St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church Ongar with St. Margaret’s, Doddinghurst, Parish

Priest: Fr. Emile Nkumu

St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church

History

The Catholic Church in Ongar was built between 1868 and 1869 and consecrated to St. Helen on 21st April, 1969 by Archbishop Henry Manning of Westminster. The present Catholic Diocese of Brentwood was formed in 1917 and, on 15th August, 1918, the actual Parish of Ongar was established incorporating the Church of St. Helen’s. The Church, which underwent structural extensions in 1973, contains many fine stained-glass windows including a superb rose window depicting Mary and many Saints. One stained glass window is dedicated to the memory of Father Thomas Byles, a former Priest of the Parish, who became a local and national hero after sacrificing his own life in order to save the lives of other passengers on the ill-fated Titanic in 1914.

Many interesting facts about the history of the Church, as well as the story about the life and personal sacrifice of Father Byles, deceased, can be found in literature in the Church Porch. Since 1951, Masses have also been celebrated in the neighbouring Village of Doddinghurst at the Parish Hall and Mass Centre of St. Margaret of Scotland.

Visit us for Mass

Our present Priest is Father Emile Nkumu who celebrates daily Masses, except Mondays, at St. Helen’s at 9am on each weekday as well as at 5.30pm on Saturday and at 8.30am on Sunday, with a further Mass at 1 0am on Sunday at St. Margaret’s.

Contact

Father Emile can be contacted via the Parish Office on 01277 362645.

www.catholic-parish-ongar.org.uk

Ongar United Reformed Church

Ongar, Minister:  Rev. Cecil White

St Mary’s High Ongar, All Saints Norton Mandeville, and St James Marden Ash.

Vicar: Rev. Stewart Gibbs

St Mary's High Ongar

On the day we hope to be hosting a street party in Ongar High Street offering samples of wartime and post war street party foods – such as Lord Woolton Pie, Spam sandwiches, Anzac biscuits and Victory cake, with squash to wash them down. At 3.00p.m., along with many other places around the festival, and around the UK, we will offer “The Nations’ Toast to the Heroes of World War 2” with a complimentary drink.

On the day we hope to be hosting a street party in Ongar High Street offering samples of wartime and post war street party foods – such as Lord Woolton Pie, Spam sandwiches, Anzac biscuits and Victory cake, with squash to wash them down. At 3.00p.m., along with many other places around the festival, and around the UK, we will offer “The Nations’ Toast to the Heroes of World War 2” with a complimentary drink.

Members of the High Ongar Community are invited to gather outside St Mary’s Church, High Ongar, at 6.45pm to light candles for each of the men from our village who did not return from WW2 and to commit ourselves to work for peace in the future.

Then, just as on May 8th 1945, at 7.00p.m. the bells of St Mary’s High Ongar will ring out in commemoration of the 75th anniversary – Ringing out for Peace.

We will also be lighting the trees around St Mary’s, at 7.00p.m., to commemorate the celebrations marking the end of 6 years of bloodshed.

Contact

www.parishofhighongar.org

St. Andrew’s Church of England, Greensted, St. Margaret’s Church of England, Stanford Rivers 

Parish Priest: Rev. Neil Taylor

St. Martin’s Church of England, Ongar

Rector: Rev. Noelle Taylor, Curate: Rev. Jane Quinton.

 

 St Martins Church

Open every day from 9 am to dusk. Pop in at any time to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of our beautiful church which is nearly 1,000 years old. 

As part of the Ongar Town Festival this year there will be a Celebration of Weddings that have taken place over the years since WW2 using actual period wedding dresses accompanied by floral arrangements. The centre piece will be an arrangement depicting a wedding in the forties. Delicious refreshments will be served in our V E Cafeteria in the church rooms on Friday. Additionally, there will be a Thanksgiving Service in the church at 4pm on Friday 8th.

We look forward to seeing you!

Contact

www.stmartinongar.org.uk

St. Peter’s Church of England, Shelley.