This Week’s Newsletter


Church of the English Martyrs

Oblates of Mary Immaculate


30 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB                                                      Tel: 020 7488 4654


Archdiocese of Westminster Registered Trustees 233699

Parish Priest: Fr Alex 020 7488 4654



Parish Newsletter 6th June 2021



Scripture Readings, Reflection & Prayer

Corpus Christi

First reading Exodus 24:3-8 At every Mass we here the words “the blood of the new and eternal covenant” and we may wonder what such words might mean. Part of the background is in today’s first reading, when the people of Israel commit themselves to the covenant and the commandments using basins (!) of blood. The link between liturgy and life, worship and discipleship could not be clearer.

Second reading Hebrews 9:11-15 Our reading comes from the long and carefully argued Letter to the Hebrews. It teaches that Jesus’ death was not simply a better version of the old priesthood but that he replaced it with an altogether different kind of priesthood. The “quantum” shift is that Jesus can help us precisely because he is like us and not because he is different form us.

Gospel Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 As we listen, notice the important line about not drinking the cup until he drinks it “new in the Kingdom of God.” This makes the vital link between the proclamation of Jesus and his destiny. Ultimately, his destiny was also part of the coming of the Kingdom of God.

Thought for the day                                                                                                            Hospitality is deeply embedded in human nature and to say someone is hospitable is a welcome compliment. It is no accident that Jesus made use of table fellowship to give people a concrete experience of the indiscriminate love and universal compassion of God. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we experience again that proclamation of the Kingdom. We join our prayer with the prayer of Jesus and the great events of salvation are made present in our time and place. Welcomed as we have been, it is our calling then to show the same love and compassion in our daily lives.

Prayer                                                                                                                            God of welcome and compassion: we thank you the Holy Eucharist, in which we know again your love and compassion. Help us to become what we have received. Amen.

Friday 11th June Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Saturday 12th June Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Charity Art Exhibition




Online Rosary starting Tuesday 4th May                                                                            

Fr Ray invites you to join in the weekly Rosary live from De Mazenod House every Tuesday at 8pm through Zoom Meeting ID: 899 1883 6694               Passcode: Rosary





Could all donors please collect your box from the Church and let Pauline, our Gift Aid Co-ordinator know if you have any queries, or speak to Father Alex. Please note that a few numbers have had to be changed. If you want to make your donations in a different way, such as by Standing Order, Contactless, or direct transfer, email Pauline. Further information on gift-aiding your donations is available in the online News section. A very big thank you to all those who have contributed in the last tax year.  Please, please continue to support the parish if you can.





Contactless Giving

More people are using the Contactless Giving method to make their parish offering.                                                 You can now make your offerings, donations and contributions to the upkeep of your parish and the Church using the contactless device now installed near the entrance. It’s easy and safe, reducing the need to handle cash while also helping with better accountability of our parish finances.

Care for the Sick: Please let Fr Alex know of anyone who is ill or in hospital so that we can pray for them and visit when appropriate to do so. We continue to pray for Danny Nolan and John Harding.



Saturday:                    Adoration 3pm – Mass at 6:30pm

Sunday:                       Mass at 9am & 11am opening

Monday:                     Closed

Tuesday – Friday      Mass at 1pm

Please note all Masses and events are now live-streamed. Visit


Oblate Novena of Prayer for Vocations

Please join in praying with the Oblate family throughout the world for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Pick up your free novena booklet at the back of the Church and follow with us each day.


‘I am conscious of your hard work, the sense of isolation that can at times weigh upon your hearts, the risk of falling into a rut that can gradually make the ardent flame of our vocation die down, the burden of the uncertainty and insecurity of the times, and worry about the future. Take heart, do not be afraid! Jesus is at our side, and if we acknowledge him as the one Lord of our lives, he will stretch out his hand, take hold of us and save us.’

Pope Francis


Prayer for Vocations

Holy Father,
we come to you because Jesus asked us to pray
that you send workers into your harvest.
erefore, send us generous young men, passionate for Jesus, willing to make of their whole life a total oblation to you,
to become close to the poorest and most abandoned,
and to proclaim the Gospel.
May they burn with the same re
that you enkindled in Saint Eugene;
may they come to be part of his family
and, with all the Oblates, may they continue the work of Redemption. Mary Immaculate,
Who rst gave Jesus to the world,
be with us as we pray. Amen


Helpful Information for the local community:



Please contact us if you need to share any concerns or just want a listening ear.


Fr. Alex:           020 7488 4654





Useful Online Material

The Pope’s Prayer Network addressing the mission of the Church

El Camino del Corazón – The Way of the Heart


Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate


English Martyrs Primary School, Tower Hill



Safeguarding Information

Parish Safeguarding Officer: Eileen McLaughlin 07852 372923

Diocesan Co-ordinator:                                                                                              Geraldine Allen 0207 798 9350




Safeguarding Information

Parish Safeguarding Officer: Eileen McLaughlin 07852 372923

Diocesan Co-ordinator:                                                                                              Geraldine Allen 0207 798 9350