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Posted by admin On December 7th, 2020
Due to the pandemic, we are having to substantially limit entry to Masses at both St Helen’s and St Margaret’s; we are therefore asking Parishioners to reserve their seats prior to attending Mass on 24th and 25th December.
St Helen’s: entry tickets for the 8.45am Mass on 25th December can be obtained from Anne Robertson after Sunday Mass or by calling 07561403461.
St Margaret’s: for the 5.30pm Vigil Mass on 24th December and the 10.30am Mass on 25th December please give your name to Brendan Dunn after Sunday Mass or call him on 01277 821898.
As places are limited, if you have reserved a seat and are unable to attend, please contact Anne (for St Helen’s) or Brendan (for St Margaret’s) to cancel your reservation so your seat can be taken by another Parishioner.

Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman

Posted by admin On October 14th, 2019



Below is a link to a brief summary of the life of Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Our thanks to Brentwood Catholic Youth Service.


  Cardinal John Henry Newman briefly (640.7 KiB, 341 hits)





Updated 14/10/19

The Diocesan Vision Statement is available on our website

Posted by Office On December 4th, 2018



The Vision Statement is below. Notes from Vision Document meetings are under “Documents  ->  News”.

  Diocese_of_Brentwood_Vision_Document_Advent_2018.pdf (776.4 KiB, 272 hits)




Updated 14/10/19

Exhibition of Fr Thomas Byles and The Titanic: Sunday 6th May 2018 10:30am to 5pm

Posted by Office On May 3rd, 2018

ST. HELEN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, CHIPPING ONGAR – In conjunction with the first Ongar Town Festival, is having an exhibition on the Titanic and the canonisation of Father Thomas Byles, a former priest of our lovely Catholic Church in Ongar, on Sunday 6th May from 10.30am to 5.00pm. Why not visit our beautiful little church where Fr Byles had presided as Parish Priest from 1905 until his fateful death on 14th April 1912 while sailing on the infamous ship, the Titanic? Come and learn more about Father Byles and read about how we have started the process leading (hopefully) to his canonisation as a Saint. See the stained-glass window and the wooden door that are dedicated to his bravery and personal sacrifice on that fateful voyage. Just look for the driveway to the right of the Fire Station and venture up the path to the entrance to the Church. There, you will find a friendly smile and warm welcome waiting for you. Refreshments will be served in the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the church. We look forward to seeing you at St. Helen’s Church and in sharing our wonderful heritage in Ongar with the wider community.

Blessing of Fr Byles Plaque

Posted by Office On June 2nd, 2017

Title: Blessing of Fr Byles Plaque
Location: St. Helen\’s Presbytery
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2017-07-09