Preparing for Holy Week 2019

Dear Friends in Christ: 

As Holy Week rapidly approaches, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to ponder on the great mystery of our Salvation gained for us through Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. Please read St. John’s Gospel Chapter 13 onwards this week.


Next Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Passion; we recall in a very vivid way the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and the cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David” greet Our Lord as the people lay their palm branches before him. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of this most ‘Holy Week’; please come and join us!

THE TRIDUUM OF THE LORD is the most powerful liturgy that we experience during the church’s liturgical year. washfeetI earnestly encourage you all to participate fully in these most wonderful celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. As we begin our Holy Thursday celebration with the sign of the Cross it is important to remember that the next time we cross ourselves will be at the end of the Easter Vigil; the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Good Friday Liturgy, and the Easter Vigil, are one continuous celebration of Salvation History.

Please make every effort to enter into the spirit of this Holy Week, attend the Masses and Services organised here at St. Edmund’s. This is a truly wonderful time for parents to teach children about these most sacred events in Our Lord’s life; bring your children with you and let them experience these most wonderful events of our Salvation.

There will be a Parish Reconciliation Service on Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 8.00 p.m. There will be several visiting Priests to help with the Sacrament of Confession. Please make every effort to be there and, avail yourselves of the Sacrament of God’s forgiving Love. There will also be other opportunities for Confession throughout Holy Week, please see your Parish Newsletter.

God Bless You All,

Fr John Sig


PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: 13th / 14th April 2019

6.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s. Blessing of Palms (Sat. 13th April)

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s. Blessing of Palms and Procession

11.00 am St. Edmund’s. Blessing of Palms and Procession

5.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s. Stations of Cross and Benediction

MONDAY 15th April

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s.

TUESDAY 16th April

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s preceded by Morning Prayer at 8.45am

8.00 p.m. Parish Penitential Service (St. Edmund’s) with visiting

Priests. Please make a special effort to be there!

WEDNESDAY 17th April

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s (Confessions after Mass, visiting priest)

7.00 p.m. MASS OF THE CHRISM (Brentwood Cathedral)


MAUNDY THURSDAY 18th April 2019

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer, Tenebrae /Confessions

8.00 p.m. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER St. Edmund’s

There will be watching until Midnight at the Altar of Repose. Please join us in prayer. Night Prayer 11.50pm.

GOOD FRIDAY 19th April Day of Fasting and Abstinence

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer. Tenebrae

10.00 a.m. Children’s Service with Veneration of the Cross


7.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s. Stations of the Cross. Veneration

HOLY SATURDAY: 20th April 2019

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s Morning Prayer, Tenebrae, Confessions.

12.30 p.m. Swieconka: Polish Blessing for Easter Food Baskets

8.00p.m. St. Edmund’s. THE EASTER VIGIL


9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Mass

11.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Family Mass

Lenten Parish Penitential Service

16th April 2019

At 8.00pm


During Lent we should seek the opportunity of making our peace with God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we enter Holy Week, please make every effort possible to come to our Parish Penitential Service on Tuesday, 16th April, at 8.00pm. There will be several visiting Priests to help with the Celebration of the Sacrament.

Canon Pat Sammon PP Wanstead

Canon John McGrath Epping

Fr. Bogden Kot MS PP Harlow

Canon John Harvey PP. Loughton

St. Edmund of Canterbury


St. Thomas More



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