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. It was with great sadness that we heard on Wednesday that Fr. Tom Jordan had died. He was Parish Priest of St Edward the Confessor, Romford. Please remember Fr. Tom and his family and the parishioners of St Edwards in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Mass in Church on Sunday: Sunday 16th August (Solemnity of the Assumption) there will be two masses, 8:00am and 11:30am Importantly, if you wish to attend one of these Sunday masses you need to book a place by emailing the parish at hornchurchstmmg@dioceseofbrentwood.org or call the office on 01708 447761 leaving your name and telephone number and stating which mass you wish to attend. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm

Mass in the Church: Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th August at 7.30pm; (please bring a piece of paper with your name and telephone number on it with you for tack and trace purposes)

Face Masks: It is now a requirement to wear a facemask when at church.

Streamed Mass: Monday and Sunday 10:00am (click here for prayer) and take part in the mass (click for live stream channel). Alternatively search for St Mary Mother of God Church Hornchurch on YouTube. Please note there will be NO streamed mass after Monday 17th August due to holidays.

Volunteers: Volunteers to be stewards and cleaners as the church will need to be cleaned after each mass. The more volunteers we have, the more masses we can celebrate. Volunteers ought to be under 70 years of age and have no underlying health issues. Therefore, if you would like to help, please email or call the parish leaving your name and telephone number. Our coordinator will contact you. Thank you!

At the present moment the Sunday mass obligation is suspended due to the pandemic. Therefore, we hope to offer masses during the week as well as the weekend so you we are not all crowding into one mass. I would encourage those who can to attend mass during the week rather than at the weekend. Please be patient, this will be a gradual process. I hope to give more details next weekend.

Church Open for Private Prayer: Thursday from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Please respect the following guidelines:
Open for private prayer only; Keep social distancing; Wash hands before and after visiting the church; use hand gel; do not touch statues, cross, stations of the cross etc.

Every evening at 8:00pm each parishioner alone or in their family gathers for prayer saying one or more decades of the rosary. Several websites can help such as;
https://www.catholicity.com/prayer/rosary.html.

Offerings to the Parish: Many have contacted asking how can they donate their weekly offerings or give a gift to the parish. There are three ways you can donate to the parish.

  1. 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.
  2. Alternatively, you can set up direct debit directly with your bank using one the following form (Bank Standing Order).
  3. Contact the Parish Office for details of the Parish Bank Account.
  4. Post your offerings through the letterbox of the presbytery.

First Holy Communion 2020: There will be a meeting on Monday 14th September, 7pm in the Church, to plan how we can celebrate the First Holy Communion for the children. Space in the church is limited, so we ask that only ONE parent attend from each family and no children if possible. After the meeting, can some parents please help with the cleaning of the church (about 10 minutes) Thank you.

First Holy Communion 2021 Application: Parents who wish their child to make their FHC in 2021 can now apply. Please look under Parish News which is below and under First Reconciliation and Communion Programme 2020/21 and download the Letter from the Parish, FHC Application Form and Permission Form. Details of how to return completed forms is given in the Letter from the Parish.

RCIA:There is a meeting on Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm in the church for all on the RCIA programme to see how we can realise your reception into the Catholic Church.

Please remember in your prayers all who died recently. Please also remember the sick and housebound, those who care for them and all those on the ‘front line’. If anyone is seriously ill and needs the priest, please ring the Presbytery.