St Stephen's - Manor Park


Fr Paschal to lead this Sunday’s service on BBC local radio

Our newest priest, Fr Paschal Uche, will be leading the BBC local radio religious service at 8am this Sunday, 30 August. The service will be heard across all 39 BBC local radio stations, with an estimated audience of half a million listeners. Fr Paschal only became a priest at the beginning of August – but he has some media experience to call on. He famously greeted Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of young Catholics during the Papal Visit to the UK and had to field a number of media interviews afterwards. He has been involved in large youth events such as Flame and has also recorded videos on his vocational journey and his role while a deacon. Most recently he impressed in a video – Being Black and Catholic – produced by the Diocese of Westminster

Caritas Brentwood – Looking for a Development Officer

If you are passionate about supporting local volunteers, and have strong experience in training and networking in the charitable sector, this could be your perfect job! Please visit for the Job Description and full details of this significant new role, which will help enhance our Gospel mandate to serve and recognise Christ in the poor, and in those on the edges. The deadline to apply is October 2nd 2020 and the start date is January 2021.

With many thanks,

Fr Dominic and Steven Webb

Church Reopening – Volunteers needed

The Parish Team has been working together to make the necessary arrangements to open our church initially for private prayer and later for mass.

It will not be possible to open our church without our community working together to support us in various roles as we need to follow guidelines issued by the government and the diocese. At this stage we would like volunteers to support us in two ways, ushering and cleaning. If you are able to volunteer for either role, please give us a call on 020 8478 1895 or e-mail us at …. kindly leave a message with your phone number and name and we will get back to you.

Volunteers will be given training and personal protective equipment to ensure their safety.

Please note that volunteers must not be over the age of 60, must not have any underlying health conditions and not live with any elderly/vulnerable people.

We will not be able to open for private prayer or mass without volunteers to support us so please do your very best to come forward and offer your support at this difficult time.

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Social Distancing/Self Isolation is difficult.

There is no doubt that people are struggling/will struggle with this new reality.

Unfortunately there will be issues resulting from this.

Here are a list of numbers you may find useful:

Childline – 0800 1111

Samaritans – 116 123

Domestic Violence Hotline – 0808 2000 247

The Survivors Trust – 0808 801 0181

Mind – 0300 123 3393

Age UK – 0800 169 6565

In addition:

The Forced Marriage Unit – 020 7008 0151

LGBT+ Switchboard – 0300 330 0630

The Mental Health Charity Good Thinking has a lot of useful resources to help you look after yourself – @GoodThinkingUK

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