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 lincolnsinnfields@rcdow.org.uk


18th March 2018

TODAY there is a sombre atmosphere: the statues are covered in purple veils to help us focus on our Lord’s suffering and death. It is a time not only to understand better what He went through, out of love for us, but also to understand better the place of suffering and death in our lives. Above all we can come to appreciate more that love and sacrifice are in extricabley bound up with one another. The Cross reveals God’s absolute love for us: the more we love and venerate the Cross, the more we shall understand God’s love.

Passiontide is not a time to be miserable. Last Sunday was “Laetare Sunday” when we celebrated rejoicing that our Lord’s Passion and Death led to the Resurrection. So we move through Passiontide knowing the end — that Our Lord has overcome the power of sin and death and is truly risen.

NEXT SUNDAY is PALM SUNDAY, the beginning of Holy Week. Please ensure you can participate as fully as possible in the Liturgies: the more we put in the more we get out.

Lent has been a time to give alms, and Cardinal Vincent has invited us to consider giving some or all of our Lenten alms to his Lenten Appeal. Next Sunday there will be a retiring collection for the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal.
Finally, let us pray for one another — it is a key way to love one another.
Fr David Barnes, Parish Priest

A Man of Silence
The silence of St. Joseph does not demonstrate an empty interior, but rather the fullness of faith that he carries in his heart and that guides each of his thoughts and actions; a silence through which Joseph, together with Mary, guard the Word of God, known through sacred Scripture, comparing it continually to the events of the life of Jesus; a silence interwoven with constant prayer, a prayer of blessing of the Lord, of adoration of his holy will and boundless confidence in his providence. It is not an exaggeration to say that Jesus will learn – on a human level – precisely from ‘father’ Joseph this intense interior life, which is the condition of authentic righteousness, the ‘interior righteousness,’ which one day he will teach to his disciples (cf.MT 5:20)
“Let’s allow ourselves to be ‘infected’ by the silence of St Joseph! It is so lacking in this world which is often too noisy, which is not favourable to recollection and listening to the voice of God. … Let us cultivate interior recollection so as to receive and keep Jesus in our lives.” Pope Benedict XVI, 18th December 2005

Prayer to St Joseph in difficult times
“Holy St. Joseph,
You were a man of great hope and faith. You faced many difficult times in your life, fleeing into Egypt, caring and fearing for Mary and Jesus. You lived like us today in uncertain times. Your strength came from knowing that the power and faithfulness of God would always be constant.
Fill us with the confidence that you had in the Lord, Our God.
Help us to know that God is so close to us that He will deliver us from the trials and troubles we are now encountering.
May the light of the Lord give us hope. May it guide us every day of our lives and, uniting our prayers with yours, may we be assured by the peace and joy of the Lord, that will strengthen us in all our difficulties.”
Holy St. Joseph, pray for us.


11th March 2018


This year our parish is supporting the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal through the Lenten Alms collections. Funds donated to the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal will support the work of Catholic parishes, schools and charities, working within the Diocese and contributing innovatively to the following three mission areas of the Church:

Marriage and Family Life – enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church.

Youth and Evangelisation – supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith.

And the Church’s Social Outreach within Civil Society – putting our faith into action through projects that serve the poor, the lonely and the marginalised, especially at a time of greater division and inequality in society.

Two weekends ago, we distributed Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflets. We have more to hand out today, and there are more available at the back of the church. As we are just about half way through Lent, please consider designating your Lenten sacrifice to the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal. Thank you for your generosity and sacrifice.


4th March 2018


TODAY’S GOSPEL tells of Our Lord driving out the money changers and those who sold birds and animals for sacrifice.
We are to learn that:

  • the Temple sacrifices have come to an end because Jesus Himself is now God fully present among us, and His one perfect sacrifice on Calvary effects our reconciliation with God and one another.
  • After the Resurrection the Church is His Mystical Body on earth – belonging to Jesus and His Church are two sides of the same coin.
  • Our churches are to be places of prayer. Authentic worship and prayer are means to let God transform us and enable us live better each day.
  • Jesus wants to cleanse us of our sin but this cannot happen until we enthrone Him, so that He reigns fully in our life. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is our most powerful weapon to effect this.
  • The Ten Commandments teach us ten ways of loving, so they are an excellent way to help us examine our life and prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We should know the Ten Commandments by heart! Do we?


25th February 2018

ALMSGIVING is essential to keeping a good Lent.

