Second Week of Lent - Sunday 21st February 2021
NASA successfully landed its rover Perseverance on the surface of planet Mars on Thursday after Ash Wednesday. The rover had left the earth on its mission more than six months ago, and scientists at NASA were, anxiously but excitedly, anticipating its landing, despite the fear of the ‘seven minutes of terror.’ The mission is with a hope to research and explore the possibility of any evidence that life existed on Mars. A day before this landing, we have observed Ash Wednesday, which introduces us to a period of forty days to prepare for the solemn feast of Easter. This Lent, like the scientists at NASA, God has begun his mission to recover and restore the divine life within us. God wishes that we transport ourselves to that original state of being that we were brought into through the sacrament of Baptism. NASA’s mission in rover Perseverance is to travel away from planet earth to Mars and research. God’s mission is that we travel within, into ourselves and rediscover and recover the foundational element of our grace-filled existence. God calls us to go into ourselves and find that true life which God has blessed us with. God is waiting anxiously and excitedly for our response. He knows we can have several ‘minutes of terror’ terrorised, distracted and deviated by the evil one. Yet, he reminds us that His grace is sufficient.
Lent is the time when God calls us to launch our spiritual rover through a life of faithfulness, prayer, charity, sacrifice, penance, perseverance, commitment, silence, spiritual reading, etc. to retrace the imprint of God’s life in us. This Lent, let us travel within ourselves and find the joy, peace and love that exists within. This Lent, let us travel within ourselves to find the light of God glowing brightly within us, and allow its radiance to take away all darkness around us and also let us bring it to the others. This Lent, let us go within and find the stream of endless hope which can nurture and sustain us in the low moments of our lives. This Lent, as we travel within ourselves, may we discover how much God values us, and cherish it by valuing and respecting others. May this Lent truly be a journey within ourselves to rediscover God’s presence, and to cherish and live it.
On a practical note:
1. We will reflect upon and pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent, after the 7.00pm mass.
2. Please remember that you can attend any weekday mass, as fulfilment of Sunday obligation (even though the Sunday obligation continues to remain waived).
3. Kindly book/reserve your place for Sunday mass via the online reservation link on our parish website, and attend it, lest you deprive someone else from participating in the Eucharist.
4. Please come at least 10 minutes early before Mass begins, as we will shut the doors when mass begins to allow our stewards to participate fully in the Mass.
5. Let us grow as one worshipping and caring community. I would appreciate if we could have some more younger volunteers to help in stewarding and sanitising. If anyone wishes to help out, or if you have any queries and suggestions, could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
6. Please do not wait for the Holy Week to do your Confessions. I would appreciate if you could consider going for confession much ahead of time in preparation for Easter.
Be safe and keep others safe. Take care and 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 February 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: Course details to be published when available.
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.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Fridays after 7pm Holy Mass during Lent.
Archbishop John and the Diocesan Spirituality Commission are offering a Retreat for Lent, entitled ‘Follow Me’, which you can follow in your own home.
To prepare for Holy week, Fr. Henry Wansbrough, a Benedictine monk based at Ampleforth Abbey, will lead participants through different narratives of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus in order to gain a deeper understanding of these powerful events. To find out more or join the webinars, visit Eventbrite.
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
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.
Please email email@example.com for further information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org