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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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