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Welcome to St. James the Less and St. Helen Parish

All the people in this Directory may be contacted via the Church Office or the website coordinator unless otherwise indicated.

You can also type your enquiry into the following form and it will email the website coordinator who will forward your enquiry: enquiry form

Altar Servers

See Guild of St. Stephen.

Association for the Propagation of the Faith and Mill Hill Missionaries

For further details contact Ron Griffin via the Church Office.

Baptism

If you would like your child baptised please contact Father Tony via the Church Office for more information about Baptism Courses and preparation.

Brentwood Diocese Pastoral Council

The Brentwood Diocese Pastoral Council is a forum for communication to, and between, representatives of the different parishes in our Diocese.

Catenian Association

To find out more please visit Catenian Website  or contact our Membership Officer: Richard Larkins 01206 734796.

Children's Liturgy

Our Children's Liturgy takes place each Sunday in the Crypt during the 10.30 am

Mass and all children are welcome. This has now been split into two groups: the pre-school group and the pre-first communion group. The children leave Church after the entrance hymn and return during the offertory. For further information please contact Melissa Dove via the Church Office.

Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection

As a result of the Nolan Report there are now established Protection Procedures for Children and Vulnerable Adults in our Diocese. The Child Protection Officer for St. James the Less and St. Helen Parish is Theresa Higgins, a new Deputy is to be appointed later. The Protection Officer for the Diocese is Simon Moules.

If you have any concerns about the protection of children and vulnerable adults in our Parish please please contact Theresa Higgins (Tel. 01206-523501),  or the Church Office.

Choir

The choir contributes significantly to music at the 10.30 am Sunday Mass and other special occasions on request. Enthusiasm is more important than a perfect voice. Singers and musicians are always welcome. Please contact the Church Office.

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are for sale in the Repository Shop. The Repository Shop located in the Cardinal Bourne Hall at Priory Street. Opening times are 10 am to 12.45 pm every Sunday. Contact the repository team via the Church Office.

Cleaning

We have a number of teams who keep our Church clean, but new people are always welcome. If you would like to join a team please contact Helena Gibson via the Church Office.

Church Hall

The Church Hall can be booked for functions - email Pam Edwards or leave a message for Pam on 07758 805 263.

Confirmation

For more information contact Andrew Johnson on 01206-861360 for details.

Deaf Mass and Ministry

For more information, contact Theresa Higgins (Tel. 01206-523501).

Eucharist

We have many Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in our Parish helping with taking Communion to the sick and also taking Eucharistic Services in the Church and assisting with the distribution at the Masses. If you know of anybody who is sick and cannot make Mass through illness, or is housebound, please contact Father Tony or Margaret Wheeler via the Church Office.

First Holy Communion

We have a First Holy Communion programme for the children of the Parish each year. This group meets between January and May on a Saturday morning to support the children being prepared for First Confession and First Holy Communion, together with their parents. Contact Hywel Edwards.

Flower Group

We are a small group but would welcome new members. Experience is not necessary but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are essential, as is physical fitness since a certain amount of lifting and carrying is involved.

Members must be able to make a regular commitment to the church flower rota. Volunteers should leave their name and contact details at the Church Office addressed to the 'Flower Group'.

Gift Aid

This scheme allows the Parish to reclaim the taxable part of your offerings from the Inland Revenue, at no cost or inconvenience to yourself. There is no commitment to a specific amount of money for a given period of time. The donor uses numbered envelopes supplied by the parish Gift Aid organiser, or a standing order. The envelopes enable you to plan your contribution in advance. Alternatively, a standing order can be organised for a monthly contribution to the Parish, which saves on cash handling/administration and means your payment is never missed.

The Parish can gain a further 28p for every £1 contributed under this scheme. The Declaration can run indefinitely, but can be cancelled at any time if personal circumstances change.

The requirements of the scheme are :

         The completion of a simple form - A Gift Aid Declaration

         The donor must pay income tax equal to the amount being reclaimed each year.

Please contact John Sales or Church Office if you would like further details, or to join the scheme, or if you wish to organise a standing order. 

Guild of St. Stephen

Altar Serverís are required at all masses and in all mass centres. The only qualification required to serve on the altar is that you have taken your first holy communion.

There is training which will take place at the 10:30 mass at St. James the Less and St. Helen church Priory St.

The initial training lasts for about 3-4 weeks or you feel confident about the roles.
After 1 year you take your vows as a member of the guild and receive your Bronze medal.

You are able to serve at any mass or mass centre or parish you are visiting.
Contact: MC Andrew Johnson on 01206-861360 for details.

A useful link : Guild of St. Stephen, Brentwood Diocese

Hospitals

All hospitals have a Catholic Chaplain. If you would like a Priest to visit you the hospital can arrange this for you. Or contact the Church Office.

Interest Groups

If you would like to be involved in any of the Interest Groups in our Parish, or you feel there are any areas for development or new groups to be set up, please contact Father Tony via the Church Office who will be pleased to discuss your ideas and suggestions.

