2nd February

Rosary Shrine events (Feb-Jun 2019)

The Rosary Shrine released the list of events for February – June 2019; leaflets will be available in church from this Sunday. Among the highlights are a Pilgrimage to Paris in March, and the Holy Week retreat in April.

May, the month of Our Lady, will be an important month with the annual Prayer Vigil for Life on 10 May, the Opening of our new Luminous Mysteries Rosary Garden on 24 May, and a Gala fund-raising concert on 25 May of Marian motets composed and conducted by Sir James MacMillan.

6th March

Lectio Divina (Wed Prayer Group)

This Lent, why not discover the blessings of God’s Word? The Lord has something powerful and beautiful for you, and the Word of God is creative and has the power to heal and soothe our souls; to open up new avenues and possibilities; and to shine a light in the darkness.

Every Wednesday, beginning this Ash Wednesday at 6:45pm (after the 6pm Mass) until about 7:45pm, a Dominican friar will lead the group in adoration and praise, followed by a powerful method of ‘lectio divina’ popularised by the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit in Phoenix, Arizona. We will engage in a meditative reading of Scripture (usually the Mass readings for the following Sunday). Then, like our mother Mary, we shall pray with the living Word of God, pondering it in our hearts, and inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to us. We will also listen to one another and open our hearts to them, and then we shall open our hearts to God’s Spirit, and allow him to speak His words of blessing and power to our neighbour, through us.

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29) 

24th May

Opening of Rosary Garden on St Dominic’s feast

Friday the 24th of May is the feast of the Translation of the Relics of St Dominic, a day which recalls the transfer of his body into a wonderful new Shrine in Bologna in 1233.

We invite you to join us in celebrating our patronal feast day this year on 24 May. There will be a Solemn Mass at 6pm with music sung by a special Choir, and a children’s Choir from the Rosary School. The Mass will be celebrated and preached by Dom David Charlesworth OSB, former Abbot of Buckfast Abbey.

At the close of the Mass, the new Mysteries of Light Rosary Garden will be officially opened and blessed, and the new statue of Our Lady of Cana will be blessed. Afterwards, there will be a buffet and drinks reception in the parish Hall.

All are welcome for an evening of prayer, song, and festivities in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Dominic. To continue the celebratory weekend, don’t miss our Gala Fundraising Concert of choral music by Sir James MacMillan conducted by the composer himself on the next evening, Sat 25th May at 7:30pm! Tickets available here.

25th May

This Saturday: Sir James MacMillan to conduct his Marian Motets at the Rosary Shrine (25 May 2019)

The Rosary Shrine is delighted to announce that Sir James MacMillan CBE, one of the country’s most successful and highly-acclaimed composers and conductors, will be coming to conduct a concert sung by one of London’s top chamber choirs specially selected by Sir James, called The Elysian Singers. They will perform an hour of MacMillan’s music written in honour of Mary, the Mother of God. The concert, starting at 7:30pm in the church, will be on 25th May, in the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ticket sales will go towards the Rosary Shrine Fund, which pays for the on-going renovation and renewal of this beautiful Victorian church.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite, and there are two tiers:
£15 (£10 conc.) for the MacMillan concert only; or £25 for the concert followed by a wine reception in the parish Hall, and admission to an interview with Sir James, during which he will speak about his musical influences, his Catholic faith, and the stories behind the motets performed in the concert. It will be possible on the day to add on to the £15 ticket if you decide to attend the wine reception and/or the interview.

4th June

Rethinking Salvation in Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’

The Rosary Shrine welcomes Professor Vittorio Montemaggi, of King’s College London and the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is Lecturer in Religion at King’s College London, and his is co-editor of Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry (2010), and the author of ten essays on Dante’s Commedia and on the relationship between Dante’s Commedia and the works of Primo Levi and Roberto Benigni. 

All are welcome to this free talk on Tuesday 4 June at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.

22nd August

Schola Ste-Cecile from Paris to visit the Shrine (22 Aug)

The Octave day of the Assumption, 22nd August is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the extraordinary form liturgical calendar. This year, the Rosary Shrine welcomes the famed ‘Schola Sainte-Cecile‘, the choir of the traditional parish of Saint Eugène in Paris, who are on a tour of England.

To celebrate this feast, there will be a Sung Mass in the Dominican rite at 7:30pm. Mass will be sung at the High Altar, and the Schola will sing the Dominican chants propers and sacred polyphony (Mass Ordinary) by François Cosset (c.1610-73).

After Mass there will be a candlelit Eucharistic procession with the praying of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in the appropriate Rosary chapel, ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The Rosary will be interspersed with choral and organ music played on our historic ‘Fr Willis’ organ.

We hope you’ll join us here in Our Lady’s Rosary Shrine and honour her Immaculate Heart in this beautiful way.

9th November

Catholic Medical Association – Annual Requiem & Retreat Day (9 Nov)

This event, organised by the New Evangelisation Committee of the Catholic Medical Association, is a mini day-retreat on Sat 9th November, at the Rosary Shrine. Although the aim of this event is to bring together Catholics in healthcare, all are welcome (whether CMA members or not, whether in healthcare or not) who might have an interest in the event.

The itinerary for the day:

  • 11:30am = Sung Requiem Mass in the Dominican rite.
  • 12:45pm = Bring a packed lunch to go with tea and coffee provided in the Parish Hall.
  • 13:15pm = Talk on the ‘Four Last Things’ by Fr George Roth
  • 2pm = Stational Rosary in the Rosary Shrine church
  • 2:25pm = Tea and coffee, ending by 3pm.

21st December

Monthly Processions at the Rosary Shrine

Every month in Our Lady’s Rosary Shrine, we shall have a Eucharistic Rosary procession, which is a unique feature of the devotional life of this Rosary Shrine church:

The Blessed Sacrament is carried in a candlelit procession with Dominican chants, hymns, and sacred music. The Blessed Sacrament is taken into the individual Rosary chapels, and the corresponding Mystery of the Rosary is prayed in that chapel kneeling before the Lord, present in the Holy Eucharist.

At the end of the procession, either Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament takes place, or the Eucharist is carried to each person and a blessing and prayer for healing is given individually for that person. You may bring photos of your loved ones too, and so ask for Christ’s blessing for them.

The next Eucharistic Rosary processions are on:

  • Sat 30 November at 7pm, with special prayers for our beloved dead.
  • Sat 21 December at 7pm, with special prayers for pregnant and new mothers, and for the unborn child.

All are very welcome to take part in these processions. Please do share this news, and invite your friends, family, and neighbours!

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