Welcome To Ongar Parish

The Parish of Ongar is a rural Parish, the most widespread in the Diocese. Although small in terms of numbers, in our case being small is an advantage and really does mean beautiful! Because we are small people easily get to know each other which creates a friendly & caring, family atmosphere. Small certainly doesn’t mean that nothing ishappening! On the contrary to survive we must be active both spiritually and socially. Everyone is encouraged to become involved in Parish life in one way or another because involvement not only lightens the load but inevitably leads to a sense of belonging! If you are new to our Parish you can be assured of a very warm welcome!

We actively encourage families by providing a Children’s Liturgy (from Age 3) at the 5.30 p.m. and 8.30 a.m. Masses (Ongar) and 10 a.m. Mass (Doddinghurst). Children are our future and it is a delight to see them eager to come to Church, developing and becoming more confident by actually participating in the Mass. Parents are relaxed because their children’s needs are catered for.

Relationship with the other Churches in the area is very special. In Doddinghurst there is a Covenant with the Methodist & Anglican Churches and joint Community Worship is hosted at St. Margaret’s every second Sunday of the month at 6.30 p.m. ‘Ongar Churches Together’ organises regular ecumenical events between the Catholic, United Reformed & Anglican Churches in Ongar Town.

Our Parish raises funds regularly for CAFOD, Christian Aid plus a variety of charitable organisations. We also have a Covenant with a Parish in Haiti and provide help via Sister Mary Hardiman, a very charismatic member of La Sainte Union Convent. She takes funds that we have raised directly to the people.

Pilgrimages are arranged from the Parish and in recent years we have visited Lourdes, Rome, Fatima, Poland, and Turkey. In July 2009 a group will be joining the Brentwood Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Whatever your age, young or not so young, there will be some way in which you can contribute to the life of the Church and something to interest you in our Parish. We would encourage you to become involved and take responsibility for future development.

The Parish

We are a rural Parish, the most widespread in the Diocese (see over). St. Helen’s is the Parish Church and St Margaret of Scotland, Doddinghurst, has the dual role of Church on Sunday mornings  &Holy Days and Parish Hall. A rota is in place to lay out and clear the chairs in St. Margaret’s to make this transformation possible.

St. Margaret’s also plays an important part in the Doddinghurst community as it is used for a host of Parish social and fund-raising events, a Playgroup, Toddler Group & Creche, Ballet, Dancing classes, keep fit, art classes, W.I., private parties – the list is endless. As well as generating income this enriches the life of the village and makes us a vital part of Village life.

Times Of Services

Mass: Ongar – Saturdays 5.30 p.m., Sundays 8.30 a.m., Holy Days 9.00 a.m., Tuesdays to Fridays 9.00 a.m.

Mass: Doddinghurst – Sundays 10.00 a.m., Holy Days 8.00 p.m.

Reconciliation: Sat 4.30pm-5pm at St Helen’s (and by request)

Baptism & Marriage by appointment