Church of Our Lady of Dover


Welcome to our website for Our Lady of Dover in the parish of Buckland which also includes the Chapel of St Francis in St Margaret's Bay.  We are part of the Archdiocese of Southwark covering South London and Kent.  

Father John Panario

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1st Sunday in Lent

Normal Sunday Mass times

at Our Lady‘s : 10am & 6pm

& at St. Francis 9am





Please visit to find the following resources to use during lent:

CAFOD  family Lent calendar. There also have downloadable Lent calendars for children and young people . As we begin this Lent in lockdown perhaps you’d like to join in the water droplet trail, a great way to stay connected while we are apart and support the CAFOD Lent appeal.

CAFOD continue to stream  virtual children’s liturgy sessions live every Sunday morning.






thumbnail imageMy suggestion is this: celebrate Ash Wednesday at home, with your family, in the household or ‘support bubble’ of which you are a part. Gather for a while. Read the prayer which I offer. Bless each other by making the sign of the cross on each other’s forehead. Spend some time praying in a way that you know. But please, make this a prayer of your heart for God’s mercy upon this world struggling to cope with the terrible pandemic and the devastation it is bringing. Here is the prayer:
‘Lord God, with all our hearts we beseech you: have mercy on your people; spare your people; strengthen all people in the struggle against the havoc of this pandemic. Lord our God, without you we are so weak and our courage so limited. Give us your strength; give us your love; give us wisdom and skill to continue this fight. Spare your people, O Lord we pray. Comfort those who mourn and gather into your kingdom all who have died. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, who died and rose to life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.’
Then, bless each other, using one of the two traditional formulas: ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return’. or: ‘Repent, and believe in the Gospel’.
Do not hesitate to bless each other on this Ash Wednesday. We do well to remember together our need of the good Lord. Together, and through each other, he wants to comfort and reassure us of his loving presence. If, on this day, we set aside every pretense that we can do everything of ourselves, then we create in our hearts and lives the space for God’s grace and strength to find a home in us. This year, it may be best to do this, not by going to church, but by sharing the prayer, the blessing and this moment of dedication within the love of your family and friends. Please do include me in your prayers, too.

1. Gather together and start with the Sign of the Cross.
2. Read the Gospel for today. It is from St Matthew’s Gospel, 6.1-6 and 16-18.
3. Say together the prayer above.
4. Make the Sign of the Cross on each other’s forehead, using the words you choose.
5. Pray together: the Our Father; the Hail Mary; each one with his or her own prayer or intention.
6. Conclude with the ‘Glory be to the Father…’
7. Give each other a sign of peace. So Lent begins!

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster


Mass at Our Lady’s at 10am

Ashes will be distributed without contact




Mass is still permitted during lockdown but in view of the high rate of infections and the Government advice to stay at  home as much as possible, you may wish to consider watching one of the streamed live Masses instead and pray at home. Mass will continue to be said as follows for those who do wish to attend in person:


SUNDAY MASS AT OUR LADY’S           10.30am & 6pm








The newsletter for the week starting 10th January can be found on the Newsletter Page & Details of new Singing Group and Foodbank Requirements appear on the Parish News Page.


Monday 18th- 25th January CHURCH UNITY OCTAVE

The Churches Together Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts on Monday !8th January.

Normally this would have been publicised well in advance at CTiD meetings and we would have had coffee mornings and at least one joint service. Clearly with Covid Rules we can’t do either of those but since prayer is the one thing we can do this year please see the prayer material links below.


Resources for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 (


And the pamphlet itself :


Your prayers please for Fr Michael Gwinnell RIP

The funeral was held recently at the Church of St Joseph,

New Malden.


Your prayers please for Miss Pat Donald RIP,

former Deputy Head of St. Edmund's.

The funeral will be on Tuesday 9th Ferbruary for family only.

Mass will be said for her on that day, further details will be given shortly. 




                                   EPIPHANY 2021


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Online application period, for entry in September 2021, is now open
( e.g. for St Richard's) ; 
applications must be made, 
even if there is a brother or sister in the school already.
Supplementary Forms to the clergy, please, as soon as possible.






Although this may not be the Christmas we hoped for, and many of us are separated from loved ones, let us be thankful for the family and friends we have.

Let is pray for all those affected by the pandemic, and those who are working so hard in many professions to keep us safe and provide us with goods and services.


Poppy at the Crib on Christmas Eve.

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For those who wish to remain at home, you can still use the details below to take part in Masses from other churches.                 



LIVE-STREAMING DETAILS:  gives access to many parishes in the UK gives access to St. Paul's, Dover

but you can also use

Another useful Website is

For our younger parishioners, CAFOD have an online Children's Liturgy for Sunday morning
The link is 










Social Distancing will be in place and we are not able to sing the Carols that everyone enjoys so much. We will only be able to socialise with our own family or festive bubble.


