TWELFTH SUNDAY OF YEAR B
(Day for Life)
20th June 2021
Today's Gospel reading from Mark 4: 35 - 41 is another tempest; another occasion for revelation and this time a
revelation of the divinity of Jesus. The sea is traditionally a sign for chaos and evil forces from which only the power of
God can save. So we are meant to recognise Jesus as God's agent. The delay in Jesus' reaction to crisis reflects
those events in the Old Testament where God seems absent. In our own time we must always have trust in God when he seems
absent, even amidst the most terrible storm.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; before whom shall I be
afraid. May each one of us follow Christ no matter what storms come into our life. Amen.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2021/2022
As you can appreciate forward planning is underway towards our Sacramental preparation for the First Holy Communion
Programme in the autumn. So if you meet the following criteria, you may apply to be part of the programme.
- That you are a practising Catholic (attending Mass on a weekly basis). We are aware that this can be difficult at
the moment because of the Pandemic.
- That your child has been attending the Springfield Parish for some time in the past years.
- That your child is eligible (8/9 years of age going into year 3 and year 4 in September).
- If you have been attending another parish, that you obtain a letter of reference from the Parish Priest.
- This is a serious commitment by parents and children. If these guidelines have been observed please pick up an
enrolment form from the church/Presbytery. Please return all forms by 29th July 2021.
- STATUE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM When we discontinued use of the Church of Our Saviour, the statue
of Our Lady came to St Augustine's. Since then we have been looking for an apt place for her. As St Augustine's
is a shared church, we must take into consideration members of other denominations who find it difficult to use the
church with many statues in it. We will keep the statue in safe custody. May Our Lady intercede for all of us. Fr
- PARISH AGM All parishioners are warmly invited and encouraged to attend our Parish Annual General
Meeting on Wednesday 7th July at 8pm at St Augustine's following our evening Mass. We are looking for new members for
the PPC and Father Sabu would like to hear from any parishioner who would like to be considered to become part of this
group. The PPC meets four times a years and works to realise our Parish Vision. Please consider volunteering and let
Father Sabu know before the AGM.
- FUNERAL MASS OF MARY WHELTON will take place at St Augustine's Church on Thursday 1st July at
1pm followed by committal at Chelmsford Cemetery at 2.15pm.
- ORDINATION OF MICHAEL BARWICK 10 July 2021 We are blessed to be able to welcome one of our
parishioners as a Priest into the Diocese of Brentwood. If you would like to contribute to a gift from the parish, you
can do so online to Catholic Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury Springfield, account no. 91082884, Sort Code
40-13-22 using Michael Barwick as your payment reference or hand your donation in an envelope marked Michael
Barwick showing your Gift Aid no. if appropriate to Kevin, Cath or Fr Sabu or post it through the Presbytery door. Many
THE THRESHOLDS OF HOPE WEBSITE online resource is the work of the Brentwood Diocese Vicariate for
Adult Formation is available at www.thresholdofhope.co.uk
THE BRENTWOOD CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S SOCIETY is inviting parishioners across the Diocese to join in
with their 'Relay 100' summer community event. Find out more from Damian Dillon click here to Email 07912 308000 or visit
LOURDES AT YOUR LOCAL TALENT SHOW! to be streamed online on Friday 30 July. If you have a talent to
here to Email. Submission of a video recording will be requested by Friday 2nd July. More info on "Lourdes at
Your Local" this Summer at www.bcys.net/events.
PARISH CLEANER VACANCY, BILLERICAY 10 hours per week, £10 per hour to clean the Canon Roche
Pastoral Centre from 1st September 2021. Full info from the Most Holy Redeemer Parish Office 01277 624891 or click here to
Email. CV and covering letter highlighting how applicants fit the role should be forwarded to the Parish Office
to Email) by Friday, 9th July. Interviews w/c Monday, 19th July.
CLEANER/HANDYPERSON VACANCY, WITHAM at The Holy Family and All Saints. 2 hours fortnightly, Closing
date: Wed 30 June, Start date: July 2021, Interviews: TBC. Salary £9.50 per hour. Please click here to
Email CV and covering letter (no longer than one side of A4). Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please
note that you will need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position. You must provide proof of Right to
Work in the UK. For an informal chat with the Parish Priest, please click here to
CHAPLAINCY WORKER IN COLCHESTER for St Benedict's Catholic College Full details at https://www.stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk/recruitment/vacancies/chaplaincy-worker/. Closing date midday on Fri
9 July, interviews w/c 19 July.
ONLINE MASS BOOKINGS:
- Go to Ticket Tailor: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintaugustineofcanterbury
Full details on parish website under Essentials / Online Booking System http://staugustine-springfield.com/massbooking.html
- From Fr Sabu: Special thanks to all those who are being very generous in this special time, with
your regular Sunday collections, special donations and secret offerings for charity. This will help our Church and bring
a smile on some faces. God bless you all for your generosity.
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died:Joan Newman, Mary Whelton
Sunday: Fr Vincent Dutton
Wednesday: Fr Edward Thomas
Saturday: Canon James Dacey
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - THIRTEENTH SUNDAY YEAR B
First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15
It was the devil's envy that brought death into the world.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15
In giving relief to others, balance what happens to be your surplus now against their present need.
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Little girl, I tell you to get up.