Sunday, 30 May 2010


Today we celebrated the great Solemnity of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Father Mervyn preached. He showed an empty bag and then produced an egg from it. He explained that an egg comprised of three parts: the shell, the yolk and the white. All three parts performed a function but without any one of the parts the others had no purpose. This illustrated the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He broke the egg open and separated the three parts into three bowls to demonstrate the point that the three parts were truly egg: the shell is egg, the white is egg and the yolk is egg. Yet, whilst they are three parts, all truly egg, they can function independently but remain one egg.

Tomorrow we are taking a mini-bus to the National Pilgrimage of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. We leave at 7.15 a.m. and call in at St. Francis of Assisi, Barkingside to collect 4 passengers who are coming with us. We will be stopping en route for breakfast and after the pilgrimage we will stop in Swaffham for Fish and Chips on the way home.

Yesterday we went to the Trooping of the Colour rehearsal at Horse Guards Parade – for full report see Father Mervyns bog at: www.

Sunday, 23 May 2010


Today we celebrated the great Festival of Pentecost, the last day of the Easter Season. Attendance was up at the Parish Mass and it was good to see a couple of people who have been away due to illness for quite a few weeks. At the end of Mass Father Martin presented Ann with her permission to administer the Blessed Sacrament, authorised by the Bishop of Barking. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was great that the many who came had resisted the temptation to go to the seaside at Southend or Clacton.


Dates for Diarys

Saturday 5th June


Doors open 19.00 for 19.30 start

Bring your own refreshments

(£3 per team up to a maximum of 8)


Friday 2nd July at 19.30


Principal Celebrant : The Bishop of Richborough


Saturday 3rd July

“NOTABILITY” will be giving a Concert in Church

More details soon.

Sunday, 16 May 2010



Wednesday 25th May 19.30  -  The Rosary in the Lady Chapel


Saturday 5th June

Doors open at 19.00 for 19.30 start Bring your own Refreshments £3 a team (maximum 8 persons per team)

Monday, 10 May 2010



 Thursday 13th May

Solemn Mass 7.30 p.m.


Doors open from 10.00 a.m.

The Saturday Shop goes from strength to strength with people flocking here to be the first to get the bargains and there are many of them including nearly new clothes for men, women and children, books, bric-a-brac, children’s toys etc.,etc. Refreshments are available and include home made cakes.

Sunday, 2 May 2010


Recently a prospective ordinand from the Evangelical tradition came to spend five weeks with us to experience how Anglo-catholic’s worship. In a letter published in the May edition of our magazine he writes “To summarise my time with you I would say that I was encouraged in three main ways. Firstly, I detected a reverence for our Lord in the way services are conducted. Whilst I believe it is perfectly possible to be reverent and informal, the formality of the service did remind me of how Almighty (and not ‘all-matey’) our Father in heaven is. Additionally, I very much valued the warmth of welcome always received, both during the sharing of the peace, and with many of you during coffee afterwards. Is it possible to be God’s gathered people and not be friendly? Please continue to do so all the more. Finally, I was greatly encouraged by Father Martin’s love of the scriptures (being evangelical myself!). Without the scriptures what else do we have? Many thanks therefore for making me welcome during my time with you. I am indebted to you.”

After Mass this morning, plants left from yesterday were available to buy and the money will increase our final total which stood at £1,014 announced during the notices at Mass.

Saturday, 1 May 2010


Our May Fair today was a resounding success with many people shopping at the well-stocked stalls all the morning. There are a few plants left which will be on sale after the Parish Mass tomorrow. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to setup and man the stalls and all those who came and spent their money. The total raised at the time of writing is £1,009.36. This is up by £200 on the May Fair last year. Many congratulations to everyone.