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Funeral Details of Mrs Dorothy Briffa

The funeral of Dorothy Briffa will be held on Friday 9th December at 9.45am

Please Note: There will be no Morning Adoration on the 9th December..

 

Christmas Mass Times

CHRISTMAS MASSES

Saturday 24th December 

Christmas Eve     

9am Mass

5pm Family Mass (first Mass of Christmas)

7pm Vigil Mass

10pm Midnight Mass

 

Sunday 25th December ~ Christmas Day

9.30am Mass

11.30am Mass

No Evening Mass on Christmas Day

Monday 26th December ~ Feast of St Stephen

10am Mass

 

 

Dec to Feb Rota’s available

The latest rotas for December to February for Readers and Eucharistic minister’s is available at

https://www.ourladyoflourdeswanstead.com/rotas/

Annual Mass for deceased parishioners Monday 28th November 8 pm

Our annual Mass for deceased parishioners will be celebrated at 8pm on
Monday 28th November. As is customary on this occasion it will be possible
to light a candle for a deceased loved one.

This will happen automatically for all who have died in the parish in the past 12 months but it will also be possible to light a candle for others who have died in the past. Candles will be available on the night and a £5 donation is requested. November is the month of the Holy Souls when the Church asks us to remember our beloved dead, that they may rest in peace and rise in glory

Christmas Fayre 19th & 20th November

All Saints (1st November) & All Souls (2nd November)

Next Tuesday 1st November we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints and is a holy day of obligation with Mass at 9am and 8pm. On Wednesday 2nd November we celebrate the feast of All Souls with Mass at 9am and 8pm

An obituary for Canon Patrick Sammon

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Fr Martin Boland, Dean of Brentwood Cathedral, writes:

Canon Patrick Sammon

23 August 1948 – 16 September 2022

There is a long tradition of energetic priests with a visionary spark who are recognised for their building of churches, schools and parish centres. After forty-nine years of priestly ministry, Fr Patrick Sammon takes his place amongst this prestigious group. While he certainly leaves a legacy in stone and glass throughout the Diocese of Brentwood, he will be principally remembered as a builder of communities of faith. Inspired by the insights of the Second Vatican Council, he came to recognise the importance of “community” as one of the key ways by which people give glory of God. It was no accident that one of his favourite aphorisms was “we are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!”

Fr Pat’s commitment to building communities of Paschal hope was evident in the parishes he served in as an assistant priest and respectively at St Vincent de Paul, Becontree, Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay, Our Lady & St. George, Walthamstow and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead as their parish priest. His attentiveness and care when celebrating the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, drew people into a closer relationship with God. At the same time, his resolve in applying the riches of the liturgical renewal and ensuring the participation of the laity at every level of parish life gave a particular dynamism to his ministry. But there were also his many “hidden” acts of pastoral care, spiritual guidance and wise counsel that countless numbers of people now recall with profound gratitude.

The gifts and vision he brought to the parishes he served were also put at the service of the whole Diocese. As Diocesan Youth Officer he laid enduring foundations for the Youth Service that has nurtured the faith of young people across the decades and he proved a key figure in the establishment of the annual Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage. In his role as Vocations Director, he helped men to discern their vocation and supported them on their journey towards priesthood. His acute mind, good humour and firm hand as a chairman greatly contributed to the Diocesan Child Protection Committee, Diocesan Finance Board and roles as a Diocesan Trustee and as Provost of the Cathedral Chapter.

Although his priestly life was spent on “mission” in England, his identity was undoubtedly shaped by County Mayo, Ireland, the place of his birth where he grew up as the eldest of five surviving siblings and another sister who died in infancy. It was at St Patrick’s Church, Louisburgh on 12 June 1973 that he was ordained by Bishop Patrick Casey and it is in County Mayo that his mortal remains are now buried alongside his parents, John and Janie Sammon. The landscape, traditions and the faith of his family were the rich seedbed of Fr Pat’s character and priesthood.

He was deeply cultured with a particular love of Irish literature and lays claim to being one of the few priests to have actually read James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. His appreciation of classical music and art were to influence his sensitivity to the beauty of the liturgy. His theological reading was broad and rich; an article or spiritual insight would often trigger in him new approaches and pastoral initiatives. Yet only those closest to him would have been aware of such cultural influences or intellectual depths. As a priest he was readily available and at the service of others, yet as a man his privacy was something that he guarded as that inner sanctuary where he stood alone before God.

