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

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+7th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
22nd February 2020

LENT 2020 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 WHATEVER 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!

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS TIMES:
8:00am, 9:30am (School Mass), 12:30pm, 1:15pm and 6:00pm 

Fr David Barnes, Parish Priest

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+6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
16th February 2020

“GO MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS”

Our Lord commissioned the Apostles to spread the Gospel throughout the world, so MISSION is at the heart of the Gospel – making known the wonderful things that God has done to all peoples, at all times and in all places.

TODAY (Sunday) we welcome Fr Aidan Mc Crystal, a priest from the Society of African Missions, so it is appropriate for us to consider how we ourselves participate in the Mission of the Church. Here are 10 things Pope Francis wants us to know about Evangelisation

EVERYONE IS MEANT TO EVANGELIZE: Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.—Evangelii Gaudium

WANT AUTHENTIC PERSONAL FULFILLMENT? EVANGELIZE: When the Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelization, she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfilment. For “here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others. This is certainly what mission means”.—Evangelii Gaudium

EVANGELIZATION STARTS WITH OUR OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS: The spread of the Gospel is not guaranteed either by the number of persons, or by the prestige of the institution, or by the quantity of available resources. What counts is to be permeated by the love of Christ, to let oneself be led by the Holy Spirit and to graft one’s own life onto the tree of life, which is the Lord’s Cross.—Homily, Mass with Seminarians and Novices, July 7, 2013

EVANGELIZERS LOVE PEOPLE: Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. An evangelizing community is also supportive, standing by people at every step of the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be. It is familiar with patient expectation and apostolic endurance. —Evangelii Gaudium

EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE EVANGELIZED: Jesus teaches us that the Good News, which he brings, is not reserved to one part of humanity, it is to be communicated to everyone.—Angelus, January 26, 2014

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+5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
9th February 2020

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

OUR CHILDREN are among our greatest treasures, and as a parish family we must therefore ask ourselves “How is this lived in our parish?”

THE MASS is the heart of parish life: it is our means of union with God through communion with Christ. The Mass is God—with— us. That is why Mass, at least on Sundays, is such an essential. To rob ourselves or our children of Sunday Mass is to rob ourselves  of our greatest good .

THE CHILDREN’S LITURGY is a good way of making the Word of God more accessible to our children. We have an excellent history of Children’s Liturgy in this parish, until Sr Lucina sadly left us just over  a year ago. Now we are beginning again. This Sunday we shall have a Children’s Liturgy at the 10:00am Mass, led  by Julia Leeson and Helena Game. If you would like to help with the Children’s Liturgy, please have a word with Julia or Helena, or with me.

WE ALL have a responsibility to treasure and support our children —first by our prayers, by supporting our altar servers and children’s choir (the Schola Caeciliana), and the children’s day trips and theatre visits. I am especially grateful to our school, St Joseph’s Macklin Street, for all they do in forming our children in the Catholic Faith. Frequent prayers for our school too please. My sincere thanks also to Mr Brian Stalker who is preparing our children for First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation.  

Do please let me know of other ways we can develop our love and care of our children.

Fr David Barnes, Rector

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The God who Speaks – Sunday meditations

MEDITATE: Salt is necessary for living because it gives flavour and preserves. Through our faith our lives receive meaning and through baptism we are kept from corruption. Salt is therefore the perfect image of our faith. We are to keep this gift safe for our own good and that of the others. 

ACT: St Paul invites us to season our conversations and speech with salt, that is, not to use harmful words. Watch your words and avoid things which destroy the other. Make comments which will build him or her up.

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+THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
2nd February 2020

CANDLEMAS

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

Nunc Dimittis:
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 theCandle Mass. In the Western Church, a procession with lighted candles is the distinctive rite. 

