Copies of the Christmas schedule of Masses and Confessions and processions are now available at the back of the church to take home, and also posted online and on the notice boards in the porch and outside the church. We hope you will join us in celebrating the Birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
On Saturday 4 December, we have our First Saturday devotions (5pm Holy Hour with meditations and Confessions, 6pm Mass and 7pm Rosary Confraternity Procession) followed at 7:45pm with a concert of Polish Christmas Carols sung by ‘Coro dell Angelo’ conducted by Violetta Gawara. Admission is free with a retiring collection. All very welcome.
On Tuesday 7 December, there will be a Dominican Rite Sung Mass by candlelight at 8pm. Mass will be sung at the High Altar in honour of Our Lady in Advent, called a ‘Rorate Mass’. After Mass there will be Marian consecrations, and some refreshments in the Hall.
On Saturday 11 December, Martin Stacey will give an organ recital at 7pm after the 6pm Mass; this is part of our monthly series of organ recitals on our historic Willis organ.
From 16-24 December, the Filipino community celebrates a novena of Masses called ‘Simbang Gabi’ to prepare for Christmas, with a fiesta of Filipino food after each Mass. All welcome!
On the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (7th October) in this 450th anniversary year of the institution of that feast, Fr Lawrence Lew OP will celebrate the 6pm Mass in the church.
After Mass, you are warmly invited into the Priory Cloister for a reception and book launch of Fr Lawrence’s first book, ‘Mysteries Made Visible: Praying the Rosary with Sacred Art‘. The book features photographs taken by Fr Lawrence from churches around the world depicting the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary, and each Mystery is accompanied by a short Scripture quotation and reflection written by Fr Lawrence. The book carries a Foreword from the Master of the Order, and several endorsements from well-known promoters of the Rosary including Fr Donald Calloway MIC, author of Champions of the Rosary, and Bishop Robert Barron.
Some comments on the book from people who have pre-ordered copies from the Catholic Truth Society:
“I started reading it this afternoon whilst on the train… and was totally captivated so much so that I have read it cover to cover! … I honestly couldn’t put it down! What an amazing, richly informative/catechetical, deeply devotional, theological, scriptural, artistic, and historical masterpiece!! I have no doubt that this will lead those who read and reflect upon it into a much deeper appreciation of the mysteries of the Rosary and devotion to Our Blessed Mother.”
And another wrote from Glasgow: “I have just received (from CTS) a copy of your latest book, Mysteries Made Visible, and am writing to congratulate you on such a beautiful publication. I found that reading it was inspiring and gave me a greater love and appreciation of the Rosary. The artwork is excellent and the accompanying text helps me understand the mysteries better.”
Copies are available from the CTS online (£12.95 usually, or £15% off with this code ‘ROSARY15’ if you purchase before 15 October), or from the Rosary Shrine for £10. Click here to look inside the book.
Our Lady of the Rosary appeared to the saintly children of Fatima in 1917. It is often forgotten that Our Lady continued to speak to Sr Lucia of Fatima a few more times, and in 1925 the Blessed Virgin specifically asked that on the first Saturdays of the month, we should:
- Make a good confession in a spirit of reparation for blasphemies against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart;
- Receive Holy Communion in a state of grace, and as an act of reparation for sins against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart;
- Pray five decades of the Rosary;
- Fifteen minutes of meditative prayer on the Mysteries of the Rosary, ie: the Gospels. A lectio divina will be done during Adoration to aid this. This meditation is in addition to the praying of the Rosary.
For a fuller explanation of the first Saturday devotion, which is approved by the Church, please refer to these sites: http://www.rosary-center.org/firstsat.htm and https://worldfatima-englandwales.org.uk/the-five-first-saturdays-devotion-explained/.
As this is the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, we wish to honour Our Lady’s requests, and to provide a means for people in London to observe the First Saturday acts of reparation. Please see the poster above, and do come and join us in prayer, meditation, Mass, Confession, and a Rosary Procession, every first Saturday of the month.
We shall start on 2 October, the month of the Holy Rosary. In addition to these monthly first Saturday devotions, please note that throughout the months of May and October, we shall continue to have a Rosary procession every Saturday at 7pm.
