Message from Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)

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Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)
Parish Priest

A very warm welcome to the Catholic parish of The Blessed Sacrament in the City of Chelmsford Essex. Our parish is part of the Mid-Essex Deanery in the Diocese of Brentwood.

I hope that you find our website informative and I look forward to welcoming you to our parish very soon.

We will regularly keep the website updated so please do check back regularly.

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

God bless.

Fr Paul


The Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Generosity of God (Matthew 20:1-16)

It is hard not to sympathize with the workers who have sweated it out right through the day in the hot sun. The idlers who have hardly got earth on their spades or grease on their hands get a great bonus and I get no bonus at all! Is this fair? No. God is not fair. You can’t apply the concept of “fairness” to God at all. We can’t enter into a reckoning with God. God does not calculate as we do. In the terms of this world, this is obvious enough. The wicked do prosper, while honesty and high moral standards, instead of being rewarded are often simply mocked. Can we go deeper and say that the reward is in heaven? This hardly fits with the way Jesus worked here on earth. He did not reward the virtuous. He said he was the doctor who had come to the sick. His favourites were the worst of society, tax-collectors and prostitutes, not even amiable rascals. Heaven was open to anyone who accepted him. It is no good looking for fairness in God, for this implies that we deserve something. We cannot claim to ‘deserve’ anything; we are simply called into a loving relationship and to put our trust in Jesus.

What does this Sunday’s Gospel say about the generosity of God? When have you experienced God’s generosity, his kindness and forgiveness in your own life?


Saturday 19th September
Vigil Mass – First Mass of Sunday

6pm – Georgia Gibb’s Intentions (Fr Paul & Family)

Sunday 20th September –
Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

(Home Mission Day)
9.30 am – People of the Parish
11.30am – Sister Ann Playfoot RIP (W & J Bourke)

Monday 21st September
No Mass

Tuesday 22nd September
No Mass

Wednesday 23rd September
No Mass

Thursday 24th September
No Mass

Friday 25th September
No Mass

Saturday 26th September
Vigil Mass – First Mass of Sunday
6pm – People of the Parish

Sunday 27th September
Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
9.30 am – Margaret Feeney RIP – Jim & Family

11.30 am – Elisabeth Scammell RIP (J Logue)

The Parish Office: From Tuesday 3rd August, the parish office will be re-opening. All enquiries are to be made by either telephone (01245 354256) or email ( Visits by prior appointment only.

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Walsingham Online Pilgrimage

There is an online Pilgrimage to Walsingham which will take place on Sunday 27th September and will be led by Bishop Marcus Stock of Leeds.  Walsingham are hoping that the relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be present.

You can participate through the following or

Chelmsford Foodbank Logo

Chelmsford Food Bank are in need of the following items.

FOOD ITEMS:  Tinned potatoes, jams/preserves/spreads, instant mash packets, instant custard sachets, tinned custard and tinned rice pudding.

TOILETRIES: Ladies deodorants and shampoo, washing powder or liquid.

They thank you for your encouragement and continued generosity though the last five months.

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We are looking to appoint a practising Catholic, who as lay chaplain will further develop and lead the spiritual work of the college.

The successful candidate must be a practising Roman Catholic committed to supporting the inclusive Catholic nature of the college and spiritual journey of the members of our community.

The main purpose of the role will be to provide spiritual and pastoral support to the students and staff of the college and members of the wider college community, bearing witness to the mission statement and maintaining and enhancing the distinctive Catholic nature of the college.

In addition our Chaplain plays a role in supporting our Year 6 into 7 admission process and transition arrangements, visiting partner primary schools and supporting students.

The hours of work for the role will be 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday and this will be required term time, plus five staff training days, plus 111 hours (3 weeks) to be used flexibly during the year to support evening events and other key duties.

The pay band for the role is Scale 7 (scp 19 to 24), The actual salary for the role is £23,408.90 to £26,340.41 (under 5 years’ service)or £23,702.12 to £26,670.35 (over 5 years’ service).

The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all young people and expects all staff to share that commitment. The successful applicant will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Applications will only be accepted on the college application form (which can be downloaded from our Website) and should be emailed to Mrs Angela Jones HR Administrator at CVs will not be accepted.

For further details about the role, please contact Mrs Jo Santinelli, Principal on 01206 549222 and for further details about the college, please go to our website

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 2nd October 2020 and interviews will be held on 15th October 2020.

Daily live streamed Mass, up to date news and a special message from Monsignor Keith Newton can be found on the website of The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham