Fr Martin's Message

Weekend Masses:
Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am 11:30am
Weekday Masses this Week:
Monday 9:15am, Tuesday 9:15, Wednesday 7:30pm, Friday 9:15am
Ascension Thursday 13th May – Holy Day of Obligation - Mass Times: 8:00am and 7.30pm

**Please Note: You need to book for weekend masses. If you wish to book by telephone, please try to call during office opening times (Mon, Thurs & Fri mornings - please do not ring on a Wednesday) and please do not call after 7.00pm if possible. Your booking will be automatically accepted so please do not expect a response unless we cannot accommodate you. Please remember at all masses in the Church you will need to wear a face mask. No need to book for a weekday mass. Parish email/Telephone: hornchurchstmmg@dioceseofbrentwood.org or call 01708 447761.

Church Open for Private Prayer: Church will be open this Thursday for private prayer and adoration between 11:00am - 1:00pm

Newsletter: A weekly newsletter can be found above under ‘Newsletters’.

Food Bank: The SVP of the parish are asking for donations of food (non-perishable) for the local food bank. Please bring any food you can donate and leave it in the basket in the porch. Ideally leave it in a carrier bag.

Catholic Faith: If you are not a Catholic and would like to know more about the Catholic faith, or you know someone who may be interested, please contact Fr Martin.

Pope Francis call for prayer in this month of May: Pope Francis is requesting that during this month of May the entire Church invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the end of the pandemic and, in a special way, he is inviting all of us to pray fervently for those most closely affected by it. He urges us to pray the rosary daily in May.
To read more go to: www.pcpne.va/content/pcpne/en/news/2021-04-23.html.
He writes, “Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment”. Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

Gift Aid Boxes: The gift aid boxes are available in the church porch. If you cannot find your box, please call or email the parish secretary with your phone number or speak to Fr Martin as you leave church.

Offerings to the Parish: There are various ways you can donate to the parish.

  1. The Diocese of Brentwood have set up a donation page on their website click here. Please remember to select Hornchurch 1- St Mary Mother of God when completing the form.
  2. Set up direct debit directly with your bank using the following form (Bank Standing Order).
  3. Contact the Parish Office for details of the Parish Bank Account.
  4. Consult the Parish Newsletter which says how you can donate
  5. Post your offerings through the letterbox of the presbytery.

Please remember in your prayers Mary Kane and Brendan Murphy who died recently and the sick and housebound of the parish and those in hospital. If anyone is seriously ill and needs the priest, please ring the Presbytery.

Also keep in your prayers our doctors, nurses and care workers who are working under a lot of pressure at this time.

Year of St. Joseph - Patron of the universal Church

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only son; In you Mary placed her trust;
With you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, Show yourself a father
And guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
And defend us from every evil.
Amen.