Pentecost Sunday — 23rd May 2021
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Pentecost,when Jesus sent the promised, advocate, theHoly Spirit upon his apostles and those gathered around them in the upper room. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is universally recognised as the official birthday of the Church. The descent of the Holy Spirit transformed the self-isolating disciples of Jesus into missionaries, taking the gospel to peoples, near and far. The Holy Spirit guided the disciples of Jesus to carry out His mission on earth. As Acts 2: 2-4 reveals to us, the spoke in different languages, yet understood one another. Pentecost was the initial moment of the communion of communities or churches that the Second Vatican Council so importantly impressed upon us. The Holy Spirit brought about a communion of languages, races and peoples. That is the mission that Jesus has gifted each of us at Baptism and especially at Confirmation, when we have received the Holy Spirit.
We are well aware of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, namely, the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord. Perhaps, this week we could take a moment to reflect upon these gifts of the Holy Spirit and what they mean to us in our personal lives. We need; Wisdom – to acknowledge with gratitude the presence and work of God in our lives, in others around us and in the nature. Understanding – to know our responsibilities and obligations as followers of Christ. As St. Thomas Aquila’s would say, it is a gift by which self-evident principles are known and lived by. Counsel – It is right judgement to discern right from wrong. It helps avoid sin and do what is right. Fortitude – It is courage to do the right things for Jesus and His Kingdom. Knowledge – It is not just an accumulation of facts, rather it is understanding the meaning of God. Piety – It is reverence for God and the Church, out of love, trust and humility. Fear of the Lord – It is wonder or awe of God, which reminds us that God is all perfection and we ought to seek perfection in our lives.
The Holy Spirit guided the disciples and the early Church in their life and ministry. It assisted the Church is spreading love, mercy, goodness and godliness to the world. It continues to work in each of us and trusts upon our cooperation and collaboration in bringing others to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. It would also helps us to reflect upon the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which are love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, and to strive to live them in our lives. Living our lives by yielding to the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we are called to build God’s Kingdom on earth, and bring forth communion. We are blessed by the Holy Spirit with gifts and charisms. Let us use them to build our community here at St. Dominic’s and to make it a vibrant, spiritual, loving, caring and compassionate community.
Take care and keep well. Be safe and keep others safe. God bless!
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 June 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Applicants should check their emails regularly for further information.
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 Year of the Word
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.
Spiritual Resources and Prayers
A prayer for protection in times of pandemic.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet to be prayed daily at 3pm.
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. The 2021/22 envelopes are now 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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