As in-person catechesis is not currently allowed, and we do not know when these restrictions will be lifted, there is still much uncertainty about when we can proceed with formal preparation for these Sacraments.
However, if you would like to register your interest in being prepared for the Sacraments as soon as it’s possible, please can you email email@example.com, or contact the parish priest. Thank you.
Below is the schedule of Liturgies for Holy Week and Easter Triduum this year at the Rosary Shrine. Copies are available in the church after all Masses.
Please note that there will be a small choir singing at all these services, but congregational singing is still discouraged for public health reasons.
PLEASE NOTE: Our diocesan Covid policy is still in place, so the church will be closed for cleaning after every service. Please co-operate with the Stewards, sanitise your hands, wear a mask, and keep social distance in the church.
We do not require bookings to come to church, but we ask you to please be mindful of these guidelines and precautions.
The Rosary Shrine welcomes the Legion of Mary (Westminster Curia) on a special Pilgrimage to our church in celebration of the Irish lay missionary Venerable Edel Quinn. The programme of events on Sat 22 May is open to everyone, especially if you wish to find out more about the spirituality and mission of the Legion of Mary, and the church will be specially opened for the following:
11:00 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Enthroned
11:30- 11:50am – Legion opening prayers, and the Joyful Mystery of the Rosary
12:00 – Holy Mass celebrated by Fr Lawrence Lew OP
12:40 -1:00pm – Prayers, followed by a Talk by Catherine Heckmann on the virtues of Edel Quinn.
1pm onwards – Opportunity for networking and to meet the Legion of Mary members, followed by lunch, street evangelisation, and Divine Mercy prayers at Hampstead Heath. Please bring your own packed lunch if you wish to take part in the afternoon activities.
The Paschal Candle is the large decorated candle that is lit throughout the Easter season, and at every Baptism and every Funeral throughout the year. There are certain elements that must be on every Paschal candle: a cross, the year, and the Alpha and the Omega, a reminder that Christ is the Beginning and the End, and that all time belongs to him, and all our days are ordered by him as we live in his grace, in the light of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For the last two years, Fr Lawrence Lew, our current parish priest and Prior, has painted the Paschal Candle, and he has incorporated various symbols in the design that he has written about and explained in this blog post, with photos of the candle. Click on this link: Painting the Paschal Candle 2021.
2021 is a significant year for us: we give thanks to God for 800 years since the Dominican friars first arrived in England; 800 years since St Dominic’s death when he promised to pray for us and help us from heaven; and 450 years since the feast of the Holy Rosary was established by Pope St Pius V in 1571. The design on our Paschal Candle incorporates these three events, as detailed here.
29 May 2021: The weather this final Saturday of May is forecast to be fine and warm, and we look forward to opening our Mysteries of Light Rosary Garden on that day for a charity event organised under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme.
The Rosary Garden will be open from 1:30pm – 5:30pm, and there will be tea and home-baked cakes on offer, all made by parishioners, friars, and friends of the Rosary Shrine. Dominican friars from St Dominic’s Priory will be present, as well as both garden designer Raffaella Morini and landscape gardener Karen Mak, who will be on hand to show you the garden. The Catholic journalist and writer Joanna Bogle, who has written a book about the Mysteries of Light Rosary Garden, will also be present to talk about the book. Copies will be available for sale at £10 each.
The church will also be open, and the friars will be all too happy to show you around the church, or to let you explore it many beautiful areas in peace.
Pre-Booking for entry to the garden is highly recommended. Please visit: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42299
For those who wish to join us, there will be a Mass with music sung by our Filipino Choir at 6pm, followed by a Rosary Procession at 7pm, which will end at 7:30pm. Both events will be broadcast on Radio Maria England.
‘Deo Gratias’ is a community for young Catholics (aged 18-35) to come together and better understand Christianity through its expressions in culture and art. On Sat 19 June, they will meet in the Parish Hall at 4pm to discuss Plato, St Edith Stein, and the Sound of Music, in order to see what they can teach us about Christian education.
“This was St Dominic’s appearance. He was of middle height and slender figure, of handsome and somewhat ruddy countenance, his hair and beard of auburn, and with lustrous eyes. From out his forehead and between his eye brows a radiant light shone forth, which drew everyone to revere and love him. He was always joyous and cheerful, except when moved to compassion at anyone’s sorrows. His hands were beautiful and tapering; his voice was clear, noble, and musical; he was never bald, but kept his religious tonsure entire, mingled here and there with a few grey hairs.” – from Blessed Cecilia Caesarini OP, Dominican nun who knew St Dominic.
Our holy father Saint Dominic died in Bologna on 6 August 1221, so this year the Order is celebrating the 800th anniversary of his ‘dies natalis’, his heavenly birthday. The Pope has granted a special plenary indulgence to anybody who “attends a celebration in honour of St Dominic” on his feast day (4 August in the old rite, and 8 August in the current new calendar).
To mark this special jubilee, the Rosary Shrine will be celebrating a Novena of Masses from Fri 30th July to Sat 7th August. There will be Mass each day celebrated by a special guest celebrant who will also preach at the Mass. Celebrants will be visiting Dominican friars from Oxford, Cambridge, or Leicester, or members of the Priestly Fraternity of St Dominic, who are diocesan priests affiliated to the Order. Please note the times of the Masses in the poster above (6pm daily except on Sundays when it will be at 12 noon). The Mass on 4 August, which is the feast of St Dominic in the Dominican rite (and still celebrated as such in Bologna), will be a Dominican Rite High Mass in Latin with Dominican chant; a booklet with translations to guide you through the Mass will be provided.
Every night after the Mass, the friars will lead a Rosary Procession with a statue of St Dominic being taken around the church. On the feast of St Dominic itself in the Ordinary Form (8 August), there will be Mass at 12 noon, followed by an outdoor Procession (weather permitting).
We invite you to join us in this jubilee year for these special celebrations of Saint Dominic our patron, our founder, and our holy father. May he bless our parish, our shrine, and our homes.
The ‘Future Decades’ Fundraising Campaign Fundraising to Secure the Future of Our Church and the Rosary Shrine Since 2019, the Future Decades campaign has been raising money to respond to our most urgent priorities: Restoring the Apse: Essential stonework repairs