Parish logo: Mary with child Photos from the 2015 pilgrimage to Lourdes Photos from Field of Dreams 2015 Photos from Assisi and Orvieto 2015

Welcome

A very warm welcome to the website for the Catholic Parish of Our Lady and All Saints. Whether you are new to the parish, just browsing, discovering more about becoming a Catholic, or looking for specific information, we hope that we can be of help and service to you.

As the parish is so large, it is divided into seven areas, known as NETs (this name stands for network, but also has echoes of Jesus asking Peter and the disciples to "cast your nets into the deep." That is, to reach out, to reach into new places). We hope that anyone new to the parish, or returning to the church, or in any kind of need, can find a friendly local face in their NET leader. Three of the NET leaders are also Pastoral Assistants, commissioned by Bishop Alan to help in a wide variety of ways across the parish.

Everyone is always welcome at any of our Masses and services – details in the newsletter. We hope that you find us a warm and friendly community, with a lot happening for people of all ages. We have a wonderful youth programme, from children’s liturgy for those aged 4 – 8, through to amazing events run both by and for young people aged 15+.

We have "Carpe Diem" (seize the day) for those aged 55 and above, with a lively social programme. We outreach to those in need locally through the KSC (Knights of St Columba) and SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society). We have four tremendous schools, and do our best to support families in as many ways as we can.

There are usually about 1100 people at the parish Masses over the weekend; amongst them are around a hundred families from India. Adoration is offered for Malayalam speakers, and monthly Mass for those in the Syro-Malabar community. There is a Basildon Filipino Association that includes over a hundred Catholic families, and the Filippino community animate one of the Parish Masses each month. There is a Polish Mass once a month for those who live locally.

The bedrock of what we do is the celebration of the Sacraments. There is daily Mass in the parish, and five Masses at the weekend. In 2018 there are sixty seven children making First Holy Communion, thirty young people celebrating Confirmation, and seven adults being received into the Church.

If you cannot find what you are looking for on the website, if you want to know more, if you need to chat in confidence about anything, or if you just want to introduce yourself, please do get in touch at any time.

And again, welcome!

Fr Daniel, Fr Paul, Sr Clare, the Parish Pastoral Assistants and the Parish NET area leaders