Sophie Sullivan, our Catechetical Co-ordinator, and her husband Mike shall be running the next two-part Baptism Preparation Course on the dates below via Zoom. Monday 2 August at 8:00 pm – 9.15 pm Monday 9 August 2021 at 8:00 pm – 9.15 pm Places are limited to a maximum of 10 couples. If you would
On reading this Sunday’s Gospel it occurred to me…
Today, and for the next four Sundays..
This Thursday, 22 July, is the feast of Mary Magdalene, one of the greatest women to ever live. She is a great example to us all. Far too often, individuals are labelled by their sins and not by what they did to overcome them. We know from scripture that Mary Magdalene had seven demons cast
The Portsmouth Diocese Spiritual Formation Team invite you to take an Ignatian Staycation this summer on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 25 August. Because of travel restrictions, we may not be able to travel abroad this summer and so the Portsmouth Diocese Spiritual Formation Team have planned an alternative journey which costs nothing! As this
When: 14 September 2021, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, online You can’t pour from an empty cup – take care of yourself first! Many in our parishes, schools and projects are reaching out to those in need, whether it be picking up the telephone to connect with those who are shielding, providing food relief to those who
When: 5 September 2021, 3:00pm – 5:00pm Where: Westminster Cathedral, Victoria St, London SW1P 1LT, UK Tree Walk for the Season of Creation (1 September – 4th October) with Colette Joyce, Justice & Peace Co-ordinator, Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster. Trees are essential to life on earth as we know it. They bind soil, remove
Thinking about volunteering? Find out how to get started during a free interactive session run by Caritas Westminster: 21 September 2021, 10:00am – 11:30am, online It is for people thinking about or just starting out in volunteering. From exploring what your perfect role could be and how to find it, from your first days to
Sunday – it is our Day The following is a statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales: On 19 July, the current legislative powers which assist the mitigations against the Covid-19 virus transmission will be rescinded by HM Government. Nevertheless, there will be an encouragement to personal and corporate responsibility in this
We now have 3 new ‘ Dona Contactless Giving Machines’ at St Joseph’s which will gratefully accept all donations and also payments by debit card, thus reducing the need to handle amounts of cash. The system has pre-set amounts but also has the option to enter a specific amount of your choosing. It is very
You must come away to some lonely….
Today’s Gospel describes the return..
The International Eucharistic Congress is due to take place in September in Budapest. Travel restrictions are likely to make it difficult to be there, and as such, there will be a Eucharistic Octave in London organised by several of the London parishes to celebrate our Eucharistic Lord. Saturday 11 September: a day of Adoration, with
The Ecological Conversion Group is offering two weekends of talks and discussions via Zoom, and practical activities, on living the message of Laudato Si’ in and through the parish. These are open to any parishioner. The first weekend will take place from 3 to 6 September, with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Paul Swarbrick delivering
The Agency for Evangelisation is organising The God Who Speaks Scripture Roadshow at St Albans Abbey on 7 to 9 October 2021. The pandemic has revealed how hungry we are to taste and see that the Lord is good. With this in mind, the Agency for Evangelisation is holding a pilgrimage experience at St Alban’s
The Society of St Gregory is offering a modular course to develop our liturgical understanding and study in twenty-first century Britain, commencing in September. The Society is committed to promoting and supporting the liturgy of the Catholic Church in the UK. This modular course is their contribution to the development of liturgical understanding and study
Every year churches around the world celebrate Sea Sunday. It is a day for people to come together to pray for seafarers and fishers, and thank them for the vital role they play in all of our lives. This year, Sea Sunday is on 11 July, but you can also choose to celebrate seafarers and
The Holy Father has designated 25 July as the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. You can access the message of Pope Francis (both in text and video format) on the Vatican website and also some pastoral guidelines and ideas for the day below. The Vatican suggests that it “would be especially meaningful if,
With the good news that the country will…
Our Gospel passage today is an extract…
Until recently, I had something of an….
One of the success stories….
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to certain devotions. July is devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood. The Precious Blood which we worship is
On 29 June the Church celebrates the feast day of two great saints, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Peter and Paul are known as the two pillars of the Church. Their lives were very different but both overcame weakness; St Peter denied Christ and St Paul persecuted the Church. Both repented and worked tirelessly to
25 July 2021 is the inaugural World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference, is echoing the Pope’s words to young people encouraging them to talk to their grandparents if they want to be a sign of hope for the world. Promoting the important
We read in this Sunday’s Gospel…..
Imagine the disciples’ panic………
Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is the lesser in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. – Matthew 11:11 This Thursday, 24 June, is the Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist.
A beautiful new film has been made about Fatima portraying the events of 1917. The new film on Fatima will be shown on demand and in selected cinemas here in UK from 25 June. On demand: it will be available on demand initially on Apple TV (£9.99) and later on Google Play, Prime Video, Sky
Imagine the disciples’ panic………
Then it began to blow a gale…..
Father’s Day: the Catholic Perspective We wish all the fathers in our parish a happy and blessed Father’s Day! Fathers are called in a special way to reflect God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. Similar to the way our heavenly Father cares for us, our earthly fathers are there to help us navigate life’s challenges and
For me this Sunday’s readings..
