St. Stephen's Presbytery,
146 Little Ilford Lane,
London, E12 5PJ
Welcome About Us
St. Stephen’s and St. Nicholas parish – Manor Park, or St. Stephen’s in short, is the Catholic parish Church of Manor Park, Newham, Greater London. The parish is the eastern most Catholic parish in the Newham deanery bordering Ilford, and our Brentwood diocesan charity number is 234092.LEARN MORE
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Church Reopening – How Do I Book To Attend Mass?
- There will be Mass at 9 am every week day morning and 9 am and 11 am on Sundays.
- If you have any questions please call 020 8478 1895 or email [email protected] Our office hours are Monday 10.30-5.30 Thursday 10.30 – 3.30 and Friday 10.30-1.00.
- Please ensure you read the below guidance before you come to the church for mass.
- Please remember that if you or a member of your household is displaying Covid-19 symptoms, you must not come to Mass.
- Face coverings are recommended.
- Please follow the guidance of the stewards.
- The QR Code for NHS Track & Trace is available in the entrance of the church.
- Hand sanitiser is available as you enter the church.
- As social distancing is no longer mandatory you may sit where you wish in the church for mass however please be respectful of each other’s personal space and keep a safe distance from parishioners who are not in your household as some parishioners may be feeling more vulnerable than others.
- For communion, to ensure safe distancing please wait to be guided by the stewards to come to communion and keep a safe distance from each other in the communion queue.
- Communion will be received in the hand (outstretched) only ensuring a safe distance.
- There will be collection baskets at the exits of the church if you would like to leave your donation or you can also make an online donation through the parish or diocese website.
- If you would like to use our church shop then please let one of the stewards know at the end of mass and they will make sure that you are able to access it. Please follow the guidance of the stewards when using the shop for everyone’s safety.
St Stephen's say Goodbye to their Parish Priest
St Stephen’s say Goodbye to their beloved Parish Priest St Stephen’s parish organised a goodbye after mass nibble for their beloved priest. Reverend Father Sean Connelly had served St Stephen’s and St Nicholas Parish – Manor Park for more than a decade, during which time the Church in Manor Park has grown in her understanding and maturity in terms of issues affecting its parishioners and other communities in Newham. And it was under the occasion of the celebration of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary – 15 th August 2021.
It must also be noted that during his pastoral care at the Manor Park parish, we were able to build synergy and fraternity within the parish. This will last for a very long time, and all this was captured in a speech given by Hazel Ringrow before the end of mass which you can read below.
“Good Morning everyone,
We have been through this many times before, but when it comes down to that last moment - a moment to say goodbye, we are unable to handle it as well as we thought we would. Our much-loved parish priest, Fr. Sean, is moving to a new parish –
A little change, a little pain, but eventually a transition considered beneficial for the priest and parish alike. It is a thoughtful and orderly process that is classic for Catholics. Yet, I must confess that Fr. Sean’s impending departure is very painful for us. However, we are consoled by the fact that he has laid a very good foundation for us to build upon.
Father's departure is not completely unexpected. He has been with our Church for more than 12 years. He will leave behind a legacy - spiritual thoughtfulness rooted in deep Catholic faith, We thank you Fr. Sean for your Truth and courage to speak the truth. You are a compassionate man, a friend to the sick and needy, but you stand like a rock on matters of principle. We shall never forget the love, kindness and support which Fr. Sean has shown us. And of course his tolerance and forgiveness of our many imperfections. Amen to that!
I am sure that Fr. Sean’s good work will still live on even after he leaves our parish. We shall always remember his faithfulness, constancy, passion, and dedication to his priesthood. This morning, we have an opportunity to celebrate his good work and to remember the great bonds of friendship and love that he inspires throughout the community. I am proud to say that Fr. Sean is our priest and our friend. Many of our parishioners will miss him, no doubt at all. We ask God to bless him as he begins his mission at his new parish”
Thank you for showing us the path towards God. We will forever be grateful to you for reviewing and restoring our faith in the Almighty. We feel nothing but blessed by him to have a priest like you. Thank you for helping us with everything. You are the kindest and most generous priest in this church. It has been a blessing for us to have you. We will miss all your jokes.
Amongst other achievements under his care was the building of our parish website and then during the pandemic and under his care was St. Stephen’s Food Bank. Social Media and other face time platforms such as Zoom were tools he allowed to be used to help with communication within the parish. By far we leverage the merits of Zoom the most as a platform for church use, as our congregation is fully invited to participate rather than follow in with the celebration of mass.
All in all, he championed many things within the framework below which our church will benefit from for a long time.
- Working with others to achieve a goal
- Involve in community building -
- Train the faithful to become champions in their neighborhoods
May God, whom he gave himself as a servant of the people under the Lordship of Bishop Allen, continue to protect and guide him throughout his Ministry. Amen
St Stephen’s Food Bank and other notices
Thank you to those of you who have been supporting our food bank with your kind and generous donations. The food bank will continue to operate during the lockdown apart from the last Sunday of every month and you are welcome to drop your donations off to us when we are operating on Sundays at 11.30 or you can drop your donations off during the week to the parish office.
The Parish Office hours are (Monday 10.30 am – 5:30 pm, Thursday 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and Friday 10.30 am – 1 pm). You can also donate online through this diocese link https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations/?parish=manor-park by marking ‘other’ as ‘food bank’. If you would prefer to give a cash donation then you can do so through Father Sean’s letterbox but please mark the donation clearly as ‘food bank’. If you have any queries on how to donate please contact us on 0208 478 1895.
The items that we are most in need of at the moment are:. tinned foods, cereals, rice/pasta, biscuits,. women sanitary products and baby products.And of course whatever you can donate is much appreciated. Thank you for your continued support in helping us feed those in need our local community.
You can support us in our quest to seek God through other; our interaction with other faith groups through The East London Community Organisation (TELCO); our food bank program and other campaigns for the good of society.Donate Now