Knights of Saint Columba

The Knights of Saint Columba is a Catholic fraternal service organisation and the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. Founded in Glasgow in 1919, it is named in honour of Saint Columba, a Christian missionary from Ireland who helped to introduce Christianity to people in Northern Britain. They are dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity and have more than 4,000 members in over 300 Councils across England, Scotland and Wales. Membership is limited to practising Catholic men aged 16 or older. They exist to support the mission and doctrine of the Catholic Church and at the same time to work for the "spiritual and
material good of its members and their families".

 

For information or to get involved in the Colchester area, please contact George Johnson: georgetjohnson1987@outlook.com 

 

Marriage

If you are thinking of getting married, please contact Fr. Tony via the Church Office for details of marriage preparation.

Meditation Group

Newcomers are invited to join the group which meets to meditate in the Christian tradition.

The group meet each Tuesday in the Crypt at 8pm. People start gathering in silence from 7.30pm onwards. After 30 minutes of meditation, we break the silence and have time to share our experience, or simply to socialise.

Meditation is an ancient form of contemplative prayer that seeks God in the silence and stillness beyond word or thought. We are part of the World Community for Christian Meditation, led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB.

Further information: Valerie Quinlivan tel. 07941903227

Mercy Associates

Mercy Associates are lay people who are seeking to deepen their prayer life and spirituality in the Mercy tradition and to remain open to their apostolic call and the challenges of our time, in association with the Sisters of Mercy.

The Associates in Colchester meet as a group monthly in prayer, reflection on the life and spirituality of Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and friendship, as they support each other in trying to bear witness to the loving mercy of God in their lives.

There are about 1000 Associates in England, Scotland and Wales, in over sixty groups. All are engaged in a relatively new venture of lay association with a religious community. Groups are kept in touch with each other through Regional Assemblies, pilgrimages, a twice-yearly magazine and spiritual reflections from the National Commission which oversees the movement.

The local contact is Frances Galvin (01206 369568).

The website is www.merciful.org.

Newspapers

A selection of Catholic Newspapers is available in the porch of the Church.

OREMUS

ĎOREMUSí is the name coined for parish events which focus on spiritual renewal. See Oremus. For more information contact Valerie Quinlivan via the Church Office.

Parish Football Team

The Parish Football Team plays in the Colchester Inter Church League on alternate Saturdays. We always need players 16+ please contact Chris Nolan on 07771-828751.

Parish Newsletter

Each week we produce a Parish Newsletter which keeps us up-to-date with what is happening in our Parish. If you would like any events or special occasions mentioned, please contact the Church Office.

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Council consists of a group of Parishioners led by our Priest. The aim is to provide support to those who are active within the Parish. Parish Pastoral Councils are becoming increasingly commonplace within the Church and provide valuable assistance to the Parish Priest, enabling him more free time for his pastoral work, as well as providing cohesion and direction for parishioners working within the Parish.

The Council will endeavour to fairly represent all aspects of Parish Life.

Please contact any member of the Parish Council or the Church Office.

Parish Secretary

We're delighted to welcome Richard Atkin as our new Parish  Administrator. Richard started in the role in December 2015 - he can be contacted in the Church Office.

Parish Social Activities

We always enjoy Parish celebrations. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can celebrate and have more fun activities please contact Frances Galvin via the Church Office.

Pastoral Care

If you feel you have anything to offer in being supportive please contact Father Tony via the Church Office.

Pilgrimages (Diocesan and Others)

The contact is Theresa Higgins (Tel. 01206-523501).

Readers

Please contact Elspeth Johnson via the Church Office.

Repository Shop

A wide range of pamphlets, religious items, cards for all special occasions and Mass cards are available from the Repository Shop located in the Cardinal Bourne Hall at Priory Street. Opening times are 10 am to 12.45 pm every Sunday.

Contact the repository team via the Church Office

Schools

St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School
Priory Street,
Colchester, CO1 2QB
Essex

Email: head@st-thomasmores.essex.sch.uk
T: (01206) 865 722
F: (01206) 868 745

Soup Run

Our Church provides soup, sandwiches and hot drinks to disadvantaged and homeless people in Colchester . Our slot is 8 - 9 pm on alternate Saturdays. Volunteers to make sandwiches, or help on the night welcomed. Contact: Church Office.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

This active group meets regularly throughout the year and helps families in need, visits the sick and housebound and offers a variety of practical support. New members are always very welcome.

Contact: Church Office.

Tea and Coffee

Information detailed in the weekly newsletter.

Union of Catholic Mothers

Contact is Lenore Sykes via the Church Office.

Ministry of Welcome

We are the people who greet you as you come into our church and assist you with any queries. We always need more people to help and a 3-month rota is posted in the lobby of the church. Contact is Paul Horwood via the Church Office.

Ministry of Welcome Rotas

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

Youth Group

Contact Cathy O'Connor via the Church Office.

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