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

Parking in Dangan Road & Addison Road 29th September 2022

Following a request to Redbridge Council there will be no enforcement of the parking restrictions on 29th September in the roads surrounding the church – Dangan Road & Addison Road.

Please Note that car’s parked dangerously or causing an obstruction may still be liable to receive a PCN.

Further Details for the Funeral of Canon Patrick Sammon

The arrangements have been finalised for the Reception of Canon Patrick Sammon’s body and his Requiem Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Alan.

On Wednesday evening Fr Pat’s body will be received into Our Lady of Lourdes at 7pm and the Church will be open from 6:30pm, the car park will be open on a first come first served basis and once the spaces are full then additional spaces are available at the St Joesphs Convent in Gordon Road and surrounding streets– if you can walk or use public transport please do so.

Thursday morning Fr Pat’s Requiem will start at 11:30am and the Church will open from 10:30am, the Car-Park will be open with limited spaces and once the spaces are filled then people attending will need to find alternative parking – if you can please walk or use public transport.

Once the Church is full, people are welcome to stay outside the Church for the duration of the mass and Holy Communion will be brought to anyone who wishes to receive.

There are refreshments available after the funeral Mass in the Pastoral Centre

The Requiem Mass is being live streamed please follow the link below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7HmzjWSOUo or via the parish website.

Fr Pat’s Funeral Live streamed

The funeral of our parish priest Cannon Patrick Sammon will be live streamed on Thursday 29th September from 11.30am via


Funeral Details: Canon Patrick Sammon RIP

The Requiem Mass for Fr Pat Sammon will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday 29 September.
His body will be received into the church at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 28 September.
The funeral will be live streamed via;

Canon Patrick Sammon RIP

It is with great sadness we have to announce that our parish priest Canon Patrick Sammon passed away peacefully this afternoon.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him
May he rest in peace. Amen
Requiescat in pace.
Tomorrow morning Mass will be at 9am as usual followed by exposition of the blessed sacrament.
People may wish to come and pray silently before the Eucharist that meant so much to him

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan for Education Sunday

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan for Education Sunday can be found;

Pastoral-Letter-for-10-11-September-2022 Education-Sunday.

Prayers for the Repose of the Soul of HM Queen Elizabeth II


For the happy repose of HM The Queen

Almighty God,
You are the author and sustainer of all human life;
grant that your servant, Elizabeth our Queen,
whom you granted a long and happy reign as Monarch of these lands
may be forgiven her sins and rewarded with that eternal life
promised to all those born again
in the water of baptism and power of your Spirit.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
God, forever and ever,

Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord,
And let Perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Psalm 121 – A Song of Ascents

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you,
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil;
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming,
both now and forever.

Canticle of Simeon
(Luke 2:29-32)
At last, all-powerful Master,
you give leave to your servant
to go in peace, according to your promise.
For my eyes have seen your salvation
Which you have prepared for all nations,
The light to enlighten the Gentiles
And give glory to Israel, your people.

Prayer for the Royal Family

Almighty God, source of all consolation,
we pray for the members of the Royal Family who mourn the loss
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Uphold them in your love
and pour out on them the consolation of your healing Spirit.
Let them find in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ
comfort in their sadness,
certainty in their doubt
and courage to live through this hour.

We ask this through Christ our Lord

Prayer for the King

O God, to whom every human power is subject,
Grant to your servant His Majesty the King
wisdom in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering to you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from unity and peace.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
God, forever and ever,


General Guidelines when Ministering Holy Communion

General Guidelines when Ministering Holy Communion is available at; https://www.ourladyoflourdeswanstead.com/ministries/ministers-of-holy-communion/general-guidelines-when-ministering-holy-communion/