Although the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays has been suspended,  many people will want to celebrate Christmas by coming to Mass. Some may feel worried or concerned about attending Mass when there are a lot of other people in the church. The Christmas Eve Mass at Our Lady’s, for instance, has been particularly well attended in normal years.


We are reminded that for the Church, every day in the Octave of Christmas is regarded as a solemnity, as if it was, in fact, Christmas Day. So to attend Mass on any day between 25th December and 1st January is just as valid a way of celebrating Christmas as attending Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.


So if you would feel more comfortable attending Mass on a less busy day, please do come along to the 10am Mass on any day during this season of the Octave of Christmas.



Sadly Father Christmas 🎅🏼 will be very busy this year delivering presents and he and his elves and reindeers have to keep to all the new arrangements to keep everyone safe, so he won’t be able to join us at Our Lady’s on Christmas Eve, 🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌  🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁

but we look forward to seeing him next year. 






for primary aged children


Join in the party and download the Activity Pack for families to use at Christmas by clicking this link:









A big thank you goes to Mrs. Parsons, Head of School, and the students at St. Edmunds for the recent donations to the Dover Foodbank.

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Donations to the Foodbank are especially needed at this difficult time. Some of the usual collection points are closed but you can donate at: 
Tesco Extra Dover   front of store near tills
Morrison’s Dover   front of store near tills
 Co-op River   in-store collection point

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 Social-distancing at the 10.30am Mass on Sunday July 27th.





                     CTID PRAYER DIARY

CTID have produced a prayer diary which has been circulated to churches of all denominations to encourage us to pray for these church communities each day.












LIVE-STREAMING DETAILS:  gives access to many parishes in the UK gives access to St. Paul's, Dover

but you can also use

Another useful Website is

For our younger parishioners, CAFOD have an online Children's Liturgy for Sunday morning
The link is 














Unfortunatly due to the current situation, the celebration which was to take place in June has been postponed until it is safer for all to hold a large gathering.

Details of the revised date will be made available when possible







                               SUNDAY 28th JUNE 2020

                       ST. PETER & ST. PAUL, APOSTLES


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LIVE-STREAMING DETAILS:  gives access to many parishes in the UK gives access to St. Paul's, Dover

but you can also use

Another useful Website is

For our younger parishioners, CAFOD have an online Children's Liturgy for Sunday morning
The link is 




















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On Easter Sunday Pope Francis prayed for those suffering due to either global conflict or the coronavirus, saying Christ’s resurrection brings both light and hope to the darkness of an oppressed and suffering world.

“Like a new flame this Good News springs up in the night, the night of a world already faced with epochal challenges and now oppressed by a pandemic severely testing our whole human family,” 

Easter, he said, offers humanity “a different ‘contagion,’ a message transmitted from heart to heart - for every human heart awaits this Good News. It is the contagion of hope,” he said, insisting that it’s not a “magic formula” that makes humanity’s problems disappear.

Pope Francis called for debt relief for impoverished nations, easing of international sanctions, relief for the unemployed, European solidarity, and an end to armed conflicts, all styled both as a response to the pandemic and an expression of the Easter spirit.

“The resurrection of Christ … is the victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not ‘by-pass’ suffering and death, but passes through them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil into good. This is the unique hallmark of the power of God,”

For the full text please follow the link:






To read the full text, in which the Holy Father speaks on calming the storm,

please use the folowing link: 





For most of us it will be an unusual experience Easter without attending Mass in the parish. There are a variety of live-streaming options listed further down this page which present us with opportunities to take part in the liturgy during this difficult time.



Saturday 11th April HOLY SATURDAY

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(SWIECONKA, the Blessing of Easter Baskets, the Eastern European Catholic tradition which normally takes place in the Church, cannot go ahead this year.

Families may like to use the traditional prayers to bless their baskets at home or, if you wish, you can use your own prayers or grace.

For the traditional prayers in Polish and English, please click  HERE )

During Holy Saturday, the day the church is empty like a tomb.


At night-time, passages from the word of God unfold God's work for our salvation from sin and death: the Easter Candle, symbol of Christ risen, is lit and carried into the sanctuary. 

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      The new Life of the Resurrection is proclaimed.

           As Easter People, Alleluia is our song.


 On Easter Sunday the Pope's Urbi et Orbi message will be broadcast on BBC 1 at 11am but it is also available online or from the Vatican News App.









Some of you have been asking how you can continue to support our parish while there are no weekly collections.

We understand that this is a time of financial uncertainty and difficulty for many people, but for anyone in a position to continue contributions to the parish, there are options:

If you would like to make your donations through BACS, Standing Order, cheque or telephone,

please download the PLEDGE FORM by clicking HERE

then please complete it and return it by email to Father John, or post to The Presbytery, 24 Old Park Hill, Dover, Kent. CT16 2AW.

