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.
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)
Lent is a time for prayer, reflection, and contemplation. We invite you to come for this day of talks on what it is to be human, according to the Catholic vision of human anthropology, ethics and the moral life, human sexuality, and end of life issues.
This is a one-day conference, starting after the 10am Mass, with the talks beginning at 11am until 4pm, with a break for lunch. Food will be provided, so registration is required so that we can cater for all. Please register at the church repository, or email Fr Thomas Skeats OP <email@example.com>
In the evening (after the 6pm Mass) there will be a beautiful concert of music for Passiontide: Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words of Christ’ played by a string quartet in the Lady Chapel. Tickets are priced at £12.50 (£5 students), available online.
To celebrate the completion of restoration works in our Lady Chapel, we welcome back ‘The Bach Players‘ to perform a candlelit concert of music in this intimate and beautiful space around the Altar of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. They will perform Joseph Haydn’s ‘The Seven Last Words of Christ‘, arranged for string quartet on Saturday 30 March at 7:30pm.
Tickets at £12.50 (£5 students) from Ticketsource, or from the church Respository, or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The schedule for Holy Week, the Easter Triduum and Easter Week is as follows; leaflets will be made available in church from this weekend. Please take note of the Holy Week Retreat, and the special liturgies for this most sacred time of the Church’s year. Do share the times with your friends and families, and join us in celebrating Christ’s victory over sin and death that he has won for us!
In association with the organisers of the March for Life 2019, the Rosary Shrine will once again be hosting the national Prayer Vigil for Life; it’s vital that before the March for Life, we gather to pray together, under Mary’s mantle, and we pick up the Holy Rosary, Mary’s gift to us in the struggle of our times against the culture of death.
So, do come to Our Lady’s Rosary Shrine in St Dominic’s Priory church, Southampton Road, London NW5 4LB, beginning at 7:30pm on Fri 10 May for a Mass for Life. This will be followed by a Eucharistic Rosary procession celebrated with song, all-night silent Adoration led by consecrated religious, a Dominican rite Mass at dawn (on 11 May), and more. See the programme above. Please spread the word and share this event!
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.