Our new parish sisters, Sr Carino and Sr Lucy will be leading the new First Communion programme for our parish. Registration forms are now available and registration will close on 30 September. This course will be for all children in the parish wishing to receive their First Holy Communion in 2022. The course will begin with a retreat/reflection afternoon on Saturday 2nd October which both parents and children are required to attend. After this, the First Holy Communion classes will take place at 2.30pm on Saturdays in the church. Faith formation for parents will take place at the same time in the parish hall.
For more information, please email:
Sr Carino and Sr Lucy from the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph (based in the New Forest) have made a video to introduce themselves to us.
From 11 September 2021, they will be coming to St Dominic’s every weekend, helping the Dominican friars to support and build up the parish community in faith, hope, and love. They will have a key role in forming lay volunteers as catechists, working alongside them in providing catechesis for the children of this parish, preparing them to receive the Sacraments and encouraging them in their friendship with Jesus Christ. Welcome, dear Sisters!
Under the current phase of the re-opening of England, and considering the security needs of the church, here are the Opening Hours for the church:
Mon – Fri: 3pm – 7pm (with Adoration at 5pm, Mass at 6pm, and Vespers at 6:45pm)
Saturdays: 5pm – 7pm (unless other advertised events are going on which may allow us to open earlier in the day)
Sundays: 8am – 1:30pm, and 5pm–7:30pm (with Masses at 8:30am, 10am, 12noon, Adoration, Vespers & Benediction at 5pm, and Dominican Rite Sung Mass in Latin at 6pm)
Pope Francis has urged us to pray the Rosary daily during the month of May, which is known as Mary’s month, to ask God to end the pandemic. During the month of May, there will be a Rosary Procession every Saturday at 7pm in our church. This lasts about 30 minutes, and guest choirs will sing at some of them. The procession will not be livestreamed except on 29 May.
Our weekly livestreamed Rosary will continue every Friday at 8pm. Do please join us on youtube.com/c/RosariumOP. This is an online event only.
During the month of May, the Luminous Mysteries Rosary Garden will be open, weather permitting. Please note that if the weather is inclement, the garden will not be opened! Planned opening hours are:
Sunday: 8:30am – 11:45am
Monday: 1 – 2pm
Tuesday: 1 – 2pm
Wednesday: 1 – 2pm
Thursday: 3 – 4pm
Friday: 3 – 4pm
Saturday: 11am – 12pm
We thank our volunteers who enable the Garden to be opened. If you’d like to volunteer to open the garden, please email email@example.com or contact us on Facebook. Thank you.
On 22nd of May, the Legion of Mary will be making a Pilgrimage to the Rosary Shrine, and all are welcome to join them for prayers, Mass (12 noon), and a talk. The programme of events for that day are here.
On the 29th of May, the Rosary Garden will be open from 1:30pm – 5:30pm as part of the National Garden Scheme, and proceeds from tickets, tea, and cakes will go to charity. In the evening, after the 6pm Vigil Mass, the 7pm Rosary procession will be broadcast live on Radio Maria England, and there will be an opportunity to find out more about Radio Maria.
Nine of our young parishioners were confirmed on Pentecost Sunday (23 May 2021). Thank you to their catechists and congratulations to them! We value the contribution of our young adults to the life of our parish, and we pray for them.
We will be enrolling new Confirmation candidates for both 2021 and 2022 at the same time in December this year, and they will be confirmed together in the Summer of 2022. If you would like to be confirmed this year (2021) it may be possible to join the Deanery group at the Cathedral. Please speak to Fr Lawrence after Sunday Mass.
Candidates for First Holy Communion: Parents should have registered their interest with the parish secretary, or should speak to the parish priest after Sunday Mass. We hope to begin catechesis soon for 2021 Communions, so please register asap at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptismal Preparation: Infant baptisms will ordinarily take place on the 1st Sunday of the month at the 10am Mass. Please speak to Fr Lawrence after Sunday Mass if you wish to have your child baptised. In most cases, you will need to attend two sessions of the Baptismal Course. This usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month after the 10am Mass. A form will be given to you either by Fr Lawrence or the Catechist, and you can book the Baptism after you have attended the second session, if necessary.