Or to continue using envelopes, please keep them return them to the parish when Masses restart.

If you would like to make an online payments through Justgiving, the Archdiocese has set up Webpage at


It is fairly simple to use but please ensure you put the name of

our Parish: Our Lady of Dover, Buckland

and what the donation is for, e.g. Weekly Collection, or Easter Gift to the Clergy

or other specific purposes.

Please Gift Aid if you are in a position to do so.





Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As most people will now be aware, to protect the community – particularly the most vulnerable – and to limit the spread of COVID19 as far as possible, public acts of worship have been suspended. Please help everyone to stay safe at this difficult time by following advice from the Public Authorities.

Although we are not able to join in the celebration of Mass in person, there are televised Masses and others available online, which we can follow and along with whom we can pray.

There are a variety of Websites offering links but the Catholic Bishops have suggested

but you can also use

Another useful Website is

This gives access to a range of services and prayers through the day including the Angelus at 12 noon followed by Holy Mass and adoration. It will be particularly useful today so that we can all be part of the events when the Bishops of England and Wales reconcecrate England as the Dowery of Mary.

There is more information on the Website of the Catholic Bishops Website

and if you would like to hear Bishop John Wilson speaking about the re-dedication please follow the link to






For our younger parishioners, CAFOD have an online Children's Liturgy for Sunday morning
The address is 
Join Bronagh, Eileen and Martin at 10am this Sunday for our next virtual children's liturgy. If you can't join us live, a recording will be available to watch afterwards. In the Year of the Word, use these Gospel reflections, prayers, songs and activities to help children listen to the God who ...



For our Parish Newsletter for Sunday 22nd March click HERE



During the week Pope Francis also offered the following prayer for Catholics

wishing to make a spiritual communion:

At your feet, O my Lord Jesus
I prostrate myself and offer you repentance of my contrite heart,
which is humbled in its nothingness and in your holy presence.
I adore you in the sacrament of your love.
I desire to receive you into the poor dwelling that my heart offers you.
While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess you in spirit.
Come to me, O my Jesus, since I for my part, am coming to you.
May your love embrace my whole being in life and death.
I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you.  Amen




Pope Francis called everyone to pray the Our Father together

On Wednesday 25 March, on the Feast of the Annunciation, at 11am UK time (midday Rome), Pope Francis asked us to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At this time of uncertainty and anxiety with our churches closed for public worship, Pope Francis called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome).

The ‘Our Father’ is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples and the first prayer many of us learned to pray.

Adoration and Urbi et Orbi blessing

Having prayed the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis also revealed that , he will prayed on the steps of St Peter’s basilica on Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome) . Although the square was be empty, there was be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture.  

Plenary Indulgence

At the end of the service, the Holy Father imparted his Urbi et Orbi blessing and offered a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He asked that we join together to uphold the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness.

Pope Francis encourages us to “remain united and make our closeness felt – especially with healthcare professionals and those who serve.” 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Link : Vatican News YouTube channel.





 For Parish Newsletter for Sunday 22nd March click HERE


National call to prayer Sunday 22nd March

We were invited to put a candle in our windows at 7pm as a symbol of the light of life, Jesus ChristThe church at Our Lady’s was open until 6.30pm and a candle was lit.




You might wish to use the following prayer,

known as the PRAYER FOR ENGLAND.

O blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy "Dowry" and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.

By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son.

Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. 




We will be updating this site regularly with more information and prayers,                               so please do revisit.

A Mass will be celebrated each day in the parish privately, for 'all God's people, living and dead'.





Lord, have mercy on us                     Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, have mercy on us                   Christ, have mercy on us

Lord, have mercy on us                     Lord, have mercy on us

God the Father of heaven                  Have mercy on us

God the son, redeemer of the world   Have mercy on us

God the Holy Spirit                           Have mercy on us

Holy Trinity, One God                         Have mercy on us

Be merciful                                      Spare us, O Lord

Be merciful                                       Graciously hear us, O Lord

From the dangers that threaten us    Deliver us, O Lord


Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world Spare us, O Lord

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world Graciously hear us, O Lord

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world Have mercy on us, O Lord

Sacred Heart of Jesus Have mercy on us



Holy God, Holy Mighty One,

Holy Immortal One,

have mercy on us and on the whole world


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God                                                                           that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ    



Holy Michael, Archangel,

defend us in the day of battle;

be our safeguard against  the wickedness

and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do thou, prince of the heavenly host,

by the power of God, thrust down to Hell

Satan, and all wicked spirits,

who wander through the world

for the ruin of souls. Amen