Parish Mass Books: The Parish Mass Books at the back of the Church are provided for use in Church only and should not be taken away.

If you have one at home can you please return it.

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The Parish accounts for 2017 were submitted to the Diocese Finance Office by the February deadline.

Due to the one-off cost of the tree work, the main parish income shows a deficit for the year (£3,244). There has, however, been another year of generous donations and fundraising to fund the new Parish Centre (£25,135) which, with gift aid and Growing in Faith income, resulted in £45,289 being available to repay a large part of the debt.

A one-page summary sheet, showing both accounts and the estimated final costs/income for the Parish Centre project, is on the noticeboard at the back of the church. A heart-felt thank you to everyone who has contributed financially, in kind or by prayer.

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"We Adore You, O Christ and We Praise You":

The Faith-Sharing Small Groups for Lent this year look ahead to the National Eucharistic Congress 7th - 9th September 2018 being held in Liverpool.

The Lenten discussion booklets, written by Fr Stephen Wang Senior University Chaplain London, explore how the Eucharist is central to our lives as Catholics.

There will be Small Groups meeting, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and evenings over the six weeks, starting from Ash Wednesday 14th March.

Details of the times & locations of these groups are as follows: 22 Milton Road, Wednesdays 7:30pm, starting 21st Feb
1 Ware Park Cottages, Wednesdays 8:00pm, starting 21st Feb
12 Presdales Drive, Wednesdays 10:30am, starting 14th Feb
Parish Centre, Thursdays 10:30am, starting 15th February
Youth Group Parish Centre, Sundays 7:30pm, starting 4th March

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Many families and individuals have various leisure activities at weekends and are not free to come to Church here at the usual Mass times

Coming to Sunday Mass is an important part of being a Roman Catholic and so parishioners and their children who are here in the locality & who cannot come here on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning should try & go to Hertford on a Sunday evening at 6.00 p.m.

The church is in St John's Street, less than 5 minutes walk from Tesco. The postal code is SG14 1RX

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Thinking about becoming a Catholic?: Would you like to know more about the Catholic faith?

Have you been baptised, and if not, would like to be baptised?
Do you attend Mass but just don't know what the next step is to become a full member of the Catholic Church?
Are you baptised into another Christian denomination and would now like to become a Catholic?
Are you a Catholic who was not Confirmed or make your First Holy Communion?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) leads you on a spiritual journey through a gradual process of enquiry and growth, in a small group, towards full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Our RCIA program will be starting on Thursday, 7th September and we will be meeting on Thursday evenings during term time at 7.30pm in the parish Centre. If you would like to know more, please talk to Fr John or Mary Hallett.

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Guidlines for the Reception of Communion for Catholics: As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently.

In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.

A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act pf perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (Code of Canon Law, canon 916).

A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the REALITY of the oneness of faith, life & worship they should not receive Holy Communion in the Churches of other Christian denominations.

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GUIDELINES FOR THE RECEPTION OF COMMUNION FOR OUR FELLOW CHRISTIANS: Very often our fellow Christians come to celebrate the Eucharist with us, and they are very welcome.

We continue to pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us.

We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (John 17:21).

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion.

Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 §4).

Members of Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic Discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 §3).

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GUIDLINES FOR THE RECEIPT OF HOLY COMMUNION FOR CATHOLICS: As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently.

In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.

A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act pf perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (Code of Canon Law, canon 916).

A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the REALITY of the oneness of faith, life & worship they should not receive Holy Communion in the Churches of other Christian denominations.

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THE ROSARY: The Holy Rosary will be recited every Tuesday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph's, Hertford at 7. 00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join with them.

For more information please take a leaflet from the back of the Church.

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Fasting & Abstinence: The law of Fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year.

The Law of Abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year.

Pastors of souls & parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting & abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.

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No Meat on Friday: Friday is set aside as a special day of penitence, as it is the day of the suffering and death of our Lord.

The Bishops of England & Wales have decided to re-establish the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays. They believe that it is important that all Catholics again be united in a common, identifiable act of Friday penance.

