Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—4th July 2021
We have celebrated the solemnities of three apostles, Saints Peter and Paul on 29th June and St. Thomas on 3rd July in the week that has gone by, along with the feast of the First Martyrs of the See of Rome (30th June). The week provided us with a wonderful opportunity to contemplate the faith of the Apostles and the earliest martyrs and reflect upon our faith. Their faith and commitment to Jesus and their fellow Christians is an inspiration, as well as a challenge to us. They cherished their relationship with Jesus and the calling to follow him to such an extent that they were ready to sacrifice everything for him. They were filled with the experience of Jesus and the power of His Holy Spirit so much so that, other than Jesus and his Kingdom, nothing else mattered.
We, as baptised members of the Church and of God’s Kingdom, are invited to follow the example of these Apostles and Holy Martyrs and to collaborate in the flourishing of God’s Kingdom on earth. Through Jesus we are members of God’s Kingdom and we are granted the privilege and responsibility of promoting the Kingdom of God and bringing alive its values.
Every parish community is one such gathering of believers in Jesus and his Kingdom. Each parish church is dedicated to a particular saint or to our Blessed Mother. The dedication of the parish to a particular saint or to the Blessed Virgin is a call to reflect upon his/her life, imitate the saint, treasure his/her values and live and witness to them in the community.
Our parish Church is dedicated to Saint Dominic de Guzman, a Castilian Catholic priest, founder of the Order of Preachers (known as Dominicans) and patron saint of astrologers. We are, therefore, called to reflect on his teachings and preaching and copy his example in following Jesus and witnessing to him. St. Dominic gazes high into the heavens and calls us to gaze into the heavenly, spiritual realm and translate our lives into spiritual, divine lives.
To help us walk into the footsteps of St. Dominic de Guzman, we have drafted a vision statement for our parish and invite every member of our parish and worshipping community to reflect upon it. The vision statement is “IN COMMUNION WITH JESUS CHRIST AND ‘IN COMPANIONSHIP’ WITH ONE ANOTHER, ‘TO PRAY, BLESS’ AND ‘SOW THE SEED’ OF THE GOOD NEWS, FOR ‘THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD.’”
This is a draft vision statement open for improvement. The words in single inverted commas are taken from the writings of St. Dominic. Once finalised, it will serve as a guiding light to our parish life and activities. So, could I please urge you to, prayerfully, reflect upon the draft vision statement and if you have any suggestions, to please email them to me at my email address. I will, over the next few Sundays, examine and discuss upon the key words or phrases to help us prayerfully ponder upon them.
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 continue to 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.
Grace Fadden, a long standing parishioner, died in hospital on Sunday August 8th. May she rest in peace. Sincere condolences to her family.
Sunday Mass Booking
To attend Sunday masses in September 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: The 2021/22 First Communion and Reconciliation programme will be starting in November.
Confirmation: Taking place on 26th June and 3rd July 2021. Please check emails regularly.
Matrimony: Services must follow the guidance given by CBCEW for weddings. Up to 30 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.
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 5:15pm – 5:45pm & Thursday 9:45am – 11:00am
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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