The Compendium of the Catechism teaches us that “Penance can be expressed in many and various ways but above all in fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. These and many other forms of penance can be practiced in the daily life of a Christian, particularly during the time of Lent and on the penitential day of Friday.”
This year, Ash Wednesday falls on 2 March 2022. There will be Mass at 10am (with St Dominic’s School) and Mass at 6pm, both with the imposition of ashes to mark the start of the holy season of Lent. This year, in particular, we join Pope Francis on this day in praying and fasting for peace in the Ukraine. Why not pray the Rosary, and then take it up every day in Lent?
We remind you that Confession is heard every day in our church: Mondays to Fridays (5-5:30pm) and Saturdays (5-6pm) and Sundays (9:45-10:15am; and 11:45am-12:15pm). This Sacrament is a great gift to us from our Saviour Jesus Christ. As the Compendium says: “The effects of the sacrament of Penance are: reconciliation with God and therefore the forgiveness of sins; reconciliation with the Church; recovery, if it has been lost, of the state of grace; remission of the eternal punishment merited by mortal sins, and remission, at least in part, of the temporal punishment which is the consequence of sin; peace, serenity of conscience and spiritual consolation; and an increase of spiritual strength for the struggle of Christian living.”
On Fridays in Lent, we invite you to join us for the meditation on the Stations of the Cross, and the Canticle of the Passion by St Catherine de Ricci OP. This takes place at 5:15pm. Therefore, on Fridays in Lent, there will be no Adoration.
Otherwise Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at 5pm every day in our church (except Fridays in Lent; see above). The Lord Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist so that, as the Compendium affirms, “the worship due to the sacrament of the Eucharist, whether during the celebration of the Mass or outside it, is the worship of latria, that is, the adoration given to God alone.”
Finally, during Lent, we invite you to come to our Lent Parish Talks. This will be a series of talks on Sacred Art and the Lenten Journey that will take place in the Parish Hall at 6:45pm on Thursdays in Lent. The first talk will be on 10 March (1st Week of Lent). Fr Toby Lees OP will speak on ‘The tree, the vine, and the Cross – Christian Life in the San Clemente apse’. All very welcome.
We are delighted to welcome the Master of the Dominican Order, Fr Gerard F. P. Timoner III, OP to St Dominic’s on 21-22 May. The Master is the 87th Successor of St Dominic as Master, and the first Asian to hold this office in the Order’s 807-year history. Fr Gerard is coming to England to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the arrival of the Dominican friars in England, and he will join us in London for some special events to mark the close of this year of 800th anniversary celebrations.
On Saturday 21 May at 7:30pm, there will be a concert performed by the award-winning choir Cappella Nova, Scotland’s finest choir, and they will be performing choral pieces written by Sir James MacMillan CBE, a great friend of the Dominican Order and regarded as the greatest living Catholic composer. Sir James himself will be in attendance at this concert, and after the concert he will be interviewed about his music and connections to the Order by Fr Lawrence Lew OP. Tickets for the concert (£15) or concert + wine reception and interview (£25) are available online, or on the door on the night. To buy a ticket visit this page.
On Sunday 22 May at 12 noon, the Master will celebrate the Solemn Mass, and he will be joined by members of the Dominican Family, including our novices from Cambridge. After the Mass, there will be a blessing of the restored Rosary Altar, a blessing of the new Radio Maria studio, and a reception in the parish Hall to which all are welcome.
Upcoming events this June in St Dominic’s:
JUBILEE FAIR IN QUEENS CRESCENT (5 June)
Saint Dominic’s Priory will be taking part in the Platinum Jubilee Fair on Sunday 5 June in Queens Crescent. We will set up a stall from 11am-5pm, to give away Rosaries, prayers, and flyers about the church and our services, and to enjoy time with the local community. Do drop in, and join us in some ‘street evangelisation’!
GARDEN OPEN DAY (11 June)
On Sat 11 June, our Rosary Garden will be open for a special charity event under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme. The garden and the church will be open from 1:30-5:30pm, and tickets, tea, and cakes will be sold for worthy causes supported by the NGS. Please note that pre-booking is highly recommended. Please visit <ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42299> for more information and to pre-book a ticket. This is a good occasion to bring a friend, who might not usually come to church, to enjoy the beauty of St Dominic’s and the Rosary Garden.
The usual opening times for the Rosary Garden (weather permitting, and from May–October) is:
Mon, Tue, Wed from 1-2pm; Thu, Fri from 3-4pm; Sat from 11am-12pm, and Sun from 8am–12noon. We thank our volunteers who help with opening up the garden for supervised access.
WORLDPRIEST GLOBAL ROSARY RELAY (24 June)
The Rosary Shrine will be taking part once more in the ‘Global Rosary Relay’ organised by WorldPriest, which is a great annual international event in which thousands of churches take part in praying the Rosary for the Sanctification of Priests. We will be praying and livestreaming the Rosary at 4:30pm on 24 June.
CONFIRMATION MASS (26 June) Bishop Nicholas Hudson will celebrate Mass on Sunday 26 June at 12 noon during which our young parishioners will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
PS: The Parish Summer Fair will be on 2 July in the Parish Hall and the front garden. Please support the Raffle for the Fair, and let’s pray for good weather!