Those who cannot or choose not to eat meat as part of their normal diet should abstain from some other food of which they regularly partake.

This came in to effect from Friday 16th September 2011 - the first anniversary of the visit of the Holy Father.

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Let's Not Forget: That when we come to Mass we must not eat or drink anything, other than water, in the hour before we receive Holy Communion.

This applies to anyone who has made their First Communion.

At the three Sunday Masses here in Ware, Holy Communion is given out at approx. 7.10 p.m. on Saturday evening & at 9.10 a.m. & 11.10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. This means that we should not eat or drink on Saturday evening from 6.10 p.m. & on Sunday mornings from either 8.10 a.m. or 10.10 a.m.

People who are on medication are the exception to this and medication can be taken at any time.

Let's not forget!

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Let's Not Forget: That at the heart of the life of the Catholic Church has always been the celebration of the Eucharist, or the Mass, as Catholics often call it.

Taking part in the Mass is the hallmark of the Catholic, central and crucial to our Catholic identity.

The first Christians devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles, to their 'communion' with each other and to prayer, and met together in their homes for 'the Breaking of Bread'.

Over the centuries, Catholics in many countries have risked their lives in order to celebrate Mass in times of persecution. Their courageous faith remains an inspiration and example to the Catholic community today.

For Catholics now, as in the past, the Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. It is the vital centre of all that the Church is and does, because at its heart is the real presence of the crucified, risen and glorified Lord, continuing and making available his saving work among us.

The Second Vatican Council reminded us: 'the most holy Eucharist holds within itself the whole spiritual treasure of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Passover and our living bread'.

Yet for an increasing number of Roman Catholics today there appears to be a certain discontinuity between everyday experience and the Sunday Mass. For many a discernible gulf has opened up between the spiritual journey of the individual and the communal, liturgical acts of worship.

It is both appropriate and necessary, therefore, that all of us, particularly at this moment when the liturgical texts are being revised, that we help & welcome back all who have lapsed from their faith or who do not regularly come to Mass. A word of invitation or encouragement maybe all that is needed.

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Let's Not Forget - The Sign of Peace: A ritual kiss is mentioned in the oldest writings of the New Testament and is found in the Eucharistic liturgy from the earliest days of the Church.

In the Roman tradition it found its place after the Lord's Prayer, whose themes of mutual forgiveness it echoes

The biblical concept of peace includes total well-being, a life of harmony with God and with ourselves, with our neighbours and with the whole of creation. Such peace can only be the pure gift of God. It is won for us by the risen Christ, present in the midst of the assembly, and so it is the peace of Christ that is exchanged.

The exchange of peace prior to the reception of Communion is an acknowledgement that Christ whom we receive in the Sacrament is already present in our neighbour.

In this exchange the assembly acknowledges the insistent Gospel truth that communion with God in Christ is enjoyed in communion with our sisters and brothers in Christ.

The rite of peace is not an expression merely of human solidarity or good will; it is rather an opening of ourselves and our neighbours to a challenge and a gift from beyond ourselves. Like the Amen at Communion, it is the acceptance of a challenge, a profession of faith that we are members, one with another, in the body of Christ.

In England and Wales the customary sign is a handshake, however, it is important that this is not seen simply as a greeting but as expressing peace, communion and charity.

A handclasp may be a more authentic sign than the customary handshake.

All the members of the assembly, ministers and people, turn to those immediately around them. It is not transmitted in sequence, as it were from a single source. Christ, who is its only source, is present and active in the assembly.

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Silence During Mass: Silence is an important element in all communication.

It is particularly important to allow for silence as a part of the dialogue between God and the community of faith. It allows for the voice of the Holy Spirit to be heard in the hearts of the people of God and to enable them to unite personal prayer more closely with the word of God and the public voice of the Church.

During liturgical silence all respond in their own way, recollecting themselves, pondering what has been heard, petitioning and praising God in their inmost spirit.

