Prayer for Vocations
Father of all,
in the name of Jesus Christ
who came not to be served but to serve,
grant us the grace of many new vocations to the priesthood
in our diocese.
Give us men after your own heart who,
following the example of the Good Shepherd himself,
are willing to joyfully lay down their lives in your service
and for your glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father ... Hail Mary ... Glory be ...
The Diocesan Vocation Director is Fr Terry Martin who may
be contacted at: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes
place every Saturday morning at 9.25 am before the 10am
Mass,and at other times as indicated in the weekly bulletin.
Adoration usually also takes place before and during Healing
Services (see below).
the Spirit Prayer
Group (see separate website www.stjoanlits.webstarts.com
) meets on Wednesday evenings 8.00-9.15pm in the Main Hall
of the Parish Centre with the exception of the first Wednesday
each month when we hold a Healing Service in the Church
8:00 - 9:00pm. (Adoration from 7:30).
The Group has no formal "membership"
but is open to anyone who needs prayer support or who wishes
to develop their prayer life and spirituality. There is
no set format, but the meeting will usually start with a
time of praise and worship - including contemporary praise
songs. There may be readings of short extracts of Scripture,
followed by a time of silent meditation. We usually pray
for Spiritual Renewal (see below) and a fresh infilling
of the gifts of the Holy Spirit; and we always set aside
time to pray for the needs of those present, their families
and friends, the Parish, other issues of concern, and healing
The Prayer Group at St Joan's was started
in the 1970's by a former Parish Priest, Fr Albon. After
his untimely death, the Group continued to meet on a fairly
regular basis in Parishioners' homes. In 1991, Parish Priest
Fr Jim Martin encouraged the Group to meet on Church premises
once again, so that prayer can be seen at the centre of
Over the years, the group has arranged
several "Life in the Spirit" Seminars for spiritual
renewal as well as Alpha courses, "CaFE" courses,
and Prayer Services for the Parish. These will be announced
in the weekly bulletins. See item below on Renewal
in the Holy Spirit. (For further details on prayer
time to time we run an Alpha course in the Parish. The Alpha
course is a ten week practical introduction to the Christian
faith. It is designed primarily for non-churchgoers and those
who have recently become Christians. It is also an opportunity
for churchgoers to renew their faith and learn how to share
it with others. The format is a simple shared meal followed
by a video presentation and small discussion groups. For information
on courses please email
Faith Exploration". CaFE courses are a five or six
week series of talks on DVD examining different aspects
of the Catholic Faith in a relaxed cafe-style setting. These
are run in The Parish Centre from time to time, or in house
group meetings. For information please email
Life in the Spirit Seminars A course on
renewal in the Holy Spirit, run from time to time in the
Parish. For information please email
Mother's Prayer Group
Young and not-so-young mothers meet on
Friday morning after 10am Mass each week. Contact
Click here for Mother's Prayer website http://mphost.org.uk/joomla/
Advent & Lenten Groups
Several daytime and evening groups
meet in the Parish for the 4 weeks of Advent and the 5 weeks
of Lent each year. The meetings include reflection and prayer
on the Mass readings of each Sunday in the season.
Details will be given in advance
in the St Joan's newsletter and there will be lists at the
back of the Church to sign up for different groups. The
Thursday evening Prayer Group hosts one group in St. Joan's
Centre. Please contact
Joan Maynard for further details.
Meditation Group meets weekly,
except Bank Holidays, in the Foyer of St Joan’s
Centre every Monday from 10.30am to 11.15am.
This group is for dads and grandfathers,
godfathers and men who are mentors. Come along and
pray for your children with other men in our parish
family. A warm welcome awaits you and a Father's
Prayers prayer book will be given to you too. Meetings
are monthly - details in the bulletin or email Antony
or Aidan Tod email@example.com.
in the Church
us sing for joy to the Lord:
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him
with music and song".
is full of reference to singing, trumpets, harps, tambourines
and other instruments. It has been said that, "He
or she who sings, prays twice".
music of the liturgy puts the words of scripture on our
lips and, once on our lips the Word can take root in our
hearts. By singing 'Glory to God', 'Alleluia', and 'Lamb
of God' week after week and year after year, these words
become an expression of our faith.
also shapes our calendar. Christmas means carols; Good
Friday is the beautifully plaintive 'O my people', Easter
is the glorious 'Jesus Christ is risen today'. All the
feasts and seasons have their own musical signposts and
shape the Christian year, so when we hear a song our memories
are aroused and we can celebrate with a shared awareness.
are now fifteen people involved (5 musicians and 10
singers) with extra people at Christmas and Easter.
The Music Group provides music and leads singing at
the Sunday 9.15 Mass and
Alastair Emblem leads a guitar group at the 6.30pm
Saturday Mass on the second Saturday of the month. The
hymns at the 11.15am Sunday Mass are backed by the organ.
The contact for the organ music is
Josie Dobson. There is always a need for more musicians
and singers, even occasional help would be welcome,
especially for special services such as Maundy Thursday
and Good Friday.
