St Teresa’s Catholic Church

Newbury Park. Ilford. Essex. IG2 7JA

Registered Charity No 234092

Brief History

The Church of St Teresa of Lisieux was originally built as a Chapel of Ease for the Parish of SS Peter and Paul, Ilford High Road.

Bishop Beck laid the foundation stone on 28 July 1951 and the new Church was blessed and opened by him on 22 March 1952.

The Church was the first Catholic Church to be built in England after the Second World War; indeed it is reputed to be the first Church of any Christian denomination to be built since the war ended.

From March 1952, the Church continued to be served from the parish of SS Peter and St Paul. In April 1954, St Teresa’s, Newbury Park was constituted as a Parish and Fr Maurice Roche was appointed as it’s first Parish Priest. The present incumbent is Fr Matthew Bemand-Qureshi. Click here to view some pictures of the Church.

Our Twin Parish in Diocese of Dundee, Natal, South Africa

The twinning of the Diocese of Brentwood with the Diocese of Dundee was originally forged around 1985 when Michael Rowland became Bishop of the newly formed diocese of Dundee. That relationship has continued to flourish to the present day and St Teresa’s Parish is currently twinned with the Parish of the Sacred Heart in Pomeroy. Click here to visit the website of the Diocese of Dundee.

Supporting the Parish

If you are a Tax Payer why not “Gift Aid” your donation. For every £1 donated through the Government’s Gift Aid Scheme, 25p can be claimed back from the Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (Tax Office) at no extra cost to you. For more information please contact the Parish Gift Aid Organiser.

Contact: Pat Callaghan - Tel No 0208 220 0306



Our Parish

New Parishioners

If you are a new parishioner or have never registered as a parishioner or have changed your address within the parish, please download from here a Registration Form, or take one from the Church Porch, and return it to the Parish Office in the Presbytery once completed. You and your family will then be included on the Parish Register. All new parishioners are encouraged to introduce themselves to the Priest after Mass.


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