As his health deteriorated and in more melancholy moments, he would openly question the value of all his efforts. He need not have done. The value was, in the words of W. B. Yeats, that he was “blesséd and could bless”.  So many people who experienced his spiritual and pastoral care knew him as a blessing from God. These Easter people now pray, Suaimhneas Síoraí tabhair do a Thiarna. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

Picture by Graham Hillman

taken from https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/news/an-obituary-for-canon-patrick-sammon/

Further information for visiting the Relics of St Bernadette at OLOL.

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The following is a guide of what to expect when you visit the Relics of St Bernadette at Our Lady of Lourdes Wanstead on 18th October and there will be a simple ceremony of welcome at 10:30am.

The Relics can be viewed by the public between 3pm and Midnight (except when Mass takes place at 7:30pm) on Tuesday 18th October and between 6am and 9am on Wednesday 19th October

Bishop Alan Willams, Bishop of Brentwood will concelebrate Mass at 7:30pm on Tuesday evening.

You do not have to book to visit the church to venerate St. Bernadette, but booking will help us have an idea of numbers. Bookings can be made here: https://stbernadette.org.uk/registration/

On arrival at the Church, you will be directed by a steward to the queue which will start at the assessable entrance and will go along the Parish Centre and then out alone the outside wall of the Church at busy tines there could be a long wait.

The Church carpark will be closed to all vehicles accept Blue Badge holders and special arrangements are available for disabled pilgrims.

Once you enter the Church, the queue will go down the side aisle and the across the centre, where the Relics will be in front of the sanctuary.

Each Pilgrim has a maximum of 15 seconds in front of the Relics and then you will be asked to leave the Church via the other aisle immediately via the centre doors. disabled pilgrims will leave via the accessible exit.

No one will be allowed to stay in the Church and all the pews will be closed off for the duration of the visit of the Relics, there are no exceptions.

The last pilgrim before the Mass on Tuesday evening will be at 7pm, and pilgrims once again be allowed to visit the relics once the Church has been cleared around 9pm till Midnight.

There will be stewards in the carpark and inside the Church and these are all volunteers, and we request that you follow their instructions, and you are respectful to them.

 

Last updated: 17th October 2022

Information for visiting the Relics of St Bernadette (updated 7th Oct)

The following is a guide of what to expect when you visit the Relics of St Bernadette at Our Lady of Lourdes Wanstead on 18th October

The Relics arrive at 10am on Tuesday 18th October and between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday is reserved for school parties and members of the public will not be allowed in during that time.

The Relics can be viewed by the public between 3pm and Midnight (except when Mass takes place at 7:30pm) on Tuesday 18th October and between 6am and 9am on Wednesday 19th October

Bishop Alan Willams, Bishop of Brentwood will concelebrate Mass at 7:30pm on Tuesday evening.

You do not have to book to visit the church to venerate St. Bernadette, but booking will help us have an idea of numbers. Bookings can be made here: https://stbernadette.org.uk/registration/

On arrival at the Church, you will be directed by a steward to the queue which will start at the assessable entrance and will go along the Parish Centre and then out alone the outside wall of the Church at busy tines there could be a long wait.

The Church carpark will be closed to all vehicles accept Blue Badge holders and special arrangements are available for disabled pilgrims.

Once you enter the Church, the queue will go down the side aisle and the across the centre, where the Relics will be in front of the sanctuary.

Each Pilgrim has a maximum of 15 seconds in front of the Relics and then you will be asked to leave the Church via the other aisle immediately via the centre doors, and disabled pilgrims will leave via the accessible exit.

No one will be allowed to stay in the Church and all the pews will be closed off for the duration of the visit of the Relics, there are no exceptions.

The last pilgrim before the Mass on Tuesday evening will be at 7pm, and pilgrims once again be allowed to visit the relics once the Church has been cleared around 9pm till Midnight.

There will be stewards in the carpark and inside the Church and these are all volunteers, and we request that you follow their instructions, and you are respectful to them.

 

Last updated: 7th October 22

Canon Patrick Sammon Funeral Order of Service

The order of service for Canon Patrick Sammon’s Funeral is available to download or view at;

Order of Service for Fr Patrick Sammon’s Funeral Mass