Welcome to the webpages of the Roman Catholic Church of St Anselm and St Cæcilia, Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Here you will find information about us including normal Mass times as well as Parish contacts.
Our postal address is 70 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3JA. You will find us on the east side of Kingsway, a few steps from Holborn Station (LT).
You can contact us on 020 7405 0376.
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5th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
7th February 2016
POPE FRANCIS’ LENT MESSAGE
For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy. In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited; in the spiritual works of mercy – counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer – we touch more directly our own sinfulness. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy must never be separated. By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need. By taking this path, the “proud”, the “powerful” and the “wealthy” spoken of in the Magnificat can also be embraced and undeservedly loved by the crucified Lord who died and rose for them. This love alone is the answer to that yearning for infinite happiness and love that we think we can satisfy with the idols of knowledge, power and riches. Yet the danger always remains that by a constant refusal to open the doors of their hearts to Christ who knocks on them in the poor, the proud, rich and powerful will end up condemning themselves and plunging into the eternal abyss of solitude which is Hell. The pointed words of Abraham apply to them and to all of us: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29). Such attentive listening will best prepare us to celebrate the final victory over sin and death of the Bridegroom, now risen, who desires to purify his Betrothed in expectation of his coming.
Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! We ask this through the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, who, encountering the greatness of God’s mercy freely bestowed upon her, was the first to acknowledge her lowliness (cf. Lk 1:48) and to call herself the Lord’s humble servant (cf. Lk 1:38).
[Extract from Pope Francis’ Lent Message, the Vatican, 4 October 2015]
4th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
31st January 2016
Ten days to ASH WEDNESDAY! What will we do?
Pope Francis sees Lent as a favourable time for conversion.
Here in the parish we have a Life in the Spirit course. It is called “The Gift”, and has Pope Francis’ personal blessing! It is “an inspiring and practical series aimed at people of all ages to help encounter the Holy Spirit and empower them to share their faith.”
Presented by well-known international speakers; David Payne, Michelle Moran, Charles Whitehead and Jenny Baker. Six Sessions:
1. The Fathers Loving Plan 15th February
2. The Joy Of The Gospel 22nd February
3. The Gift Of The Spirit 29th February
4. Unwrapping God’s Gift 7th March
5. Encountering’s 14th March
6. Living In The Spirit 21st March
The teachings are relaxed, personal and informative, rooted in the Bible, the Catechism, Evangelii Gaudium, and reflections on the Holy Spirit from Pope Francis. Sessions last 30 minutes and include testimonies from laity and clergy.
The meetings will be each Monday in Lent at 6.45pm in the Parish Room, finishing at 8.00pm.
Further information: www.faithcafe.org
3rd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
24th January 2016
POPE FRANCIS EXPLAINS THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 18th – 25th January
The Pope proposed that “beginning from the baptism we all share in common,” Christians should move beyond divisions toward finding a way to work together to bring the mercy of God to the Earth.
SUMMARY OF THE POPE’S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In these days we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
This year’s theme is drawn from the First Letter of Peter, and was chosen by an ecumenical group from Latvia. In his Letter, Saint Peter encourages the first Christians to acknowledge the great gift received in Baptism and to live in a way worthy of it. tells them: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people”.
This Week of Prayer invites us to reflect on, and bear witness to, our unity in Christ as God’s People. All the baptized, reborn to new life in Christ, are brothers and sisters, despite our divisions. Through Baptism we have been charged, as Saint Peter tells us, “to proclaim the mighty works of the one who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light”.
During this Week of Prayer, let us ask the Lord to help all Christians to grow in that unity which is greater than what divides us. , may we respond to his call to share with others, especially with the poor and forgotten of our world, the gift of divine mercy which we ourselves have received.
2nd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
17th January 2016
YEAR OF MERCY
Pope Francis has given us the Year of Mercy, and tells us of his wish that we all act on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy:
“It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on theand spiritual works of mercy.will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us rediscover theseworks of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget theworks of mercy:counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead.
We cannot escape the Lord’s words to us, and they will serve as the criteria upon which we will be judged: whether we have fed the hungry and given drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger and clothed the naked, or spent time with the sick and those in prison (cf.:31-45). Moreover, we will be asked if we have helped others to escape the doubt that causes them to fall into despair and which is often a source of loneliness; if we have helped to overcome the ignorance in which millions of people live, especially children deprived of the necessary means to free them from the bonds of poverty; if we have been close to the lonely and afflicted; if we have forgiven those who have offended us and have rejected all forms of anger and hate that lead to violence; if we have had the kind of patience God shows, who is so patient with us; and if we have commended our brothers and sisters to the Lord in prayer.
In each of these “little ones,” Christ himself is present. His flesh becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished, and the exiled… to be acknowledged, touched, and cared for by us. Let us not forget the words of Saint John of the Cross: “as we prepare to leave this life, we will be judged on the basis of love”.
MISERICORDAE VULTUS (15)
WORKS OF MERCY
Corporal works of mercy:
Feed the hungry
Shelter the homeless
Clothe the naked
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Give to the poor
Bury the dead
Spiritual works of mercy:
Instruct the ignorant
Counsel the confused
Admonish the erring
Console the disconsolate
Comfort the sorrowing
Bear wrongs patiently
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
10th January 2016
In the Baptism of Jesus we see a new beginning. Jesus now leaves the shelter of his family home in order to begin his public ministry, which will lead to his crucifixion and death on the cross. Jesus making a new beginning doesn’t seem right somehow and the fact that the Holy Spirit came to his aid in the words “this is my Son, the beloved, listen to him”.
We don’t normally think of Jesus needing help.
How many of us remember our own baptism? We were brought to the Church, many of us carried in the arms of our parents. Promises were made on our behalf and the commitment to follow Jesus for the rest of our earthly life.
How I thank God for this great gift, freely and lovingly given.
From today’s readings we can see Jesus was not afraid to make a new beginning, he knew that the Holy Spirit would never leave him.
Through our own baptism we too should have the courage and be prepared to start again. Jesus has assured us that the Holy Spirit will be with us always, as it was with Jesus at his baptism and throughout his earthly life.
If our new beginnings were a bit weak or half-hearted, let us take courage from the Gospel message, “Trust in God now and trust in me” (St John 14: 1-2).
Sr. M. Lucina Parish Sister
THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
3rd January 2016
TODAY (Sunday) we celebrate the Epiphany, the manifestation that Our Lord is the Light to enlighten all peoples. The visit of the Kings or Wise Men (two different traditions) speak of how
true greatness is to come to Him who is King of Kings and the Wisdom of God incarnate.
To bend low and kneel in adoration and worship does not diminish our humanity but rather brings it to fulfilment. In other words, without our being in a proper relationship with God, we cannot discover who we really are.
The fruit of the good celebration of the Epiphany is the state of worship and adoration. The Christmas refrain “Oh come let us adore him, Christ the Lord” should ring in our ears, and find practical expression in worship and adoration of the Eucharist. Can each of us must make a resolution to do so.
The Epiphany is also the 40th Anniversary of my Ordination to the priesthood. Please join with me in thanking God for this gift of Priesthood and pray that all priests will be faithful to what God is asking of us. On the morning of 6th January I shall be saying Mass in the Slipper Chapel, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. I shall hold you all in my heart at that Mass. The three Kings or Magi followed the star which led them to our Lord Jesus. We have Mary, Morning Star and Star of the Sea, who leads us to him.
Fr David Barnes. PP