14th Mar 2024
Please remember in your prayers the following Diocesan priests who celebrate their various Jubilees this year. May the Lord richly reward them for all their labouring in His Vineyard.

Rev Fr Michael Stokes (23 February 1964)

Rev Fr Joseph Farrell (19 January 1974)
Rev Fr Adrian Graffy (2 February 1974)
Rev Canon Brian O'Shea (4 May 1974)
Rev Fr Noel Doyle (8 June 1974)
Rev Canon Tom Lavin (16 June 1974)
Rev Canon Martin O'Connor (16 June 1974)
Rev Canon Bob Hamill (20 July 1974)
Rev Fr John Tuohy (7 December 1974)

Rev Fr Martin Fletcher (9 June 1984)
Rev Monsignor Canon Kevin Hale (23 June 1984)
Rev Fr Emile Nkumu (14 October 1984)

Rev Fr Liam Hayes (1 May 1999)
Rev Fr Gerald Drummond (12 June 1999)
Rev Fr Frank Jackson (12 June 1999)
Rev Fr Jean-Claude Selvini (12 June 1999)

Catholic Parish Summit:

7th Mar 2024

The Catholic Parish Summit is taking place in Harrogate from the 12th to the 14th of June with over 1,000 parish leaders from across the country.

Our diocese has booked some places for the Summit which are available to anyone who is interested in attending. These places are free but they are limited and you will need to make arrangements for accommodation while you are in Harrogate. For more information about the Summit please visit their website:

If you would like to find out more please email Father Dan Mason, the Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal at

Foundation Governor Vacancies

7th Mar 2024

Vacancies for Foundation Governors have arisen at a number of Catholic schools across the Diocese and expressions of interests are being sought from practising committed Catholics for the ministry.  

The term of office is for four years from the date of appointment.  

Foundation Governors are personally appointed by the Bishop to Diocesan schools to represent his interests and those of the Catholic community as a whole.

Our schools would benefit from people with a range of skills and experiences including Finance, Education, Special Needs, Legal and Administration.

Anyone interested in the role and mission of Foundation Governor should not be put off by a lack of experience.  Appropriate training is available during the period of service.

If you are interested in becoming Foundation Governor please email your expression of interest to or call: 01277 265216

Looking for thrill seekers

7th Mar 2024

The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society (BCCS) are looking for thrill seekers with a passion for fundraising to take part in Harlow Tye Rotary’s annual Harlow Water Tower Abseil on Saturday 18th May 2024. For all details, please visit our Harlow Water Tower Abseil webpage here:

To secure your spot, a £35 entry fee will be paid to the Harlow Tye Rotary Club, with all funds raised through your efforts being donated to BCCS. Please reach out to Charlotte: / 07986841178 to sign up!

Volunteer at the St John Bosco Children’s Camp

20th Feb 2024

Volunteer at the St John Bosco Children’s Camp: from 27th July – 3rd August help give 100 children a holiday. Helpers must be 18+, and the Camp will arrange for a DBS check, and appropriate training. To help at the Bosco Camp is a wonderful experience, and now is the time to apply. Details:


20th Feb 2024

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society will be hosting a very special Anniversary Afternoon Tea at the Roslin Beach Hotel, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea on Tuesday 23rd April 2024 at 1pm for service at 1.30pm.  They are delighted that Bishop Alan, BCCS President, will be attending as guest of honour. Tickets for the event are £34.00 per person and should be purchased before Monday 8th April directly from their event webpage: or by clicking on their secure payment form here: Once you have purchased your tickets, please advise Julie of any special dietary requirements or seating requests by contacting her by email or call her on 07912 277413. Guests will be seated at tables of 12. 


20th Feb 2024
Pilgrimage to Fatima with Day with MaryFri 7-Fri 14 June, and Italy 4-12 September 2024
See poster in the church for more details or visit or email

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

9th Feb 2024
25th May 2024: Join Bishop Alan and other parishes around the Diocese of Brentwood in Walsingham. We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica before walking the Holy Mile to the grounds of Walsingham Abbey to celebrate Vespers and Benediction on the site of the Holy House. See poster in the church for more details.


9th Feb 2024

St John’s RC Special School, Woodford Bridge is recruiting for an SEN Class Teacher (MPS) and Classroom Support Assistants. These are full-time, term time only roles in a school with students aged 5 - 25 with a wide range of special needs. Previous experience essential.

For application packs please contact the school office on 020 8504 1818 or email stating the role you are interested in. Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.


9th Feb 2024

Apprenticeships at Walsingham House: Walsingham House are offering a two year apprenticeship course in Youth Ministry and Chaplaincy (Yr13 school leavers). Participants will live and work at Walsingham House, running retreats for young people across the diocese whilst studying with St Mary’s University, Twickenham. For more information please email or visit the website

Fr Adrian Graffy

9th Feb 2024

A FIRE IN MY HEART On Saturday 3rd February, to celebrate 50 years of priesthood, Fr Adrian Graffy held a Conversation with some friends who are biblical scholars about their common love of the Bible. These included Carlos Castillo, archbishop of Lima, Peru, and Nuria Calduch-Benages, secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, on which Fr Adrian also serves. The edited programme of the Conversation is now available free of charge by going to the home page of


9th Feb 2024

Commentary on every Scripture reading from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday by Fr Adrian Graffy, parish priest of Gidea Park and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, is available free of charge on Click on ‘Scripture Readings’ and ‘Lent Readings’. The commentaries are also available in book form from Darton, Longman and Todd

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage

3rd Feb 2024

Join Bishop Alan on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (Friday 19 – Friday 26 July).  To book, please go online: Brentwood Lourdes - Lourdes - Tangney Tours (   If you wish to discuss any aspect of the pilgrimage, please e-mail Kathryn Young or Suzanne Reeves at

The pilgrimage is slightly longer this year because of the availability of chartered flights, which allow us to bring many more assisted pilgrims than commercial flights.  However, if anyone is interested in a shorter stay n Lourdes, during the Diocesan Pilgrimage, please contact Tangney.  As ever, any parish which wishes to join the Diocesan Pilgrimage, but make their own travel arrangements and hotel bookings, are most welcome to do so.  If you wish to discuss this, please contact me.

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