Fr. Taemin’s farewell message to all

Father Taemin

Dear my brothers and sisters in Christ,

My last Sunday, which was 10th of August, was wonderful. I baptised Harrison, which is my duty and joy, and at the end of Mass, I was swamped by so many wonderful gifts from all of you! Yet, the most important and memorable gift is, your love. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers over the last three years. I will not just hold it in my heart, but share it with the new people, whom I am going to minister in Freezywater, Enfield.

My licensing date is Monday 1st September and I know that it is when the St. James’ Parish Mission Week begins. What a fantastic Mission that you are doing! You (together with Fr. Peter) have trained a new priest well, helped him to be well equipped and sent him to his new parish. I believe this is not only just wonderful but also an effective mission and God will continually bless all of you for this special ministry. Courage my friend! Surely, having a curate in your parish is not just having another priest, who can share your rector’s duties. It is more than that! And I am certain the next curate will also receive same love and support from all of you as I received.

Once again, thank you for your love and support for me and for my family, and I will remember you on my prayers.

The Parish of St. James and St. Paul Colchester will be remembered in my thoughts as a place, where my son was born, baptised and grown, and most of all, where I learnt the virtue of the sacred priesthood.
May God richly bless you all.

11th August 2014 Fr. Taemin Oh together with Helene and Stephen.

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Heritage Day and Ride and Stride

Image Every year The Friends of Essex Churches organise their annual Ride and Stride, when people are encouraged to ride or walk around the churches of the Diocese and to be sponsored as they do it.

Half of any money raised goes to the Friends of Essex Churches and half to the church of those who are sponsored. We have been part of this for a number of years and several people from St James are taking part.

If you would like to sponsor someone have a word with Fr Peter who can tell you some of those who are preparing to walk or ride.

At St James we strive to keep the church open to welcome visitors, help is always needed to do this. If you can be in church for some of the day please add your name to the list in church.

The Ride and Stride will take place on Saturday 13th September, which is also heritage day when many places of historical interest or special sites are open to the public. St James will be open as part of this and it will be well advertised, so we ought to be able to expect many visitors.

This year there will also be various activities going on in and around the Church with a Bar-B-Que, Cake Sale and Table Top Sale. Stephen Pawlak will be organising the Table Top Sale if you have anything that might be suitable to sell please speak with Stephen. Bric a Brac, books, cakes, preserves etc., all gratefully received. This is in aid of church funds.

For the first time, for Heritage Day, there is also the exciting possibility of an Organ Trail around the town, with various organs being played at different times of the day. If this comes to pass, St James will be part of the Organ Trail.

Men’s Breakfast

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The next Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday 29th November, beginning with Mass at 8:00am in St James and then breakfast at the Rectory from 8:30am. Please come to worship and have breakfast or just breakfast if that is all you can manage. Our speaker is yet to be arranged. Add this date to your diary now as our Men’s Breakfasts are a great success.