Mass of thanksgiving for married life

See the notice in the porch of a Mass and celebration of marriage and family life in the Cathedral on 6th July. I have four invitations to enjoy this with reception (I presume a party). If you would like to go please contact Fr Quentin.

Major restoration work

Finally the much-talked of work is about to begin. We have been assured that scaffolders will arrive on Monday 29th to clad the whole Friary and also three chapels of the church. I assume that there will be much engagement of the church carpark for the first few days. It will be wise to assume that the car park is not available for dropping off children for school at least on the start date. We hope to have more information shortly

Redbridge Homeless Shelter

Volunteers needed for night shift 10pm to 8am weekly on a single night commitment, especially Monday and Tuesday. Please contact

Catholic Fellowship AGM

Will take place on Thursday 16th May at 8pm. St Anne Line Catholic Church, Grove Crescent, South Woodford. All welcome, refreshments will be served after the AGM

Are you coming home?

A question, I am sure, that has been asked many times in many different situations. However, in this particular case we are talking about the church. Do you feel it is your home? Would you like it to be your home? What can we do to make you feel at home? The Landings programme is a series of meetings, led by lay people, for those wishing to reconnect with their Catholic faith. Through a series of questions, discussions and sharing of personal experiences we want to welcome you home. Landings provides a space with support, respect and confidentiality. Its aim is to lead each participant to feel at ease, at home, affirmed not just within the Landings programme but also within the Church. We ho

SVP Thank you

Despite the lower than usual numbers attending mass yesterday we still had an extremely generous collection from parishioners (just over £900 ). We will be putting some of the money to good use straight away this week helping local families in need... the generosity of the parishioners is much appreciated.

Happy Easter

We wish you all a happy Easter – and a good rest after all the prayer and liturgy of the past week. You deserve it. With the school holiday falling before the feast we thought there would be a noticeable drop in numbers. But all masses last Sunday were well attended. They were devotional. You sang well in the Palm procession, managing to sustain the musical round to the beat of the drum. Now that you have found confidence we will try to include another line or two next year. - The rest is short-lived, with schools resuming on Tuesday.

Mass for Migrants in honour of St Joseph the Worker

Celebrating the diversity of London, Kent, Middlesex Hertfordshire and Essex Monday 6th May, Procession gathering 9am, Procession at 10am. Mass begins at 10:30am Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London, SW1P 1LT. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Campbell

Jumble Sale - Thanks!

The Chigwell Sisters would like to thank all the Parishioners who donated to last weekends jumble sale and to everyone who helped, You raised over £700 for their missions in Zambia, El Salvador and the Phillipines. A Holy Mass will be offered for all benefactors.

Welcome New to the Parish or an occasional visitor

If so, a very warm welcome to you this Eastertide. We invite you to keep in touch with us. Here are some ways you can do so in a quite informal way. Parish Website Find details here of all that goes on in the church and various articles on faith that are easy to read. In addition, we now have mass online whereby we record one of the Sunday masses for online viewing on our website. (Go to our website and click the Mass Online link). Newsletter Subscribe to receive our weekly parish newsletter by email. Simply sign up via our website or send an email to Your email address will be held securely for use only by the parish news

Parish Website Find details here of all that goes on in the church and various articles on faith that are easy to read. In addition, we now have mass online whereby we record one of the Sunday masses for online viewing on our website. (Go to our website and click the Mass Online link).

Social media

Find us on Facebook and Twitter – our account on both is @STOCWoodford. Here we give information on what is happening in the church, social activities etc. Introduce yourself to one of the welcoming team or priests and/or come again to one of our services. We would love to see you again.

Offertory Envelopes

As far as we know parishioners registered for offertory envelopes will by now have received them. If you have not received yours please contact the parish office to rectify the matter.

The Easter Egg hunt

What a splendid event this turned out to be. Till the weekend there seemed to be little interest. But on Sunday many dozen came. I thank and congratulate Michelle and her family. Their imagination and breadth of activities was clever and fun. A series of ingenious clues led the hunters round the garden and then into the church. When the children unravelled the riddles (with a little help) the message came through: Jesus loves you! Tea and cakes followed, with drawing and handicraft activities. It was a good social meeting of parents, delight for the smaller children and a profit of £127 for the Brownies. Win-win all round. So thank you to Michelle and family who gave much time and ingenuity

Steward of the Gospel

The Vision Document is available on our website. Latest news on Parish Partnership visit

Mass intentions

We are much blessed that you ask us frequently to offer mass for your intentions. At present we receive more requests than we can immediately honour. I assure you every request is carefully recorded, and then later audited to insure none is overlooked. Currently we have only 4 priests saying daily mass at SToC. So we send some of your intentions to our brethren in Stratford to be offered there. In that way you can be sure the mass you request is always duly honoured without too much delay.

Coming events - “The year of Luke”

“The year of Luke” Once Easter has been celebrated we resume reading Luke’s Gospel each Sunday. Fr Adrian Graffi is a specialist Scripture scholar. He has agreed to come to give us two lectures to help us really take in the depth of Luke . He will come on two Wednesday evening: May 15th and 22nd at 7.30. I hope you will come to both.

Forthcoming Events

​ 13th May Parish Council  2nd June Outdoor Mass  29th June Summer Fete  14th July Annual Meeting  23rd November Christmas Fayre

Easter Triduum - Rotas

Many thanks to everyone who offered their services; the rotas for Readers, Ministers of Communion, Ushers and Sacristans for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday, are displayed at the back of the church (on the left as you leave the church) Please ensure that you check the rotas before you leave Mass today.

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