Lourdes Grotto
Faith Development Ministries


Catechists lead our programmes of preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Marriage. They are tasked with helping to build up the faith of our church in this most valuable ministry. Training is provided for all catechists.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the Parish Priest.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a formal, but flexible, arrangement of giving to the Church.

It can take one or more of the following forms:

- weekly sum given via offertory envelopes

- monthly, quarterly or annual standing orders

- cheques for regular or one-off gifts

Since the Church is a registered charity, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will refund to the parish, tax already paid by individuals on money given in church collections. So if you are a tax payer it would be of great financial benefit to the parish if you were to make a gift aid declaration. If you are a higher rate tax payer, you may be able to reclaim the difference between the standard tax rate and your higher rate from HMRC. Further information regarding Gift Aid can be found on the HMRC website or from the local tax office.

Our Parish Gift Aid Administrator, John Shean, is happy to help and to provide further information. Please contact him through the Parish Office.

If you wish to join the Gift Aid scheme or to give by standing order, please complete the gift aid declaration form (also available at the back of the church), and return it to the Parish Office.

Any Gift Aider who wishes to make a gift by cheque and wishes that gift to be eligible for Gift Aid, should please ensure that the cheque is made payable to "St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church Romford".

Gift Aid update for tax year 2009/10

Thank you to all parishioners who participated in the Gift Aid scheme last year - the parish was able to recover £13,881.84 from HM Revenue and Customs after the diocesan commission, with around 100 gift-aiders contributing this year.

Legion of Mary

This is a spiritual organisation under patronage of Mary. The Legion of Mary helps to serve the spiritual needs of the parish by volunteering two hours of time per week to house bound members of the parish, make hospital calls regularly, home visitation, assist in taking residents of a local Nursing Home to their weekly Mass, visit newcomers and lead the Rosary at daily Mass.

For further information please contact the Parish Office

RCIA: Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (Journey in Faith)

If you are ready to grow within the Catholic Faith, embrace RCIA. It is a formal education process for adults who are specifically seeking initiation into the Catholic Church.

If an individual adult has not been baptized, or you have been baptized but never attended any formal Catholic Education or formal religious training, or if you were Baptised but not a Catholic Baptism RCIA is for you.

Full initiation into the church occurs in stages. RCIA is a journey into faith.

RCIA holds meetings through out the year. This process culminates when the candidate becomes fully initiated at Easter Vigil (or Holy Saturday). For further information on becoming a full member of the St Edward’s Faith Community within the Roman Catholic Church, please click here.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Every Saturday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place. All are welcome to spend some time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The sacrament of Reconciliation is available at this time.

Morning Prayer and the Rosary

After the morning Mass or Service of the Word during the week, Morning prayer and on occasion the rosary is also recited. All are most welcome to join in.

Contact Us

If you are an adult individual who would like to deepen your relationship with the Catholic Religion, Catholic Church, and would like to become part of the Parish family, please contact the parish office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the office on 01708 740308.

"As the Father sent me, even so I send you" John 20 v 21b