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March Services & Service Times for Holy Week

Confessions before Easter
Father Alan will be available in St James on the following days during March or by appointment:
Thursday 15th 12noon
Sunday 18th 9-30am
Thursday 22nd 12noon
Saturday 24th 12noon
Wednesday 28th 12noon

Stations of the Cross will be held during Lent at 9am on Saturdays at St James, followed by the Annual Spring Clean, also at 7.30pm on Fridays at St James the Less Priory Street

An Extended Mass will take place at 11am on Monday March 5th and Wednesday March 28th at Alderwood Care Home and 11am on Monday March 12th at Colonia Court.

The Holy Rosary will be prayed in St James on Monday 12th March at 7-30pm.
All are welcome, please do come and join us

Palm Sunday 25th March
8am Said Mass 10am Sung Mass & Procession of Palms

Monday 26th March
12noon Chrism Mass Chelmsford Cathedral
Celebrant Bishop Norman of Richborough

Tuesday 27th March
No Mass

Wednesday 28th March
11am Extended Mass Alderwood Care Home
7pm Mass St James

Maundy Thursday 29th March
7-30pm Sung Mass with Foot Washing and Watch until 10pm

Good Friday 30th March
10am Family Stations of the Cross St James
12noon March of Witness Town Centre
1pm Liturgy of the Day St James

Holy Saturday 31st March
7-30pm Vigil Mass

Sunday 1st April
8am Said Mass
10am Sung Mass with the blessing of the Easter Garden
Followed by an Easter Bonnet Competition


Fr James McCluskey

We are delighted to be able to share with you the good news that Fr James McCluskey has been appointed as our new parish priest.

Fr James is currently Vicar of St. Luke’s, Prittlewell, (The congregation have been advised that Fr James will be leaving them). Fr James is married to Kate and they have four adult children. They hope to move to Colchester after Easter.
As Fr James has a period of extended study leave booked he will be licensed in the parish on Thursday 5th July when both Bishop Roger and Bishop Norman will be with us.
Please can we ask your prayers for Fr James and his family at this exciting time as he prepares for his move to be with us and also your continuing prayers for your Churchwardens and PCC during the vacancy.

APCMs & Electoral Roll

Our annual meetings this year are in St James’ Church on Sunday 18th March after the 10am Mass. To nominate people for appointment please fill the appropriate form. According to law, nominations for churchwardens must be made in writing before the meeting and should be given to David Beattie by Sunday 11th March. Nomination forms are available in church.
At the annual meetings we elect people for the PCC; forms are available from Lucy Mason and must be returned by Sunday 4th March to allow her to prepare voting papers.

Please advise Sheila Sansom, the Electoral Roll Officer, of any changes as the Roll is now due for revision.
Thank you.