​Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)


We should pray because Jesus not only asked us to – and taught us how to through the Lord’s Prayer – but also because, through prayer, we enter into a relationship with God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” (CCC 2559) and that “prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with His Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 2565)


By praying, we are following God’s will and we are imitating Christ, who prayed often.


When we pray, we also humble ourselves to God because we accept that we are dependent on Him. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)


Pray also gives us peace “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)


There are no hard and fast rules on how to pray. For some, and at times, stillness and quiet is important​. Prayer can be loud too - and we can also pray anywhere and at any time. Pray can also be formal or informal. However, prayer does not have to be complicated.

  • Keep it simple.

  • Read the Bible - through it we learn to know God.

  • Make prayer an essential part of your day.

  • Pray 'from the heart' - have a sincere conversation with God.


There is a group of people in our Diocese who devote a lot of their time to intercessory prayer - that is, praying for other people's needs. You can submit a request for prayer here.



The rosary is a meditation on the life of Jesus. Many great popes, saints, and Christian leaders have exhorted us to pray the rosary. It’s a powerful prayer, they say, one that can change your life, strengthen the family, bring peace to the world, convert entire nations, and win the salvation of souls.

You can learn more about the rosary and how to pray the rosary

on Catholic Online.

At Our Lady and St Edmund, the rosary is prayed before Mass as follows:

  • Mondays: 8.30am

  • Tuesdays: 8.30am

  • Wednesdays: 6.30pm

  • Thursdays: 9.00am

  • Fridays: 6.30pm



Mike Oliver

We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 7:45pm to 9pm in a private home for an informal time of Prayer, Praise and Prayer Ministry. The intimate atmosphere of a home helps people to open up and unburden themselves of their deepest problems. Each meeting is different as we let the Holy Spirit take control, and the presence of the Lord is always very strong! The Holy Spirit often moves in a powerful way, touching hearts in a profound way. You are warmly invited to come and join us. For more details please contact the Parish Office or use the form at the foot of this page.


More information about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal can be found on this, the national website: CCR




In 2017, we showed the first of the two videos by Dr Brand Pitre. The afternoon was well attended and much appreciated. Those present came not only from Our Lady and St Edmund's but from other Catholic churches in the area as well. There were also several from the Protestant denominations. The video lasted about 70 minutes and Pitre packed a great deal into each minute, but his style and humour made the talk really enjoyable. We all learned such a lot about the origins of so many aspects of our faith that we take for granted. The second video "The Fourth Cup and the New Passover" was shown the following week.

The first video is available on YouTube.




You can read more about this on this website on our GROUPS page - Faith Development.

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

(Matthew 18:20)     



Clare Simpson


Mothers' Prayers is a prayer group for mothers who wish to pray together for their children and grandchildren. The group uses a specific booklet of prayers that are used by mothers throughout the world. The group meets in the church in front of Our Lady’s statue at 10:15am on the second Saturday of the month, for about half an hour.

There is also a group who meet for Mothers' Prayers in Spanish on Monday mornings on alternate weeks. All these meetings are after Mass - Mass is at 9.00am, so the Mothers' Prayers will be at about 9.45am. The dates are also on our Calendar.

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