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.



Christmas Clean

Our Church always looks well cared for and this is down to the hard work of a few people. Cleaning is one of those things that people only really notice when it is left undone! To get us spruced up for Christmas there will be a working party on Saturday 19th December beginning at 9-30am. The Mass is at 9-00am so why not come along and worship before you help clean? There will also be coffee and mince pies during the morning. Please help if you can. Men, women, children are all welcome and there is always plenty to do so why not join us?

Christmas Decorations in Church

St James will be decorated for Christmas after Mass on Sunday 20th December. Everyone welcome to join the team to decorate the church or arrange flowers. Please see Susan Noble for exact times and arrangements.

Christingles will be prepared on Thursday 24th December at 9-30am. Help will be needed and everyone will be welcome so please come along. Morning Mass is on Christmas Eve, at 9-00am, so we can all start the day with prayer.

Many people like to contribute towards the cost of Christmas Flowers; a collection jar will be available at the back of St James for any donations people might like to make.

Tree of Light

Dedication forms for the tree of Light can be found in church. Lights can be sponsored in memory of a loved one, an anniversary or a thanksgiving to God for the many blessings He gives us. Please hand your completed form to Sheila or Caroline. The cost of sponsoring a light is a suggested minimum donation of £6-00.

Fr Taemin’s licensing

Around fifty people from St James and Colchester made their way
to Freezywater on Monday 1st September for Fr Taemin’s licensing service.

We had good journeys in a very comfortable coach and a few people made their own way there. It was very good to see Fr Taemin, Helen and Stephen so obviously settled and ready for their future in London. We received a strong welcome, enjoyed generous and tasty refreshments after the licensing Mass, which was presided over by Bishop Peter Wheatley the Bishop of Edmonton. Bishop Norman was also there to support the family.

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.

The Venerable Ernest Stroud SSC: RIP

The Venerable Ernest Stroud SSC: RIP

It is with sadness we note the death of Fr Ernie Stroud, a priest for over 50 years and Archdeacon of Colchester from 1983 to1997. He was a good friend to St James and its priests. Fr Ernie was in the forefront of the catholic movement in the Church of England for much of his ministry. After serving curacies in the Wakefield Diocese and then in Whitby he came to be the first vicar of All Saints Church in Chelmsford, where he was instrumental in the building of the Parish Church. He moved from there to become vicar of St Margaret’s Church, Leigh on Sea. In these parishes he trained many curates and raised a great number of vocations to the priesthood. Among the vocations he helped to foster was that of the current Bishop of Chelmsford. Nationally he acted both as Chairman of the Church Union and of the Additional Curates Society and served on General Synod for many years. He, always so ably supported by his wife Jeanne, was a familiar and ever friendly face at diocesan events. He will be sadly missed by the many that knew and loved him and were supported by his faithful ministry. Our prayers and our love go out to Jeanne and their daughters Teresa and Bridget and their families.

Jesus Mercy, Mary Pray.