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St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, 17 Highview Crescent, Hutton, Essex, CM13 1BJ

01277 221917


Parish Priest:
Rev. Leslie Knight

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Pastoral Councils
Diocesan Pastoral Council
The Diocesan Pastoral Council is a body of people who represent the Bishop within the Diocese. It actively seeks to:
  • Support pastoral development.
  • Act as a forum for discussion.
  • Facilitate communication between the various groups in the Diocese, Deaneries and Parishes.
  • Provide practical advice to the Bishop and undertake specific work at his request.
  • Act as a reference for other Diocese, Churches and Religious groups.
  • Promote co-operation at all levels within the Diocese.

The BDPC has the Bishop as its President and representatives from each Parish and Deanery, together with ex-officio members from areas of diocesan life, including the Vicars General, Chancellor, Press Officer, Dean, Deneries Liaison Group, Chairperson of each Diocesan Commission, the Directors of The House of Prayer and the Pastoral Centre, the Co-ordination Group, Young People and permanent Deacons.

In addition, representatives from Churches Together in Essex are also invited to attend.

Frequency of meetings
Two Plenary meetings in Cathedral House Conference Centre, (May & November) plus Deanery meetings every two months in the Parish Room in Brentwood Cathedral.

For any further information, please request a free copy of the Parish Directory.

Diocesan Pastoral Council News

Vision Document
What Now?

Many Parish Pastoral Councils are still taking time to digest, discuss and reflect on the Vision Document. What to do now is the question most frequently being asked when the Parish Pastoral Council is ready to take action…

Members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council who attended the plenary in May this year had the opportunity to explore some of the Vision areas in greater depth. Those offered included Holiness, Collaborative Ministry and Evangelisation. Areas to be offered at the November plenary will include Valuing the Family, Young People and Fostering Unity.

Please make contact with your parish representative or the office for more information.

We are currently involved in helping parishes take the Vision forward: listening; looking at ways in which we can help and share suggestions and experience. This is proving to be very useful for those involved and we have found that empathy and shared knowledge has meant the whole experience has been one of real Christian love.

Year of the Eucharist

To help celebrate this Year of the Eucharist and to focus our minds on the Mass itself, Bishop Thomas’ recent pastoral letter highlighted the following ways ‘to renew our devotion and prayerful attentiveness in our celebration of Mass’:

  1. Sunday is the day of the Lord – we mark it by going to church and by the celebration of Mass
  2. Do everything possible to celebrate Mass in a dignified and worthy manner
  3. Observe a moment of reflective silence after readings, the homily and Holy Communion
  4. At Holy Communion, receive under both kinds and preferably from hosts consecrated at the same mass
  5. Those not receiving Holy Communion receive a blessing
  6. Good music enhances the celebration of Mass
  7. Sacred art should be worthy and of good quality
  8. Eucharistic Adoration is to be encouraged
  9. Further teaching using the book recently published by the Bishops’ Conference ‘Celebrating the Mass’ (ISBN 1 86082 290 8 £7.95)

Additional information of the Eucharist is also available from The Liturgy Office website:

Also the following documents:

Ecclesia de Eucharistia – Encyclical by Pope John Paul II

Millenio Ineunte – Apostolic letter by Pope John Paul II

Mane Nobiscum Domine – Apostolic letter by Pope John Paul II
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal - published by CTS (ISBN 1 86082 288 6 £9.95)

Parish Information Required

Al Parish Pastoral Council Chairs have been approached to supply details of what parishes are doing with the Vision Document and how each parish has been addressing its’ contents. This may include special projects or areas where some work has already been done but is now being focussed more specifically with areas contained in the Vision. Parishes with no Parish Pastoral Council have been approached through their Diocesan Pastoral Council Representative.

The launch of the Vision Document ‘Put out into the Deep’ in November last year will hopefully be a good source document to help in parish pastoral planning. Parishes have been asked to submit details if they already have an agreed parish plan and are working through it, and to advise what has already been achieved if they are in the process of forming a plan or are still at the discussion stage.

Please encourage your PPC chair or your BDPC parish representative to ensure this information is forwarded to us by the end of June or as soon as possible so that we have time to collate it by the time Fr Adrian Graffy joins us in September. We are sure his presence will be a real boost in helping implement the Diocesan Vision.

This information will be very useful to the council, the Stewardship committee and the Bishops’ Committee for Planning. At diocesan level, the BDPC wants to be as supportive as possible; please let us know if you feel there is anything we can do to help facilitate your work at parish or deanery level.

Prayer for Vocations

Please use this prayer at your parish meetings. Copies can be obtained from the Diocesan Pastoral Council office.

God our Father; look in love upon your sons who offer themselves for the priesthood. Raise up from among them Holy priests to preach the Gospel, to minister at your altar and to care for your flock. Guide us all in our personal vocation and help us to serve you each day. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us all. Amen.

Summary Vision Document

We are delighted to be able to let you know that copies of the Summary Vision Document are now available on tape and CD from the Diocesan Pastoral Council office. These have been professionally recorded. Please contact us if there is anyone in your parish who might find this useful.

Week of Guided Prayer

At the recent plenary, the team gave details of what this involves. Each person in the parish can benefit from this very personal and confidential one-to-one approach. Further information can be obtained from the BRES office on 0127 265 285, or email