Easter Sunday - Sunday 4th April 2021
A radiant and peace-filled Easter to you!
After our Lenten observance we have arrived at Easter Sunday. We have followed Jesus in His passion and death and arrived at His glorious resurrection. For forty days, in our own little ways, we have attempted through prayer and sacrifice, to follow Jesus on his way of the cross, and have arrived at joyful celebration of Easter.
The Passover, in the Old Testament, was a celebration of the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. In the New Testament it was an anticipation of the ‘Passover’ to a new life, free from the dominion of sin and death. It was and continues to be, a passing over from a life filled with a blinded consciousness of the self, to a conscious and determined selflessness; from a considered, calculated giving to an unconditional giving till it hurts; from a holding back to a total emptying of oneself; from this worldliness to Godliness.
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and reminds us that if we trust in Jesus and in His death and resurrection, we will receive a new hope in him. As the apostle Paul would remind us, in the resurrection of Jesus, “death is swallowed up in victory,” and we have received a “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.” Easter brings into focus the sacrifice of Good Friday, where Caiaphas pronounces that “it is better that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” The sacrifice of Jesus was so that “may they all be one.” His resurrection is, as well, to bring about, promote and foster communion and unity among all peoples. That is why Jesus breathes his Peace upon his disciples. The first greeting of the resurrected Lord is “Peace be with you.”
This Easter, the same Lord breathes His Peace upon you and me. Having received His Peace, you and I are called to be missionaries of His peace, joy and new life. He calls us not to be stuck in our past, but to move forward in His peace, with new hope and vigour. He invokes us to continue to grow into, to strengthen and to build His Body, the Church here at St. Dominic’s.
Jesus Christ is alive and he remains with us. Conscious that, through His death on the cross, Jesus has washed us of our failures and sins, may we make space for the Peace of the risen Lord to reign in our hearts, in our homes and in our community. Filled with the Joy of Easter, may ‘alleluia’ be our song and may we take and share the Lord’s peace, light and joy with one another.
I take this opportunity to render my thanks to everyone who has helped and cooperated in the organising of the Easter Triduum. Though I mention no names, lest someone be left out, I am profoundly grateful to each of you for your generous help and cooperation. May God bless you abundantly.
Have a peace-filled, joyful and radiant Easter!
Take care and keep well.
Stay 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 May 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.
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. 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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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