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The Sacristan is appointed by the Parish Priest and, with their helpers, work closely with the Carmelite Fathers. We care for the beauty of the church and try to ensure that it is well prepared for services, especially the Holy Mass. Our duties involve the washing and ironing of linen and vestments, preparation of candles and holy water, cleaning of the sacred vessels, needlework repairs and other needs which crop up in a busy sacristy. Ours is one of the important background activities of the parish.
St Joseph’s Parish is committed to the safeguarding policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life. We start from the principle that each child, young person or vulnerable adult has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give. We follow Diocesan practices and procedures regarding the safeguarding of children, young people & Vulnerable Adults; a copy of our policy is available from the Parish Office.
The Carmelite Secular Order is an association of lay people who pursue the path to holiness in the circumstances of their daily lives, inspired and assisted by the spirituality of the Teresian charism. It is an integral part of the Carmelite family and is open to men and women, married and single. A group of Secular Carmelites meet at St Joseph’s for prayer, worship, study and recreation on the second Saturday of each month from 11:30am to 3:30pm.
The very successful pre-school is housed in a purpose-built classroom with its own separate outdoor play area located at the rear of the St Joseph’s Infant School building. The pre-school has proved to be popular with our parents since it opened in September 1998, and has received a very favourable report from OFSTED.
Children may attend the pre-school from the term before their 3rd birthday and continue with the group until starting Reception. Early registration through the school is important as the pre-school is usually oversubscribed. Funding from the local authority is available from the term after the child’s third birthday.
Our Catholic state primary school for children aged 4+ to 11 years is located at the end of Priory Road. The catchment area covers Gerrards Cross, the Chalfonts, Beaconsfield, Seer Green, Stoke Poges, the Denham's and Iver, but children outside the catchment area may be admitted as space permits. The local authority offers a free school bus service for children within the catchment area who live over three miles from the school.
The school aims to nurture our children in a sound spiritual, moral and academic environment, to foster their love of God, other people and themselves, and to ensure that every child’s potential is fulfilled. The school consistently exceeds national averages for the Standard Assessment Tests (English, Math and Science) at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The school also boasts excellent facilities, extensive opportunities and accomplished results in sport, music, art and extra-curricular activities.
The priests celebrate school Masses, offer confession and nurture links between school, children, parents and parish.
The St Vincent de Paul Society is part of an international lay Christian voluntary organisation actively working in over 130 countries with the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised.
The Society strives to bring the love of Christ to those we serve in the spirit of the Gospel Message. It is involved in a diverse range of activities – support and friendship, promoting self-sufficiency, and working for social justice.