LATEST NOTICES FROM SACRED HEART CHURCH:

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 parishioners of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Joseph welcome Fr Charles Cahill as our new Parish Priest.

We ask God's blessing on Fr Charles, that he may have many years of happiness in his new ministry here in Ware.



The parishioners of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Joseph would like to thank Fr John Gray as he retires, on 2nd September, as our Parish Priest after more than twelve years, and over thirty-four years as a priest of Westminster Diocese.

During his time in Ware Fr John has been a welcome pastor to his parishioners as he has accompanied them in their faith, providing guidance and support, and administrating the sacraments at each stage of their journey.

He has provided support also for Sacred Heart School in Ware, and St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford.

A familiar face in the town, and working actively with the other local churches, Fr John has worked for the benefit of all the people of Ware. Fr John has frequently led the town council in prayer at its civic meetings and events.

We pray that God will give him every blessing in his retirement, and we keep him in our prayers.


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There is no other word to say than 'THANK YOU' for the privilege of serving you and your families here in Ware and the surrounding villages for the past twelve and a half years. It has been an honour and a joy.

May God Bless all of you now and in the years ahead.

Fr. John


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HARVEST SALE 1st/2nd SEPTEMBER:

The next sale will be after all Masses on Fr. John's final weekend.

In addition to the usual marmalade & jams we would welcome contributions of cakes and fresh produce from your gardens and allotments, so we have a variety of items to suit all tastes. Please price anything you bring.

The proceeds will go towards improving the external paths and other areas outside the Church.

Volunteers to help set up are welcome on the Saturday afternoon, if you are able to help please speak to John or Margaret Davis.

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A WELCOME TO RECEPTION CHILDREN FROM WARE PARISH SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER:

A date for your diaries. Time 10:00a.m.- 12:00noon

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CARMEL - CHANGE TO MASS TIMES:

Mass Sunday, 26th August at Carmel will be at 6:00 p.m. and as from 3rd September the Mass from Monday to Saturday inclusive will be at 8.00 a.m. The Sunday Mass is at 11.00 a.m.

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019:

Registration forms for children, who will be in Year 3 & above in primary education from September 2018, are now available to collect from Fr. John at the Sunday Masses.

A parent /guardian, together with the child need to be present when the form is collected. They should read and understand the conditions for registration on the back of the Registration form and if they wish for their child to make their First Holy Communion sign & and return the form to Fr. Charles.

DEADLINE FOR COLLECTION OF REGISTRATION FORMS 16th September 2018

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GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS - GDPR:

The new law around data protection (GDPR) came into force on Friday 25th May, 2018. Following instructions from the Diocese we have therefore updated all of our processes which include new confidentiality agreements for all volunteers and privacy statements on all documentation.

The GDPR states that we must:

Keep personal data secure
Only use personal data for the purpose collected
Only keep personal data for as long as needed, ensure it is kept accurate and up to date Securely delete or destroy personal data when no longer needed
Don't give out personal data to third parties.

As a volunteer in the parish who generously gives their time and talents you may come across sensitive information that we need to protect so:

Rotas that are published for display in the Church or on the Parish web site must contain a name only.
Each Rota has to carry a 'Privacy Notice' advising volunteers on the specific rota that their details will be shared with fellow volunteers on the same rota to enable you to arrange cover and if you do not wish your personal details to be shared to let the 'Organiser of the Rota' or the Parish Priest know'. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. Rotas containing personal contact details should be kept secure in a locked cabinet. If kept electronically should be password protected.
Rotas will run for a specific period and so paper copies should be securely destroyed using a 'shredder' and not put in a paper recycling bin. Electronic copies should be deleted from the computer and then deleted from the deleted items within one month after the end of the rota period.
Contact details should only be shared with those on the rota for the purpose of arranging cover.
Please read, sign & return a 'Confidentiality agreement' (available in the Sacristy) if you are a parish volunteer and receive access to personal data via a rota or any other means.
If you use your own computer equipment for parish work you are required to have the permission of the Parish Priest and asked to please sign a Parish Computer Code of Practice and return to Fr John.

Thank you for your patience and continued support

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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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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 johncoleby@rcdow.org.uk, or visit our website at www.rcdow.org.uk/caritas.

For more information on the pilot hub or ways to get involved, contact development workers Sue Day (sueday@rcdow.org.uk) or Edward de Quay (edwarddequay@rcdow.org.uk)

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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 www.catholicsingles.org.uk
or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk.

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SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS 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 peterturner@rcdow.org.uk

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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 & Anon.

For more information go to www.calixinlondon.org.uk/ .

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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 info@free2become.org or Fr. Richard on richardnesbitt@rcdow.org.uk.