Our Gospel passage today is an extract…
There are moves afoot to make assisted suicide available in Jersey. At the same time, a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Baroness Meacher is making its way through the House of Lords, with spirited support from some of the national press and media. Bishop John Sherrington, the lead Bishop for Life Issues, has issued a
This year, the Day for Life is being held on 19-20 June. Bishop John Sherrington, auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, writes: I am writing to inform about the Day for Life which is to be held during the weekend of 19/20 June 2021. This day, inaugurated by St John Paul II, presents an opportunity to pray
Pope Francis has released his prayer intention for the month of June, and invites everyone to pray for those preparing for marriage, which is “a vocation born from the heart.” The Holy Father opens a video accompanying his prayer intention for the month of June with a question: “Is it true, what some people say—that
In my homily last week, I said….
Our Gospel passage today is an extract…
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost, which this year is 11 June. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, including the
As lockdown restrictions are eased, we are happy to announce that St Joseph and the English Martyrs Church is now open for private prayer Monday to Friday. There will be the usual Mass at 9:30 am after which the church will be cleaned. The church will be closed while being cleaned and it will re-open
The Pastoral Letter on the environment is prepared by the Bishops of England and Wales. You can download the letter (PDF), listen to Cardinal Vincent Nichols reading it, or read the full text below. Pastoral Letter for Pentecost 2021 By: Cardinal Vincent Nichols Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am very pleased to share
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has recorded a special message for the global prayer initiative Thy Kingdom Come. In the message, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has upheld two key pillars of the Christian faith – praying to the Holy Spirit for people to come to know Jesus Christ and the role of the Holy Spirit as ‘God’s power’
This Thursday, 13 May 2021, would normally be a Holy Day of Obligation. It is the feast of the Lord’s Ascension, when at the end of His earthly life and mission Jesus ascended into heaven (cf. Acts 1: 1-11). The Ascension, as St. John Paul II put it, “indicates the goal to which personal and
Join the Divine Renovation Team on Wednesday 2 June at 5:00 pm British Summer Time for a webinar on the Holy Spirit’s Role in Renewing the Church with Father Mike Schmitz There is a lot of uncertainty swirling around what to expect of the post-pandemic Church. There is one certainty to give us hope and
Our parish takes communications seriously. It’s because of this that we ensure that the website is always updated with all the information that you need; with news to help you have full participation of parish life and resources to help you grow in your spiritual life. The whole world will celebrate the importance of communication
Bishop Nicholas Hudson, former Rector of the English College in Rome, shares a reflection for the Feast of the English Martyrs. Many of them were formed and trained at the English College, eventually returning to England, living out their vocation and becoming martyrs for their faith. You can listen to it or read the full
Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. He spoke at his General Audience on 28 April 2021 about why it is so important to meditate on the Sacred Mysteries of the life of Christ: “Every
A COVID-19 vaccine confidence webinar has been organised for the of Dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, with the co-operation of Hertfordshire County Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and other local authorities. It will take place on Saturday 15 May 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and will feature a panel of eminent
This year’s Thy Kingdom Come will take place on 13 – 23 May 2021. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. This time of prayer for evangelisation taps into the first novena we have in the Catholic Church,
Would you like to help raise funds to help children in the Holy Land stay in Christian schools? Christian charity Friends of the Holy Land have launched the 2021 Pentecost Challenge, with a focus on helping Christian families keep their children in Christian schools. Please support the appeal by visiting the Friends of the Holy
I was born in the Philippines, the second of three sons. The idea of being a priest appealed to me since childhood. My fondest memories from my early years include Sunday mornings when my grandmother would take me to Mass in our parish church in the Philippines. I would often wonder what it would be
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a reflection on post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church in encouraging people back to the Church and her Sacraments. The Bishops met for their Spring plenary meeting from 19 – 22 April 2021. In a reflection titled The Day of the Lord, the
Would you like to support our future priests? The twenty-fifth of April is Good Shepherd Sunday. It is also known as Vocations Sunday as it is the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood and we make the annual collection for the Priest Training Fund. This fund pays for the priestly
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Happy Christmas everybody! Do enjoy listening to this rendition of the classic carol “Silent Night”, sung by members of the Vigil Project. Our prayer is that – at this difficult time for everybody – you would experience the peace brought about by Christ’s simple coming into the world and the great hope that his birth
Finally, we have arrived! Christmas Day is here and Jesus enters the nativity scene. Come and join us to wonder at this amazing gift….
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Today’s reflection is about the shepherds – the first visitors to the crib!
Today we reflect on the animals present at the nativity…
Today’s children’s reflection is about Joseph
Today’s children’s reflection is all about Mary
Today, we begin our journey to Christmas by looking at the figures who come to the crib. Each has their own special meaning. We invite you to come and join us….
A statement by Bishop Richard Moth, Chair of the Department of Social …
Most of us have read the parable of the talents many times, and more likely than not we think of the talents referred to as representing our own gifts or abilities and that we should use them not for our benefit but for the good of others.
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Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference on the National Lockdown
Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole …