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Could you help the Dominicans by leaving a gift in your Will?

Could you help the Dominicans by leaving a gift in your Will?

The Dominican Friars’ mission over eight centuries has been supported by many gifts left in people’s Wills. Today such gifts provide one fifth of the annual income needed to support this mission, allowing the friars to enrich thousands of people’s lives – as can be seen in the joyful testimonies below.

This week is Catholic Legacy Week, and we invite you too to consider leaving a gift to Catholic charities in your Will – including to the Dominican Friars. Since we believe it is really important for everyone to have an up-to-date Will, we are pleased to offer practical assistance in this, including a free Will-writing service.

Testimonies

This week we have gathered joyful and moving personal testimonies from our supporters – stories of how the Dominicans have enriched people’s lives in different ways. Here is a small selection:

  • ‘The Dominican emphasis on preaching and living the gospel particularly to the poor and marginalised and its loving welcome to all was a revelation.’
  • ‘I find your on-line liturgy of the greatest help here in Italy. At 86 I’m a little beyond learning enough Italian to follow the homilies […] so yours fill in for them admirably.’
  • ‘I spent three really enriching years with the Studium in Oxford which encouraged and equipped me for teaching adults.’
  • ‘The Dominicans helped our family without hesitation when asked. They carried us through a very sad and low time. The help, guidance and support given will never be forgotten by our family. Thank you so much.’
  • ‘I would like to thank the community at Oxford for the sacramental succour they gave a mutual friend in her dying days and at her funeral.’
  • ‘I really don’t know what I would have done over the past few years without the Dominicans; the deeply inspiring preaching, the beautiful, reverent liturgy, the warm-hearted fellowship after Mass, the safe place in which to find decent, wise, faithful and kindly Catholics to mentor our children. I do not think our daughter would still be attending Mass if we had not found the community.’

Over 30 such testimonies have now been given on our website.

When you leave a gift in your Will to the Dominicans, you can be sure that your act of charity will touch many other people’s lives, enabling the friars through your practical support to continue their vital ministry.

What to do?

If you don’t yet have a Will drawn up, or need to update it, we offer a free Will-writing service to our supporters in the UK. Follow the link and send us your details, then we will send you information and a list of participating lawyers near you. When you have completed your Will, our charity covers the small charge for the service.

Alternatively you can speak with any reputable law firm. For most people, writing their Will is a very straightforward process and can be completed quickly.

Your lawyer will raise with you the question of whether you wish to support charities in your Will. The information to share with him in order to leave a gift to the Dominicans can be found here.

The friars pray daily with gratitude for all their benefactors, living and deceased.

Need help or advice?

Just email Richard in the Development Office on development@english.op.org and I will be happy to help you.

Parish Office Closure

Please note that the Parish Office is closed from 27 April until 7 May due to the absence of the temporary parish secretary.

For urgent matters, please email the parish priest at josephbailham@rcdow.org.uk or make a surgery appoint at https://rosaryshrine.co.uk/contact/parish-priests-surgery/

We apologise for any inconvenience.

New Prior Provincial

New Prior Provincial
It is with great joy that we share news that Fr Nicholas Crowe, O.P., hitherto Prior of Oxford, has been elected as the new Prior Provincial of the English Province, succeeding Fr Martin Ganeri, O.P.
We look forward to welcoming back Fr Nicholas to St Dominic’s where the Provincialate is located. Please pray for him, and indeed for all the brothers involved with the Provincial Chapter which continues its work in these days at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Choral Scholarships

Choral Scholarships

We are excited to announce the opportunity for choral scholarships for up to 4 persons to help enrich the musical life here at St Dominic’s – The Rosary Shrine.

In addition to singing regularly at the Sunday 12noon solemn Mass, and once a month at 5pm for the Latin Dominican Rite Mass, as well as during Christmas and Holy Week, choral scholars will also have first choice to sing at other liturgical events in the course of the year, such as for solemnities that fall on weekdays, funerals, weddings, and other such occasions.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of and to enrich the musical life of an active parish and diocesan shrine.

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION ON THE SCHOLARSHIPS

To apply, please email Rachael Shipard at rachaelshipard@gmail.com, copying in Martin Stacey (Director of Music) at festivaldirector@gmail.com, stating your interest and any background information about your experience to date.

 


Do you want to support music in our church?

These scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of donors who wish to support music-making at St Dominic’s – the Rosary Shrine.

If you too would like to support our rich musical culture, click here to donate.