You may have
heard the bell of St Joan's ringing at midday and 6pm and
wondered what it signifies. There is an old tradition of
saying "the Angelus" at these times, and first
thing in the morning. This is a prayer in memory of the
Incarnation - God becoming man as Jesus Christ - accompanied
by three Hail Marys. Even if you don't know the exact prayers,
why not stop and say a quick prayer of thanks to God when
you hear the bell. The Angelus prayers are at http://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Prayer/Traditional/Mary.shtml#Angelus
A popular prayer
tradition combining meditation on the main events of Christ's
life with praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and other prayers.
A group meets to pray the Rosary together in St Joan's on
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening of every month at 7.30pm.
A simple guide to the Rosary can be downloaded from http://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Prayer/Devotions/Rosary.html
There is a Petition Book for prayer requests
on a table at the back of the church. Parishioners are welcome
to enter prayer petitions at any time.
If you would like prayers for yourself
or your loved ones another option is to phone the Catholic
SOS Prayer Line on 01243 377331 from 7.30pm midnight
every night. This line has handled over 128,000 calls since
it opened in December 1989. In Continual Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament, volunteers pray with a telephone beside
them. Not counseling, advice giving or asking questions,
but totally trusting in the power of Prayer in Jesus' Name."
SOS prayer line new address is: http://www.catholic-bible-school.org/sos/
On the first Wednesday of each month there
is a Healing Service in St Joan's Church 8.00-9.00pm (with
Adoration from 7.30). This is a non-liturgical service with
Scripture, reflections, music, and prayer for healing of
body, mind, emotions and spirit. There is also an opportunity
for individual healing prayer from ministry teams.
There is also Prayer Ministry available in Our Lady's chapel
after every Mass on the second Sunday of the month,
Please come to any of these if you want to receive prayer
for yourselves, friends or relatives. Trained members of
the Parish Prayer Team are available to pray with you. Your
prayer requests are private and confidential. There are
no past or present emotional, physical or spiritual problems
the Lord cannot heal. He commanded us to lay hands on the
sick and he promised that they would be healed. We are so
blessed to have this ministry available in our church and
many people have already greatly benefited from it.
Healing prayer is also available in the Wednesday evening
Prayer Group meeting.
hospital Chaplaincy no longer receives a list of Catholic
patients. Ensure that a request is made either in the parish
or at the hospital
visitors to members of the parish who are inpatients at
Farnham Hospital. Please contact
Sheila Potter by e-mail to let her know the names of
parishioners who are in Farnham Hospital. It is especially
important to keep in contact with members of our parish
family when they are not able to come to Mass.
The Catholic Church actively encourages
reading, study and prayerful meditation of the Bible.
Click on the following link to go to an on-line Bible search.
An excellent guide
to daily Bible reading, with commentary and prayer, can
be found in the Catholic publication "Bible Alive",
the leading monthly devotional magazine for Catholics in
the UK with over 40,000 subscribers. For subscription details,
click on the following link: http://www.biblealive.co.uk/
This Catholic website has excellent meditations on daily
Scripture readings: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/index.html
The Catholic Bible School is near Chichester and has courses
and resources to help you develop your appreciation of the
Bible. Click on this link: http://www.catholic-bible-school.org/
in the Holy Spirit (“Charismatic Renewal”)
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of
this important movement in the Catholic Church, which has
refreshed the spiritual life of an estimated 120 million
Catholics worldwide. Some people still regard it with some
suspicion, yet Charismatic Renewal is officially recognised
under Canon law, and accepted by the Church Authorities
as a valid work of the Holy Spirit and a source of great
blessing for individuals and the Church as a whole. Follow
this link for an explanation of what Pope Francis calls
a "current of grace" for the whole Church: "
For opportunities to find out more,
come to the Wednesday evening Prayer Group or contact Cor
et Lumen Christi a Catholic
charismatic community in Chertsey http://www.coretlumenchristi.org/
or the Catholic Bible School near Chichester http://www.catholic-bible-school.org/
who both run training courses in Catholic spiritual development.
There is also a local monthly charismatic meeting "Alton
Day of Renewal" - for details go to http://www.altonrenewal.com
The Good News Magazine is the magazine
of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the British Isles.
It is available online at http://www.ccr.org.uk/
Other Prayer Links
Prayer and Spirituality: http://catholicfaith.org.uk/Home/Retreats/Prayer
Praying each day:
Daily prayer online: http://sacredspace.ie/
Daily prayer to use on your MP3 player: http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/
Separated and Divorced Group
an informal group which serves as a forum for swapping information
and experiences, as well as providing mutual support. We maintain
close links with the Guildford branch of the Association for
Separated Catholics which frequently has interesting speakers.
look for notices in the St Joan's newsletter and feel free to
Madeleine Stanford if you have any questions or would like to
We have a "bereavement Befriender"
in the Parish. If you have lost a loved one in the past or present
and feel the need to talk to someone please
email Lily Cloughley. We can also do some shopping for you.
Bereavement can be experienced in any of the
following situations: Death of Spouse, family member or close
friend; Separation, Divorce, Miscarriage, Serious Illness, Loss
of job, Retirement, Rejection, moving house etc.