The Holy Cross Church
South Ockendon Essex

RM15 5EJ





Who we are

A Warm Welcome to The Catholic Parish of Holy Cross, South Ockendon, Diocese of Brentwood.

Mass Times
We have three Sunday Masses: Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 9am & 11am. For weekday Mass times, please see the parish newsletter. All Masses take place at Holy Cross Church.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament usually takes place each Monday at 10.00am -11.00 noon.

Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually available in church on Saturday mornings, 9am-9.25am.

Book of Remembrance
In Holy Cross Church we have a Book of Remembrance. If you would like to have the name of your loved one included in the Book of Remembrance please let Fr. Francis know. A donation of £5 to parish funds is appreciated for each name included.

Ecumenism
Mardyke Churches Together is the local fellowship of Christian communities, of which Holy Cross parish is a member. Representatives of the local churches meet on a regular basis to discuss local issues and ways of worshiping and working together.

Rosary
The Rosary is prayed before all weekday morning Masses in Holy Cross Church.



Church Address

The Holy Cross
33 Easington Way
South Ockendon, Essex RM15 5EJ
United Kingdom
Phone: 01708 853130
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Church Pastor

Fr Francis Abara
Fr Francis Abara
Priest in Charge
33 Easington Way
South Ockendon, Essex RM15 5EJ
United Kingdom
Phone: 01708 853130
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Quote of the Day
Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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The Holy Cross Church South Ockendon Mass Times

Saturday Vigil Mass
17:30

Sunday Mass
09:00, 11:00

Holy Day Mass
09:30, 19:30

Sacrament of Reconciliation
09:00 (Saturdays)

Sunday Arrangement Watch Mass Live – Sunday morning 10am

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Coronavirus Alertas Church Re-opens

Advice update about the coronavirus:
The church will beopen for Mass from Saturday 4th July. We must comply with social distancing. It is unfortunate that we can only accommodate 50 people in the church so come on time if you want to be inside the church.
Please follow instructions given by the Stewards.

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If you have a Facebook account, you will be able to watch Mass live at 10am on Sunday mornings.
If you do not have an account, follow the instructions on the front of the newsletter:

http://holycrosssouthockendon.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/NEWSLETTER-280620-2.pdf

Mass Times last updated on the 28th of June, 2020
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History of The Holy Cross Church South Ockendon

A well-designed post-war church of traditional form by H. Bingham Towner, an established architect of Catholic churches. The statue of Christ over the west door and the foundation stone are by Joseph Cribb, a pupil of Eric Gill’s. The re-ordering of the sanctuary has deprived the interior of its original visual focus but otherwise the building is little- altered.

Much of the residential development at South Ockendon is what was originally known as the LCC Aveley Estate, built after the Second World War. A Mass centre was established in 1948 and the first resident priest (Fr Johnson) arrived in 1952. A dual purpose hall/church was built in 1953 from designs by D. Plaskett Marshall and a presbytery by the same architect in 1955. Work on the present church started in 1960, and the church was opened by Bishop Wall on 20 June 1961. The architect was Henry Bingham Towner of Uckfield, and the builders Messrs Hammond & Miles of Ilford. The church was designed to seat 400, and cost £37,000.

Holy Trinity Church is a building of traditional form with some loosely medievalising detailing. The walls are of red brick, with door and window details in artificial stone and roof coverings of concrete tiles. The plan comprises a substantial west tower, square on plan with a pyramidal roof, nave and sanctuary under a continuous pitched roof and broad flat-roofed aisles. The tower has a west door set under a wide round- headed brick arch with a carved figure of Christ above carved by Joseph Cribb of Burgess Hill, who also carved the lettering in the foundation stone. The side walls of the tower have three-light mullioned windows to the second stage with louvred openings to the ringing chamber above. East of the tower the nave and sanctuary has a continuous clerestory of six three-light mullioned windows. On the south side the aisle is four bays long with similar windows, and a sacristy addition is attached to the sanctuary. On the north side the aisle is of six bays. The east end wall is blind.

Internally, the bottom stage of the tower serves as a vestibule with a gallery over. The nave arcades are of five bays, with low pointed arches. The nave ceiling is pitched and boarded, the aisle ceilings flat. The walls throughout are plastered and painted and the leaded windows are clear glazed. The sanctuary in the east bay has a rectangular opening on each side; on the north is a side chapel. Originally the sanctuary was enclosed by communion rails with turned balusters and had a canopy over the high altar, but these have been removed and the sanctuary step brought forward with a nave altar.   Edit


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