Groups

Groups

Our Parish supports a varied range of church activities; we hope that you will be inspired to support our beautiful Church and to be supportive of our parish priest and the parish community, by contributing in whatever way you are able.

Saint Francis of Assisi left us ‘a Dream to dream and a journey to challenge everyone’. All Franciscans are inspired by him to follow Christ. The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to this family.

 

National website: www.ofsgb.org

 

 

In their secular state, members permanently commit themselves to live the Gospel as Francis did, following his Rule approved by the Pope. The Secular Franciscan Order is open to the laity and diocesan clergy. There are more than 1,000 Secular Franciscans in Great Britain. Gathering in fraternities, they strive to grow in the love of God and in peace with each other. In this way, they aspire to be faithful disciples of Christ.

 

Saint Francis & Saint Clare Fraternity meets every month at 3.00pm at the Presbytery, 1 Church Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6AG, usually on the fourth Sunday of the month. In 2018, there will be no meetings in May and June, but there will be two in July: 1st and 22nd of July.

 

If you are interested in Franciscan spirituality or would like to find out more, you are very welcome to join us for our meetings. You can also find out more from our national website www.ofsgb.org.
For more information contact Léda at ledaclare@gmail.com

 

The Soup Run is a shared initiative with other churches serving in the local area.

If you would like to help please contact the presbytery 01255 423319

The Bible study group meets after the 11.00am Mass every Tuesday in 3A Church Road.

Please check the parish newsletter as the study will not take place if there is no 11.00am Mass on that day.

The Altar Guild is responsible for the cleaning of the Church, the polishing of brassware and the arrangement of flowers. Each volunteer makes a time commitment of 1-2 hours per session. New volunteers would ensure more pairs and could reduce the time commitment. Please contact Mrs Angela Cook or ring the presbytery 01255 423319

Cleaning of the Church

This involves the following:

  • Hoovering all floors and carpets
  • Polishing Pews
  • Dusting Altars, statues, Stations of the Cross etc

Brass Cleaning

This involves the following:

  • Polishing Candlesticks, crucifixes etc
  • Keeping the candle stand free of wax

Flower Arranging

This involves the following:

  • Clearing away old arrangements, washing containers and vases
  • Purchasing flowers within an agreed budget, obtaining greenery etc
  • Helping to water flowers during the week

If you pay income tax you can join the Gift Aid Scheme. For every pound you donate to the church, the Parish can claim back 25p from HMCE. By completing a simple Gift Aid Declaration Form and dropping it into the Presbytery you can greatly help your parish with your practical support. For more details please contact Ann Hyde 01255 473676.

We have a team of altar servers ranging in age from 8 years upwards.

When they have recieved their First Holy Communion they are welcome to join the team. After 1 year of serving regularly they will be invited to join the Guild of St. Stephen.

Please speak to Canon Peter if you would like join the team.

Please support the Church Repository. Open after Sunday Masses.

We stock:

  • Bibles
  • Missals
  • Prayer Books
  • Crucifixes
  • Statues
  • Rosaries, including Rosaries with Our Lady of Light centre medal made exclusively by one of our parishioners
  • Chaplets, including St Michael & St Thérèse Chaplets
  • Candles
  • Christmas Cribs
  • Christmas, Easter, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Sympathy, Mass, Birthday and other cards
  • CTS books and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects

All profits go to the church.

Following the wonderful example of St. Vincent de Paul, the spiritual society in Clacton helps the needy in whatever way it can.

Will you help the society to help others!

Telephone number is 07955203405

The Children of Light Choir lead the singing and readings at the 10.30am Mass every first Sunday of the month. New members are welcome. Practices are held in the church every Monday at 5.30pm (come in from the side entrance). Children and teenagers who would like to sing or play an instrument please contact thechildrenoflightchoir.clacton@yahoo.com

We work along with the parents as they prepare their children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

The aims of the PTAA is best summed up in the offering we say each day:

“For Thy greater glory and consolation, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, For Thy sake to give good example, to practice self-denial, To make reparation to Thee for the sins of intemperance and for the conversion of excessive drinkers, I will abstain for life from all intoxicating drinks.”

It is international and where abuse of drink or drugs takes place it is really relevant. Sometimes it can be difficult to persevere, I found a Celtic prayer which helps me.

“Circle me, O God, keep hope within, keep darkness out.” “Circle me, O God, keep calm within, keep storms without.”

The association recognises the benefits of alcoholic drink taken in moderation. Abstention is a totally voluntary initiative taken by members particularly to help the young or older by prayer and example.

Contact: +44 (0)1255 423319

Please come and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat at St. Charles Hall which is available after all Masses on Sunday.

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