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. The post code for satnav or google maps is WC2B 6DX. We are adjacent to Greggs.
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

Sanctuary

Father David wishes to thank all those who have made the opening of the church possible, by volunteering as stewards – without them, opening for Mass would not be possible. If you would like to volunteer as a steward, please do phone the Parish office (0207 405 0376) or email on lif@rcdow.org.uk.

TRACK AND TRACE: Our Mass Stewards are collecting parishioner’s names and contact telephone numbers from now on. This will be given to the NHS Track and Trace service should there be reported cases of COVID-19 in our congregation. This data will be keep for 28 days and then destroyed and not used for any other purpose. This is a recommendation from the Diocese. Thank you for your co-operation.

DIOCESE COVID-19 UPDATE: In the church, please do not interact with anyone you do not live with. Friends should sit apart. Families from the same household can sit together.

1. THE 2 METRE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULE SHOULD BE ADHERED TO INSIDE THE CHURCH.

2. PLEASE SIT IN FRONT OF THE GREEN TAPE ON THE PEW IN ORDER TO KEEP 2 METRES APART.

3. DO NOT TOUCH ANY OF THE STATUES: They are very difficult to sanitise.

4. WHEN RECIVING HOLY COMMUNION:

DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR SEAT.

PLEASE EXIT TO THE RIGHT OF THE SANCTUARY AND PROCEED STRAIGHT TO THE EXIT (HOLY DOOR).

THESE MEASURES ARE TO KEEP US SAFE. THANK YOU.

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In order to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control, the government has announced that face coverings have to be worn in places of worship enforceable in law from Saturday 8 August. Our church-related coronavirus guidance will be updated in due course.

THE CHURCH CAPACITY DURING THE PANDEMIC IS: 53 PEOPLE AT EACH MASS
WHEN RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION: PLEASE EXIT TO THE RIGHT OF THE SANCTUARY AND PROCEED STRAIGHT TO THE EXIT (HOLY DOOR), PLEASE DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR SEAT. Thank you.

Mass and other liturgies in our church are available via online streaming. You can find us each day on: www.churchservices.tv/lincolnsinnfields

MASS INTENTIONS ARE USUALLY BOOKED AT LEAST ONE MONTH AHEAD
Please contact the Parish office or speak to a Steward well in advance to book a Mass. 

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Emmaus Mass Sheet

+ 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME    
Sunday 24th January 2021

SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD

POPE FRANCIS has made this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (today!) an opportunity to deepen our devotion to the celebration, study and spread of the Word of God.

THE SACRED SCRIPTURES (the Bible) are the inspired Word of God. God speaks to us in a particular way when we read them with faith and love. Like Our Lady we need to ponder them and treasure them in our heart.
St Paul writes: “All Scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for:
1. Teaching
2. Refuting error
3. Guiding people’s lives
4. Teaching them to be holy
This is how the person who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work” (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

READ THE SCRIPTURES therefore every day, even if only a few verses. We should feast on them more than food and drink!

RESOLUTION: decide today to be committed to reading the Sacred Scriptures every day.
1. Give the Bible a special place of prominence in your house. Hold it with reverence. The priest kisses the Gospel after proclaiming it at Mass: we do well also to kiss the Bible as we use it.
2. If we are beginning again, why not start with St Mark’s Gospel, a clear and simple presentation of what Jesus said and did?
Or, the First Letter of John, a beautiful presentation of how to come back to God with all our heart.

WHATEVER WE DECIDE, DO SOMETHING!
Every Blessing
Fr David Barnes, Rector

FUNERAL NOTICE:
TUESDAY 26th JANUARY 11:00am – Tino Marazzi.
Please pray for the repose of Tino’s soul, and for his family in their grief at this difficult time.

SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD MASS INTENTIONS 24th JANUARY 2021
Saturday 23rd January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Sunday 24th January:
10:00am Mass Pro Populo
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Monday 25th January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Tuesday 26th January:
11:00am Funeral Mass Tino Marazzi RIP
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Wednesday 27th January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Thursday 28th January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Friday 29th January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Saturday 30th January:
6:00pm Mass Denis O’Sullivan RIP 

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+ 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME    
Sunday 17th January 2021

PEACE SUNDAY
Quotations from the 2021 World Peace Day Message from Pope Francis

“A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace”
1. Peace, justice and care of creation are three inherently connected questions, which cannot be separated in such a way as to be treated individually …
2. We need to stop and ask ourselves what has led our world to see conflict as something normal, and how our hearts can be converted and our ways of thinking changed, in order to work for true peace in solidarity and fraternity.
3. How many resources are spent on weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, that could be used for more significant priorities such as ensuring the safety of individuals, the promotion of peace and integral human development, the fight against poverty, and the provision of healthcare.
4. What a courageous decision it would be to establish a Global Fund with the money spent on weapons and other military expenditures, in order to permanently eliminate hunger and contribute to the development of the poorest countries.
5. There is… a need for peacemakers, men and women prepared to work boldly and creatively to initiate processes of healing and renewed encounter.
6. … may we strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another.
7. … everything is interconnected and genuine care for our own lives and our relationship with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and faithfulness to others.
8. … the need for relationships between nations to be inspired by fraternity, mutual respect, solidarity and the observance of international law.
9. At a time like this, when the barque of humanity, tossed by the storm of the current crisis, struggles to advance towards a calmer and more serene horizon, the “rudder” of human dignity and the “compass” of fundamental social principles can enable us together to steer a sure course.
For more information, please visit:  https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday-2021/

PEACE SUNDAY PRAYER
Loving God of peace, Strengthen my determination to work for a world of peace and justice;
My conviction that, whatever our nationality or race, we are all global citizens, one in Christ;
My courage to challenge the powerful with the values of the gospel;
My commitment to find nonviolent ways of resolving conflict—personal, local, national and international;
My efforts to forgive injuries and to love those I find it hard to love.
Amen
‘Peace alone is holy. Peace alone is holy. Not war.’ 

