Andrew introduces Jesus to his brother Simon Peter with the words “we have found the Messiah.” Introducing Jesus to others is an important aspect of our Christian faith. Our faith is not simply personal, private or individual. Rather, our faith is beyond the personal, private and individual dimensions. Therefore, it is inherent in our Christian-ness to christianise others around us. It is our vocation to witness to the Jesus Christ, whom we have known, received and encountered, the Jesus who lives in us. Jesus is the ‘good news’ that we ought to bring to others around us. Our lives ought to be the ‘good news,’ that others hear, experience, encounter and are influenced by. The fragrance of the goodness of our relationship with Jesus should fill the air and the light of our goodness should lead the way. It might interest us to reflect on Andrew introducing his brother Simon Peter to Jesus. Andrew had found the Messiah and he could not hold back from bringing his brother to Jesus. True to John the Baptist’s pronouncement about Jesus, that “he must increase and I must decrease,” Andrew too fades into a sort of obscurity as Jesus acknowledges Simon as ‘Cephas’ meaning Rock, upon which he would establish his Church. The proclamation, “we have found the Messiah,” is aimed at helping others find the Messiah. That is what each of us is called to do – help others find the Messiah and support them to grow into their personal relationship with him. Eli reminds us of our Christian obligation to help our young ones discover God, and to listen to him, as he helps young Samuel recognise and respond to God’s call. His simple advice to Samuel was to respond with the words, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” God calls out to each of us, while we like Samuel could be in a slumber – a slumber in our world of self-pity, self blame, despair, dejection, darkness, ignorance, etc. We need to allow God to speak to us and shine his light upon us. At the same time, may we help our next generation find and follow the Messiah and to respond “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”
Once again, a few practical things to consider:
- As we re-open our Church for communal worship, please be conscious of the increasing number of cases of people affected by the virus. Anyone of vulnerable age or having health issues, please consider doing everything to protect yourself from the virus, as Mass can be viewed online and the Sunday Mass obligation continues to be waived.
- We have increased the spacing between seats in the Church, consequently reducing the number of worshippers the Church can hold at one time. Those wishing to participate in the Sunday Mass, please reserve your booking online via the link on the parish website. If you are unable to get a reservation for the Sunday mass, you could consider attending a weekday mass.
- Please use a mask to cover your nose and mouth, at all times, while you are in the Church.
- Please come early to Mass. The Church doors will be closed five (05) minutes before the Mass begins to help our stewards participate fully in the Mass. For cross-ventilation, we will open the ventilators of the Church windows and the sacristy windows.
- I am extremely indebted to each steward, without whose service we would not be able to keep the church open. I would be grateful if some more younger members of the parish could also volunteer to assist in stewarding.
- Last, but not the least, we are running short of mass intentions. If anyone would like to offer a Mass, please email us at the parish office or you could drop it in the presbytery or give it to me, when you come to church. Thank you!
Take care, keep well and be safe! God Bless!
Fr. Simplicio D’Souza
Guidelines for attending Church
To attend church, please follow these guidelines:
You must use the entrance through the 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 take a seat with green marking. It is important that all of us use face masks in the church. Everyone should leave the church through the side exit after sanitizing their hands. Please 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.
Please continue visiting the parish website for the Newsletter and all updates.
Sunday Mass Booking
To attend Sunday masses in January please register using this link.
Once seating capacity is reached, the mass time will not appear on the booking form. Should you wish to cancel a reservation please email the parish office on email@example.com.
The NHS COVID-19 tracing app is available for download. Our QR code is displayed in Narthex and can be scanned to check-in for Holy Mass or for private prayer. Alternatively, you can complete a track & trace card.
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: Services must follow the guidance given by CBCEW for baptisms.
First reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2021: Please complete and submit FHC Registration form by 15th December 2020.
Confirmation: Details to be published when available.
Matrimony: Services must follow the guidance given by CBCEW for weddings. Up to 15 people can attend.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Available by appointment but must follow the guidance given by CBCEW for confession.
Anointing of the Sick: In case of emergency please contact the parish office.
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 the current Covid 19 restrictions and refurbishment works in the parish office, please contact the Presbytery by phone or email.
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