As I was writing this letter (Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of The Holy Father Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship) the Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted, exposing our false securities. Aside from the different ways that various countries responded to the crisis, their inability to work together became quite evident. For all our hyper connectivity, we witnessed a fragmentation that made it more difficult to resolve problems that affect us all. Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality. It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. Fraternity between all men and women….Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travellers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all. (From Fratelli Tutti) Full text is available from the blue button above.
Fr Saju OFM Cap
Guidelines for attending Mass
To attend Mass, please follow the guidelines of CBCEW available on the parish website. You must use the entrance through Narthex, sanitize your hands, deposit filled track & trace card or scan the QR code if you have the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app and then stewards will advise you to take a seat with green marking. It is important that all of us use face masks in the church. The communion will be given after the final blessing and everyone should leave the church through the side exit. It would be exciting to see fellow parishioners after a long time, may I advise you to maintain two metre distancing on the church ground. I thank you very sincerely for your continued support and understanding in this difficult time with patience. We will walk through together.
Fr Saju OFM Cap
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) have produced this guidance on re-opening of Catholic churches for individual prayer. The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) have put plans in place aligned with these guidelines.
Please continue visiting the parish website for the Newsletter and all updates.
Sunday Mass Booking
We are currently accepting reservations for weekend masses in October. To attend Saturday 6pm vigil mass, Sunday 9am or 11am mass for any or all weekends in October please register using this link. Once seating capacity for a mass is reached, the mass time will not appear on the booking form. Please book at least 2 hours before start of mass so that we have sufficient time to print lists for the stewards. Should you wish to cancel a reservation please email the parish office on email@example.com
The NHS COVID-19 tracing app is now available for download. Our QR code is displayed in Narthex and can be scanned to check-in for weekday mass attendance or you can complete a track & trace card. Online booking is still required for weekend masses.
Mass requests can be made through the parish email or by telephone. Donations for mass intentions can be paid directly into the parish account.
Covid-19 and the Sacraments
Baptism: If a baptism takes place during communal worship, attendance is restricted to the number currently permitted for mass services. If a baptism takes place outside communal worship, attendance is restricted to 6. Further details will be given to the applicants.
First reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2021: Please complete and submit FHC Registration form by 1st December 2020.
Confirmation: Details to be published when available.
Matrimony: Must follow the guidance given by CBCEW for the Celebration of Matrimony. A maximum of 15 people will be able to attend the service.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Available by appointment. Please contact the parish office.
Anointing of the Sick: In case of emergency please contact Fr Saju on the parish number.
Funerals: Services must follow the guidance given by CBCEW for funerals. A maximum of 30 people can attend the service.
Welcome to St. Dominic's Parish
St Dominic’s is a friendly & diverse community seeking to worship God, in Christ and by His Holy Spirit. We are a Roman Catholic parish in the South-East of England, part of the Archdiocese of Southwark, dedicated to Saint Dominic de Guzmán. Click here to download the Parish registration form.
Mass & Confession Times
Sunday: 9am and 11am
Saturday: 9:15am and 6pm
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9:15am
Wednesday & Friday: 7pm
Holy Days: 9:15am, 7pm
Confessions: Saturday 9:45am to 10:15am & 5:15pm – 5:45pm
Due to Covid 19 restrictions and refurbishment works in the parish office, Fr Saju cannot have groups of people in the Presbytery. However, he will be able to see people in compliance with Covid 19 protocol on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 12noon. This time will also be used to sign school forms.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have published an official prayer and a wealth of resources, initiatives and events to help us respond to ‘The God who Speaks’. There are also services and events available in Southwark.
Local Catholic Schools
Spiritual Resources and Prayers
Pause for Faith – Join Fr Stephen Wang each day for some conversation, some prayer, and some reflection on the incredible treasures of the Christian faith.
A prayer for protection in times of pandemic.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet to be prayed daily at 3pm.
The Magnificat are offering free online access to daily prayers and reading for both adults and children.
Spiritual Communion when you cannot attend mass.
Prayer to your Guardian Angel before the start of Holy Mass.
The Angelus is traditionally prayed at 6am, noon and 6pm but of course you can pray it at anytime.
Psalm 91 provides a source of comfort and protection.
Retreat with Monsignor John Armitage – YouTube
Online retreat led by Mgr John Armitage, Rector of the Catholic National Shrine at Walsingham, England.
Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet people and share ideas. Each session involves a short film and time for discussion. Everyone is welcome.
St Dominic’s parish is funded totally by donations. This is normally given as Sunday cash donations, gift aid envelopes, standing orders and occasionally legacy donations. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the best way to continue to donate is by electronic transfer. A regular standing order or a one-off transfer can be setup via online or telephone banking.
Gift Aid Envelopes
Parishioners who wish to continue using their gift aid envelopes can do so now by putting them in the collection boxes in Church. There is a box at the entrance in the Narthex and another one by the exit door. New envelopes are available and can be collected from the Narthex.
If you are a taxpayer, please consider joining our gift aid scheme. To join download the GA declaration form, fill it in and post it through the presbytery door.
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If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese. You can contact the Archdiocese of Southwark Safeguarding Office by telephoning 0207 261 1606 or via email at email@example.com