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
+6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
18th February 2019
TODAY is Racial Justice Sunday. The theme this year is “Dignity for all Workers”, recognising the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace.
In a world steeped in violence, conflict, and discrimination, the Gospel demands that we acknowledge the dignity of the human person, the necessity of building peace, prosperity, justice for all. In “Octogesima Adveniens” and “Gaudium et Spes”, St Paul VI teaches that “all people have a right to work … to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level”. We are therefore called to ensure people are not exploited while they work, and to open our hearts to those who face this hatred. “As you did this to the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me…”
In our task as disciples of Christ, our responsibility is to make sure people are treated with dignity at work and are not exploited. Migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and labour exploitation.
A prayer for those facing exploitation
from your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed,
making us participants in your work of creation.
by the word of your Son,our greed,
challenge us when we treat people as means of profit,
or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings.
raise us up to new life in your service
that in all our worksbegun, continued and ended in you
we may glorify your holy name.Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, Amen.
+5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
10th February 2019
ADOREMUS (Let us adore)
The National Eucharistic Congress last September, in Liverpool, is hopefully continuing to help us know and love Our Lord in the Eucharist. During Lent, on the first 5 Monday evenings (11th, 18th, 25th March, 1st & 8th April), we can all watch and listen to each of the inspiring talks given at the Congress.
Please do note these dates in your diary now!
ADORATION is very much part of our parish life. Do remember we have Adoration Monday — Saturday inclusive from 4pm —6pm. The church is always open Monday — Friday from 7am to 7pm, Saturday 11am — 7pm and Sunday 9am — 7pm. Do try to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as frequently as possible.
Some helpful booklets are available from the Repository at weekends, or from the Sacristy after any weekday Mass.
“Eucharistic Reflections” (by Walk with me), at £1.50
The Watchful Hour — a Scriptural Companion to Eucharistic Adoration, Fr Florian Racine, at £3.50.
Eucharistic Adoration — Prayers, Meditations and Devotions (CTS), at £3.50
Meeting Christ in the Eucharist, by Fr Stephen Wang at £3.50
Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament — by Timothy Menezes at £4.99
For those regularly at weekday Mass, I very much recommend “Magnificat” which has texts for daily Mass, morning and evening prayer, articles on the saints and the spiritual life.
“ADOREMUS IN AETERNUM SANCTISSIMUM SACRMENTUM”
Fr David Barnes,
+4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
3rd February 2019
The Feast of the Presentation, often called Candlemas, commemorates the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the temple, which occurred 40 days after his birth as prescribed by the Jewish law. According to Mosaic law, a mother who had given birth to a boy was considered unclean for seven days. Also, she was to remain 33 days “in the blood of her purification.”
Luke tells us, quoting Exodus:2,12, that Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem because every firstborn child was to be dedicated to the Lord. They also went to sacrifice a pair of doves or two young pigeons. This lowly offered showed that Mary and Joseph were likely poor. Once in the temple, Jesus was purified by the prayer of Simeon, in the presence of Anna the prophetess. Simeon, upon seeing the Messiah, gave thanks to the Lord, singing a hymn now called the
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace, your word has been fulfilled:
My own eyes have seen the salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.
Simeon told Mary, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against, (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” Simeon thus foreshadowed the crucifixion and the sorrows of Mary at seeing the death of her Son.
The name Candlemas is derived from the activities associated with the feast. It came to be known as the Candle Mass. In the Western Church, a procession with lighted candles is the distinctive rite.
Compiled by David Bennett
+3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
27th January 2019
POPE LAUNCHES HIS CLICK TO PRAY APP PROFILE
During the Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square last week, Pope Francis unveiled his very own user profile in Click To Pray, the official app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, including its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement – EYM.
Click To Pray (www.clicktopray.org) is a platform that invites men and women from around the world, to accompany the Pope in a mission of compassion for the world. It has a website and a mobile app, both forAndroidiOS, with its social networks, available in six languages (Spanish, English, Italian, French, Portuguese, and German).
Click To Pray has three main sections: “Pray with the Pope”, with the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions for the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church; “Pray every day”, with a prayer rhythm involving three daily moments; and “Pray with the network” that is a space where users (Pope Francis among them) can share their prayers with the others. Pope’s Francis own profile
(https://www.clicktopray.org/en/user/popefrancis) can be found clicking in the Pope Francis button at the “Pray with the Network” section.
Click To Pray is the official prayer platform forYouth Day 2019, which takes place in Panama from 22-27th January 2019. For this event, the platform includes a special multimedia section to pray and meditate the Rosary for Peace.
Pope Francis (Sunday 21st Jan 2019)
+2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
20th January 2019
WEEK of PRAYER for CHRISTIAN UNITY
In these days we pray especially for the reunion of all Christians. The theme for this year is “Justice only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20), chosen for its powerful usage of promoting truth, equality and unity. We are called to move from shared prayer into shared action. Further information can be found here — https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-resources
This Sunday, 20th January, is also designated “PEACE SUNDAY”
The Bishops of England and Wales invite us to make today a day of prayer for peace and to reflect on the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the annual World Day of Peace with the challenging title: ‘Good politics serves peace’. The Gospel for this Sunday gives us a most wonderful basis for reflection on our calling to work together for peace (and to get involved in the political process, too, in order to seek that goal). We meet Jesus, his mother and his disciples at the Wedding Feast of Cana. He shares in our human joys – the joys of family, the joys of human love and the pledge of fidelity that unites one heart to another. But he also shares in our sorrows – Mary’s cry: ‘They have no wine’; the realisation that our own resources are run dry, our bonds of love prove fragile, our promises are all too easily betrayed.
PAX CHRISTIis an international Catholic movement for peace. “The work of Pax Christi is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share ourvalues to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice”.
If you wish to support the work of Pax Christi, there are envelopes available on the table at the back of the church.
Fr David Barnes, Rector
How I wish that
All men and woman of good will
Would look at the Cross
If only for a moment!
There, we can see God’s reply:
Violence is not answered
Death is not answered
With the language of death.
In the silence of the Cross
The uproar of weapons ceases
And the language of reconciliation,
Forgiveness, dialogue and
Peace is spoken
+THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
13th January 2019
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 later 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 at 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.
Baptism of infants began from the earliest times where the parents were Christians. Please remember – our new born should be baptised as soon as possible after birth, within the first weeks. This is the teaching of the Church, for it is vital that this new life should not be deprived of the gifts God wants to give. The baptism should never be delayed for social reasons (e.g. waiting months to coincide with a visit from relations abroad, needing time to save money for a big reception etc.) These are not good reasons for delaying baptism. The newborn should receive the gifts God wants to give.
– Delaying baptism can also have long term consequences. Where there is pressure on school places the child can be disadvantaged if the baptism has been delayed. God wants to share His Life with us, and for us to share ours 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.
Fr David Barnes, Parish Priest
6th January 2019
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.
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