Fr Martin's Message
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the good news is that at present churches are being allowed to remain open for mass and private prayer.
Vaccines against COVID-19:The Bishops of England & Wales are encouraging all to take up the offer of the vaccine when it is offered. Pope Francis will receive his vaccine this week. He said that ethically, getting a vaccine against the virus should be a duty for everyone
It is an ethical option because you risk your health, your life, but you also risk the lives of others…it is something one must do.
Tuesday 19th January 9:30, Wednesday 20th January 7:30pm, Friday 22nd January 9:30am.
Saturday 16th January 6.30pm, Sunday 17th January 8:00am and 11.30am, Saturday 23rd January 6.30pm, Sunday 24th January 8.00am and 11.30am.
Please note there will be no 9.30am mass for the time being.
Booking a place at weekend masses: Please contact the Parish Office, preferably by email, to book for the weekend masses. If you wish to book by telephone, please try to call during office opening times (Mon, Thurs & Fri mornings) and please do not call after 7.00pm if possible. Your booking will be automatically accepted so please do not expect a response unless we cannot accommodate you. Please remember at all masses in the Church you will need to wear a face mask. No need to book for a weekday mass. Parish email/Telephone: email@example.com or call 01708 447761.
Newsletter: A weekly newsletter can be found above under ‘Newsletters’.
Volunteers: Volunteers needed to help keep clean the sacristy and help prepare things for mass. If you can help, even for an hour a week, please contact the parish office or see Fr Martin.
Food Bank: The SVP of the parish are asking for donations of food (non-perishable) for the local food bank. Please bring any food you can donate and leave it in the basket in the porch. Ideally leave it in a carrier bag.
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. You will need to wear a mask. Thank you!
United in Prayer: Prayer is the way to open God’s heart. As suggested by the Bishops in their statement, let us join in a moment of national prayer at 6:00pm each day, praying for an end to this pandemic and for the sick and those who look after them at home or in hospital. I urge that we pray the rosary daily at 6pm, either individually or as a family. Several websites can help such as;
https://www.catholicity.com/prayer/rosary.html. You can also find an app. for the rosary on your mobile phone.
Catholic Faith: If you are not a Catholic and would like to know more about the Catholic faith, or you know someone who may be interested, please contact Fr Martin.
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.
- 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.
- Alternatively, you can set up direct debit directly with your bank using one the following form (Bank Standing Order).
- Contact the Parish Office for details of the Parish Bank Account.
- Post your offerings through the letterbox of the presbytery.
Please remember in your prayers John Finan, Nancy O'Mahoney, Vince Finan and Severino Mentessi who died recently and the sick and housebound of the parish and those in hospital. If anyone is seriously ill and needs the priest, please ring the Presbytery.
Also keep in your prayers our doctors, nurses and care workers who are working under a lot of pressure at this time.