Fr Saju OFM Cap

Doing works of Christ  

This weekend’s second reading is taken from Philippians 1:20-24,27. Paul writes about his mission entrusted to him by Christ. He says, “Life to me of course is Christ… if living in this body means doing work which is having good results”.

I understand that Lorenza has been ministering in our parish for more than thirteen years. When I took charge of St Dominic’s, Lorenza was helping as parish secretary while volunteering for various ministries. We all agree that her dedicated ministry has helped all the priests who served our parish during their time at St Dominic’s as well as the parish in general. During the lockdown, Lorenza came to see me in order to share her vision on her ministry. As part of her spiritual journey and having reflected over a period of time, Lorenza has discerned with the help of her spiritual director, to make herself more available to other parishes by establishing missionary parishes in the area. In view of her future ministry in a wider context, Lorenza has resigned from her role as the parish secretary of St Dominic’s Waddon which will become effective on Monday 21st September 2020. I am grateful to her support in the past two years. We will miss her immensely. Although she will be involved with other parishes, I am sure that Lorenza will be with us as much as she can. As St. Paul said, it is lovely to see in her the passion to do the works of Christ to bring forth good results, where ever she is involved.

We are very grateful to Lorenza for her wonderful ministry and work in the parish. We are sorry to see her leaving. However, when we are able gather again, we will use the opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation in person. Let us pray for Lorenza, her family and her future ministry.


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 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 read this message from the Metropolitan Archbishops and listen to the Cardinal’s message on resuming  public liturgies.

Please continue visiting the parish website for the Newsletter and all updates.

Sunday Mass Booking

We are currently accepting reservations for weekend masses in September. To attend Saturday 6pm vigil mass, Sunday 9am or 11am mass for any or all weekends in September  please register using this link. As  numbers for weekend mass are increasing, it is important that you book before coming to church. 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

NHS Track & Trace Card

Covid-19 and the Sacraments

Baptism: Baptisms are now permitted but must be at a time separate to any communal worship. Attendance is limited to 30 people. Further details will be given to the applicants.

First reconciliation and First Holy Communion: Our parish will celebrate the First Holy Communion during September. As attendance will be limited to 30 people including those making their First Holy Communion there will a number of smaller celebrations during the month.

Confirmation: Details to be published when available.

Matrimony: Now permitted but must be at a time separate to any communal worship and must follow the guidance given by CBCEW for the Celebration of Matrimony

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Available by appointment. Please contact Fr Saju on the parish number.

Anointing of the Sick: In case of emergency please contact Fr Saju on the parish number.

Funerals: Services can now take place in church following the guidance given by CBCEW for funerals. The service can also be live-streamed for those who cannot attend. Please contact Fr Saju on the parish number.

Welcome to St. Dominic's Parish

We extend a warm welcome to all visitors to this website and to our Parish church.

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

Priest Surgery Hours: Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm

Parish Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10am to 12:30pm Friday: 5pm to 7pm

Parish News

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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on:

  • Tuesdays 11am to 12pm
  • Wednesdays 4pm to 5pm

Southwark Spirituality Commission have produce this adoration guide.

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.

Daily Readings

From Universalis or from  EWTN.
The Wednesday Word for preparation for Sunday Mass.

Local Catholic Schools

Thomas More Catholic School, Russell Hill Road, Purley, CR8 2XP is a mixed, voluntary aided secondary school. They have sent us a copy of their promotional video which can be viewed here.

Due to the current pandemic, they are holding a ‘Virtual Open Evening’ on October 6th on their school website 

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.

Pray as you go and Pray as you stay provide daily spoken meditations  using music and scripture.

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.

Parish Finance

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.

Mass Intentions
Mass requests can be made through the parish email or by telephone. Donations for mass intentions can be paid directly into the parish account.

Please email for further information.

Safeguarding Policy

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