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.

2021 – YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

                                                                                                                                                      

3rd Sunday of Easter EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER  
18
th April 2021

PARISH FEAST OF ST. ANSELM (1033-1109) Wednesday 21st April
St. Anselm, a Benedictine monk who became a bishop, was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1720 and has been called “the Father of Scholasticism.” Born in Piedmont, Italy, he first entered the Benedictine monastery at Aosta, Italy, but under pressure from his father he had to leave the monastic life. After an unsettled period, the youth fled to France and entered the Benedictine monastery at Bec (1059), where he eventually became abbot and gained renown as a preacher and a reformer of the monastic life. During this period he wrote his best theological works, which exerted a powerful influence and established him as a theological master in the late Middle Ages. Eventually he became archbishop of Canterbury in England and was involved in the struggle over lay investiture with King William II, who refused to recognise Pope Urban II. Twice Anselm went into exile (1097 and 1103) but finally he was able to return to his see, where he died on April 21, 1109. 

MESSAGE AND RELEVANCE
The Opening Prayer of the Mass presents the characteristic traits of the spirituality of St. Anselm: “to study and teach the sublime truths” of revelation. His definition of theology was “faith seeking understanding.” He contributed greatly to the development of systematic theology but always with an emphasis on the contemplative and spiritual dimension. St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The excerpt from the Proslogion in the Officer of Readings is an example of the manner in which St. Anselm did theology.

For him it was not mere intellectual research or logical deduction from principles. “My soul,” he asks, “have you found what you are looking for? You were looking for God, and you have discovered that he is the supreme being, and that you could not possibly imagine anything more perfect. You have discovered that this supreme being is life itself, light, wisdom, goodness, eternal blessedness and blessed eternity. He is everywhere and he is timeless.” His other works include a treatise entitled Cur Deus Homo? , a marvellous theological investigation of the Incarnation. He also defended the orthodox doctrine on the Filioque when the attended the Council of Bari (Italy) in 1102.

Today also we should strive for a deeper understanding of our faith so that we can love the truth we have studied, as is stated in the Opening Prayer: “Let your gift of faith come to the aid of our understanding and open our hearts to your truth.” 

The famous axiom, Credo ut intelligam (I believe in order that I may understand) reminds us that we should be guided by the light of faith and not by the light of reason alone. Otherwise, if we reply too much on human knowledge, there is a danger of weakening our faith. 

The name ANSELM is from the ancient German and means “Protected by God.”

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Priest Training Fund: Next weekend is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will also take place next weekend.  This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 45 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 28 of whom are for our own Diocese, and last year eight men ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. 

This fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. 

Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are available in the back of the church. Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests.  You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations 

MASS INTENTIONS 17th– 24th APRIL 2021

Saturday 17th April
6:00pm Mass: Bill & Betty White RIP

Sunday 18th April
10:00am Mass: Pro Populo
6:00pm Mass: Private Intention

Monday 19th April
6:00pm Mass: Aldo Capitelli RIP

Tuesday 20th April
6:00pm Mass: Norah & Geoffrey Stalker RIP

Wednesday 21st April: Feast of St Anselm
6:00pm Mass: Giuseppe Arcadipane (Get Well)

Thursday 22nd April
6:00pm Mass: In Thanksgiving for our Stewards

Friday 23rd April
6:00pm Mass: Holy Souls

Saturday 24th April
6:00pm Mass: Mary and Liam Lynch (Ints)

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2nd Sunday of Easter EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER  
11
th April 2021

THE DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION

From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners.

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us — no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC.

A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

11th APRIL 2021, 2.45pm-3.30pm Divine Mercy devotions with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
MASS INTENTIONS 11th– 17th APRIL 2021

Saturday 10th April:
6:00pm Mass Hilary Mantel RIP

Sunday 11th April:
10:00am Mass Pro Populo

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 2.45pm-3.30pm Devine Mercy Devotions & Reconciliation

6:00pm Mass Apolonia Desouza (b’day)

Monday 12th April:
6:00pm Mass John Meli RIP

Tuesday 13th April:
6:00pm Mass Boniface (Bonnie) Simeons RIP

Wednesday 14th April:
6:00pm Mass Fr Kevin O’Reilly O.P.

Thursday 15th April:
6:00pm Mass Canon Brendan Hoban R.D.

Friday 16th April:
6:00pm Mass Melanie Roselyn John Baptiste RIP

Saturday 17th April:
6:00pm Mass Bill & Betty White RIP

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+ EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION
4th April 2021 

THE LORD IS RISEN, Alleluia

HE IS RISEN IN DEED Alleluia

This ancient Christian greeting, said on meeting one another during Eastertide, should surely be recovered and used again – encouraging us to deepen our faith in the Risen Lord.

