We enter this weekend some weeks of Ordinary Time before the season of Lent. The Gospel presents us with the calling of the first two disciples of Jesus: Through these words of the Baptist, these two disciples are moved by grace to approach the Lord. John’s testimony is an example of the special graces God distributes to attract people to himself. Sometimes he addresses a person directly by stirring his soul and inviting him to follow him; at other times, as in the present case, he chooses to use someone close to us who knows us, to bring us to meet Christ.



Saturday 5.30pm    Vigil The People of the Parish
6.30pm–7.30pm    Exposition & Confession

8.00am        Mass Elaine Williams, RIP (Anniv) (MC)
9.30am        Mass Eric Major, RIP (Anniv) (PM)
11.30am        Mass Patrick Farrell, RIP (Anniv) (TE)
5.30pm        Vespers & Benediction        
Monday 15       Feria
9.00am            Mass Jeremiah O’Connell, RIP (W&PO’C)

Tuesday 16       Feria
9.00am            Mass Edward & Eileen Brennan, RIP (Anniv) (AG)

Wednesday 17       St Anthony, Ab
9.00am                  Mass The Brawn Family

Thursday 18       Feria
9.00am              Mass Alfredo Tisi, RIP (K&LW)

Friday 19            St Wulstan, Bp
12Noon              Mass Special Intention for Joe & Joan Hurley (MS)

Saturday 20       St Fabian, P, M
10.00am             Mass Adrian Dann, RIP (S&B)    
10.30am-11.30am    Exposition & Confession 


Saturday 5.30pm    Vigil Anne Young, RIP (CWL)
6.30pm–7.30pm    Exposition & Confession

8.00am        Mass Frances Emmerson, RIP (Anniv) (AE)
9.30am        Mass The People of the Parish
11.30am        Mass Andrew & Mary Murray, RIP (UO’K)
5.30pm        Vespers & Benediction        

We pray for our sick

Maureen Gooding, Paul Keane, Graham Addecott, Mabel Addecott, Christian Ryan, Arthur Mills, Mike Rubbert, Teresa O’Brien, Maureen Deekes,  Noel Fagan, Patricia Abram, Tina Doveaston, Pat Lynch, Rose Craft, Addi Brady,  Ben Wilson, Patricia Fleming, Nicky Wigmore, Brita Irons, Eileen Wilson, Patricia Spikin, Sandra Fagan, Edna Wallace, Beryl Dixon, Nan Carrit, Nick Evans, Vicky Jack, Lyn Gopee, Margaret Harrington, Mary Boyce, Kristin Hallenga, Anne O’Neill, Cheryl Shallis, Anthony McEvoy, Justin Stark, Sheila Netherton, David Blyth, Dympna Addecott, Janet Woods, Lynne Hilkene, Laura & Anne Breen, Breda Lynch, Roy Widdecombe, Johanna Lynch, Thomas Corrigan, Maria Clark, June Moncaster, Sheila McBrearty, Anthony King, Norma McCleverty,
Belinda Balazsi, Edward Martin, Johnnie Pool, Joanna Luciani, Pauline Wilsher, Simon Marshall, Kriston Barnes, Barbara Sheaf, Josephine Griggs, Colleen Worley, Antonella McConalogue, Fr Jean Laurent Marie, Noel Kolb, Eddie McConalogue, Georgina Cornwell, Lorraine Hart, Dawn Deleigh, Wyn McCafferty, Linda Dean, Annie Holland, Martin Buckley, Chas Taylor, Martha Braun, John Lavery, Ivor & Joanne Knight, Brian Beresford, Rebecca Peake, David Clark, David Askew, Connor Bourke, Mattia Mollica, Sharon Levill, Bernadette Lane, David Kislingury, Maureen Ward, Jane Jowers, Irena Solecki, Doreen Troughton, Marguerite Harris, Andrew Exley, Rosemary Arscott, Lanto Bellis, Richard Collins, Niqui Denkmayer, Elizabeth McConalogue, Kean Smith and children Thomas Ball, Liam Davis, Albert Chambers, Fergus Grant, Lucy Price, Connie Price, Mary Isherwood, Frazer Gregory, baby Talia Emery and Hattie Seymour.


Please Pray for the Dead on their Anniversaries

Fr John King, Fr Gilbert Basil Pearson, Fr Neville Banks, Fr Kenneth Green Canon Charles Kuypers, Mgr Canon David Donnelly, Fr John Meehan, Georges Egidio, Dr Robert Clark, Catherine Mills, Pat Rogers, Patricia Manning, Eric Major,John Mayo, Anna Sokl, Rose-Margaret Gilbert, Mary Ann Foley, Elsie Nicol,Nancy Hume, Annie Shea, Gordon Wallen, Brigid Connolly, Violet Read,
Gabriel Craven, Patrick Connolly, Brenda Campbell, Germaine Cave-Palmer, Renee Warburton, Robert Garson-Gratidge, Breeda Hayes, Bridget Kelly, Maud Reddy, Catherine Woods, Eugene Regan, Barry Anderson, Anne Ryan, Bernard Leonard, John F Dillon, Ilene Axson, Dora Maria Trieste Arhott,Teresa Moule, Courtney Choat-Kelly & Kathleen Goddard. 
May their Souls & the Souls of all the Faithful Departed rest in peace.



Rayleigh Parish has its own HCPT group which travels to Lourdes at Easter with disabled and disadvantaged children.   Around 1,000 children from the UK travel to Lourdes, as well as groups from Ireland, Belgium, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, USA and the West Indies. Including helpers, nurses, doctors and chaplains there are around 5,000 taking part in the pilgrimage. We are looking to expand our group and need more adult helpers to travel with us next Easter as well as a nurse for the group. If you are interested or would like some more information, please contact Sandra Spooner (Group Deputy) by email at

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - Led by Fr Eamonn Power

The Parish of Our Lady of Canvey & the English Martyrs invites you to join their Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – In The Footsteps of Christ & the Holy Family (Travel dates: Thursday 10th May to Thursday 17th May 2018).  This pilgrimage is organised and coordinated by Anam Cara Travel. Cost is £1,370.  This includes 4* Hotels on a half board basis, flights & all excursions. If you are interested or for further information please contact Cathy on 07885 577 342.



Inaugural Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 28th May 2018.  Led by Bishop Alan Williams.  £699.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flights from London Stansted with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Hotel, in the grounds of the shrine, with full Irish Breakfast each morning, light lunch and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms available.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Excellent programme of prayer time, masses, liturgies, excursions and evening activities.  We will also visit Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Westport and other famous sights in Co. Mayo. Contact 01268 762278 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.


Knights of Saint Columba

The KSC have organised a Race Night and Social with all profits being donated to the Brentwood Ecclesiastical Education Fund for the training of new priests in our diocese.

This takes place on Saturday 27th January at the Mazenod Hall at the parish of
St Peter Eastwood. 6.30pm for 7pm start with a professional race night promoter.

Entry is £1 and places can be booked through Damian Dillon on 07887 678741 or Light refreshments will be available.


White Flower Appeal

The  Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this weekend.

SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law.  This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades.

Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers, and to stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation. 


World Meeting of Families: Dublin, 21st-26th August 2018.

This is a major international event held every three years, for families to come together, celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. To find out more visit A substantial bursary is available for one family from the south east - for an application pack email (completed application and reference required by 31st January).