Compiled byDavid Bennett  

http://www.churchyear.net/candlemasprayers.html

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+3rd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
26th January 2020

SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD:
MAKING THE SCRIPTURES PART OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES
Pope Francis is inviting Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word.
That’s why, as established by a papal decree – the third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 26 this year, is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”.
As Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization explained during a press conference on Friday, it is an initiative that the Pope has entrusted to the whole Church so that “the Christian community may concentrate on the great value that the Word of God occupies in its daily existence” (Aperuit illis 2).
AN OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW COMMITMENT AND UNDERSTANDING
Archbishop Fisichella said the occasion offers Christians an opportunity to renew their and understanding of “the inexhaustible richness that comes from God’s constant dialogue with his people.”
He said it foresees a host of creative initiatives “that will stimulate believers to be living instruments of transmission of the Word,” and comes in the wake of the many different pastoral initiatives spurred by the 2008 Synod on the Word of God that aimed to increase and enhance the knowledge, diffusion, reflection and study of Sacred Scripture.
The Archbishop mentioned a series of projects and programmes that have been launched across the globe since that Synod, to learn to pray with the Bible and to make the Word accessible in different languages and formats.
He said that by establishing this Day, the Pope intended “to respond to the many requests that have come from the people of God, so that throughout the Church the Sunday of the Word of God may be celebrated in unity of purpose”.
ECUMENICAL VALUE
He underlined the great ecumenical value that this Sunday possesses as it falls close to the Day of Dialogue between Jews and Catholics and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
As with other initiatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, Fisichella said this too has a characteristic logo that is immediately identifiable and may provide inspiration for a catechesis that helps to understand the meaning of the celebration of this Sunday. By Linda Bordoni
For more information visit:
http://www.pcpne.va/content/pcpne/en/news/2020-01-18.htm

OFFICIAL PRAYER FOR THE YEAR

Living God, you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.
Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us how to live for one another.

Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we maybe your witnesses throughout the world.

Amen

V. Your word is our path and your truth is our light.
R. This day and every day.

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+2nd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
19th January 2020

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS — YEAR OF THE WORD 2020

POPE FRANCIS has declared this Church’s year (1st Dec. 2019 — 29th Nov. 2020) to be a time when all of us get to know the Sacred Scriptures, the Bible, better. With a Bible in our hands, Pope Francis says, “You are holding something divine in your hands: a book that is like fire! A book through which God speaks”.

Reading, or listening to, the Sacred Scriptures we should always be asking our Lord to enable us to hear what God is saying to us: “Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”. (Luke 24:45). We read the Bible in order to encounter God who speaks to us in a special way through the Scriptures.

Our Lady teaches us how to use the scriptures: “Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Let us always imitate Her.

This year we are encouraged to read the Gospel of St Matthew (used at Sunday Mass this year). St Matthew helps us see that Our Lord is the expected Messiah, the Christ, who personifies wisdom and embodies goodness — He is God among us. We have copies of Matthew’s Gospel available  from the Repository or the Sacristy, £1.50 each. Pope Francis encourages us always to have a copy of one of the Gospels in our pocket or bag.

Do go to our Cathedral between 30th January —  1st February for the “Scripture Road Show”. For more information see inside this bulletin, and go to godwhospeaks.uk , and also visit  www.rcdow.org.uk/faith

Fr David Barnes, Rector

OFFICIAL PRAYER FOR THE YEAR

Living God, you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.
Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us how to live for one another.

Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we maybe your witnesses throughout the world. 

Amen

V. Your word is our path and your truth is our light.
R. This day and every day.

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The God who Speaks – Sunday meditations

Meditate: John’s mission was to point out Jesus as he walked around. Without him, some people will not have followed, listened or accepted Jesus in their lives. Today Jesus is still present among us, many a times unrecognised by us. How can you point him out to others? Who has presented Jesus to you?

Act: Pray in thanksgiving for the person who has been John the Baptist for you. Think also who could you lead to Christ, pointing out his presence in the events of his/her life.

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+THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
12th January 2020

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

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 asHis 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 as soon as possible.

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, Rector

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The God who Speaks – Sunday meditations

Meditate: At his baptism Jesus is revealed as the Son, the Beloved on whom God’s favour rests. At the same time the Spirit is visible as a dove and the Father speaks. All of us have moments of light where God is close to us. We need to carry them within us so than when, we go through darkness, we do not give up.

Act: You could spend some time in prayer meditating the second mystery of light, thinking of those moments of light in your life which precede and support your mission and life.

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+THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
4th January 2020

THE EPIPHANY

TODAY 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 44 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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