The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

Dear Friends in christ

In today's feast we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus by John in the waters of the Jordan. Though He Himself had no stain to be washed away, He wished to submit Himself to this rite as He submitted Himself to the other requirements of the Law. As a human being He submitted Himself to the laws that ruled and governed the lives of the people of Israel who had been chosen by God to prepare the way for the Redeemer. By His baptism Jesus left for us the sacrament of Christian baptism, directly instituted by Christ.  In baptism we receive faith and grace. The day we were baptised was the most important day of our lives. Before we received baptism we were outside the locked gates of Paradise, unable to produce even the smallest supernatural fruit. 

The Baptism of the Lord

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD  Sunday 13th January

Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Jack Vesey, RIP (BH)
6.30pm–7.30pm Exposition & Confession

8.00am Mass The People of the Parish
9.30am Mass Tim McArthy, RIP (Anniv) (PM)
11.30am Mass Grace Millane, RIP (LD)
5.30pm Blessing of Babies & Benediction

Monday 14 Feria
9.00am Mass Eric Major, RIP (Anniv) (PM)

Tuesday 15 Feria
11.00am Requiem Mass Brita Irons, RIP

Wednesday 16 Feria
9.00am Mass Patrick Farrell, RIP (Anniv)(TF)

Thursday 17 St Anthony, Abbott
9.00am Mass Lesley Mansfield, RIP (PM)

Friday  18 Feria
12Noon Mass Maureen Crawley, RIP (KP)

Saturday 19 St Wulstan, Bp
10.00am Mass Sheila Liggins, RIP (AW)
10.30am-11.30am Exposition & Confession


Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Frank Maguire, RIP (MW)
6.30pm–7.30pm Exposition & Confession

8.00am Mass Frances Emmerson, RIP (Anniv) (AE)
9.30am Mass The People of the Parish
11.30am Mass Maureen Deekes, RIP (BH)
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction

The Sacrament of Penance is available on request
Services from the church are live streamed

Reverse Advent Calendar

The Live Simply Group would like to thank all those who responded so generously to this appeal.  26 completed backpacks have been donated and distributed via the RC prison chaplain to those who, having completed their sentence, leave prison with no home to go to.  Other gifts of money, toiletries and clothing will be well used by the Churches Winter Night shelters.

Costa/Greggs gift cards can be an excellent way to help those on the streets without enabling an addiction problem.  Thank you once again.

BCYS Summer Lourdes Pilgrimage 20th – 27th July 2019

Join the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service in Lourdes this Summer as we travel alongside the diocese, assisting the elderly and infirm on their annual pilgrimage.

Alongside this we also run a retreat, daily Masses and excursions for the young people, as well as experiencing the Lourdes Torchlight Procession and Blessed Sacrament Procession.

Places will be allocated to ensure as many parishes and schools as possible from the diocese are represented and applications will remain open until 31st January 2019.  Where we receive a large number from one school or parish, places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. Please be aware, this event is always heavily oversubscribed.

The pilgrimage is open to anyone currently in school year 10 and above and the cost will be around £570 (TBC). For all information and the chance to apply, please visit  or for any queries, please

Lourdes Ladies Group

Our next Meeting is at 10.30am on Thursday 17th January when we welcome Guest Speaker Mr. Keith Price, a local from Great Wakering, who will be sharing his gardening experience along with some beautiful slides.  All gardeners and non-gardeners are welcome!  

Please note:  This Meeting is an opportunity to put your name forward for our planned visit to the Houses of Parliament in May.  Numbers are limited so don't miss out.

OLOL Parish SVP Conference

Our parish St Vincent de Paul (SVP) “Conference” has twelve active members with an additional four parishioners currently applying to join! The main work of the Conference is visiting the elderly and infirm at home, in care and nursing homes as well as, when the need arises, in hospital.  The Conference provides financial assistance (as funds allow) to individuals and families experiencing hardship as well as assisting the housebound with smaller practical tasks, e.g. shopping, transport, changing a light bulb etc.  Members contribute to the work of Winter Night Shelters provided by local churches. Our Conference has Masses said for the repose of the souls of beneficiaries who have died and seeks to be present at their Requiem masses. We are indebted to fellow-parishioners for their generosity which enables the Conference to help others in need. Our annual SVP ‘Awareness Month’ appeal held last September (2018), as well as generous donations from parishioners via the SVP box at the back of the church, raised £1147.00. Some of this funding was used as follows: 

£600 to the India SVP Disaster Relief Fund to help families devastated by the Kerala floods. 