A few weeks ago, you may have heard the Cardinal’s Pastoral Letter, in which he spoke of the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal in support of key areas of work in our Diocese. The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal was set up in 2015 to fund the innovative work of Catholic parishes, schools and charities working within the Diocese, contributing to three fundamental mission areas of the Church: Marriage and Family Life – enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church. Youth and Evangelisation – supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith. And the Church’s Social Outreach within Civil Society – putting our faith into action through projects that serve the poor, the lonely and the marginalised, especially at a time of greater division and inequality in society.
These mission areas embody how we live out the Gospel and put our Catholic values into action – in service to others through practical programmes. Please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass today. During Lent, and in the spirit of sacrifice, sharing and almsgiving, please consider designating your Lenten sacrifice to the Cardinal’s Appeal.
There are envelopes at the back of the church containing more in formation about the Cardinal’s Appeal: please take one and remember to complete the Gift Aid declaration if you are a UK tax payer.

Inspirational Quotes for The Lenten Season

1. “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” — Pope Francis

2. “Are you capable of risking your life for someone? Do it for Christ.” — Pope St John Paul II

3. “As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…’Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

4.“Prayer is where the action is.” — John Wesley

5. “The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” — Pope St. Gregory the Great

6. “Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

7. “Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting.” — Saint Benedict

8. “Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.” — Pope Benedict XVI


18th February 2018

LENT: 40 days and nights
In these days we seek to identify with Our Lord’s experience in the desert and so come to know and love Him better.
It was the Holy Spirit who led Him into the desert, and we shall only keep a good Lent in so far as we keep asking the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. Our Lord was tempted by the Devil, and, if we are intent on following Our Lord, so shall we be tempted — to give up, to make the things of this world (food, drink, possessions, status and money) the treasures of our heart. This is why we must emphasise the disciplines of Lent: PRAYER, FASTING and ALMSGIVING.
Practising these liberates us from our self-centredness and self-indulgence. We need always to ask the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the help of the angels, just as Our Lord experienced this in the desert. There is the wonderful prayer to St Michael the Archangel to keep us from the influence of the Devil and bad spirits.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel 
(written by Pope Leo XIII in 1884)
St. Michael the Archangel,
 defend us in the day of battle;
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke Him, we humbly pray,
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God, cast into Hell,
Satan and all the other evil spirits,
who wander through the world,
for the ruin of souls. Amen.


O Lord, forgive me my sins, the sins of my youth
The sins of my age, the sins of my soul,
The sins of my body, my idle sins,
My serious voluntary sins, the sins I know,
The sins I do not know:
The sins I have concealed so long,
And which are now hidden from, my memory.
I am truly sorry for every sin, mortal and venial,
For all the sins of my childhood up to the present hour.
I know my sins have wounded your tender heart.
O my Saviour, let me be freed from the bonds of evil
Through the most bitter passion of my Redeemer.
O my Jesus, forget and forgive what I have been.


11th February 2018

LENT 2018 begins this Wednesday. It is a joyful season because we are choosing again to come back to the Lord with all our heart.
ASH WEDNESDAY reminds us of our mortality: “remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return”, so how are we using the relatively short life we have? Our aim is to move away from our self-centredness and self-indulgence toward the love of Christ and his way — that of love expressed in service and sacrifice.
PRAYER, FASTING and ALMSGIVING are the means we take on with renewed vigour.
PRAYER the raising up of mind and heart to God each day will keep us focused on our aim. — a deeper conversation to God and neighbour.
FASTING gives us greater control over bodily appetites, helps us live in greater solidarity with the hungry, and helps us grow in our capacity to hunger for the Bread of Life.
ALMSGIVING moves us to share what we have with others, especially those in greater need.
“DO WHATER HE TELLS YOU” said Our Lady to the servants about her Son at the first miracle in Cana: in doing what Jesus said, the water was transformed into wine! When we pray, fast and give alms out of love for the Lord we too are transformed. Have a good and joyful Lent!
8:00am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm and 6:00pm

Fr David Barnes
Parish Priest

Pope Francis’ WORDS:
Do You Want to Fast This Lent?
·Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
· Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
· Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
· Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
· Fast from worries and have trust in God.
· Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
· Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
· Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
· Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
· Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
· Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.


