! ❤️


 

Gardener

🌿 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


and


Cherry Ann Castro

Finance Coordinator


St. Helen’s Cleaners



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



100 Club winners

November Lucy Upsher £20, Charles Muscat £15 and Fabian Cassar £10,

December Christmas bonus Dympna Potter £30, Pat Volante £20, Pat Keyes £15 and Anna Baldan £10,

January Rita Conlon £20, Pat Keyes £15 and Pat Volante £10.

Thank you for continued support to fund the parish minibus.


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 

Alternatively:

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

If you are a taxpayer and not currently in the gift aid scheme and would like to join and help the Parish, please complete a Declaration Form, which is 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 18 February

09.30am –   No Children’s liturgy

12.45pm – Baptism

01.30pm – Tamil Mass

05.00-06.00pm – Tamil Association (Hall)

 

Monday 19 February

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

 

Tuesday 20 February

10.30am-12.00nn – FIHM Business Meeting (Small Hall)

11.00am-02.00pm – Friendship Club (Hall)

06.00-07.30pm – Bible Study (Fr. Alex)

 

Wednesday 21 February

No FHC or Confirmation Session

 

Thursday 22 February

10.30-11.30am – Adoration for Vocations

10.30-11.20am – Confession

07.00pm – Legion of Mary Meeting (Sacristy)

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

 

Friday 23 February

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

06.00pm – Stations of the Cross

07.00pm – Perpetual Novena to Sto Niño (Church) during Fridays of Lent. After Lent, the Novena would be back to 07:30pm.

 

Saturday 24 February

11.00-11.50am – Adoration organized by FIHM

11.15-11.50am – Confession

12.00nn – Holy Mass

04.30pm - Filipino Community Mass

04.00-10.00pm – Private Function (Hall)

 

Sunday 25 February

09.30am – No Children’s liturgy

 

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

 




18 Feb – 1st Sunday of Lent B (Purple)

09.30am – For +Salud Llamoso; for the family of Gloria Despacio-Reyes; the Rogationist Congregation;

11.30am – For Adeline Singh (Healing); Anna Rzepka and Family; +Jake Benitez; the FDZ Congregation;

06.00pm – For Joāo and Maria Teixeira (Intentions) and Mariana Silva and her Parents; Larry Hendricks (Sick)

 

20 Feb – Tue. of 1st week of Lent (Purple)

10.00am – For +Reghina; For +Bice Volante

 

21 Feb – Wed.  of 1st week of Lent (Purple)

10.00am – For Janette Thompson (Healing) and Gladys Sachan (Healing); Deacon +Sidney Lewis

 

22 Feb – Thur. Feast (White)

           The Chair of St Peter the Apostle

10.00am – For Elma 'Betty' Bond (Death Anniversary); for +Alfredo Magdaet; for Vocations to the Religious and Priestly Life;

 

23 Feb – Fri. of 1st week of Lent (Purple)

10.00am – For Isabel Williamson (Foundation Memorial); Deacon +Dwight Hayter

 

24 Feb – Sat. of 1st week of Lent (Purple)

12.00nn – For William and Helena Jones (Foundation Memorial); Canon +Aloysius Roche; Fr +Gerard Murphy

 

25 Feb – 2nd Sunday of Lent B (Purple)

09.30am – For the Rogationist Congregation;

11.30am – For +Phylis Riley; the FDZ Congregation;

06.00pm – For Angela and Milan Dragovic (Wedding Anniversary)

 

Prayer:

Lord, lead us on the path of repentance and renewal. 


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