£300 to purchase clothing and toiletries for homeless men and women using the Sacred Heart Parish, Southend, night shelter.

£200 to assist a person with special needs go on pilgrimage to Lourdes.

£150 worth of supermarket vouchers for young ex-offenders resident over Christmas in the Southend refuge centre.

A Christmas afternoon tea was arranged in the parish centre for elderly parishioners on 8th December 2018.  Gifts were given to our guests! 

Assistance given by the SVP is in strict confidence. Should you consider joining the Parish SVP Conference please contact me on 01702 552373. Our renewed thanks to parishioners for their generosity and support!  F. O’Brien, Conference President.

White Flower Appeal

The Society for the Protection of Unborn children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this weekend. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law.  This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades.

Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers, and to stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation.

Sea of Voices Choir

Our Community Choir returns on Thursday 17th January meeting upstairs in the Parish Centre from 7.45pm and will be rehearsing a new repertoire for the coming year.  New singers are always welcome!  We do have some new singers joining us so please don’t be shy!  Do you know someone who may be interested?  We are also still looking for a new accompaniest for the choir.  Please contact Darrell 07825686249 or speak to a choir member. Thank you.

We Pray for our Sick

Sheena Evans, Charlotte O’Neil, Ella Williams, David Kislingbury, Janet Weale, Mark Shepherd, Eileen Bines, Frank Bramley, Mark Hartley, Gillian Oldham, Basil Emmerson, Austin Butler, Christine Robinson, John Lavery, Paul Keane,Rosemary Bragard, Rose Craft, Maureen Gooding, Dympna Addecott, Pat Lynch, Christian Ryan, Mike Rubbert, Tina Doveaston, Addi Brady, Ben Wilson, Patricia Fleming, Nicky Wigmore, Nan Carrit, Eileen Wilson, Patricia Spikin, Sandra Fagan, Edna Wallace, Beryl Dixon, Nick Evans, Vicky Jack, Lyn Gopee, Mary Boyce, Kristin Hallenga, Anne O’Neill, Cheryl Shallis, Anthony McEvoy, Justin Stark, Sheila Netherton, David Blyth, Janet Woods, Lynne Hilkene, June Moncaster, Laura & Anne Breen, Breda Lynch, Maria Clark, Roy Widdecombe, Johanna Lynch, Anthony King, Chas Taylor, Norma McCleverty, Belinda Balazsi, Johnnie Pool, Edward Martin, Joanna Luciani, Pauline Wilsher, Simon Marshall, Kriston Barnes, Hugh Isaacs, Josephine Griggs, Colleen Worley, Dawn Deleigh, Lorraine Hart, Linda Dean, Antonella McConalogue, Eddie McConalogue, Georgina Cornwell, Wyn McCafferty, Annie Holland, Ivor & Joanne Knight, David Clark, Brian Beresford, Rebecca Peake, David Clark, Connor Bourke, Mattia Mollica, Sharon Levill, Bernadette Lane, David Kislingury, Maureen Ward, Irena Solecki, Lanto Bellis, Doreen Troughton, Marguerite Harris, Andrew Exley, Richard Collins, Niqui Denkmayer, Elizabeth McConalogue, Kean Smith, Mick Cordingley and children Thomas Ball, Liam Davis, Albert Chambers, Fergus Grant, Mary Isherwood, Lucy Price, Connie Price & Frazer Gregory.

Please Pray for the Dead on their anniversaries

Fr John King, Fr Gilbert Basil Pearson, Fr Neville Banks, Fr Kenneth Green, Canon Charles Kuypers, Mgr Canon David Donnelly, Mabel Payne, Joe de Lobel, Leslie Murray, Derrick Whithil-Smith, Mary Cooper, Tim McCarthy, Lily Johnson, Eileen Watson, Georges Egidio, Dr Robert Clark, Catherine Mills,  Pat Rogers, Patricia Manning, Eric Major, John Mayo, Anna Sokl, Elsie Nicol, Rose-Margaret Gilbert, Mary Ann Foley, Nancy Hume, Annie Shea, Gordon Wallen, Brigid Connolly, Violet Read, Gabriel Craven, Patrick Connolly, Brenda Campbell, Breeda Hayes, Germaine Cave-Palmer, Robert Garson-Gratidge, Bridget Kelly, Maud Reddy, Catherine Woods, Eugene Regan, Barry Anderson, Anne Ryan & Bernard Leonard.

May their Souls & the Souls of all the Faithful Departed rest in peace.