Message from Fr Martin
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I wish to assure you that you are all very much being prayed for, especially at daily mass. You can be united in prayer at mass by making a spiritual communion (click here for prayer) and take part in the mass through the parish website (click for live stream channel). Alternatively search for St Mary Mother of God Church Hornchurch on YouTube. Keep checking the parish website.
Mass Times this coming week:
Sunday 10:00am, Monday 25th May 10:00am, Friday 29th May at 10:00am and Pentecost Sunday 31st May 10:00am
Pentecost Novena: “A Novena to the Holy Spirit from Ascension to Pentecost” – From Friday 22nd May until Pentecost Sunday 31st May, Westminster Diocesan Vocations Team have prepared a Novena.(click here for Novena). On Pentecost Sunday, 31st May there is a Rosary Rally Relay. Each diocese in the country has been asked to join in this National Prayer Initiative and encourage their people to pray the Rosary either individually, or where possible in groups, during a designated hour. The Diocese of Brentwood has been asked to say the Rosary at 11:00am on the 31st May, Pentecost Sunday in union with our Bishop, Alan Williams, and each other at that hour. See the attached poster with further details including the prayer intentions for each hour. (Click here)
A letter from Pope Francis which you can read, inviting and encouraging all Catholics in this month of May to be united with him in praying the rosary daily to Our Lady. He also includes two prayers for us to pray at the end of the rosary. (Click here to read letter and prayers) And as suggested, if every evening at 8 pm each parishioner alone or in their family gathers for prayer saying one or more decades of the rosary. In this way are united with each other and the Pope, praying through the intercession of Mary our Mother to God for the healing of the nations. For those who are unsure how to say the rosary the following website will help you.
https://www.catholicity.com/prayer/rosary.html. Attached is a reflection for each day this week inspired by Pope Francis called ‘Laudato Si Week’ (click here)
Many have contacted asking how can they donate their weekly offerings or give a gift to the parish. The Diocese of Brentwood have set up a donation page on their website (click here). Please remember to select Hornchurch 1- St Mary Mother of God when completing the form.
Please remember in your prayers all who have died recently, especially Fr Paul Dynan, Maria O’Donnell and Jeremiah (Tim) Donavon. If anyone is seriously ill and needs the priest, please ring the Presbytery.
Angel of God prayer: I invite you to say this prayer asking for protection and asking our Guardian Angels to protect our doctors, nurses, care workers and all on the ‘front line’ at this time. (click here).