This weekend, as we come to the end of the liturgical year, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, commonly known as the Solemnity of Christ the King. It was established by Pope Prius XI in 1925, as an antidote to secularism. It was oriented to reminding us that Jesus is the Alpha and Omega of our lives. Our life as humans and as Christians originates from God and should centre upon God. Jesus, the Universal King should reign over us as individuals, families, society and as peoples. The pandemic has brought us to the realisation that who we are, what we have does not matter. In such situations, faith in God and the comfort of being united to one another in prayer and love, helps us tide through them. In 1925 Pope Pius XI offered the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Universal King to caution us against growing secularism. It would perhaps do us well, to fix our eyes on the Jesus Christ, and to be vigilant about our relationship with the world and all that it offers. Henri Nouwen, in his Sabbatical Journey writes, “the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Christ is presented to us as the mocked King on the Cross as well of the King of the universe. The greatest humiliation and the greatest victory are both shown to us in today’s liturgy. It is important to look at this humiliated and victorious Christ before we start the new liturgical year with the celebration of Advent. All through the year we have to stay close to the humiliation as well as to the victory of Christ, because we are called to live both in our own daily lives.” May we strive to follow Jesus, the Universal King to be ushered into His eternal Kingdom. 

Fr. Simplicio D’Souza

 

Guidelines for attending private prayer at Church

To attend individual prayer, please follow these guidelines:

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. 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

The Sunday Mass booking form has been  disabled for the COVID-19 National Autumn Lockdown period.

The NHS COVID-19 tracing app is available for download. Our QR code is displayed in Narthex and can be scanned to check-in when attending for  private prayer  or you can complete a track & trace card.

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.

Covid-19 and the Sacraments

Baptism: Not permitted during the COVID-19 Autumn Lockdown period.

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: Not permitted during the COVID-19 Autumn Lockdown period.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Available by appointment. Please contact the parish office.

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

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: 10am
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

Parish Office: 
Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions and refurbishment works in the parish office, please contact the Presbytery by phone. 

Parish News

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Adoration

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on:

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

Many churches in the Croydon Deanery are also open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

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.

Please email waddonbk1@rcaos.org.uk 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 safeguardingoffice@rcaos.org.uk