Liturgical silence is not merely an absence of words, a pause, or an interlude. It is a stillness, a quieting of spirits, a making of time and leisure to hear, assimilate and respond. Any haste that hinders reflectiveness should be avoided. The dialogue between God and the community of faith taking place through the Holy Spirit requires intervals of silence, suited to the assembly, so that all can take to heart the word of God and respond to it in prayer.

The purpose of any particular silence, depends on where it occurs in each part of the celebration.

In the Penitential Act, all pause to remember their sinfulness, and the loving-kindness of God in Christ.

At the opening prayer, they put themselves and their deepest needs and desires before God.

After the readings and Homily, they savour God's word, ponder it in their hearts like Mary, and apply it to their lives.

After Communion, they praise and pray to God in their hearts.

These moments of silence will be more apparent when we start to use the New Translation of the Mass on the Second Sunday of September.

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UNIVERSAL CATHOLIC RADIO: UCR (Universe Catholic Radio) is the online radio station of the Catholic Universe newspaper, the leading voice of Catholic news and opinion in the UK and Ireland since 1860.

Broadcasting 24 hours a day worldwide into a community of more than one billion Catholics, UCR delivers a unique mix of music, features, talk shows and spiritual inspiration, reflecting the teachings of the Catholic Church, and its place in the modern world.

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CARITAS COMMUNITIES: Caritas Westminster, the social action agency of the diocese, is growing in communities by developing a series of hubs across the diocese, with a pilot hub starting in Hemel Hempstead to serve the Watford and St Albans Deaneries.

"The mission of Caritas Westminster is to encourage everyone in the Catholic community to reach out with practical help towards those in need. We are here to serve the good of all, especially the most vulnerable", Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Caritas Westminster have adopted priority areas covering debt, food poverty, social isolation, people with intellectual disabilities and the deaf community, and aim to support existing projects and initiate new ones, build expertise at the parish level, and encourage volunteering.

For more information in requesting assistance with social action projects in your parish, or for volunteering opportunities and other ways to get involved, please contact John Coleby at, or visit our website at

For more information on the pilot hub or ways to get involved, contact development workers Sue Day ( or Edward de Quay (

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CATHOLIC SINGLES: Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single, widowed, separated and divorced Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet, either one to one or through social events.

For more information please call 0161 941 3498 or visit
or email

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SUPPORT FOR SURVIVERS OF ABUSE: The Diocesan Safeguarding Service is hoping to set up a support service for survivors of child abuse.

It is intended that a list is retained, confidentially by the safeguarding service, of professional counsellors, who have experience of this area of work. When requested by a survivor the safeguarding service can supply a list of counsellors from which the survivor will be able to choose from.

There is no guarantee of work emulating from this project and it will be the responsibility of the survivor to negotiate fees with the counsellor concerned.

If you are interested in adding your name to the list, please forward your full details, by email, and relevant experience to Peter Turner, the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor at

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THE CALIX SOCIETY: The Calix Society is for recovering alcoholics who want to draw on their Catholic faith as a sure path to serenity without alcohol. It offers a Catholic ministry to addicts in recovery, and their families: deepening faith, sharing the healing mercy of God.

Meetings are held each Thursday at the Calix Centre at the Church of Our Lady, 54 Lodge Road, NW8 8LA. Meetings begin with a celebration of Mass in the parish church at 7.00 p.m., though there is an opportunity to meet from 6.00 p.m. in the parish's lower hall.

The meetings after Mass have a different focus each week of the month - ranging from a fresh introduction to the basics of Catholic faith; Spiritual Exercises and Meditation, reflection on Matthew's Gospel; and celebration of reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick. Visitors welcome from all 12 step programmes, especially Alcoholics Anonymous & AlAnon.

For more information go to .

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THE VOCATIONS DISCERNMENT GROUP: This group for young adults (18-30's) meets on the 4th Friday of every month and over the last ten years has helped many to discern God's call for them in their lives.

Each meeting includes a talk, prayer, discussion and social time.

The group meets from 7-9 p.m. in the Hinsley Room in Morpeth Terrace next to Westminster Cathedral.