Video: Fr Dominic thanks donors, shows new heated church floor

Video: Fr Dominic thanks donors, shows new heated church floor

The Prior of St Dominic’s, Fr Dominic White OP, has recorded a special 2 ½ minute video to show off the completed underfloor heating and new stone flooring in our church, as a way to thank donors – especially those who live a distance away from our church.

We extend a big thank-you to all those who supported, including the hundreds of generous individuals, and the following grant-makers:

  • Benefact Trust
  • Catholic Charitable Trust
  • Edith Bessie Gibson Trust
  • Garfield Weston Foundation

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Mass Times

Advent & Christmas Mass Times

15 – 23 December

The Filipino Simbang Gabi novena of Masses in preparation for Christmas will be celebrated at 7.30pm (6pm on Sat 16 & 23, & 3pm on Sun 17 Dec).

Sunday 24th December 2023

Sunday Masses

8.30am, 10am, 12noon, 2pm Dominican rite Mass (Latin)

Christmas Eve

5:30–6:15pm Confessions

6:00pm Vigil Mass of Christmas

11:00pm Confessions

11:30pm Service of Carols & Midnight Mass of Christmas

Monday 25th December 2023

Christmas Day

8:30am Dawn Mass

10:00am Family Mass with carols

12 noon Solemn Mass with carols

5pm Adoration & 5.30pm Solemn Vespers

6pm Dominican Rite Mass (Latin)

 

Schedule after Christmas

Boxing Day 26th – Friday 29th December

Mass at 6pm Only

Saturday 30th

10am Mass

6pm Vigil Mass for Sunday

Sunday 31st December 2023

8.30am Mass

10am Family Mass

12noon Solemn Mass

5pm Adoration & 5.30pm Solemn Vespers

6pm Dominican rite Mass (Latin)

 

Confessions at the usual times on 30/31 December

 

Monday 1st January 2024

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and New Year’s Day

5pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions

6pm Mass

7pm Marian Procession and blessing of new statue

The Dominican Friars here at St Dominic’s Priory would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a joyful and hope-filled Christmas, and every blessing for the new year.

 

Drawing by Br Augustine Chen, O.P. [2022]

“The shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”– Luke 2:15-16

IMPORTANT: Weekday Mass, Temporary Change of Venue

IMPORTANT: Weekday Mass, Temporary Change of Venue

Owing to ongoing building works in the church, the 6pm weekday Mass will be held in the hall (not the church).

 

Temporary Daily Schedule

Morning Mon, Fri No morning Mass
Morning Tues, Wed, Thu 7.30 am Mass Lady Chapel entrance
Evening Mon to Fri No evening Holy Hour
Evening Mon to Fri 5pm Confessions Church
Evening Mon to Fri 6pm Mass
(doors open 5.30pm)
Parish Hall

Good News! Fundraising for Heating Beats Target

Good News! Fundraising for Heating Beats Target

Good News! Fundraising for Heating Beats Target

We are delighted to report that, just a few weeks since publicly launching our campaign – and soon after we began the works on the floor – we have not just reached our fundraising target, but gone beyond it! This means we can pay for all of the current underfloor heating works taking place in the church.

This is good new for the friars too, as any funds that are left over from the underfloor heating project for the nave of the church, will be put towards a heating solution for the seats either side of the main altar where the friars sit during Mass and prayers, currently unheated!

If you have not yet contributed, but would like to, we would welcome your gift, which will be put towards this extended need. Donate now.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who have given so generously towards this project. Soon we hope to be able to provide you with some warmth in church as well as a smart new floor.

Pew Restoration

We have received several enquiries about the restoration of the pews: yes, this is happening alongside the work on the floor. This will be an additional cost for us, and we are currently looking at allowing people to sponsor a pew in memory of a loved one, with a brass plaque. If you would be interested in knowing more about this, please contact the parish secretary, Iroma.

Photos of the Works in Progress

 

This weekend, discover the Friars’ mission in the Caribbean

This weekend, discover the Friars’ mission in the Caribbean

Not many people are aware that our province of the Dominican Order has two houses in the Caribbean, in Jamaica and Grenada.

This weekend at our Sunday Masses, we are joined by our brother Fr Clifton Harris OP, from Jamaica, who will be speaking about the work undertaken by the Dominican friars there, providing aid to the poor and promoting education.

At www.english.op.org/missions you can find more information about our mission houses, including a 17-minute video explaining this work, featuring several local voices from the communities there.

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