Food for Thought

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

There are a number of lists in the narthex asking for names of volunteers for various things – to help with church and hall cleaning, to help with food for the proposed parish Christmas party next week, readers and Eucharistic minsters for the Christmas services, vacancy for the position of parish treasurer etc. At the last check these were all woefully blank! Don’t be a Nobody.

New Altar Ware

The family of the late Noel Andrews are making a donation of new altar ware to St Mary Magdalens church in memory of deceased members of the Andrews family.

The presentation will be made by family members at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 23rd December, which will be said for the intention of deceased members of the Andrews family, and these items - two chalices, a ciborium and a paten - are being donated in memory of Ambrose, Noel, Doreen and Pamela Andrews.

Emergency Contact List

Fr Mathew's recent illness highlighted a problem we have in contacting people who normally attend Mass at St Mary Magdalens on Sundays. To try to improve on contact arrangements in the event of any future emergency situations we are going to prepare an email list of people who normally attend 8:00, 10:00 and 6:00 pm masses so that we can quickly get a message to these persons if something has to be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

In order to comply with GDPR, if you would like to have your name on this distribution list, you will need to specifically request it to ensure we have your consent to use your data for this purpose.

If you would like to receive such email notifications, please send an email to giving your name, your email address and requesting that you be added to the contact list for the mass you normally attend. Alternatively you can submit the same request using the web site contact form.

We also have a Facebook page @marymagdalens which is used to publish any emergency arrangements, so it is recommended you follow St Mary Magdalens in order to receive any such news posts this way too

Families In Need

FIND is a Christian-based registered charity that was founded in 1990 to provide emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession. It helps those that are deprived of a minimum standard of living, whether they are single, families, lone parents, children, elderly, sick, disabled or homeless. The FIND tub in the narthex could be your opportunity to reach out to those who have fallen on hard times locally. Gifts of food, particularly non-perishables, especially welcome. Did you know FIND also supplies free of charge household items? If you have any usable appliances or furniture to dispose of, why not contact FIND to see if someone else can benefit. You can learn more about the work of FIND by visiting its web site

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."(Matthew 25: 40)

Changes to the Data Protection Law

Churches hold a lot of data about their worshippers, like Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy communion, marriage and death records. They also hold some financial data regarding standing orders and to satisfy Gift Aid requirements. Most importantly churches have their worshippers address and contact details. Diocesan guidance on the new GDPR regulations, which came into force in May, mean that parishioners need to explicitly authorise the church to allow the use of this data for contact purposes, and to define the manner of that contact. Forms are available in the narthex or can be downloaded here - if you have not completed a GDPR form, please do so this week and give it to Fr Mathew.

Web Site Content

If you have any items of news, publicity, celebration or anything else that you would like to share with our community, please pass details to the web master by using the contact form.

Altar Servers

We are in great need of additional recruits to our small team of Altar servers. Anybody can apply, male or female, young or old, although it is recommended (but not mandatory) that individuals should have made their first Holy Communion.

We would like to re-establish the St Mary Magdalens branch of the archconfraternity of the Guild of St Stephen, but will need a greater number to make this worth while. If there are any persons who would be interested in becoming an altar server, please make contact by email to, use the contact form on the church web site or speak to Fr Mathew on his return. Our younger parishioners would be especially welcome – ongoing training will be provided over time to allow our altar servers to take increasingly more responsible roles in our services and provide them with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness.

Church Cleaning

Would all cleaners please note there is a new rota for 2018. This is on the notice board in the narthex and can be downloaded, if required, from the parish web site. We could really do with some additional helpers to join the cleaning team. It is not particularly onerous – if you could spare just a couple of hours every 2-3 months to help keep our church looking good it would really be appreciated. If you can help, please contact Sarah King by email ( or use the contact form on the parish web site.


Don't forget the parish has a Facebook page too. Click on the Facebook link at the bottom of each page of this web site. Follow us on Facebook to get latest news and updates pushed straight to you.

The Marriage Tribunal

The Marriage tribunal is available to help people who may need to “regularise” or simply talk through their marital situations, following a breakdown or a divorce. The Tribunal can be contacted, in confidence, direct by telephone 01508 495168, by email or through the website at Office hours are 9.00am – 1.00pm Monday to Friday. Last week Fr Mathew signed a paper for a couple who shared with him their situation. Their marriage is now regularised. It took only the courage of the couple to talk to him and an e mail from him to the marriage tribunal. Sometimes we beat ourselves up too much. Some situations cannot be remedied while most can. If you are affected, feel free to talk to Fr Mathew or contact the tribunal directly.