For further information contact Sr. Gabi on or Fr. Richard on

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FAMILY PLANNING - GOD'S WAY - NATURES WAY: The Billings Ovulation Method™ of Natural Family Planning is 99% effective in avoiding pregnancy with no side effects. This method is also very helpful for couples having difficulty conceiving and is a natural alternative to IVF. A clinic is held fortnightly on Wednesday evening 7.30 p.m.-9.30 p.m. at St Joseph's Church Hall, Hertford. To find out more and make appointments, call 07563828337 or email
Visit for more details.

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ECUMENICAL PRAYER GROUP: You are invited to join an Ecumenical Charismatic Prayer Group (formerly Hoddesdon Prayer Group - which met for over 20 years in Hoddesdon). Typical numbers are 10-15.

We meet to Praise God through Worship and Prayer, and grow in our faith through sharing. We meet from 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month in Leaside Hall, Room 1. All are welcome!!

If you would like to know more please contact Tony on 01920 411658

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'VINNIE PACKS' HELP LONDON'S HOMELESS: The SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society) are distributing 12,000 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless and those spending the principal part of their day on the streets. Each pack contains thermal gloves, socks and gloves, a toothbrush, toothpaste, emergency foil blanket, information card and pen.

They would be very grateful if you could sponsor packs at a suggested donation of £3.25 per pack. Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or go to and type "SVP" into the charity section. Vinnie Packs is in the Campaign drop down box.

Thank you so much for your support."

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MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE: New Year Resolutions-The Amoris Programme provides practical initiatives.

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CATHOLIC SINGLES: is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events.

For further information telephone 0161 941 3498 or visit

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CATHOLIC GRAND PARENTS ASSOCIATION (CGA): The Catholic Grandparents Association's mission and purpose is to keep Prayer at the Heart of the Family and to pass on the Faith.

For information about the CGA, please visit:

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CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY: Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is an award winning, national debt counselling charity, offering free help and advice through a network of debt centres based in the local church.

CAP offers hope and a solution to people in debt through its top-quality, in-depth service, as well as financial education through the CAP Money Course and helping people back into employment through CAP Job Clubs.

Christ Church and Springs Christian Fellowship have partnered with CAP to offer debt counselling services in our community. The service offered is completely free.

Please see leaflets at the back of the Church for more details or call 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment with the Ware Debt Centre.

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PERMANENT DEACON 'COME AND SEE': Men wanting to know more about the Permanent Diaconate are invited to come to a two hour meeting from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at: St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green on Saturday 10th March or Ealing Abbey Saturday 14th April or Our Lady and St Vincent, Potters Bar Saturday 12th May. No booking needed. Wives welcome.

Contact details Deacon Adrian Cullen 07961 594725 or Deacon Anthony Clark 07545 373548.

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CARDINAL'S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACREMENT OF MATRIMONY, WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL, SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018 AT 3:00PM: The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th,30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage during 2018.

If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give Fr. John the following details: husband and wife's names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email). By the 20th March latest, thank you.

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DIOCESIAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2018: You are invited to join the 30th Anniversary of the Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage under the leadership of Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

From 21st - 27th July 2018 - by air and train or by coach from 20th - 27th July. Direct flights to Lourdes from Stansted.

For more information please take a leaflet from the table at the back of the Church or contact Elizabeth Uwalaka Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7798 9173 email for information and booking forms.

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YELLOW LINES: PLEASE DO NOT PARK on the double yellow lines outside the Church and Presbytery as traffic wardens regularly patrol the area, including Sunday and will issue tickets to cars parked on the double yellow lines.

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CAR PARKING: Parishioners are aware of the double parking in the car park during weekend Masses and social events.

If you park in the middle please ensure you remove your car immediately afte Mass either to another parking space or on to the road if you are staying on.

We would remind you there is a large supermarket car park close by which allows 3 hours free parking and a number of our parishioners have used that facility.

If you have people visiting for Mass or a function please will you make them aware of the parking situation, thank you.

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In keeping with the symbolism of the washing of feet of the 12 apostles, 12 people are required for the washing of feet.

If you can take part, please sign your name on the list at the back of the church.

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The next Baptism Preparation session for parents of 'first' children is on Saturday 24th March from 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. in the parish centre. If you have had your first child or are expecting your first child you are welcome to come along.

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Week Commencing 11th March: Kate Corcoran.
Week Commencing 18th March: Sheila Malone & Kylie Swindell

Thank you

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Week Commencing 11th March:
Week Commencing 18th March: Tash McCormack

Thank you

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17th/18th March:
6:30pm Oliver & William Bailey & family
8:30am Harriet Pereira & family
10:30 Jasmine Di Zenzo & family

25th/26th March:
6:30pm Clara Hanson & family
8:30am Dylan Corbet & family
10:30 Orla Clark & family

BEREAVED SEPARATED AND DIVORCED GROUP: We meet on the second Wednesday of each month for coffee and to arrange lunch and/or trips to local theatres and cinema. You are very welcome to join us.

For more information please contact Mary Hallett 01920 870527

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IF YOU TELEPHONE THE PRESBYTERY: When some people call the presbytery and they have to leave a message, they either do not hold the phone near their mouth or talk at a speed which even Lewis Hamilton would not be able to keep up with. This makes it impossible to know who has called or the telephone number to return the call.

If you have rung the Presbytery & left a message; but have not received a call back - you know the reason why. If you need to leave a message please speak slowly & clearly.

Thank you.

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PARISH REGISTRATION FORMS: If you have recently joined our parish, or if you are not yet registered with the parish. Please complete the form below and leave in in the letterbox of the Presbytery.

By doing this you will be helping us to keep accurate information about the parish. Any details you can give us will be treated confidentially and will be subject to the Data Protection Act. Thank you very much.

You can download a copy of the form by clicking here Registration Form

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FACEBOOK: We're on Facebook.

As you all know we are committed to raising money to pay for the new Parish Centre. As another way to communicate with all parishioners in this social media age a Facebook group called "Sacred Heart of Jesus & Saint Joseph R.C. Church Fundraising Group" has been created.

This Facebook group will aim to promote and communicate with parishioners about all the fundraising events over the next few years to pay for the new Parish Centre which is being built. The group will be a place to see what's going on, how much has been raised and bring the online community of the Parish together.

Everything on Facebook is currently being communicated at Church, in the weekly newsletter and this website. This does not change.

All we are doing is launching another channel to reach our community.

Fr. John

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NEW PARISH CENTRE: Our new Parish Centre was formally completed towards the end of 2016 and now provides a warm and welcoming venue for Parish activities as well as a meeting place for tea and coffee after Mass.

The Centre is already being well used by all of the parish groups. The Centre is a great resource for the Parish and more activities can now be planned.

The final cost of the Parish Centre is around £450,000. When construction started the Parish already had some funds and through 2016 we had an absolutely fantastic fund raising effort, raising around £110,000 which included a one off grant of £50,000. We are left with £70,000 to raise to clear the debt from the cost of the Centre, and our fundraising team are continuing to organise events to raise this amount. Please do continue to support the events.

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ITEMS FOR THE NEWSLETTER: All items for the Parish newsletter must submitted to the Parish office in writing or by email by 9:00am Thursday with your name & phone number.

Thank you.

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EMERGENCY SICK CALLS: If you need a Priest URGENTLY, to administer the Sacrament of the Sick because someone is seriously ill & you ring Fr. John & the telephone is on answering machine; please do not leave a message for him, hoping that he will be back shortly. He may be out for the rest of the day & even longer - by the time he returns it may well be too late.

In such circumstances please call the following Priests until you are able to speak personally to one of them to see if he will be able to visit immediately in the emergency.
Fr. Terry Phipps (Hertford)..............01992 582109
Fr. Philip Miller (Hoddesdon)............01922 440986
Fr. John Cunningham (Waltham Cross)......01992 623156
Fr. Bob Styles (Much Hadham).............01279 842354
Canon Eddie Mathews (Bishops Stortford)..01279 654063

The above 5 Priests all have their own transport.