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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 info@billingsmethodhertford.org.uk
Visit www.billingsmethodhertford.org.uk 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 www.virginmoneygiving.com 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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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 www.catholicsingles.org.uk
or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk.

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CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS 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: www.catholicgrandparetnsassociation.org.

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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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ADOREMUS: The Bisops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharist Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool on 8th-9th September 2018.

The Echo Arena in Liverpool - which can accomodate 10,000 pilgrims - will be the home to a six hour stage programme on the 8th September and will include a Congress mass, keynote speakers Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.

If you would like to attend, open tickets for the Saturday & Sunday are now available on line until 31st July. You will need to pay a £40 delegate fee. Book your tickets at: http://www.unbouncepages.com/adoremus2018/

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RETROUVAILLE PROGRAMME: (residential) 14th-16th September 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Venue: Welwyn Garden City, Herts.

It is for couples with marital problems including those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced who want help to try again.

Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the programme. These latter couples often consider the Retrouvaille programme as their final option.

To book http://www.retrouvaille.org.uk/nextprog.html or too speak to someone in confidence please call: 07887 296983 or 0797 3380443

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8th ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND: Led by Bishop John Wilson, takes place from 21st - 29th November. Visit the Holy sites, (including Galilee, Bethlehem & Jerusalem), support local Christians and deepen your faith.

Full board, flying BA, £1549 per person sharing. Single room and travel insurance extra.

For booking forms or more information contact Elizabeth Uwalaka on 020 7798 9173 or Gill at Tangney Tours on 01732 886666.

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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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CHURCH CLEANING:

Week Commencing 19th August: 26th August: Kate Corcoran & Colleen Guiver
2nd September: Sheila Malone & Kylie Swindell

Thank you

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PARISH CENTRE CLEANING:

Week Commencing 26th August: Penelope Henshaw
Week Commencing 2nd September: Andrea Vickers

Thank you

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KERALA FLOODS - an SVP APPEAL:

As you've probably seen in the media, terrible floods have been taking place in Kerala in southern India. Hundreds of people have been killed and many more are missing; countless homes have been washed away, and the monsoon season is set to continue until early September.

Kerala is the most Christian state in India - it has more Churches than any other region. The leading Catholic volunteering charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and they are doing great work helping the victims of the flood in local communities. However, they desperately need funds.

Please contribute to the SVP's Kerala appeal. To donate visit www.svp.org.uk, telephone 020 7703 3030 or send cheques made out to 'SVP' (write 'Kerala appeal' on the back) to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB , thank you. _

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PLANNED GIVING CAMPAIGN - THANK YOU:

Thank you for your patience whilst we have delivered the planned giving campaign over the last 3 weekends. We are very grateful to everyone who has completed the form pledging their time, treasure and talents to the parish. Please bear with us whilst we follow-up on your generous offers of help.

If you have not yet returned your form, it's not too late - please hand it in after mass or pop it through the presbytery letter box. If you missed any of the campaign, there are spare leaflets on the book trolley at the back or church.

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INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC:

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic, or want to find out more about the Catholic Faith please have a word with Fr. John, Alan Chapman or Mary Hallett.

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PRODUCE SALE 1st/2nd SEPTEMBER:

The next sale will be after all Masses on Fr. John's final weekend.

In addition to the usual marmalade & jams we would welcome contributions of cakes and fresh produce from your gardens and allotments, so we have a variety of items to suit all tastes. Please price anything you bring.The proceeds will go towards improving the external paths and other areas outside the Church.

Volunteers to help set up are welcome on the Saturday afternoon, if you are able to help please speak to John or Margaret Davis.

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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 maryhallett@rcdow.org.uk.

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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.

The debt has now been cleared but 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 http://www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/no-ae-qeii-1-october-2014

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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 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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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:
www.sacredheartware.com/rotas/index.php

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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:
www.sacredheartware.com/rotas/index.php

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EUCHARIST MINISTERS ROTA: A copy of the rota can be found on this website at:
www.sacredheartware.com/rotas/index.php

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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.

Thanks.

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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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READERS REQUIRED- Readers are needed for the 6.30 p.m. & 10.30 a.m. Masses. If you are able to help with this ministry please let Fr. John know.

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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: Thank you to all parishioners who make regular donations with the weekly envelopes or through standing orders. Boxes of envelopes for the new financial year are available for collection. Please remember to collect them.

If you would like to start donating through either envelopes or standing orders please contact the Parish office

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GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS - GDPR: As you may be aware, all businesses and charities need to get ready for the new law around data protection, which is called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will replace the current Data Protection Act and came into force on 25th May, 2018.

