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


Saturday 23rd January
First Mass of Sunday
6pm – Maureen & Daniel Bohannan’s Intentions

(E. Solomon)

Sunday 24th January

9.30 am – People of the Parish
11.30 am – Lawrence Pule RIP (M. Pule & Family)

Monday 25th January

Tuesday 26th January
Ss Timonthy & Titus, Bpp
6.30 pm – Alex Snowdon’s Intention’s

(B. & S. Mayo)

Wednesday 27th January
9.15 am – Margaret Feeney RIP (Jim & Family)

Thursday 28th January
St Thomas Aquinas, Pr, D
9.15 am – Fr Paul & Family Intentions (V. Ako)

Friday 29th January

Saturday 30th January
First Mass of Sunday
6 pm – People of the Parish

Sunday 31st January
9.30 am – Mike Toolan RIP (Greene Family)
11.30 am – Nora & Eddie Heaslip RIP (Foundation)

Taken from the Gospel for Sunday 24th January 2021 (Mark 1:14-20): The Call of the Disciples

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. “The time has come,” he said, “and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.” As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.” And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.

After spending a few minutes considering this Gospel, continue by reading Fr Henry Wansbrough’s reflection.

What is going on? We had last Sunday the story of the first two disciples joining Jesus. One of them was Andrew, the other unnamed. Now we get another story, in another place, of other first disciples being called. So the Church underlines, two weeks running, the importance of Jesus’
new community. The first thing he does is call disciples. He can’t do everything on his own, and that is the point of the Church. He calls disciples to make a new people, a new Israel – old, young, middle-aged: we all have our part to fill in Jesus’ play. Tired old people, busy parents, lively youngsters – each of us can make a unique contribution, especially since Jesus has chosen us himself. An odd choice, some of us! What did he want ME to do in the new family of Jesus? The two different versions of the calling of the disciples show that at least two different people told this story. When two people tell the same story, there are bound to be variations. The place didn’t matter, or the order in which the disciples were called. The point of the story was the call, the response and the companionship, the working together with the Lord.

Do you enjoy more being on your own or linking up with others? What is Jesus calling you to do?

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB

The Parish Office has re-opened. All enquiries are to be made by either telephone (01245 354256) or email ( Visits by prior appointment only, with social distancing measures.

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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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