If none of them were available then please call one of the following who do not drive:-
Fr. Paul Arnold (St. Elizabeth's)........01279 842145
Fr. Anton Cowan (Cheshunt)...............01992 629878

Please keep this information for further reference.

Thank you.

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QEII A&E DEPARTMENT CLOSURE - 1st October 2014: The NHS has asked us to pass on the following information:

The Accident and Emergency Department at the QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City closed on the 1st October 2014.

A new Urgent Care Centre will replace the A&E Department. This Centre will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Adults and children of all ages with minor injuries or minor illnesses will be able to go to the Urgent Care Centre. No Appointment will be necessary.

The Urgent Care Centre will treat:

• Muscle and joint injuries - such as strains, sprains, sudden back or neck pain, tendonitis and soft tissue injuries

• Suspected fractures and broken bones

• Bites, stings, cuts, bruises and grazes

• Burns and scalds

• Foreign bodies stuck in ears or noses

• Minor eye injuries

• Minor head injuries

• Minor illnesses which would normally be treated by a GP, but which cannot wait until your GP practice is open

For a suspected heart attack, stroke or any other serious or life-threatening illness or injury in an adult or child, ring 999 immediately. You will be taken to your nearest Emergency Department.

For more information visit

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IF YOU GO INTO HOSPITAL: Catholics in hospital are unlikely to receive an automatic visit from the Catholic Chaplain, as this information is now systematically withheld from Chaplains.

If someone is sick in hospital, please let us know here at the presbytery, or ask the staff on the ward, so that your loved one can be visited whilst in hospital, and receive Holy Communion and any other Sacraments from the Chaplain.

The Lister Catholic Chaplain Deacon Anthony Curran can be contacted office 01438-285138(24/7). Urgent need 01438 314333 or via text message 07876 526935.

For Princess Alexandra, Fr Leszek Gamracy 01279-426017

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FLOWER ARRANGERS: Thank you to those people who have kindly responded to our previous request however more arrangers are required to join the Flower Arranging Rota. Also, needed is someone to do the flowers for Our Lady which only involves 2 small vases.

Flowers are usually arranged on Friday or Saturday for the weekend services. Initial help will be provided.

Please contact Fr. John if you are able to join the team.

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ROTAS: If you are currently on any of our rotas for Church cleaning, Eucharistic Minister, Readers,etc we would be grateful if you will provide the office with an email address in order for your copy to be emailed to you.

If you are not on email then please contact the office so that alternative arrangements can be made to ensure you receive your copy.

Thank you.

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CHURCH CLEANING ROTA: A copy of the rota can be found on this website at:

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EUCHARIST MINISTERS GUIDANCE: At a meeting of Eucharist Ministers it was decided to issue guidance for Eucharist Ministers regarding the way in which we serve at Mass.

The guidance can be found on this website at:

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EUCHARIST MINISTERS ROTA: A copy of the rota can be found on this website at:

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EUCHARIST MINISTRY TO THE SICK: Would all Eucharistic Ministers who take Holy Communion to the Sick & Housebound please ensure that they enter the name of the sick person in the diary on the table at the back of the Church.

It would appear from the diary that some of our Sick & Housebound are only getting Holy Communion very rarely - but that may not be correct.

If there is any Eucharistic Minister who has been asked to take Holy Communion to the sick, on a regular basis & does not now feel that they can do that any longer, please have a word with Fr. John.


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HOLY COMMUNION TO PEOPLE IN CARE HOMES: Our Parish is looking for people who are regular church goers to take Holy Communion to Catholics in the care homes in Ware.

If you feel you could do this then please speak to Fr. John.

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CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD: At 10.30 Mass each Sunday during school term-time, we have a special Liturgy of the Word for young children.

For Key Stage 1 children, they go into the church hall and will listen to a simple reading of the Gospel and perhaps do some colouring, a simple craft activity or other activity.

For Key Stage 2 children, they meet in the sacristy, and in addition to listening to the Gospel and other readings of the day will have an opportunity to discuss what the readings mean for them.

