churchWelcome to the website of the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Kentish Town, London.

We are a friendly and vibrant community in Kentish Town and would like to welcome you to our church.

You will find us on the corner of Lady Margaret Road and Falkland Road, just a 3 minute walk from Kentish Town Station.

Our postal address is The Presbytery, 4 Lady Margaret Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2XT.

You can contact us on 0207 485 4023 or email to kentishtown@rcdow.org.uk

Parish Priest: Fr John Deehan

 


Dear Parishioners,

Please read the Message from Bishop John Sherrington about the Day for Life next Sunday.

DAY FOR LIFE

We celebrate Day for Life on Sunday 20 June 2021. This day, inaugurated by Saint John Paul II, presents an opportunity to pray for the gift of life from conception to natural death, to raise awareness of the precious gift of life, and to support the work of protecting life in its most vulnerable stages through the annual collection. This assists pro-life organisations who raise awareness, engage in parliamentary work and pastoral outreach.

Global Pandemic

The fragility of life and the reality of death has been brought into sharp focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the UK alone, more than 126,000 people have died from Covid-19. Yet in the face of such suffering and death, we have also witnessed the extraordinary dedication of healthcare professionals and their loving care for the sick and dying. We too have each made sacrifices for the greater good during this pandemic. These acts of heroic love are a powerful testimony to the fundamental dignity of the human person and to the respect owed to each life, particularly through proper care and love in the last moments of life.

Assisted Dying

Against this backdrop of loving care, we are now faced with the very real threat of the legalisation of ‘assisted suicide’ in our country. It is not a question of ‘if’ this challenge will come, it is now a question of ‘when?’ There is now a Private Members Bill in the House of Lords on so-called ‘Assisted Dying’ and it is only a matter of time before the issue is back in the House of Commons.

This year’s theme for Day for Life focuses on assisted suicide and the respect owed to life. The online resources are produced to inform Catholics about this threat to life and to share with people our response to such a threat: a true compassion as the just response to the immense value of the human person.

Donate

Day for Life adds an authenticity to our witness to the dignity of life and this is enabled by the generosity of people in the pews supporting our work.

In 2020, we were unable to hold our annual ‘Day for Life’ collection due to the pandemic, our funds are very much depleted and the threats to life have never been greater.

Day for Life is a simple, practical response which pushes back against ‘the use and throwaway logic’ often at the heart of a culture which seeks to abandon its elderly, sick and dying when ‘they no longer serve our interests.’

If you feel you can offer financial support no matter how small, please visit http://www.dayforlife.org/   where you will find a link to the Donate page.

A cash collection will be taken up at the door of the church this weekend.


Job vacancy: Personal Assistant to Bishop Nicholas

As many of you will have gathered, I have been without a P.A. for some months since the retirement of Ms Julie McMahon, for whose support and assistance I remain most grateful.

We are accordingly advertising for a replacement on the Diocesan website.  I wonder if you might be so kind as to place the following insert into your newsletter; and also show it to any parishioner who you think might be interested.  The job is part-time, with flexible working-hours; and may therefore be attractive to parents with young schoolchildren:

AREA BISHOP’S P.A.  Bishop Nicholas, our Area Bishop, is looking to appoint a Personal Assistant to provide him with administrative and secretarial support.  The hours of work are17.5 hours per week (4-5 weekdays, negotiable upon appointment); salary £19.11 per hour.  Closing date: 1st July.

The job description may be found at https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk/pa-to-auxiliary-bishop-archbishops-house/

With thanks

And all good wishes

Bishop Nicholas


TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH

After 168 years, the Universe and Catholic Times has gone out of publication. The publishers depended on parishes for a viable circulation, and the number of parishioners willing to subscribe has become too small to cover their costs.