St Mary Mother of God Church

213 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch , Essex RM12 4TF

Parish News

Latest news and information and upcoming events within the parish

Secondary School Forms

If your child and your family are known to Fr Martin and the child is from a Catholic family who attends Mass regularly either on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning, please come and see him along with your child during the dates and times below where he will issue a Certificate of Catholic Practice.  Fr Martin will need to see the child’s Baptism certificate, First Holy Communion certificate and proof of address in order to issue the Certificate of Catholic Practice. The remainder of the application should be completed directly with the school or Local Authority as usual.  If your child and your family are not known to Father Martin and do not attend Sunday Mass, please do not go to Father Martin, instead, simply complete the forms required and return them directly to the school.

For Secondary school forms, Fr Martin will be available Friday 15th October 3.30pm – 5.30pm and Saturday 16th October 7.15pm – 8.15pm. 

The dates for Primary School forms will follow in due course.

October Youth Mass – 7th October

The BCYS invites all young people from around the Diocese to join us on Thursday 7th October, Brentwood Cathedral from 6pm where we will provide a meal, before we begin a FREE music workshop and performance from the incredible One Hope Project! This will be followed by monthly Youth Mass at 7:30pm, celebrated in the Cathedral where we will have invited Fr Paschal Uche to preach. More information on our website, there is no need to book but please do let us know if you would like to bring a group by emailing See flyer.

BCYS Youth Gather – Saturday 23rd October, Walsingham House

Open to any young people in year 9+, this one day event will at our beautiful retreat house just outside Brentwood. You will be inspired to think about how you can change your future after a talk from John Pridmore, former East End Gangster, motivated to take action against the Climate Crisis with workshops from Leila Bousbaa and challenged physically on the climbing wall, bungee run and assault course! Book online at now for just £20 for the whole day! See flyer. If you are a catechist or youth leader and would like to bring a group, please email

Catechist Training and Resources Day Saturday 6th November

For any First Holy Communion or Confirmation Catechists, children’s liturgy or youth leaders, we will be holding our annual Catechist Training and Resources Day at Sacred Heart of Mary School in Upminster. There will be many wonderful workshops, speakers and resources available on the day and you can see more information on our website It is always an incredibly popular and inspiring day attend. See flyer for this event!

International Youth Sunday 21st November

Celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King, this is a day to recognise and celebrate young people as a gift in the Church and so, as we have for many years, we will be inviting speakers to visit as many parishes as we can reach to share their experiences of the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service and being a young person in the church.

Special Craft Project

Help Needed: Could any knitters or crocheters contact Jane Tatam on 07415 602774 to help with a new Parish project. Any donations of wool would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Gardening Club

We are looking for volunteers to help look after our Parish gardens and parking area. We hope this will be on a monthly basis. Please speak to Father Martin or contact the Parish office if you can help.

Confirmation 2021 – 2022

There will be a meeting for all young people of our Parish with their parents / guardians who wish to be Confirmed and are in Year 11 and above from this September. This will take place on Wednesday 15th September at 8pm in the Parish Hall. We look forward to seeing you all.

Altar Server Training

All children who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become Altar Servers. There will be two training practice sessions in the Church at 9.30am on Saturday 11th and 18th September. Each session will last about 1 hour. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent / guardian.