Each of the group is guided by a catechist and helper. At present we need more helpers. If you would like to help with either the KS1 or KS2 liturgy, as part of a group working on a rota basis, then please talk to Deacon Adrian or one of the catechists.

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WE NEED MORE ALTAR SERVERS - Are you able to help?: Anyone who has made their First Holy Communion and is willing to attend a training session; then go on a rota to Serve at their usual Mass will be most welcome.

Just give your name and contact details to Fr. John, Deacon Adrian or Jon Woodford on 01920 420758 and all will be revealed!

Apply soon for Heavenly rewards.

Remember if you are under 16 you must get your Parent's permission.

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PARISH FLOWER ARRANGERS NEEDED - We need volunteers to arrange flowers, at present on a Friday or Saturday morning, in preparation for the weekend services. You would join a small team on a rota system. Help and initial support will be given.

For further information please contact the Parish Secretary via email or Jean McAleer on [01920 467531]

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PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES:The envelopes for the Tax Year starting 6th April 2017 are available to collect at the back of the church. The new envelopes must NOT be used until the weekend of 8th/9th April. Please remember to collect them.

Gift Aid: The Tax Year ends on 5th April and we will be submitting our Gift Aid Claim for 2017/18 soon after that. If you are registered for Gift Aid but are no longer eligible because you will have stopped paying UK Income Tax before 5th April 2016 it is important that you let us know immediately, with the date that you stopped paying tax. You can let us know by email at, or phone 01920 462140.

Planned Giving: If you would like start donating through either envelopes or standing orders please contact the Parish office.

Contributions can be made using weekly envelopes or by Standing Order - which is more efficient for both the donor and the parish.

If you are a UK Tax Payer and not already registered for Gift Aid, we would urge you to do so. This will enable the parish to obtain an additional 25p for every £1 that you contribute - with no cost to yourself. Last year Ware parish claimed back over £9,000 in Gift Aid. To register you will need to complete a Gift Aid Declaration Form, also available from the Porch.

However, if you have previously signed a Gift Aid form and have now stopped paying tax you will need to let the parish office know.

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CATHOLICS ENCOURAGED TO CARRY 'FAITH CARDS': Parishioners across England and Wales are invited to carry a card showing that they are Catholic.

One million cards have been made available to 24 Catholic dioceses in this new initiative.

The credit-card-size resource features on one side, a space for the owner to sign, a statement that the carrier is a Catholic and a list of six things that Catholics are called to do. There is also a sentence that reads: 'In the event of an emergency, please call a Catholic priest'. The other side of the card has a quote from Blessed John Henry Newman, focusing on the call to serve and affirming that everyone has a mission.

The cards are now available on the table at the back of the Church.

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THE GIVING MACHINE - over £1,000 raised: We recently received a credit for £26.47 from 'The Giving Machine' in respect of commission because parishioners bought goods 'on line'. Thank you to all who do this & put our parish as your nominated charity.

If you are shopping online, did you know you can raise money for our Church at no extra cost to yourself by accessing your favourite retailer's websites via The Giving Machine website .

Please be reassured, you do not need to put any credit card details into the Giving Machine website, these are only entered in the normal way on the retailer's site for the purpose of making your actual purchase. ware and JOIN - it's that easy.

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OPERATION 'STOMP': This is a new initiative from Hertfordshire police which is aimed at identifying vulnerable people and putting measures in place to prevent them becoming the victims of crime.

Are you worried that your property looks vulnerable to burglars or rogue traders? If so Operation 'Stomp' may be able to help you.

For more information please take a leaflet from the table at the back of the Church.

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100 CLUB DRAW FOR THE CHURCH CENTRE FUND: How can you help? By taking an application from the table at the back of Church and returning the completed form to the Presbytery together with your cheque of £26 for 6 months or £50 for 12 months subscription. Please make the cheque payable to Ware Catholic Church.


1st - £50
2nd - £30
3rd - £10
4th - £5
5th - £5.

