Sunday Services

Sunday 13th August 2023

The Nineteenth Sunday of The Year Yr. A  Psalter/Daily Office Book Wk 3

Sung Mass 11.00am

Good Morning and welcome to our Parish Mass. The summer months at our church show so many different variations of light. Early on the light streams through the East Window above the High Altar and Tabernacle. When we come to the eleven o’clock Mass, the sun, (when shining)! Streams through the window at the side of the High Altar then after Mass usually through the South Aisle of the Nave. However, it is around 5pm onwards that the church really looks it’s best. The Light through the West Window show the whole church changing to a red colour in the summer months, and in the winter sunshine, it can also show it a warm rusty colour. I expect the architects of old had to consider the sunlight and natural light before they built their altars and naves and side chapels.

When we read the scriptures, especially the first reading today and dear old Elijah, maybe we are reminded how close our ancestors were to nature and how they felt close. How they sensed the Divine presence in the nature, even the harsher elements. Today we are more likely to experience ‘nature’ on the news. So often connected to fire or flood rather than the gentle breeze of the Book of Kings. However, when reading on in this passage the image isn’t quite so tranquil as just the ‘presence’. We will have more reflections on this in our discussions on the environment and at Mass.

Monday 14th St Maximillian Kolbe, OFM. Conv.  Priest & Martyr of Auschwitz

Tuesday 15th THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY  Sung Mass 7.00pm    Preacher at Mass: Brother Johannes Maertens from the Community of The Good Shepherd

Refreshments / supper after Mass in The Hall

Wednesday 16th Feria  Mass 11.00am

Thursday 17th Feria

Friday 18th Feria

Saturday 19th Our Bl Lady      Mass 11.00am   

Next Sunday 20th August

The Twentieth Sunday Of The Year    Parish Mass at 11.00am

Benediction 4.00pm

Week Starting 6th August 2023

Sunday 6th August 2023

The Transfiguration of The Lord Yr. A  Psalter Wk 2

Sung Mass 11.00am

Good Morning and welcome to our Parish Mass. Today we keep the feast of The Transfiguration of The Lord. The Transfiguration is always kept on the 6th August each year. It is one of the special days in the church’s year that we have a memorial of here. Along with some saints and events (The Baptism of Jesus), we have a stained glass window dedicated to the Transfiguration located in the side chapel. It is not by chance that James Brookes the architect here placed it between the scene of Calvary and the Resurrection, as today’s gospel narrative describes. It is a story of our lives too. Often positioned between The Cross and The Glory. Seeking always the balance to follow Christ; through and in the Cross of Life.

Monday 7th feria Eighteenth week of the Year 1

Tuesday 8th St Dominic, priest

Wednesday 9th St Theresa Benedicta of the Cross   Mass 11.00am

Thursday 10th St Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

Friday 11th St Clare of Assisi, Religious

Saturday 12th St Jane Frances de Chantel, Religious     Mass 11.00am   

Sunday 13th August

The Nineteenth Sunday Of The Year

Parish Mass at 11.00am

Clacton Trip on 10th August (Thursday) 9.00am outside the Premises studios Corner of Hackney Rd and Dawson St   The coach will leave on time

Sunday Next

Sunday 16th  July 2023

15th  Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr. A  Psalter Wk 3

Sung Mass 11.00am

Good morning and welcome to our Mass today. I am grateful to Fr Peter Hudson for celebrating the Mass & preaching for us today  We have not been able to get a celebrant for the weekday Masses here this week, except Saturday morning.  However the parish is remembered daily this week by the Friars at the Shrine of St Francis.

Please take the Mass sheet with you. We can read the full gospel version of St Matthew in our own time and place. We recall that in churches throughout the world who celebrate Sunday Mass, this reading will be heard wherever we may be. In a small wayside chapel or a celebrated basilica. The call is the same. Jesus said: “Listen Anyone who has ears!”

Monday 17th Feria  

Tuesday Feria 18th

Wednesday 19th the Feria

Thursday 20th St Apollinaris Bishop & Martyr

Friday 21st Feria

Saturday 22nd St Mary Magdalene     Mass 11.00am   

Sunday 23rd      The Sixteenth Sunday Of The Year

Parish Mass at 11.00am

Clacton Trip on 10th August (Thursday) 9.00am outside the Premises studios Corner of Hackney Rd and Dawson St

Malcome Bass is looking after the bookings/reservations. List is up. Be early please

Sunday Services

Sunday 9th July 2023

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr. A

Sung Mass 11.00am

Good morning and welcome to our Mass today. There is Mass on Tuesday and Wednesday. Mass will be said in Assisi for the parish later this week by one of the Brothers of St Francis of Assisi.

