Holy Family Catholic ChurchOxlow Lane Dagenham Essex. RM9 5XJ
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church Oxlow Lane Dagenham Essex. RM9 5XJ
Parish priest:- Fr. Stephen Myers MA, BSc(Hons). BA(Hons), PGCE, Cert. Theo.
Assistant Priest: Fr. David Pearce MA (Cantab), ACA, BTh(Hons)
1st May 2020
Following official advice, but with a heavy heart, I have to announce that Masses and other services will no longer be celebrated in public in the church from Friday 20th March until further notice. Therefore, all events and classes are cancelled including all our sacramental programmes.
We will be celebrating a private Mass each day. I have managed to set up a Zoom account so that people can see our celebrations. The links will take you to the meetings where you can ask to join.
The link to Sunday Mass is:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 3031 1933
If you want to join us email the parish for a password.
The Church is not primarily a building but a body made up of living stones. We are still a parish family and remain as such, especially in these challenging circumstances. Let us look after each other, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and keep in touch with each other. Let us try to keep alive rhythms of prayer at home. As the days go on, we will try to provide ideas about how to do this. I have set up a Twitter account to get information to all. Please go to Dagenhamhf on Twitter and ask to be allowed to log in and I will confirm it.
We look forward with hope to the time when we can resume our normal parish life and be together again. As soon as I am made aware of any change I will let the community know. In the mean time the parish has been hit hard by the lack of the Sunday collection. You can donate money to the parish by using this link
All current information regarding COVID-19 and the Cardinal’s message, can be found at: www.cbcew.org.uk/ or https://youtu.be/vbZ0_x__Cxc
Yours in Christ, Fr. Stephen Myers
Guidance on safeguarding whilst using videoconferencing
In what are unprecedented times, Covid-19 has presented many challenges to individuals and organisations. Whilst having to adjust to the situation, it is important that we continue to follow safeguarding procedures to ensure the safety and protection of all, but in particular those who are vulnerable or at risk. Everyone in the Church has a responsibility to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of those who worship in our Church or who join us for any activity facilitated by Church members.
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When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? :
the Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
These words from Psalm 26 were penned by David in the twilight of his life. Having experienced many ups and downs as King of Israel, he reflects on the one steadfast thing, the love of God for him. In these difficult times when our worlds can seem to be upside down and the familiar patterns of life are removed from us, we turn to God and rely on his mercy and loving compassion for us all. This booklet has been provided as a help for prayer when Mass is not available to us. Our priests will continue to offer Mass for the Church and the world at this time, and we can unite ourselves to their celebrations through a spiritual communion. St Thomas Aquinas
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Response to the diocesan proposal for renewal & restructuring
Holy Family is a vibrant parish in East London and has about 30 different nationalities that attend mass regularly. In fact, our parish is a mini United Nation. It is a fast growing parish, which bucked the trend of declining worshipers currently being experienced in some parishes. The parish is blessed with a Priest who works tirelessly to look after the growing population of the parish, in addition to his other very demanding responsibilities in the diocese. The parish is also blessed with some parishioners, who put in valuable time to assist the parish in several capacities. The parish has two schools: St. Joseph Primary school and All Saint College. The parish also has two hospitals within its catchment area: Queens Hospital, Romford and King Georges Hospital, Goodmayes.
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Saturday Vigil Mass: 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am and 6:00pm
Holy Days of Obligation: 9:30am and 7:30pm
Confession: Saturday 4:45pm-5:45pm
Baptism: Please contact the Parish Office between 9:30am and 1:30pm