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
What is Landing…? How could Landing look like in your Parish…?
With Fr. Dominic Robinson SJ and Sr. Dorothy Parrot OSU
Date And Time
Sat, 23 February 2019
11:00 – 15:00 GMT
Landings is a series of relaxed, informal, lay-led meetings, based on faith-sharing within a small group, that offer a safe and supported “landing place” for Catholics who have been away from the Church and are thinking about coming back.
There are many reasons why people stop practising their faith: Some may have had unpleasant or painful experiences in their church community, others feel uncomfortable with certain teachings of the church, others will simply have drifted away, whilst others may have been baptised but never had any experience of church.
Landings is not for everyone and many people looking to reconnect with their faith and the church will do so in other ways. However, many people looking to reconnect welcome the opportunity to reflect on their questions, concerns and experiences with others and to get to know a few other people before venturing into the wider parish community. (more…)
The echoes from the World Youth Day – Panama:
APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO PANAMA ON THE OCCASION OF THE 34th WORLD YOUTH DAY
WELCOME CEREMONY AND OPENING OF WORLD YOUTH DAY
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS
Thursday, 24 January 2019
Dear Young People, good evening!
How good it is to get together again, this time in a land that receives us with such radiance and warmth! As we gather in Panama, World Youth Day is once more a celebration, a celebration of joy and hope for the whole Church and, for the world, a witness of faith.
I remember that in Krakow several people asked me if I was going to be in Panama, and I told them: “I don’t know, but certainly Peter will be there. Peter is going to be there”. Today I am happy to say to you: Peter is with you, to celebrate and renew you in faith and hope. Peter and the Church walk with you, and we want to tell you not to be afraid, to go forward with the same fresh energy and restlessness that helps make us happier and more available, better witnesses to the Gospel. To go forward, not to create a parallel Church that would be more “fun” or “cool” thanks to a fancy youth event, as if that were all you needed or wanted. That way of thinking would respect neither you nor everything that the Spirit is saying through you. (more…)
New Mass Times
As you may have been aware, we are undergoing Restructuring and Renewal in our parish in tandem with our Bishops plan for the Diocese of Brentwood. We have had consultations and meetings in the past two years, and have been speaking to each other about the new direction of journey in our quest to rediscover Christ.
Before the end of the year 2018, we have, through our parish discussions, set a timetable in which to effect some change in the way we worship in the parish. In the interim we have a new mass timetable from now onwards until Lent. Weekday mass is as follows: Monday: mass is at 1 pm; Wednesday: mass is at 7 pm. The remainder days we have Eucharistic Service only. Weekend masses and mass times remains the same.
Timetable: From 11th – 23th February 2019
Services and Mass Intentions.
6th & 7th Sundays of the Year (C)
Saturday 9th February: 6.00pm People of the Parish
Sunday 10th February: 9.00am David Harris RIP
Sunday 10th February: 11.00am Donato Agatiello
Monday 11th February: 1.00pm Mariana De La Cruz RIP
Wednesday 12th February: 7.00pm Joseph Jules RIP
Saturday 16th February: 6.00pm People of the Parish
Sunday 17th February: 9.00am Private Intention
Sunday 17th February: 11.00am Private Intention
Monday 18th February: 11.00am Requiem, Herman Reinhardt RIP
Wednesday 20th February: 7.00pm Kathleen Mc Hale
Saturday 23rd February: 6.00pm Private Intention
Sunday 24th February: 9.00am People of the Parish
Sunday 24th February: 11.00am Private Intention
Our Journey has begun: Please invite a friend to come with you to Church
Date: Saturday 16th; Time: 10am – 3pm; Venue: St Stephen’s Parish – Manor Park
Thank you everyone for joining us on this journey of renewal for our parish community and all your welcome contributions so far. It feels like we are approaching a crucial time and the day we have planned for 16 February will be critical. At present we see on the day that there will be time for reflection and some time for planning around the areas we have set out. We hope that this can be presented to the parish at the beginning of Lent and you will have some people to work with during Lent to put some flesh onto the bones as we move towards one Sunday celebration at Easter.
As we continue to plan the day, please let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions at this stage. However the most important thing you can do is to help ensure that we have a good turn out on the day. I hope you will be able to commit to bringing four different people each with you, so that we have a critical mass to work with as we move forward.
Following our meeting in December and our day with the parish, Liam and myself have been reflecting on the best way forward to renew our Action Team. One of the things missing from the original plan is a smaller leadership team to discern the way forward over the coming year, and we are now in the process of establishing this.
We are hoping then to tweak the areas for development and appoint members of the Action Team to work on these areas during Lent. I’ll let you know where we are up to in the next week or two as we move forward. In the meantime may I encourage you to continue your conversations with parishioners as we seek to renew ourselves in the service of the Gospel.
Rev. Sean Connolly & Rev. Liam Hayes
Dear Stewards, Parishioners & Parishes,
A day of formation – working with and for our Youth. The Vicariate for Evangelisation are organising a formation day with Fr Dominic Howarth. They will be joining us on Saturday 9th March in Hornchurch.
Please put this date in your diary and pass it on. If you or anyone else in your parish are either actively working with youth or you are interested employing a youth co-ordinator, in line with the new Diocesan Vision, this day is for you. The content of the day will help inform the plan for your Parish Partnership, and it would be ideal if at least two Stewards from each Partnership group could attend.
To sign up please use the Doodle link below or email: email@example.com
Time: 10 am – 3 pm. Please see the timetable below.
The Diocese of Brentwood: ebulletin
Please find attached the first and second of our e- bulletins and I am copying it to your parishes as well.
As you will recall from earlier emails I would like each Parish Partnership to designate one person as the “Point Person” for communication purposes. This will help to keep communications efficient and effective. So very early in the New Year it would be very helpful if your partnership could let me know who is being designated for this purpose. click here to access the ebulletin.
Thank you all for the work you are doing and if I can ever be of assistance you know where I am!