Within our Parish

Strengthening support and development for parish and community members, through local and national organisations

Our Common Home

In May 2015 Pope Francis wrote an Encyclical, a letter to the world, called Laudato Si’, subtitled On Care for our Common Home. Laudato Si’ means “Praise be to God” and it is the first line of a prayer of St Francis of Assisi, the Canticle of Creation. Laudato Si’ focuses on care for the natural environment and all people, as well as broader questions of the relationship between God, humans, and the Earth. The encyclical’s subtitle, “Care for Our Common Home,” reinforces these key themes. Read the full encyclical here. or a summary here laudatosimovement.org/news/.

The Our Common Home group meets monthly to consider how our faith calls us to respond to Laudato Si’ within our parish.

If you would like more information contact Mary and Peter Johnson on laudatosilexden@btinternet.com or 07712 419702.

In November 2023 we obtained the CAFOD LiveSimply Award for our work in living simply, living sustainably, and living in solidarity with the poor. We are also accredited as a Fair Trade Parish, committed to using Fair Trade products (tea, coffee and sugar) for parish refreshments and socials. The Fair Trade mark is a quality assurance, ensuring the people producing the goods get a fair wage, and work in decent conditions. More details at www.fairtrade.org.uk. We will continue to do all we can to ‘listen and respond to the cry of the earth, the cry of the poor’ as part of what it means to live our faith, and serve our community. See also the diocesan document Laudato Si’ Invitations, Commitments and Actions at www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/laudatosi/fulldocument/, which encourages us all to develop this vital part of parish life.

The Order of the Knights of Columbia

The Order of the Knights of Columba

The Knights of St Columba is the largest organisation for Catholic laymen in the UK. It is a voluntary body of men who place themselves at the disposal of the Catholic Church, its priests, parishes, community and each other in charity, unity and fraternity.

Colchester Council 270 has been in existence since 1934, and has members which are drawn from all the Colchester Parishes, Brightlingsea and Dovercourt.

If you would like to find out more about the organisation please contact us

Find out more about The Order of the Knights of Columba here

Serve God by serving others

The Catenians

The Catenians

The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic men who meet socially, at least once a month, at local branches or ‘Circles’.

Joining the Association gives you the chance to:

  • Meet other Catholic men with similar values
  • Become part of a community offering lifelong support and friendship
  • Provide your family with opportunities for friendship and social activity

If you would like to be part of a caring environment, then come and meet us and see how we can enrich your lives and how you can enrich ours, please contact us.

Membership Officer

Richard Larkins

Tel: 01206 734796
Email: richard.larkins@btinternet.com

Find out more about The Catenians here

The Catenians

The St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an International Christian Voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to people in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. For examples of what they do please click here.

Internationally St Teresa’s SVP branch is twinned with three SVP conferences in India, supporting each other through correspondence and mutual prayer. Financial support is also provided in the form of regular contributions to specific projects and a “disaster fund” to help the local Society cope with disasters in their own country.

On a parish level the main work of our members is to befriend and assist individuals and families in need on a person-to-person basis through visits to domestic residences, care homes or hospitals.

Contact
Mary Johnson

Tel: 07712 419702
Email: maryandpeter13@btinternet.com
Website: svp.org.uk

 

The Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is an international lay Catholic organization founded in 1921 by Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland. It is a lay apostolic association that seeks to bring its members closer to God through prayer and acts of service. The primary purpose of the Legion of Mary is to participate in the mission of the Church by actively spreading the message of the Gospel and engaging in various works of charity.

Members of the Legion of Mary, known as Legionaries, gather in small groups called Praesidia, where they pray together, study the Scriptures, and discuss ways to carry out their apostolic work. The Legionaries commit to a life of prayer, including the recitation of the rosary, and engage in various acts of service in their communities, such as visiting the sick, elderly, and homebound, evangelization efforts, and assisting in parish activities.

 

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Prayer Group

We are a charismatic prayer group meeting every Wednesday at 7.30 pm. We are currently meeting on Zoom for the winter months (Zoom ID. 564 347 1054. Passcode Alex). On the first Wednesday in the month, we meet in person in St Teresa’s church hall, again at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.

Contact

Alex McArthur

Email: mcarthur77@outlook.com

The Order of the Knights of Columbia

Sanctity of life

The sanctity of life is a fundamental principle within the teachings of the Catholic Church. It refers to the belief that human life is sacred and should be treated with the utmost respect and dignity from conception to natural death.

The Catholic Church’s stance on the sanctity of life is rooted in its understanding of the inherent value and worth of every human being as a creation of God.

The sanctity of life also extends to issues of social justice, where the Church advocates for the protection of vulnerable and marginalised populations, promoting a culture of life that values and upholds human dignity in all aspects of society. This includes issues such as poverty, healthcare, and the just treatment of refugees and immigrants.

Find out more by contacting:

Jenny Cockcroft

Tel: 07754 005017
Email: mrsjenco@gmail.com

Friendly Fridays

Friendly Fridays take place weekly in the parish hall between the end of October and the end of March from 11:30am to 2:00pm. They provide a warm space, companionship and free refreshments in the form of soup, sandwiches and cakes, as well as teas and coffees. They are open to people in the parish and local area.

Contact:

Mary and Peter Johnson

Tel: 07712 419702
Email: maryandpeter13@btinternet.com

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Working with our community for our community

Social Groups

Within our community and Parish we have a number of clubs and groups running to help parishioners connect and engage with other members. These initiatives cater to a wide spectrum of interests.

 

Within our Parish

We are committed to providing support and growth for parish and community members through collaborative efforts with both local and national organisations. 

 

Outside Agencies

Through social action initiatives, churches have the potential to make a significant impact on some of the most pressing issues facing our society today. Poverty, homelessness, hunger, and discrimination are complex issues that require collaborative efforts and long-term solutions.

 

Schools

With a strong commitment to Catholic values and teachings, parish schools offer a safe and nurturing environment where students can develop a strong sense of faith, morality, and character. Our local Primary school is St Teresa's and our local college is St Benedict's.

 

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Bereavement Support

Bereavement support is an important aspects of the role that churches play in supporting individuals and families during times of loss. When someone experiences the death of a loved one, they may feel overwhelmed, confused, and isolated. Bereavement support services offered by churches can provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals to process their grief, share their experiences, and receive support.

Find out more about our Bereavement Support services here

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Bereavement Support

Bereavement support is an important aspects of the role that churches play in supporting individuals and families during times of loss. When someone experiences the death of a loved one, they may feel overwhelmed, confused, and isolated. Bereavement support services offered by churches can provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals to process their grief, share their experiences, and receive support.

Find out more about our and Bereavement Support services here

" Use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you."

St Teresa of Lisieux

Organisations & Committees

Long standing groups who welcome new members into their traditions and community, providing opportunities for lifelong faith formation and personal growth.

Compassionate Service Initiatives

Here you will find a number of useful links to support the wellbeing and improve the lives of parish and community members through social engagement initiatives.

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Ministries

At St Tersea's we have a number of volunteer positions that help with the day to day running of the church including The Repository, alter services, welcomers and readers.

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Parish Councils and Committees

The Church is supported by several representatives, who provide guidance, advice and assistance to the parish priest to ensure the overall smooth running of the parish.

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News

Catch up on all the latest news from the Parishes of St Teresa and St John

" Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."

St Teresa of Lisieux

St Teresa

" Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."

St Teresa of Lisieux

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