St Mary of the Crays

Old Road, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4DN

Welcome to St Mary’s

St Mary of the Crays Church, Crayford

Welcome to the official website of St Mary of the Crays, the Roman Catholic Church serving Crayford and Barnehurst (south of the railway line). It is situated in the South East London area of the Archdiocese of Southwark, within the Bexley Deanery. To navigate this site you can click on the buttons on the right.  The weekly newsletter will normally be available on the site by the Friday prior to publication.  Comments or suggestions are always welcome, just visit Contact Us and e-mail the webmaster.

Latest News

Monday Mass

Starting in September the Monday Mass will move to 7pm, preceeded by Exposition with evening prayer of the Church at 6.30pm. The Novena devotion will move to after the Wednesday morning Mass.

Posted: 8th August 2016

Divine Mercy Sunday

We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Sunday afternoon, 3rd April, between 3.00pm and 4.00pm.

Posted: 1st April 2016

Holy Week and Easter Services

The table below lists all the services taking place in our Church during the week.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The Lord
19th-20th March 6.30pm/8.30am/10.30am
Mass with Blessing & Procession with Palms
Holy Thursday 24th March 5.00pm Mass for Children
Holy Thursday 24th March 8.00pm Solemn Mass of the Last Supper
followed by watching at the Altar of Repose
Holy Thursday 24th March 11.45pm Night Prayer (Compline)
Good Friday 25th March 8.00am Morning Prayer (Lauds)
Good Friday 25th March 10.00am Service of the Passion with Children
Good Friday 25th March 3.00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion
Good Friday 25th March 4.00-5.00pm Sacrament of Reconcilliation
Good Friday 25th March 7.00pm Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday 26th March 9.00am Office of Readings & Lauds
Holy Saturday 26th March 8.00pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday 27th March 8.30am Easter Sunday Mass
Easter Sunday 27th March 10.30am Easter Sunday Family Mass

Posted: 13th March 2016

24 Hours for The Lord

Starting with Exposition from 8.30am on Friday 4th March and finishing with Mass at 9.00am on Saturday 5th March. Confessions will be heard from 8.00am on the Saturday. Please see the attached poster.

Posted: 22nd February 2016

Weekday Mass and Exposition

The 9.15am weekday Mass has moved back into the Church. Please enter via the door into the reception area, between the main door and the Hall entrance. For Advent there will be exposition every morning from 8.30am until about 9.10am.

Every Wednesday during Advent there will be an extra Mass at 7.30pm to give those who can't make the morning Mass a chance to attend.

Posted: 29th November 2015


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is now available between 5.30pm and 6.15pm on Saturday evenings.

Posted: 17th October 2015

A Note from Fr Ignatius

It is nice to be here. Thank you so very much for welcoming me warmly to your parish as your new pastor. I want to say a very big thank you to Father Brendan for the marvellous work he did here for the last twenty-three months, and especially for a making my resumption here seamlessly smooth. I look forward to getting to know you all as we walk together on our journey of faith in response to God's loving invitation to each and all of us to be, in the words of Pope Francis, his missionary disciples, spreading the joy of the Gospel to all, in our families, parish, schools and community. I, therefore, invite the collaboration of all so that together we can strive towards building a welcoming, worshipping, and witnessing Catholic Community here in our parish.

Posted: 18th September 2015

Welcome to Fr Ignatius

Fr Ignatius Edet

Fr Ignatius joined the parish this morning and was thrust straight into the limelight concelebrating the annual new school year Mass for St Joseph's with Fr Brendan. At the end of the Mass he was bowled over to receive large cards from each of the classes as a welcome. Fr Brendan also received a farewell gift at the same time.

This weekend the rest of the parish will have the chance to meet Fr Ignatius for the first time as he celebrates each of the Sunday Masses at St Mary of the Crays.

Meanwhile, Fr Brendan has now moved across London to the parish of Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth.

Posted: 10th September 2015

Parish Announcement

The following announcement was read at the end of each Mass this weekend:

The Archbishop has appointed Fr. Ignatius Edet who was assistant at St. John Fisher in Merton to be parish priest at St Mary of the Crays. This will take effect on the weekend of September 12-13.

Fr Brendan will be moving to the parish of Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth, at the same time.

Posted: 22nd August 2015

Times of Services

Sunday Mass:

6.30pm (Sat)
8.30am, 10.30am

Holy Day Mass:

9.15am, 7.00pm

Weekday Mass:

Monday 7.00pm
Tue - Fri 9.15am

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.30-6.15pm

Novena Service

Wednesday after Mass


Monday from 6.30pm
Friday after Mass