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.

Mass Times this coming week: Sunday 10:00am, Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10:00am.

Mass in Church: Mass in Church: Hopefully we will soon be able to have mass back in the church initially on certain days. This will need to be done gradually. In order to have mass we need 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!
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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 Opening: Thursday and Sunday from 11am to 1:00pm. We will review this going forward. 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.

Church Cleaning: Volunteers needed to help clean the church on Saturday 11th July at 9:00am.

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;

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

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.

Please remember in your prayers Mary Lawrence whose funeral is on Thursday and for John Roche and KK Joseph who have died recently and those very ill. 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).