Parish Merger update

The Congregation for Clergy rejected the appeal raised on behalf of St Mary of the Angels, Camelon and therefore the merger between, the parishes of St Francis Xavier’s, St Anthony’s and St Mary of the Angels has taken place.

Update on Parish Merger

St Mary of the Angels Update—After the Archbishop’s proposals to merge and close St Mary of the Angels Church two Parish meetings took place. In the meetings Parishioners voted to oppose the decree issued by the Archbishop to merge the parishes. In a further meeting a Parishioners’ Representative Group was formed. This group met on Tuesday 14th August and have initiated the appeal process to Rome after the parish received a letter from the Archbishop rejecting the petition to him to stop the merger. We will provide further updates once any new information is available.

The Archbishop intends to come to St Mary’s on 14th September at 7:00pm to celebrate a mass of Thanksgiving .


Job Vacancy – Housekeeper

We are looking to recruit a new Housekeeper for the Presbytery at St Francis Xavier’s.

Ideally the successful candidate will be a friendly and welcoming individual  who will be able to establish a good working relationship with the Parish Priest, assistant priests, parish staff, parishioners and visitors. The successful candidate must also have the adaptability and flexibility to work in a busy parish house where plans can often change at short notice.  They will also have to be  able to show initiative regarding meal preparation and the general upkeep of a large presbytery. The Housekeeper will be expected to join the PVG scheme and must be able to provide suitable references.

The job description can be seen below:


The housekeeper will responsible for the domestic management of the presbytery, in which 3 priests are at present resident.  There are occasional guests who come for meals and for overnight stays.  There are even more callers at the door on matters connected with the mission of the Church.

  1. The housekeeper is expected to work for 25 hours a week. This will be between the general hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., but it is also expected that the housekeeper prepare food for the evenings and weekend.  The housekeeper may be asked to work occasionally into the later afternoon or evening, or even at the weekend, if there is a special meal for clergy to be held.
  2. The main duties of the housekeeper are as follows:
  • Preparation and serving of lunch. Preparation of evening meals
  • Purchasing of food for all meals for clergy and visitors
  • Keeping kitchen in a good order and state of cleanliness
  • Personal laundry of clergy (Helped by Laundry Assistant)
  • Keeping whole house clean and tidy
  • Make suggestions for replacement of equipment/furnishings when necessary
  • Ordering of cleaning materials for the house and the church.
  • Providing light refreshments for the parishioners who clean the church
  • Answering the door and the telephone and giving appropriate information
  • Assisting with other reasonable tasks as requested
  1. The housekeeper is expected to work in harmony with the Laundry assistant, the parish secretary and accountant and may be asked to assist in their work if they are absent.
  2. Holiday entitlement is 28 days (inc. public holidays).
  3. Rate of pay is £10.00 an hour.

If you are interested in applying for the above position please complete the application form below.

Housekeeper Application Form

Closing date for applications is 29th June 2018

Parish Meetings

Many thanks to all those who attended the recent parish meetings in order to respond to the Archbishop’s proposal regarding the future of our parishes. This is a very difficult, uncertain and emotional process. Let us continue to pray for God’s guidance and help.

Corpus Christi

Today, we celebrate the solemn feast which honours Christ’s sacrifice, the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Jesus. The feast has three purposes: to give God thanks for Christ’s abiding presence with us in the Eucharist and to honour him there; to instruct us in the mystery, faith and devotion surrounding the Eucharist, and to teach us to appreciate and make use of this greatest of gifts. In Cycle B the emphasis is on the Eucharist as the sign of the covenant. Our second reading affirms that Jesus sealed the New Covenant with his blood.  By  consuming His Body and Blood, we are transformed through the most perfect possible union with God. Jesus taught transubstantiation unequivocally. This is my body…This is my blood. How can I thank him? Mark 14: 22-26