News for 29th August

News for 29th August

New term 

New ideas 

Over lockdown we were unable to run at the pace we may have liked. There were so many ideas of new things we could do – but so many reasons why we could not do them.

In many ways that enforced slowness enabled us to consider them quite carefully and gave us to the time to get the building sorted, to get the money going in the right direction and to come together as a family.

That coming together was really brought to life in the baptism of Ikenna last Sunday. The sense of love, the tangible joy in the church as we added to our family was amazing. As David said to me after mass – that baptism was a year in the making. 

Not because things had been delayed because of COVID but because it had taken us a year to become the family that welcomed Ikenna.

Well… now we are a family and we are strong!

We have a list of new things happening, new choirs, new missions, new children’s work, new parent and toddler groups (see the notices). 

It can be overwhelming – but I know that each and every one of you will step forward to help where you can – because in that help you will be building up the family of Christ in Hayes and if the Holy Spirit is with us we’ll see a lot more Sundays like we had last Sunday!

Let’s step forward into this new term with a renewed sense of energy and love and let’s take Jesus out into Hayes!x

Fr. Matthew 


Other news

Please speak to Anthony after mass or email him on if you’d like to be part of the choir which will sing during communion on the 24th October (Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoon from September 26th). 

Advent & Christmas choirs – we’re forming two choirs over advent and Christmas. One for the start of advent (adult) and one for Christmas Eve (children). Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons in the four weeks before each concert. Please speak to Anthony if you’re interested.  

I’m still looking for volunteers to help with the Rosary Mission (keeping the church open, providing tea & coffee etc) 10th – 24th October. We’re also having a children’s music workshop on the 16th October at 1pm with a concert afterwards. 

We’ve started planning for a new Sunday School to open in September, if you would like to help please speak to
Fr. Matthew

There will be a new parent and toddler group starting in the church hall after mass every Monday morning starting on the 6th September.