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FREE HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECKS: Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service is offering you the opportunity to have a Free fire safety check of your home, carried out by firefighters from your local station.

Visits are by appointment only. All appointments will be pre-arranged with you.

The firefighters that call will always be in uniform, use an agreed password and show an ID card.

This assessment will look at all areas of accident and fire risk within your home.

They will advise you on the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms (where necessary they will supply and fit one free of charge).

They will also give advice and information on how to stay safe from fire, including kitchen hazards, safe disposal of smoking materials, candles, heaters, electric blankets & dangers from harmful substances.

Finally, they will help you to make an escape plan to prepare you, should a fire occur in your home.

To request a free home fire safety check the easiest way is to complete the online request form at or alternatively you can call 0300 123 4046.

"It won't cost a penny and it could save your life!"

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CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY: Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is an award winning, national debt counselling charity, offering free help and advice through a network of debt centres based in the local church.

CAP offers hope and a solution to people in debt through its top-quality, in-depth service, as well as financial education through the CAP Money Course and helping people back into employment through CAP Job Clubs.

Christ Church and Springs Christian Fellowship have partnered with CAP to offer debt counselling services in our community. The service offered is completely free. Please call 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment with the Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm Ware Debt Centre.

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BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION: There's life in your unwanted furniture and electricals. Book a free collection to donate your furniture and electrical items, visit or call the Harlow store on 01279 905684. The funds raised from your unwanted items will save countless lives.

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BRITISH RED CROSS - SUPPORT IN THE HOME: The Red Cross helps thousands of people with short term support in the home following an accident, illness or short stay in hospital, giving them the confidence to continue their daily lives.

The service is funded by Herts County Council and is available free for adults in Hertsmere & East Hertfordshire

The volunteers and staff can help with a wide variety of everyday tasks which help regain independence and cinfidence at home.

Please see the leaflet in the porch or to make an enquiry please call 01992 585955/585972 or email

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EMMAUS: Emmaus is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night. They have recently opened a new shop in Hertford at Foxholes Farm, London Road, SG13 7NT. This sells quality used furniture, white goods and other items. Please see the poster in the porch or visit their website for more information

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LONDON MARATHON 2018 - Make a Wish Foundation UK: Alison Deane is running the London Marathon on April 22nd for Make a Wish Foundation UK.

The charity work to create and grant the life-changing wishes of children with critical illnesses to provide respite from the daily struggles that come with living with a life-threatening condition.

If you would like to donate, Alison will be in the Parish Centre after Mass next weekend collecting donations and with more information about Make a Wish Foundation.

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HERTFORDSHIRE HEALTH WALKS: Health walks are part of a countrywide programme of free, led walks helping everyone get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.

Walks are graded according to ability and start at different times all over the county.

To find a walk near you please visit

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REDISCOVER JESUS: At Christmas every family was given a copy of Matthew Kelly's book 'Rediscover Jesus'. I hope that you have had a chance to explore it.

As a follow up, there will be an evening of 'light supper and light discussion' on Tuesday 13th March 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.

I hope you will be able to come along.

Deacon Adrian

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DAY OF RECONCILIATION FOR READERS & EUCHARIST MINISTERS: Ministers of the Word and Ministers of Holy Communion are invited to a Morning of Recollection on Saturday 24th March from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at St Augustine’s Church, Hoddesdon (in the crypt).

The morning will begin with Mass at 10.00 a.m., followed by a talk, discussion and time for reflection, finishing at 2.00 p.m. All Ministers are encouraged to attend this opportunity for Lenten preparation. For further information, please speak with Deacon Adrian

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PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND: Jan Woodford is leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 12-19 October 2018, for 8 days travelling by air from Luton.

Pilgrims will spend 3 nights in Nazareth and 4 nights in Jerusalem both with half board. The price is from £1150.

For more information and an application form please speak to Jan or see the notice board. Jan can be contacted on 01920 420758

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APF BOXES HALF YEARLY COLLECTION: Boxes for emptying should be handed in at the Sacristy please and, after counting, will be returned to the porch with a receipt and a magazine.

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