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Weekly Newsletter: starting 2 June 2024 'The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ'

Nourished by Love: The Gift of the Eucharist


Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. In the first reading from Exodus, we witness the ratification of the covenant between God and His people through the sacrifice of bulls and the sprinkling of blood. This ancient ritual foreshadows the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, whose blood seals the new and eternal covenant.


The second reading from Hebrews emphasizes the superiority of Christ's sacrifice over the old sacrifices. Through His own blood, Christ enters the sanctuary once for all, obtaining eternal redemption for humanity.


In the Gospel, we see the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Jesus offers His body and blood under the appearance of bread and wine, a sacrament that will be celebrated in His memory until the end of time. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, nourishing us with Christ's real presence and uniting us as one body in Him.


As we reflect on this great mystery, let us approach the altar with reverence and gratitude, recognizing the immense love Christ has for us. May our participation in the Eucharist transform us and strengthen us to live as faithful disciples, witnessing to His love in the world.


Family Connections:

How can our family make participation in the Eucharist a priority, even amidst the busyness of our daily lives? How can we encourage one another to approach the altar with reverence and gratitude?



Lord Jesus, nourish us with Your Body and Blood. Amen.

- Fr. Viktor, RCJ


Mass Readings:

1st Reading: Exodus 24: 3-8

 Responsorial Psalm: The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name

2nd Reading:  Hebrews 9 11-15

Gospel: Mark 14:12-16,22-26


There will be no Confirmation session on Wed. 5th June.

Sessions resume on Wed. June 19th


Second collection

for Parish Special FUNDS

on the 2nd of June 2024 in all Masses.

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.

First Saturday rosary

11am includes consecration of families to Our Lady. 

Funeral Masses

+Sheila Louise Green

Funeral Service: 4 June 2024, 2.15 PM, St Helen’s Westcliff

Cremation 3.30 PM

3 June, 4.15 PM The body will be welcomed in the Church


+Sheila Anne White (‘Julia Knight’)

Funeral Service: 11 June 2024, 11.00 AM, St Helen’s Westcliff

Burial 12.15 PM, Sutton Road Cemetery


FIHM- Novena to our Lady of Fatima

The Novena will start  on the 5th June 24, ending on the 13th June 24 with the Procession, all taking place at St Helen’s Church. The Novena will take place normally after the 1000 am morning Mass in the Presbytery Chapel. You can contact me at or

 Salvatore on 07753 203129

    First Holy Communion services

8th & 15th June


Mission Appeal 

9th June 2024, covering the 9:30 and the 11:30 am Masses to make an appeal on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of England and Wales. The Daughters of Divine Love is an International Congregation founded in Nigeria in 1969 and a member of the Missionary Sisters of England and Wales. They educate, care for, and add value to the lives of the less privileged in society. Their charity home in Nigeria and school in Kenya provide care and education for orphans, motherless, abandoned children, street children/teenagers, and children with special needs and HIV.

Their aim is always to serve the less privileged and the marginalized in society. In everything that they do, the love of Christ impels the sisters to respond to the cry of the poor and the vulnerable with concrete actions. Once again, thanks, and may God bless you. I look forward to meeting you and your parish community.

Sr Ann Ugoh (Director) Daughters of Divine Love Philanthropic Development Office       

Tel: 02034118848/07377229830


Second Apparition of

Our Lady of Fatima

13 June. After the Adoration, a procession of the BVM image outside the Church. Tea and Coffee afterward

‘Revive; Discover; Empower’ a young adults retreat:

Walsingham House are hosting a young adults retreat on the weekend of 22nd – 23rd June. The retreat is open to those who are 19+. It will be a weekend of prayer and friendship and a wonderful opportunity to take a break from work or university. The cost of the retreat is £45 and more information, including how to book, can be found at   

Baptism Seminar Schedule

Baptism Seminars for parents of children up to 6 years old. Saturday, 29th of June at 02.30 PM Church Sacristy. To register, please email your name and the name and age of your child to:

Permanent diaconate - Come and See event, Eastwood

There will be a Come and See event with Bishop Alan for those considering a vocation to the permanent diaconate on Saturday 6th July at St Peter's Catholic Church, 59 Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4BX.  The day begins with Mass in the church at 10.00am and will end after lunch by around 2.30pm.  Please circulate this to any men you are aware of who may be considering a vocation to the permanent diaconate, or anyone else you think may be interested in this.  Wives of potential applicants are invited and encouraged to attend.  You are also more than welcome to come.  Please send any queries regarding this event to  Booking is not necessary, and there is no charge for the event.



BCCS Charity Tribute Night featuring ABBA Chique

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society is pleased to host their first Charity Tribute Night featuring ABBA Chique at the Mill Hall Arts & Events Centre in Rayleigh on Friday 12th July from 7.30 to 11pm.  Please spread the word among friends and family, join them at this special anniversary event and get ready to dance and sing along to your favourite ABBA hits! Tickets cost £20 plus a small booking fee and can be purchased via Eventbrite  

Please keep your e-ticket to show on entry to the venue. All details can be found on the BCCS website: 

If you have any questions about the event, please email Julie

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

Please consider offering help…..

…Your Parish needs You!

To ensure your safety and compliance 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 take 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!

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

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.

100 club draws

 February: F Cassar £20, E Campling £15, D Cauchi £10

 March: S Baillie £30, M Davis £20, L Upsher £15, C Allen £10

April 2024 Income

Bankers Orders / Standing Orders

Loose Plate                          £ 2,310.10

Gift Aid                                     1,641.19

Total                                      £ 3,951.29


Contactless Giving

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.


2 June – Sunday

No Children’s Liturgy

01.00pm – Baptism


3 June – Monday


4 June – Tuesday

FIHM Catechism meeting after 10am Mass

11.00am-02.00pm – Friendship Club

11.00am-12.30pm – CWL Team clearing Easter flowers

06.00-07.30pm – Bible Study


5 June – Wednesday

05.00 – Second practice for FHC Gp 1


6 June – Thursday

Celebration of Priesthood, Cathedral House

07.00pm – Legion of Mary Meeting (Sacristy)

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


7 June – Friday

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

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

07.00pm – Perpetual Novena to Sto Niño (Presbytery Chapel)


8 June – Saturday

11.00am Bereavement Group (Small Hall)

11.00-11.50am – Adoration organized by FIHM

11.15-11.50am – Confession

12nn – First Holy Communion Service (Gp 1)

3.30 pm – Malayalam Mass

4.00 pm start of Mass

5-6 pm Coffee (Small Hall)


9 June – Sunday

09.30-  Children’s Liturgy

01.00pm – Baptism


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

2 June –   Corpus Christi              (White)      

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. 

                  Holy Day of Obligation

(Second Collection for Parish Special Funds)

09.30am – For +Robert McClay; +Walter Campling

11.30am – For the Daughters of Divine Zeal Congregation

06.00pm – For +Lucille Guevara


4 June – Tue Feria                                  (Green)

10.00am – For Sisters of Nazareth General


5 June – Wed St Boniface Nat.Mem     (Red)               

10.00am – For Laura Fulu (Intentions)


6 June -Thur  Feria                              (Green)

10.00am – For Holy Souls


7 June – Fri  Solemnity                       (White)  

                  The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus                            

10.00am – For babies in danger of abortion


8 June – Sat.                    Memorial (White)

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

12.00nn –  For the Family of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


9 June- Sun Tenth Sunday in OT B  (Green)       

09.30am – For the Rogationist Congregation

11.30am – For the Daughters of Divine Zeal Congregation

06.00pm – For the Parishioners’ Intention

The Holy Father’s intention for June

For migrants fleeing their homes

That the world might grow in compassion. Let us pray that each one of us might find consolation in a personal relationship with Jesus, and from his Heart, learn to have compassion on the world.


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St Helen, pray for us!

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

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