PEACE SUNDAY MASS INTENTIONS 16th – 23rd JANUARY 2021
Saturday 16th January:
6:00pm Mass Pio & Desolina Costella RIP

Sunday 17th January:
10:00am Mass Pro Populo
6:00pm Mass Deceased members of the Newton Family

Monday 18th January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Tuesday 19th January:
6:00pm Mass Aldo Capitelli RIP (Anniv)

Wednesday 20th January:
12:00 Noon Funeral Mass Christine McGucken RIP
6:00pm Mass Fred Quinn RIP (RD)

Thursday 21st January:
6:00pm Mass Cynthia Moise Thanksgiving

Friday 22nd January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

Saturday 23rd January:
6:00pm Mass Private Intention

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Baptism Of The Lord EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+ THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD    
Sunday 10th January 2021

TODAY (Sunday) we celebrate Our Lord’s baptism by his cousin John the Baptist…. 

Our Lord is revealed as divine, the Son of God. Our Lord commissions the apostles to go out into the whole world and baptise people everywhere in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

To be baptised means to be immersed into the life of the Blessed Trinity, so as to share God’s life. In baptism God places us in His Son and we become a son or daughter of God: when God looks on us He sees us as His son or daughter because we are in His Son. This is all pure gift, a grace of God. We could not do this ourselves: God does it for us.

 God wants to share His Life with us, and for us to share our life with Him. Baptism initiates this relationship. Today, thank God for the Sacrament of Baptism, and pray we shall all live our friendship with God more devotedly. 

I am immensely grateful to our steward’s in the parish. Without them, we could not be open. Following Mass, they have to deep cleanse the church which takes a lot of time and energy. Please do follow any directions they give, as they are simply carrying out what is required to keep to the regulations. If you are unhappy with the protocols, please do speak to me rather than give a steward any difficulty.

May God keep us safe and strong, and God expects each of us to do our best to keep both ourselves and one another safe and well.

Every Blessing
Fr David Barnes, Rector

DIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER – Bishop John Sherrington writes

The current position and role of our churches in this phase of the pandemic

We are aware that questions are being asked as to why churches remain open during this National Lockdown. We are also aware that many local authorities are calling for places of worship to close. We wish to respond to these concerns.

Churches are allowed to open for prayer and communal worship at this time according to the provision of the most recent national legislation and Government guidance. This decision is based on two factors: the recognition that our churches are safe, and that the service they offer is essential.

The safety of our churches has been affirmed by Public Health England in its current advice to the Government. This is publicly recognised to be the result of the great efforts made by many people in the implementation of procedures mandated by PHE and thereby establishing the necessary conditions within churches for their safe use.

Our churches are making a significant contribution to the personal resilience and inner strength of people which is much needed at this time. Many are hubs from which essential support is offered especially to those most in need, extending well beyond the faith communities which use them. This includes the regular provision of food; the care of the homeless; and being a place of peace and reflection (which is safe) for many whose living conditions are very limited. This will become more appreciated as the programme of vaccination increases. The vital link between prayer and action is important to maintain this service.

At this phase of the pandemic, which is causing alarm and fear, our churches will exercise their role with increased diligence to ensure continuing safety and service.

Our clergy will ensure that all are aware that there is no duty or responsibility to come to church and communicate to all there is no obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. They will review, in each local area, the provision offered by the church in order to ensure that the highest standards of safety are maintained. This will include a review of the role of stewards, the provision of additional social distancing within the church, a review of cleansing routines, and consideration of the personal circumstances of the priest(s) and people. On this basis there will be a local evaluation and decision about the possible reduction in the times of opening and the frequency of communal worship.

In conclusion we recognise the higher levels of fear and anxiety which the new strain of the virus has prompted and we have a very proper awareness of the care which must be exercised by everyone, under the guidance of PHE health professionals.

We recognise, too, that isolation is having a profound detrimental effect on people and that the role of churches in easing that isolation in ways which are safe and supportive has been recognised as a positive and beneficial contribution to the common good.

We pray for the dedicated work of the NHS and continue to provide spiritual support to staff and patients through the network of chaplains working both in the hospitals and the community.

Bishop John Sherrington
Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster 8th January 2021

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2nd Sunday After Nativity EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+ 2nd SUNDAY AFTER THE NATIVITY
Sunday 3rd January 2021

ON WEDNESDAY (6th January) we celebrate the Epiphany. In the coming of the Kings/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 Kings/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 recognse who He really is.

The Feast of the Epiphany was the day I was ordained priest — now 45 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 too, please, 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

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