4th February 2018

HEALING features powerfully throughout Our Lord’s public ministry — healing of body, mind or spirit. Today’s Gospel gives examples of these healings.
His ministry of healing continues in the Church today. The Church has founded many hospitals, and has always emphasised love and care for the sick, and we should often pray for doctors and nurses: do we, for example, pray for our GP?
The Sacrament of the Sick is powerful means to let God’s healing power work within us.
If you are going into hospital, please do let me know — I cannot know unless I am told! If in hospital, you will need to ask the nursing staff that you want to see the Catholic chaplain: it will not happen unless you ask. If you cannot get to mass because of sickness or failing health, please do let me know — again, I cannot know unless someone tells me! Or if you know of someone who cannot get to mass or is now housebound, please let me know and I can visit them and bring them the sacraments.
We should often invoke the prayers of Our Lady for healing under title “Our Lady, health of the sick”.
Next Sunday, 11th February, is usually the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Washing with Lourdes water, when done with love and faith, is often a means of healing. This Saturday there is a Mass for healing at 2pm in the Cathedral.
God wants our healing: let us be open to it, and pray for it with faith — not only for ourselves but also for one another.
Fr David Barnes Parish Priest


28th January 2018


TODAY Catholics are called to pray for those who experience unjust discrimination or marginalised because of their race and ethnicity. We think in particular of those who feel they do not belong within our society or our communities because of this discrimination.
As Catholics we are asked to treat all humans with dignity, regardless of their background or circumstance.

There are many stories of alienation throughout the Bible, with clear calls to “Love the stranger”. That the Church is a place where all belong is clearly seen in the recent Feast of the Epiphany, when Christ is revealed not only to the Israelites, but to all of God’s people.

All the money raised will go towards supporting the Church’s work on racial justice issues. The theme this year is “Belonging”, emphasising that we are called not only to ensure our parishes welcome newcomers, strangers, and those from different backgrounds, but also that all people will know they will find a welcome in our parishes.

Please help us continue this good work, by contributing to the collection on this day. Prayer cards and posters have been sent to parishes for this day, and can be accessed online at
http://catholicnews.org.uk/racial-justice-sunday-2018 where you can also donate.


21st January 2018

The recent daily readings at Mass have been about Samuel, his call, his response which led me to think about my own call to serve the Lord. I cannot recall when I knew I wanted to be a sister simply because I cannot remember wanting anything else. We had teaching sisters in primary school but they never had the privilege/burden of teaching me. Being a vain child my mother tried all kinds of effort to make me change my mind about bring a sister when I did enter the convent my mum was the proudest mother in the world.
Having completed 63 years in religious life reminds me of my parents diamond wedding anniversary, I said to my father, that’s two prison life sentences, but like many parents they have been wonderful years.
In most families life is not always a bed of roses, but with God’s help we survive. We try to be like Samuel and say, “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will”. Fr John during the week gave us a good maxim to follow. When we wake up in the morning make our first words of the day be, “here I am Lord, I come to do your will.
The Lord is continually calling us each day and throughout the day. How many times have I not listened or ignored or refused to hear? The Good News is we can always turn to God, He will nevet desert us. In the words of John Henry Newman, “to live is to change, to change often is to become perfect, which is what the Lord asks of us.
Why did God make me? In the words of the Catechism, “God made me to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

Sister M. Lucina
Parish Sister


14th January 2018

The Bishops of England and Wales invite us to make today A Day of Prayer for World Peace, using the theme proposed bv Pope Francis: “Migrants and Refugees – Seekers of Peace”. Sadly, we are so used to images of those driven from their homelands by warfare or famine that we risk being desensitised both to their pain and to their aspirations. Yet these are our brothers and sisters: they seek what we all seek – food and shelter, a safe home and hope for the future. So at Mass today let us ask Christ for the grace to recognise Him in the refugee and the stranger and to remove the barriers in out hearts which make us view others as a threat and a danger, rather than as fellow seekers after peace.

We believe that Jesus was a refugee, had to flee to save his life, with Saint Joseph and Saint Mary, had to leave for Egypt. He was a refugee. Let us pray to Our Lady who knew the pain of refugees. Let us be close to these people, sharing their fears and their uncertainty for the future and alleviating their pain with concrete measures. Mary, mother of refugees , pray for us, asking that the
Lord sustain those people and institutions who work with generosity to assure a welcome to refugees, recognise their dignity, and give them reasons for hope.


7th January 2018

TODAY we celebrate the Epiphany. In the coming of the King’s/the Magi, we see that all real power and wisdom are found in the person of Jesus – He is the Power and the Wisdom of God personified.
The King’s/Magi fall on their knees and worship Him: we too must imitate them, falling on our knees and worshipping Him – only then are we better disposed to see who He really is.

The Feast of the Epiphany was the day I was ordained priest – now 42 years ago! On my ordination prayer card I put a prayer written by a saint who has influenced me greatly throughout my adult life: St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)
I put the prayer here again, and encourage you to say it regularly. Pray for me, as I do for you.

Dearest Jesus,
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for any reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.

Fr David Barnes, Parish Priest