Parish Council

Parish of The Sacred Heart and Saint Joseph



PRESENT Fr Anthony, Elizabeth Smith, Veronica Ward, Paul Stuart, Jim Kirwan, Bernadette France, Teresa Williams, Jenna Thompson, Kelly Picton.

 APOLOGIES Barry Palmer, Janet Ward

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING. Any matters arising to be in AGENDA


Parish to subsidise 2/3 parishioners to attend @ £200 per day the short distance involved daily travel! Starts 2pm 12th with MASS at 7-45pm 13th 8-5 Morning Prayer 9am start.

Same for 14th There will be evening entertainment ie SCOTTISH Ceilidh.


Would like to resurrect this for the little ones at weekend Masses. Maybe start monthly. Need one or two more volunteers to make it happen though. They have to be DBS checked, then find out how many children might attend. To start with COLLECT then GOSPEL OF THE DAY. and a REFLECTION ON SCRIPTURE. Notice in bulletin in the New Year to ask for volunteers.

RUNNING PARISH RAFFLES. Carry on not flouting any laws.

 SUMMER FAYRE Not see the need for one. Concentrate on INTERNATIONAL MASS, and CORPUS CHRISTI liturgical/social event.

 REFUGEES COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP. Sue Parsons will come and talk from pulpit at weekend MASSES 3-4th February.  On the morning of Sat 17th Feb there will be a meeting at SH Church Hall for interested parties run by Sue who will also be joined by parishioners from other parishes who are already involved in the scheme.

LENT PROJECT SPONSORSHIP To use any monies to raise funds for our own Refugees Community Sponsorship scheme. If the decision is made for us not to go ahead with the scheme the monies will go to Catholic Care to be used to support refugees in the Diocese.

 ST WILFRID’S UNIFORM- UPDATE Dr Dore replied to Elizabeth’s email the full governing body will debate the issue at their next meeting. No answer as to the results of the uniform survey. Elizabeth to write to the Chair of Governors at St Wilfrid and copy in Dr Dore and the Chair of the Academy Trust to remind them of the latest DfE guidance and the struggles of our families in being able to afford logoed items.

AMPLEFORTH PARISH VISIT. Sometime in summer, possibly the first week of the school holiday, on a weekday. Bernadette leading and will ask if we might have a Mass said for a coach load, or might our PP say Mass?


St Joseph’s School, numbers have rocketed, most classes now full.

Sacred Heart 121 pupils on roll – also increasing. Foundation governors urgently required for both schools. OPEN EVENING for new starters to Reception in Sep 2024 at Sacred Heart 14th DEC all invited and WELCOME!

GUILD OF ST STEPHEN all servers now enrolled.

SVP  Able to assist more parishioners thanks to a few generous donations. SHORT ON NUMBERS though! Always Looking for volunteers.

BAMBINELLI BLESSINGS Children / adults bring baby from home cribs for BLESSING at Masses on weekend 16th / 17th December

 MASS FOR BAPTISM 7th Jan both schools attending and will have a display / staff on hand to promote the schools to parishioners.