Social Occasions in June

mens-breakfastMen’s Breakfast: The next Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday 4th June. It will begin with Mass in Church at 8-00am and be followed by breakfast at the Rectory from 8-30am and will conclude by 10-00am.

Our speaker this time will be John Burton who has a long and distinguished career as an architect. He has been architect to St James’ Church, Canterbury Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey and is currently architect to the Crown Estate in London. He will speak to us about his varied professional life under the title “How craftsmanship has shaped my life”. All men are very welcome to join us.

have-a-strawberry-tea-partyStrawberry Tea: Our annual Strawberry tea will be held at the home of Stephen Pawlak, 16 High Street, Rowhedge, Sunday 26th June  3-00pm.  Please do join us an afternoon of family fun and fellowship.


Special Services in June

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s official birthday celebrations we have been invited to join our friends at Old Heath on Saturday 11th June. This is also St Barnabas Day, so there will be a festal Mass at 12-00 noon, where the preacher will be Fr Nick Cook SSC, followed by a Vicarage Garden Party. Please come along and join the day of celebration as everyone will be very welcome, the day will finish at 3-00pm.

There will be no Mass in St James on St Barnabas Day; our Mass will be at Old Heath.

Beacon House Service

Beacon House serves many of the people of Colchester who are either homeless or vulnerable because of their housing situation. It offers advice, support, health care, facilities to wash oneself or one’s clothing, a clothing bank and many other vital things as well. This year is its twentieth anniversary and to mark an important milestone, for this Christian foundation, there will be a service of thanksgiving in St James on Sunday 12th June at 6-30pm, where the Bishop of Colchester will preach. This is work we at St James have been involved with for many years and it is good to be able to offer the hospitality of their parish church to the people who work in or are served by Beacon House. Please join us if you can.

The Holy Rosary

The Rosary will be prayed in St James on Monday 13th June at 7-30pm. Please join us if you can. If you are new to this style of prayer do not worry as instruction is always given. Rosaries are available to borrow or to buy if you do not have one of your own.

House Mass

The June House Mass will take place on Monday 27th June, 8-00pm at the home of Jeff and Lucy Mason, 2, The Anchorage, East Mersea. If you would like to come along but transport may be difficult please have a word with Fr Peter.