The Readings today are full of hope. Hope, freedom and peace cannot be received free. There is always a cost and a sacrifice to own them, as the prophets taught. Even the humanist or the atheist will tell you that the cost of peace or freedom always asks something great of ourselves. For some Freedom means the cost of life and for others, if they even care enough, the cost of time and energy and the mind. Jesus Christ knew the cost of life and offers to share our daily crosses. Most may indeed be indifferent, yet the call to Life is there. Christ takes the burden of our cross upen himself freely, but our response must be whole hearted in love.

Monday 10th Feria

Tuesday 11th ST BENEDICT, Abbot, Patron of Europe   Mass 9.00am

Wednesday 12th Feria  Mass 10.30am

Thursday 13th   St Henry

Friday 14th St Camillus de Lellis

Saturday 15th St Bonaventure, Franciscan bishop Teacher,                                                                 A biographer of St Francis of Assisi         

Sunday 16th July     The Fifteenth Sunday Of The Year

Parish Mass at 11.00am  Mass will be celebrated with Fr Peter Hudson,

Assistant Curate at St Stephen’s Lewisham

Services from the 2nd July

Thirteenth Sunday Year A

Sung Mass 11.00am

Good Morning, Good People. I asked last week if anyone knew who these words are attributed to? Other than each of us to each other today. Good morning everyone and welcome to our parish Mass. Buon Giorno, Buona Gente are the words of St Francis, The Poor Man of Assisi  The mystic and saint. The poet and the disciple of Christ. When St Francis heard the words of today’s gospel he followed Jesus Christ literally and became a vagabond and preacher, starting the largest movement of men and women in the church of the Middle Ages, devoted to Christ, the Word of God. He left the life of possessions and jovial times to be a troubadour of Jesus Christ and singer of the Canticle of the Sun and many songs of the human heart that embraced the most needy of our world.

Please pray for the families of:

Ariah Vivinnie Morrison-Springer & Asiah Monique Morrison-Springer

Who were baptised here yesterday afternoon. May they be wholesomely prepared for Holy Communion, Confirmation, and live long and healthy lives.

Monday 3rd St Thomas, apostle Mass 9.00am

Tuesday 4th St Elizabeth of Portugal

Wednesday 5th St Anthony Zaccaria      Mass 10.30am

Thursday 6th Feria  

Friday 7th Feria

Saturday 8th Our Lady    Mass 11.00am         

Sunday 9th July     The Fourteenth Sunday Of The Year

Sung Mass 11.00am

Next Sunday 16th July  the  11.00am  Mass will be celebrated with Fr Peter Hudson,

Assistant Curate at St Stephen’s Lewisham

(There will not be Office of Readings and Lauds at 8.00am or WEEKDAY Masses this week only)


                     25th June 2023   12th  Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr. A 

                                            Sung Mass 11.00am

GOOD MORNING good people, & Welcome to the Parish Mass. How often those words have been written or said. Perhaps the word ‘parish’ isn’t heard so much. The largest parish in England is a massive 85sq miles! Somewhere in Weardale, Co. Durham, I am told. St Chad’s isn’t so big. A parish is not necessarily a Christian Area or District. It is also a civil and administrative area. Have you ever noticed the Church here does not denote either its religion or ‘denomination’ on the outside notice boards? They just give out the parish church and the Parish Mass, a name and contact details. I love that. So to each parishioner, passing through, or coming to the Sacraments, or working, or at home or can’t get out; whether they are well or ill; whatever their condition in life; we say: Good morning, good people.Do you know who used to say those words? The Mass will be celebrated for each and everyone in the parish.

