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You are all most welcome to join us on 18th February 2018 to hear a biblical reflection on our General Chapter XI theme - 'Finding Hope in Fragile Places'.
Lea Verstricht, is a Doctor of Theology (Louvain, Belgium) and has worked with the Community and the Association since 2011. She has acted as facilitator at two General Chapters and delivered a talk to us here in the UK in 2012, on the theme of Weaving Threads of Solidarity. As a theologian, her perspective has helped deepen our reflections on the theme of hope.
Lea has worked in education and research. She gives lectures and writes on topics such as religious life today, religion in the city, the future of the Church and the care for creation. Her talks are inspiring and thought provoking.
Choosing two stories, from Old and New Testament, Lea will explore how the Bible teaches us that life is vulnerable from beginning to end and that there are always opportunities for life.
2pm for 2.15pm
at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall,
Melbourne, Chelmsford CM1 2DU
TO RESERVE A PLACE:
or: 01206 - 867296
Poster - Lea Verstricht Feb 2018
Quiet Day - Wednesday 21st March 2018
At 74 Howe Close, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3XD.
Each is 10am - 3pm, please come for the day or call in for part of the day -
bring a packed lunch if staying all day, tea and coffee provided.
All welcome and it would be helpful to know that you are coming if possible.
Please call 01206 867296 for further information.
Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Scripture Study -
Chelmsford, Blessed Sacrament Church Parish Hall, Melbourne
Chelmsford Bible Study: September - November 2017.
Topic: The wisdom teaching of Jesus. Mondays: 10:15am - 12:15pm.
September: 18, 25
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 20, 27
Colchester, Church of St Helen and St James the Less, in the
Crypt, Priory Street.
Priory Street Bible Study Group: September - November 2017.
Text for study: The Letter to the Hebrews. Wednesdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm.
September: 20, 27
October: 4, 11, 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Greenstead, St John Payne Church Parish Hall, Hawthorn
Dates for Bible Study: September - November 2017.
Topic for study: Jesus as Teacher of Wisdom. Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm.
September: 21, 28
October: 12, 19, 26
November: 9, 16, 23, 30
Just bring your Bible and an open mind and heart!
For more information - Responding to the needs of spiritual searching
Annual Mass for
the Dead at New Hall Chapel held on
Saturday 4th November 2017 at 2.00pm
Each year, the Community gathers in the Chapel at New Hall to celebrate a Eucharist to remember people who have died especially family, friends and colleagues who have died in the past year and people whose remains are in our cemetery.
We also pray for people who have been bereaved ---- people known
to us and people across our world.
In this way we support each other and pray for peace in our hearts and in our world.
This annual service usually takes place on the first Saturday of November at 2.00pm and everyone is welcome.
This year it was on Saturday 4th November.
New Hall, Boreham, CM3 3HS (note satellite navigation instructions below). Please be aware that the entrance to New Hall School is found off White Hart Lane. Older satellite navigation systems may require an alternative postcode of CM1 6GY which will take you a road opposite the entrance for New Hall School.
Sister Mary Thérèse RIP
The Community are very sad to pass you the news that Sister Mary Thérèse died very suddenly on Saturday 21st November.
We apologise for the formality of this notice but you will appreciate that she had many contacts and friends, and as news travels so quickly these days we felt it important to get the news out as soon as we could.
Please pray for her, for her family and for the Community.
Requiem Mass was held at 11am on
Tuesday 15th December in
St James the Less Church Priory Street, Colchester
Prayers, the Eulogy and Service and other snippets are on the Sister Mary Thérèse Bamford RIP page
Sister Mary Thérèse
Canoness of the Holy Sepulchre
Born 3rd September 1928
Died on 21st November 2015
May she rest in peace
THE LORD IS
Coffee and cake go down a treat at
Greenstead zone warden tea party
21st January 2016
Coffee and cake went down a treat at the fifth anniversary of the Greenstead zone warden tea party.
The parties are set up and run by the community zone wardens who work with nuns in the area, the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre.
The self-funded club meets on Thursday mornings at the meeting hall in Forest Road, Colchester.
The party, which was held at the nuns' base in Howe Close, celebrated the group going from strength to strength, growing from around 15 to 30 members.
Zone manager Lee Copping said: "It's a huge celebration.
"It's just great for people who are feeling isolated in the community and they are such a tight-knit group.
"It's a fantastic atmosphere and it's like a little family. It's a point of contact for them and there is always a familiar face."
The club holds raffles, bingo and other weekly activities and during the spring and summer coach trips are organised.
These trips also include other
older residents on Greenstead living in sheltered housing, funded
by money bid for through Colchester Borough Homes' community budget
To find out more visit http://www.colchester.gov.uk/Zone6
Colchester Evening Gazette / Posted:
January 22nd, 2016
Katherine Palmer, Reporter
Remember the Summer...
Women's World Day of Prayer 2013
S. Margaret Mary was the speaker at St Mary's Church,
Broomfield, Chelmsford, for Women's World Day of Prayer
2013. To read the text of the talk, please click on the link
S. Margaret Mary wwdp
Remarkable Rebirth in China
At Christmas we heard the news of the long-awaited
birth last summer of a new Augustinian monastery in China, the
first and only one to appear there in the past sixty-five years!
The foundress Sr Mary Niu had been in England for a few years
before to learn about living
religious life in community and she had spent some time with us at
New Hall, later sending her niece Martha to our school as a
student. Sr Mary returned to northeast China in 2008 to start her
new life, forming a fledgling contemplative community, currently
five, and plans for building a monastery, now officially opened.
The full press account of this unique foundation is given on the
Remarkable Rebirth in China