Saint James



The Parish of

St. Peter,

Bushey Heath

July 2018


From the vicar


The majority of services in the Church of England and those of most other denominations conclude with a blessing. The Church of England commonly uses the blessing from Philippians 4:7, ‘the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord’ (although seasonal variations are sometimes used along with the Aaronic blessing of Numbers 6:24-26). The first part of the blessing is followed by the mediaeval episcopal blessing, ‘the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost be amongst you and remain with you always.’


These words are very familiar, but are far more than a conclusion to a service and certainly not just a cue for the last hymn or a cup of coffee. When a blessing is pronounced it is a plea for God’s favour to rest upon someone. This stands to reason at the end of a Sunday service, but it is also used on other special occasions like weddings or to commission somebody for a particular task or ministry in the church. Here it can mark a new beginning which requires God’s presence and support and as such a blessing can be extended to inanimate objects which are being dedicated for sacred use. Particular examples of this might be the blessing of water at Baptism or the blessing of oils for anointing.


Sometimes I have the pleasure of blessing a home. Few places are ever as significant to us as our homes and it is comforting to know that God is present with us in our daily lives, taking an interest in all that we do. The best way to bless a home is to pray in it as ‘blessing by use’ underpins liturgical blessing which is there to emphasize not replace God’s activity in each of us. Even so there are occasions when a formal, liturgical blessing is appropriate. This may be at the time of moving to a new home or at a time when there has been a difficulty within the house or family. At times like these which can often be accompanied by uncertainty or fear it is good to be assured of God’s favour. Simple prayers of blessing in each room and the sprinkling of Holy Water as a sign of cleansing from past or present evils can set us afresh on our daily walk with God.


May God bless you and your homes in the months to come and always.



Songs of Praise and Hope: ‘The Stranger in our Midst’

Sunday 23rdSeptember, 6.30pm

Speaker: Rebecca Palmer of New Hope Trust


Patronal Festival

Sunday 1stJuly

8.00am Said Mass (Book of Common Prayer)                9.30am Parish Mass (Modern Rite)


Quiet Day at Ascot Priory

Saturday 29thSeptember 2018


The Blessed Virgin Mary: from Maiden to Icon

Addresses by Father Andrew Burton


The cost will be £20 per person. Please book with Fr. Andrew.



Pray for our ministry to those who celebrate baptisms, weddings and funerals at St. Peter’s.


From the diary


Wednesday   4th July, 10.00am              Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion (St. Thomas, tr.)

Wednesday 11th July, 10.00am              Morning Prayer (Officiant: Sr. Diana)

Sunday       15th July,   8.00am              no service

                                     9.30am              Parish Mass (Celebrant: Fr. Robert Van de Weyer)

Wednesday 18th July, 10.00am              Morning Prayer (Officiant: Sr. Diana)

Sunday       22nd July,   8.00am              no service

                                     9.30am               Parish Mass (Celebrant: Fr. Roger Stokes)

Wednesday 25thJuly,  10.00am              Said Mass (St. James, Apostle)

Richborough Mass

Saturday 4thAugust


Blessing of Pilgrims, 10.30am at St. Peter’s, Bushey Heath

Mass, 12 noon at St. Albans Cathedral

Followed by a picnic and bible study in the Bishop’s garden.

Bring your own food. Drinks provided.

Wednesday  1st August, 10.00am           Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion

Wednesday  8thAugust, 10.00am           Said Mass (Transfiguration of Our Lord, tr.)

Saturday     11th August                         Parish Pub Night (details on the pew sheet)

Wednesday 15thAugust, 10.00am         Said Mass (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Wednesday 22ndAugust, 10.00am         Said Mass (St. Bartholomew, tr.)


From the registers –

Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child

2ndJune            Amelia McBride


Hymns at St. Peter’s

Have you ever wondered when your favourite hymn is going to be sung? Is there a hymn you would particularly like to sing, perhaps for a special occasion? If there is, please feel free to approach Jonathan Quinn our organist or mention it to Fr. Andrew so that your choice can be considered.


The Red Trust, Bushey: suggested donations for the Foodbank

We make up bags of different sizes so we need small, medium and large in all the foods listed.



 Canned vegetables

 Canned meat or vegetarian protein

 Canned fish

 Canned fruit

 Rice pudding




 Tea or coffee


 UHT milk/powder

 Pasta sauces

 Toilet rolls/toiletries

 Treats (eg. chocolate/crisps)


Please feel free to contribute to this if you wish. The box can be found at the back of church by the sound cupboard. Please note that the Trust is unable to use food that is out of date.  Registered charity no. 1161424


Remembering the centenary of the Armistice

Requiem Mass

for those from Bushey Heath who gave their lives

in the service of King and Country


Saturday 10thNovember at 12 noon

Celebrant and preacher: the Bishop of Richborough


Contact details:

Vicar: Fr. Andrew Burton SSC, a priest of the Society. (020 8950 1424). Usual day off Monday.

Churchwardens: Mr. Peter Mould (020 8428 8307); Mrs. Anne Swerling (020 8950 8923).