Monday 26th Feria Twelfth week of Year 1 weekdays Mass 9.00am

Tuesday 27th St John Southworth, priest & Martyr

Wednesday 28th   St Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor & Martyr      Mass 10.30am

Thursday 29th     Ss Peter & Paul Apostles     Mass 11.00am

Friday 30th Feria

Saturday 1st July   Feria Mass      10.30am     

12pm The Baptism of:      

Ariah Vivinnie Morrison-Springer & Asiah Monique Morrison-Springer

                                                        Sunday 2nd July

The Thirteenth Sunday Of The Year

Parish Mass at 11.00am

Next Sunday,   9th July, Mass will be celebrated with Fr Peter Hudson,

                                         Assistant curate at St Stephen’s Lewisham

Sunday Bulletin

                     18th  June 2023   11th Sunday in Ordinary Time YrA 

                                            Sung Mass 11.00am

What with Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Trinity & Corpus Christi it is a bit of a relief to be back in Ordinary Time again. It is a shame they didn’t think of anything a bit more poetic than ordinary time.

These ‘green’ Sundays go on now until Advent. With a few big festival days thrown in. There an old saying, Time Flies. How true. The early church had this in mind when the first mission was sent to witness to the gospel and the Lord’s teachings.

What phrase means most to you in today’s gospel reading at Mass?  Or in the first reading from Exodus..Or St Paul to the Romans? One thing is for certain it is not the worthiness of the person that brings forth God’s love. It is the overwhelming love of God that chooses us not for anything we do, but because of the immensity of that Love.

Monday 19th Feria

Tuesday 20th St Alban Protomartyr

Wednesday 21st St Aloysius                                       Mass 10.30am

Thursday 22nd St John Fisher & St Thomas More   Martyrs

Friday 23rd St Ethelreda (Audrey) Religious

Saturday 24th THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST                             Mass 10.30am     

                                                        Sunday 25th June

The Twelfth Sunday Of The Year

Parish Mass at 11.00am


                            Sunday 28th May 2023 Pentecost (Whit) Sunday

Sung Mass 11.00am

Benediction of The Blessed Sacrament 4.00pm  

Fifty days ago, we celebrated Easter Day. The Jewish festival of Shavuot is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover.  The Church keeps it on a Sunday and recalls the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is sometimes called the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit, also called the Holy Ghost in the English language is the Spirit of God the Father and of Jesus Christ. In the Mass for example, the bell is rung once when the Holy Spirit is invoked to bless the gifts of bread and wine. The hands of the priest are stretched across the elements with the words: Let Your Spirit be upon these gifts to make them holy. It is known as The Epiclesis. The whole Prayer of The Mass is addressed to God the Father, Through Christ, In The Holy Spirit.  Today we celebrate that we are also the gift. Our life and our love is God’s gift; we pray that God’s holiness will be given to us by the Holy Spirit.  Easter-tide ends today.   

Alleluia Alleluia & Praise be Jesus Christ

Monday  29th   (Bank holiday)    Blessed Mary, Mother of The Church

Tuesday 30th Feria    Eighth Week of The Church’s Year 1


Thursday 1st June  Jesus Christ The Eternal Priest

Friday 2nd Feria

Saturday 3rd St Charles Lwanga & Companions  Martyrs                       Mass 10.30am     

Sunday 4th June

The Most Holy Trinity

Parish Mass at 11.00am

The Readings at Mass: 

Sunday 16th April 2023 

The Second Sunday of Easter 

Sung Mass 11.00am

The Acts of The Apostles

It is interesting to note which items Luke felt were outstanding features of the Christian life. He emphasises very strongly the fact that they should form a community, centred on the Eucharist, which he describes as the breaking of bread. Within this community, the aim should be the well-being of all, rather than the prosperity of the individual. For Luke, there was evidently no such thing as a ‘private Christianity’, i.e. religious practice which did not include as an essential, responsibility for others.

The First Letter of St Peter

The letter itself was written to Christians living is now mostly north-eastern Turkey, to encourage them in their new-found Christianity. The trials by which they are being ‘plagued’ were probably not organised persecution but the difficulties of living in a hostile environment. This is something that many followers of Jesus Christ experience today in very hostile countries.

The Gospel of John

We will hear something of this in the homily today. The closing words of today’s gospel are a reminder that we are members of a community that does not just live by sight and knowledge alone, but by faith. This is by commitment beyond proof, which is the greatest test of love.

Alleluia Alleluia & Praise be Jesus Christ

Mass this week.   Monday 17th April Mass 9.00am

                                 Wednesday 19th April: Mass 10.30am    St Alphege Bishop & Martyr

                                Saturday 21st April   Mass     10.30am     St Anselm, Bishop  & Doctor


Sunday 23rd April 2023   Easter III      Sung Mass with choir 11.00am

 Annual Meeting (APCM) afterwards