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Foundation Governors & Trustees

It is that time again when we begin to look forward to next academic year and we are looking to recruit Catholic individuals who share our passion and mission for Catholic education, that might consider serving at a local level as a Foundation Governor of St Thomas More High School or at Trust Level as a Trustee of the Assisi Catholic Trust. If you think you have the skills (particularly safeguarding, finance, human resources or legal background), dedication and motivation we would love to have you on board.   Please do speak to either your Parish Priest or contact Mrs Gemma Ackred, Headteacher at St Thomas More High School and Chief Accounting officer for The Assisi Catholic Trust (gackred@assisicatholictrust.com) to find out more about the roles we have available. I really hope many of you will consider your potential to serve our schools in this way and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Barleylands Fun Walk - Brentwood Catholic Children's society

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society is inviting families to join us at the Barleylands Fun Walk on Sunday 8th September 2019 to increase awareness of our work.  This is a great fun, family event with a choice of walks on the Barleylands site in Billericay, the longest being no more than 2 miles and a shorter walk which is suitable for children & toddlers.  There will be stalls serving cakes/biscuits and ice-cream available from 12pm and the community walk will start at 12.45pm & finish around 2pm.  This is an ideal opportunity for families or parish groups to get together and have a fun afternoon while raising much needed funds for BCCS’. For a sponsorship form and more information, please go to https://www.bccs.org.uk/fundraising-and-events or contact Julie on jabbott@bccs.org.uk Look out for our BCCS pitch at the start line and come and say hello!

Evangelisation - Why/What/How? - Michael Dopp

Michael Dopp is an inspirational Canadian speaker who has presented for 18 Diocese and over 50 parishes and apostolates, as well as Catholic ministries such as CCO, NET, and Cursillo.  He has led presentations for priest, deacons, university students, prayer groups, RCIA, sacramental preparation groups, adult faith formation and more.  Michael will be touring the UK in October and Brentwood Diocese have taken the opportunity to book him to come and speak.  He has very kindly accepted the invitation and we are privileged to host him for this one off event at Brentwood Cathedral Hall on Friday, 4 October 2019 from 14.30pm to 21.00pm.  If you would like to attend this event it can be booked via Eventbrite or email adeleangel@dioceseofbrentwood.org.  There is a small donation requested of £5 to cover his expenses.  Spaces are limited.

Silent Weekend Retreat

From 6pm Friday 11th October until 2pm on Sunday 13th October 2019 at Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9BX.  Guest Speaker: Canon David Oakley.  

Our theme this year is 'Silence & the Scriptures'. We chose this theme in line with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales who have designated 2020 as ‘The God Who Speaks’: A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. 2020 will be a year of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word.  This silent weekend retreat is a great opportunity to take time out with the Lord in prayer and reflection.  40-Hours Adoration, Silence and Prayer form part of the weekend. 

For more information or to book email admin@sioncommunity.org.uk / allegra.mutanda@gmail.com Call 01277 211015 or visit www.sioncommunity.org.uk

Leigh Collection for HARP (World Homeless Day)

Southend’s Leading Homeless Charity HARP, have a street collection in conjunction with World Homeless Day on Saturday, 5th October 2019, 10am to 4pm, in Leigh-on-Sea at the junction of Broadway West and Elm Road. We would be very grateful for any help collecting for HARP. No experience required.   If you are available for a couple of hours or longer please contact Lisa Walton 01702 415834, lisa.walton@harpsouthend.org.uk (mail to: lisa.walton@harpsouthend.org.uk).  Thank you

Catholic Parenting - Engaging and re-engaging your children in the Faith

30th September 2019, 8-10pm at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Eastwood.

In this day and age, passing on our Catholic faith to our children comes with its challenges. How can we offer our children the best opportunity to understand and develop their relationship with God in a way that will sustain their practice of faith through to their adult life? How do we, as parents, navigate the aspects of our faith that are counter cultural and answer the difficult questions our children have about the teachings of our church? The Diocesan Department for Marriage and Family Life have put together a workshop to support parents who are looking for ideas to raise their young children as faithful Catholics, or opportunities to re-engage older children and teenagers where there might be a struggle. This will be a chance to meet other parents facing the same challenges, to ask questions and hear some tried and tested ideas.You can register for this event via the Eventbrite link below, or by e-mailing anna.mccormick@dioceseofbrentwood.org. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/catholic-parenting-southend-tickets-65116123077?ref=estwenivtefor001

Foundation Governors & Trustees

It is that time again when we begin to look forward to next academic year and we are looking to recruit Catholic individuals who share our passion and mission for Catholic education, that might consider serving at a local level as a Foundation Governor of St Thomas More High School or at Trust Level as a Trustee of the Assisi Catholic Trust. If you think you have the skills (particularly safeguarding, finance, human resources or legal background), dedication and motivation we would love to have you on board. 

Please do speak to either your Parish Priest or contact Mrs Gemma Ackred, Headteacher at St Thomas More High School and Chief Accounting officer for The Assisi Catholic Trust (gackred@assisicatholictrust.com) to find out more about the roles we have available. I really hope many of you will consider your potential to serve our schools in this way and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Barleylands Fun Walk - Brentwood Catholic Children's Society

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society is inviting families to join us at the Barleylands Fun Walk on Sunday 8th September 2019 to increase awareness of our work.  This is a great fun, family event with a choice of walks on the Barleylands site in Billericay, the longest being no more than 2 miles and a shorter walk which is suitable for children & toddlers.  There will be stalls serving cakes/biscuits and ice-cream available from 12pm and the community walk will start at 12.45pm & finish around 2pm.  This is an ideal opportunity for families or parish groups to get together and have a fun afternoon while raising much needed funds for BCCS’. For a sponsorship form and more information, please go to https://www.bccs.org.uk/fundraising-and-events or contact Julie on jabbott@bccs.org.uk Look out for our BCCS pitch at the start line and come and say hello!