Sunday, 31 October 2010


Today we celebrated ALL SAINTS DAY with a Solemn Mass which included the Litany of the Saints. Father Martin presided and preached and Father Mervyn played the organ.

TUESDAY ALL SOULS DAY Tuesday 2nd November – Requiem Mass at 7.30 p.m. Names to be remembered during Mass should be entered on the sheet at the back of church.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 14TH NOVEMBER We were reminded in the Notices that on Remembrance Sunday the Parish Mass will start at 9.45 a.m. with the Two Minutes Silence being observed at 11.00 a.m.

Wednesday 10th November 7.30 p.m. Mass followed by a meeting of the Redbridge & Havering Ordinariate Group.

Wednesday 17th November The Shoe Box Appeal ends today.

SATURDAY 20th November WINTER BAZAAR. If you are able to help please let Father Martin or Geoff know as soon as possible. We will set up the Bazaar between 5.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. on Friday evening and from 8.00 a.m. on Saturday. Doors open to the public at 10.00 a.m.

MONDAY 22nd November 7.30 p.m. Mass followed by a meeting of the Redbridge & Havering Ordinariate Group.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today we celebrated Bible Sunday and Father Martin presided and preached. He reminded people that if they had lived a thousand years ago, the Bible would have been read to them in Latin which most of them couldn’t have understood and very few indeed could have read for themselves. It was several hundred years later before the Bible was available translated into English. Today, we have a choice of Bibles and we should value them, using them regularly.

Next Sunday we will be keeping ALL SAINTS.

Tuesday 2nd November All Souls Day – Requiem Mass at 19.30 p.m.

A list for names to be remembered is at the back of church. For those unable to attend the Evening Requiem there will be a short form of service at 10.00 a.m. in the Lady Chapel.

Sunday 14th November – REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 09.45 (Parade Service) and (weather permitting) will conclude in the Garden of Remembrance.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


The total raised by Penny and Gail our two sisters, for Cancer Charities has now reached £1,909. They would like to thank all those who have contributed so far and they hope that within a short period of time the total will exceed £2,000.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On Sunday Father Martin celebrated and preached at the Solemn Mass with Holy Baptism. Father Mervyn was away visiting his grandchildren in the Cotswolds. During the service Emmanuel Bassit Babawale was baptised. His family wore traditional Nigerian costumes for the service which was full to capacity. After the service Emmanuel’s family treated the congregation to refreshments in the hall and presented Father Martin with a box of Holy Communion wafers.

This week’s Saturday Shop took £169.


Our Lord told Saint Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners which would alleviate the indebtedness accrued to them during their lives.

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."

Saint Gertrude the Great was born in Germany in 1263. She was a Benedictine Nun, and meditated on the Passion of Christ, which many times brought floods of tears to her eyes. She did many penances and Our Lord appeared to her many times. Her holy Soul passed away in 1334. November 16th is her Feast Day.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

UPDATE - Sponsored Head Shaving!!!!!!!!!!

We are pleased to report that, so far, the amount raised by Penny and her sister Gail, for Cancer Charities now stands at £1,600 with their sponsored shaving of their heads. There is still time to support Penny and Gail so please give generously to this very worthwhile cause

Sunday, 10 October 2010

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This morning Father Martin presided and preached and Father Mervyn concelebrated the Solemn Mass. During the notices we learnt that our Harvest Appeal raised £221 and the recent USPG boxes collection raised £105.14 for the link project in Tanzania.

Today is the start of National Baby Loss Week and Queen’s Hospital Chaplaincy Team (of which Father Martin is a member) will lead a service at 4.00 p.m. for those who have lost a baby in the past year.

Tomorrow Monday 11th October the Rosary will be prayed in the Lady Chapel.

Saturday 16th October our Scout Group are holding a Quiz Night in the Church Hall starting at 7.30 p.m. Adults £2 Children £1 or £5 for a family of 4.

Sunday, 3 October 2010


Last night we enjoyed a fabulous Harvest Supper, cooked by the Vicarage Team of Father Martin and Jan, aided by Vicky and Charlotte. We enjoyed freshly made French Onion Soup, or Tomato Soup followed by Shepherd’s Pie with carrots and peas, and either Apple pie or Apple crumble with custard or ice-cream. The well attended evening made a profit for Church Funds.

Today Father Mervyn presided at the Solemn Mass and Father Martin preached. Last Saturday the Saturday Shop took £300 which means that, so far this year, the Shop has raised £6,210 with a further £1,100 made on our E-Bay trading. All this goes towards paying the parish’s Family Purse (Diocesan Quota)

Tomorrow, St. Francis Day there will be a Mass in the Lady Chapel at 2.30 p.m. to which well behaved pets are welcome with their owners.

Tuesday 5th October 7.30 p.m. Mass followed by an open meeting about the Ordinariate to which all are welcome.


Gwen, a member of our congregation was part of the original 187 Dagenham Girls who, in 1968, took on the mighty Ford Motor Company when they went on strike for equal pay and won. Their efforts eventually led to equality for women although, at the time, none of them realised their action would change history and have an impact world-wide. Now a film has been released “MADE IN DAGENHAM” which tells the story of the strike which has given Gwen and the other 187 the limelight they deserved. As a result of the film she has appeared on television, has been on radio chat shows, has been interviewed by newspapers and has been to Parliament.