Regulated by the Information Commissioners' Office (ICO), the GDPR aims to strengthen the rules around personal data and requires organisations to be more transparent and accountable. It also gives people greater control over their own personal data. All diocesan offices and parishes must comply with its requirements, just like any other charity or organisation.

We are currently therefore updating all of our processes which includes new confidentiality agreements for all volunteers and privacy statements on all documentation.

You can read our full privacy policy on http://www.rcdow.org.uk/diocese/privacy-policy

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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 regularly receive credits 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 http://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk .

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.

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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.

Prizes:

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 www.hertsdirect.org 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 bhf.org.uk/collection 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 HertfordshireHDS@redcross.org.uk

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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 www.emmaus.org.uk/st_albans

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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 http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks

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LOVE WARE+LIVE WARE: Once again LoveWare+LiveWare are holding a community Fun Day. Saturday 25th August : King George Field

LoveWare+LiveWare is the Ware Churches working together to serve our community. If you are able to get involved in helping in some way or for more information please see http://www.lovewareliveware.org, the leaflets at the back of church or alternatively speak to Tony or Jean Stavrou after Mass, or phone 01920 411658

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ESCAPE - A FESTIVAL OF HOPE!: The churches of Ware are working together to host Escape on King George V field on Saturday 15th September from 4.00 p.m.-7.30 p.m.

Do pray about the friends, family and colleagues that God may want you to invite along!

There'll be free food, great live music and a message of hope from the President of CVM, Carl Beech.

With less than two months to go:

- let us know how you want to be involved at EscapeEvent.org and pick up a leaflet from the back of the church.

- the training for stewards and those who will help people who respond after Carl's message will be on Saturday 18th August at the Christ Church centre - drinks and bacon rolls at 9am, finishing at noon

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SACRED HEART SCHOOL - WINTER BALL: Sacred Heart School are holding a Winter Ball on Saturday 13th October 2018.

Tickets are £40 each or a table of 10 costs £380 which includes a welcome drink, 3 course meal and entertainment from 'Kickstarters' live band.

The event starts at 6.30 p.m. with dinner being served at 7.30 p.m. and carriages from 11.30 p.m.

Reserve your tickets now with full payment due in September go to http://www.warefosh.co.uk

Please join us for what promises to be a brilliant night and help raise important funds for the school.

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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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SAVE THE DATE - FAMILY KARAOKE NIGHT: Please put the 19th October 2018 in your diary for a family karaoke night at Allenburys in Ware from 6.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. to help raise money for the Church.

After the huge success of last year's event Andrea Bradford has secured the venue again for the church. A Family Ticket - £20 (2 Adults, 2 Children), Adult Tickets - £8, Child Ticket - £4.

If you would like tickets then please put your name, together with the amount of tickets you want & money in an envelope marked Karaoke & post through the presbytery letter box.

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FOREIGN COINS: For a small donation to the Church funds, there is a small quantity of coin of the following Countries:

Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and U.S.A.

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TODDLER GROUP: Helpers are urgently needed to ensure this popular group continues running in September.

Anyone interested in helping at this group, getting teas and coffees for the adults and preparing the children's snacks on a monthly basis are asked to call Marie Carlson 01920 318287 to discuss what's involved.

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YOUTH GROUP: The Youth Group will not meet whilst the schools are closed.

The next meeting will be at 7.30 p.m on Sunday the 7th October

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WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE FUNDRAISER:

Noah McCallig (one of our parishioners) has been selected to be part of the UK Contingent at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA. Noah, together with 3 other local Scouts (Lottie, Brandon and Dan) are busy fundraising and are planning a Fun Swim at Ware Lido on; Friday 7th September 2018 from 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.

If you would like to attend and support this great cause please contact Jo McCallig on: mccalligs@sky.com

The cost will be £3.50 per person and £1 for under 10s who must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult. Entry includes soft drink and crisps. There will be a raffle, chocolate tombola and sweet stall.

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SPONSORED BIKE 'n HIKE. Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust:

8th September 10:00am-6:00pm.

Sponsored forms and details of churches open so you can plan your route are available now.

Half of the money raised goes to our church funds and half to the trust. Plan your route. There are 14 churches on the list in Hertford and Ware alone and many more in the surrounding area. Jo and Nigel Beynon managed more than 40 one year.

If you are willing to take part in this event cycling, walking or manning the church on the day please contact Judy King 01920 467223

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ESCAPE -A FESTIVAL OF HOPE!:

The churches of Ware are working together to host Escape on King George V field on Saturday 15th September from 4.00 p.m.-7.30 p.m.

Do pray about the friends, family and colleagues that God may want you to invite along! There'll be free food, great live music and a message of hope from the President of CVM, Carl Beech.

For more information pick up a leaflet from the back of the church and/or visit EscapeEvent.org

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