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.
Our email address is email@example.com.
29th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
19th October 2014
“Be Missionaries of God’s love”says Pope Francis to us on this World Mission Sunday 2014. He writes to us as follows:
Dear brothers and sisters,
On this World Mission Sunday my thoughts turn to all the local churches. I invite you to immerse yourself in the joy of the Gospel and nurture a love that can light up your vocation and your mission. I urge each of you to recall, as if you were making an interior pilgrimage, that “first love” with which the Lord Jesus Christ warmed your heart, not for the sake of nostalgia but in order to persevere in joy. The Lord’s disciples persevere in joy when they sense his presence, do his will and share with others their faith, hope and evangelical charity.
Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this reason, the mission ad gentes continues to be most urgent.
All the members of the Church are called to participate in this mission, for the Church is missionary by her very nature: she was born “to go forth”.
World Mission Sunday is a privileged moment when the faithful of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands.
Let us pray through the intercession of Mary, the model of humble and joyful evangelisation, that the Church may become a welcoming home, a mother for all peoples and the source of rebirth for our world.
28th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
12th October 2014
CARITAS WESTMINSTER, the social action agency of the diocese, is gowing in communities by developing a series of hubs across the diocese, with a pilot hub starting in Hemel Hempstead to serve the Watford and St Alban deaneries. “The mission of Caritas Westminster is to encourage everyone in the Catholic community to reach out with practical help towards those in need. We are here to serve the good of all, especially the most vulnerable.”
Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
CARITAS WESTMINSTER have adopted priority areas covering debt, food, poverty, social isolation, people with intellectual disabilities and the deaf community, and aim to support existing projects and initiate new ones, build expertise at parish level, and encourage volunteering.
For more information in requesting assistance with social action projects in your parish, or for volunteering opportunities and other ways to get involved, please contact John Coleby at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.rcdow.org.uk/caritas.
For more information on the pilot hub or ways to get involved, contact development workers Sue Day (email@example.com) or Edward de Quay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
27th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
5th October 2014
“Let us learn this from Mary our Mother. In England, “the Dowry of Mary”, the faithful for centuries, have made pilgrimage to her shrine at Walsingham.
The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, lifts our minds to meditate on our Mother. She obeyed the will of God fearlessly and gave birth to the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Faithful at the foot of the Cross, she then waited in prayer for the Holy Spirit to descend on the infant Church. lt is Mary who will teach us how to be silent, how to listen to the voice of God in the midst of a busy and noisy world. lt is Mary who will help us find time for prayer. Through the Rosary, that great Gospel prayer, she will help us to know Christ. We need to live as she did, in the presence of God, raising our minds and hearts to him in our daily activities and worries”.
Pope St John Paul II, at Wembley 1982
26th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
28th September 2014
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod of Bishops,
Rome, 5-19 October 2014
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability
of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Graciously hear our prayer. Amen.
25th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
21st September 2014
HOME MISSION SUNDAY
Supporting outreach to non church-going (lapsed) Catholics.
This year’s theme: Evangelisation ‘in the heart of the family’
A CALL TO MISSION
On the 21st September 2014 the Bishops of England and Wales invite parishes to celebrate Home Mission Sunday to encourage every Mass-going Catholic to respond urgently to the call to evangelise. With most Mass-going Catholics feeling the pain and sorrow caused by a large number of family members and friends not practising their faith, there is an urgency for us all to consider afresh how we might respectfully and joyfully reach out to our absent brothers and sisters in Christ.
To do this we have to renew our own conversion constantly. As Pope Francis says, “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ…The Lord does not disappoint those who take the risk” (Evangelii Gaudium 3). So take some time to reflect on your relationship with Christ. Do you devote time to prayer? Is your lifestyle “worthy of the Gospel of Christ” (Second Reading)? Do you witness daily to Christ, in the big and small things?
Every Christian family should try to follow two models: the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and the Holy Trinity. The Holy Family had its difficulties, persecution from Herod, losing Jesus aged 12, etc., but despite them Mary, Joseph and Jesus loved one another and each tried to follow God’s will for them. The Holy Trinity is three persons, bound together in love, and this same unity in love should be displayed at the heart of every Christian family.
So parents: how do you pass on the faith to your children, and are you transmitting God’s values to them? Children: what do you do to help, not obstruct, family life? What can you do to make the world a better place? Everyone: how can we overcome our difficulties, and show love and joy? As members of a family we evangelise best by our witness in our daily lives coming to Mass every Sunday as a family, praying together as a family, working together as a family, like the workers in the Bible, for the kingdom of God.
A FORETASTE OF HEAVEN
14th September 2014
Reflecting on last Monday 8th September, Our Lady’s Birthday, this was the thought uppermost in my mind, it felt like being in heaven and what it will be like.
Where do I begin to thank you all. First of all for your presence, you excelled yourselves, the presence of the children was like the icing on the cake.
Thank you for your prayers, love and good wishes. Thank you for the generous gift from the parish and all the individual gifts, I will be thanking God for you all every day for the rest of my life.
Thank you for your welcome to my family, friends and community, they were all inspired and impressed by your warmth and love. The sisters came back to the flat with me at the end of the evening where we sat up until 2am, praising and thanking God for all of you.
I know when I am walking around Holborn, I am walking in the steps of the saints, the parishioners of SS Anselm and Cæcilia have convinced me I am living and working with the saints, it is a really humbling experience to know. I have been granted this great privilege. I feel well and truly blessed.
My last word is to thank Fr David Barnes for making this wonderful day happen. Without the example and leadership of his loving kindness, thoughtfulness and love among us in showing us how the good Lord wants us to be. With St Paul may I try always to praise and thank God for you all.
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone for giving me a foretaste of things to come.
Sr M. Lucina, Parish Sister
CONGRATULATIONS SISTER MARY LUCINA
60 Years in Religious Life
8th September 1954 -2014
Sr Lucina, on this great day
We thank God for your fidelity over all these years.
We thank God for your life-time of school teaching.
We thank God for your 10 years among us.
We thank God that you want to stay among us!
Thank you Sr Lucina.
May God continue to bless you abundantly.