Events for Holy week & Easter 2019
Please do come and worship at St Stephen’s Parish church during Holy week. We are undergoing Renewal at the moment and moving forward to bringing together our ministries in order to serve our parish efficiently and effectively. Before all that, lets prepare to celebrating the birth of our faith.
14th April – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.
Saturday – 6 PM: Mass with the blessing of palms
Sunday – 9 AM: Mass with the blessing of palms
Sunday – 11 AM: Mass with the blessing of palms and a solemn procession
(Please gather at the school Hall)
15th April – Monday in Holy week: 9 AM – Morning prayer and Eucharistic service
7 PM: Service of Reconciliation
16th April – Tuesday of Holy Week
9 AM: Morning prayer and Eucharistic service
17th April – Wednesday of Holy Week (At Brentwood Cathedral only)
7 PM: Blessing of the Chrism with the blessing of oils; and Renewal of priestly ministry
18th April – Holy Thursday
8 PM: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by watching at the altar of repose until 11.30 pm.
11.15: Night Prayer
19th April – Good Friday
12.15: Children’s Station of the Cross
3 pm: Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
20th April: Easter Night
8 PM: Liturgy of the Paschal Vigil (Please gather in the school Hall)
21st April – Easter Day
10 AM: Mass of the Resurrection
The Vicariate of Evangelisation:
The Vicariate for Evangelisation exists to enable communities to be renewed and transformed by the life giving breath of the Holy Spirit.
“The primary reason for evangelising is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel an intense desire to share this love, we need to pray insistently that he will once more touch our hearts. We need to implore his grace daily, asking him to open our cold hearts and shake up our lukewarm and superficial existence.”
Come with your Children where they will be initiated in the Word of God.
A group of catechists have organised to be initiating the Word of God to our children. At present it will be every other Sunday. The Children Bible Study, as it is called is meant for children from the ages of 7 upwards. It is a one hour session of reading contextually from the Bible; singing; sharing stories while having fun.
The children Bible Study began a couple of years ago and has become a raison d’etre for children – they love it. Nonetheless, this arrangement fits in well with the Renewal and Restructuring of our parish community and will equally allow parishioners with that baptismal gift to commit their talent in that area.
Two years ago the Parish Council decided to act on some of the issues that were considered a lack in our community. One of which was the shear lack of a youth leader. CTC – Centre for Theology and Community who were in partnership and are still our closest partners in terms of Christian philosophy and teaching, and how to go about it in a metropolitan cities like London, supplied our parish with a very motivated young man to set us up. We have seen the foundation he had single-handedly laid down for us.
If you are a parishioner and wants to deepen your understanding in the scriptures, please do not hesitate to make your interest known. Should you also want to help, please approach the catechists in person and they will tell you what to do.
These are the dates for future sessions for children at St Stephen’s Parish – Manor Park;
10th February; 24th February; 10th March; 24th March 2019
You can support us in our quest to seek god through other; our interaction with other faith groups in our neighbourhood; our care for the elderly programme and living wage campaigns through our gift aid program.