We are a community of elderly retired RSCJ who live in a large, purpose built house. We try to make our house a home where all feel welcome and valued.
We are fortunate in having support provided by a manager, her part-time assistant and a cleaner from Monday to Friday, a daily midday cook, and regular visits from a nurse, a chiropodist, gardener and a hairdresser. These people are real friends to the community as are the many parishioners who share our daily Eucharist, celebrated with us by the Claretian Missionary priests of the parish, from Monday to Saturday.
The Eucharist, prayer and reflection are the backbone of our community life. We meet 4 days a week to listen to a spiritual book or CD which we often discuss afterwards; then we share the gospel for the next day and spend time reflecting and praying over it. At fairly regular intervals we have an hour’s reflection on a particular theme or topic and through it often share our faith stories. The calls of the Chapter have been much to the fore and we have been challenged and encouraged by the development of and the sessions provided by JPIC. We try to keep ourselves informed about the needs of the world and have been moved to prayer and action by recent disasters.
On Fridays we share a video or DVD which is either beautiful or thought provoking or both and often challenging. On Sundays there is exposition for those who wish and at Christmas, New Year, Easter and special feast days we prepare and share some special time of prayer together.
To make sure that we can see the lighter side of life those who wish watch a film on Saturday afternoon and for feasts, birthdays and bank holidays we have collected a supply of amusing, sometimes hilarious, videos/DVDs!
We frequently welcome various members of the province to share their talents and interests with us, leading reflection days or sharing news of their ministries.
Visitors are always welcome at Hayes, for visits and for meals.
One of our main areas of hospitality and a real community ministry is in welcoming parishioners to coffee after Mass every week-day. On average 20 people come to Mass daily, rising to 30 + on some days. In all we probably meet 70 -80 parishioners during the year and many say that they come here because they know that they are welcome and that we pray for them, their families and their concerns. Indeed, we have shared so many of their sorrows and joys in this past year. The coffee/tea and biscuits session is an opportunity for them to share their family interests with us, with each other and sometimes with the priests; some live alone and coming here is a highlight in the day. Sometimes, it feels like filling the 12 baskets after they have gone but it is worth it!