THE RESURRECTION is a supernatural event, a clear break with the natural order, Jesus is raised from the dead through the power of God, and in sharing this victory we are “saved”. To reduce our understanding of life to the natural order alone is to miss out on the full reality of human existence: life is so much more wonderful, beautiful and exciting when we can see everything in the light of the Risen Lord!

WE ARE WITNESSES to our Risen Lord because we choose to believe and trust the witnesses who saw Him, believing the accounts of the Risen Lord in the Sacred Scriptures, and also believing the Church who has faithfully handed on the message to us.

TRUST and FAITH is at the heart of our believing. The present pandemic, with a virus that can be so destructive of human life, reminds us of our fragility and vulnerability. Just as sin is destructive of our power to love, made in the image of God, so there is a destructive power at work in the natural order. The virus is surely part the armoury of the Evil One. We must fight it with all the resources we have, in the sure faith that it will be vanquished.

Wishing you all a Blessed and joy-filled Easter.

Fr David Barnes, Rector

MASS INTENTIONS 3rd – 10th April 2021

Holy Saturday 3rd April:
8:00pm Mass Angelina Hoareau RIP 

Easter Sunday 4th April:
10:00am Mass ONLY
Pro Populo
NO EVENING MASS

Easter Monday 5th April:
10:00am Mass ONLY Ignatius ‘Apito’ Bonaparte RIP

Tuesday 6th April:
6:00pm Mass
Mgr. Freddie Miles RIP
Fr Austin Garvey RIP

Wednesday 7th April:
6:00pm Mass Wilfred Charles (PA-Pilou) RIP

Thursday 8th April:
6:00pm Mass Maeve Byrne (Ints)

Friday 9th April:
6:00pm Mass William Ogilby RIP

Saturday 10th April:
6:00pm Mass Hilary Mantel  RIP

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+ PALM SUNDAY – PASSION OF THE LORD
Sunday 28th March 2021

HOLY WEEK & EASTER
Holy Week is the most important week in the Christian year. Pope Francis says “Holy Week” is a privileged time when we are called to draw near to Jesus: friendship with Him is shown in times of difficulty”. The best way to draw near to Our Lord is to participate as much as possible the liturgies of the Church.

PALM SUNDAY (TODAY) the commemoration of Our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem when He was greeted with praise and thanksgiving, the waving and strewing of palms. This year, because of the pandemic, palms will be given as you leave the church. Take the palm home and put with your household crucifix. 

THE SACRED TRIDUUMthe 3 Holy Days of the Paschal Mystery

HOLY THURSDAY —The MASS of THE LORD’S SUPPER at 6:00pm commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, the total gift of Himself to us as the Bread of Life. Afterwards, Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. The pandemic means that we have no “watching” this year, but you can do so through live streaming.

GOOD FRIDAY — A day of FASTING and ABSTINENCE. Fasting applies to those 18-60: no meat (abstinence) and only one simple meal and two small ones, and no food in between. THE LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION AND DEATH at 3:00pm, the hour at which Our Lord died on the Cross. 

HOLY SATURDAY the Church waits in the Lord’s tomb, reflecting on his Passion and Death, waiting with faith, prayer and fasting the glorious Resurrection. Mary and Joseph are waiting with us. We gather at 8:00pm, to celebrate how God prepared His People for the Resurrection, (the Vigil), leading to the First Mass of Easter.

Fr David Barnes, Rector

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FUNERAL NOTICE: The Funeral Mass for Sheila Hunt will take place here at St Anselm & St Cecilia on Wednesday 7th April at 11:00am. Please remember Sheila’s Family and Friends during this time, may she rest in peace. 

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STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENCY OF THE BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE
ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF REFLECTION FOR COVID-19 

TUESDAY 23rd MARCH 2021 

We welcome the designation of Tuesday 23rd March as a National Day of Reflection to mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown with a minute’s silence at midday and doorstep vigils of light at 8pm.
We ask you all to make this not only a Day of Reflection but also a Day of Prayer. In reflection we ponder on all that has taken place; in prayer we bring this to our Heavenly Father. For all who live by faith in God, reflection and prayer always go hand in hand. Prayer completes reflection. Reflection informs prayer. Prayer opens our life to its true horizon. Without prayer we live in a foreshortened world and are more easily swamped by its clamour and tragedy. Throughout this difficult year, so many have been inspired by prayer, so much effort sustained in prayer, in every place. So let us make the 23rd March truly a day of prayer.
March 2020 was the first time our churches had to be closed. It is our hope that on this day, every one of our churches will be open. We invite everyone to enter a church on this day, to reflect and pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We know this will involve an extra effort, but this can be part of our important contribution to a significant moment in the life of our country. Indeed, we ask that you might invite a friend, neighbour or colleague to come to church with you as you make this visit.
There is so much on which to reflect and include in our prayer.
We reflect in sorrow on all those who have died, whether family members, friends or those unknown to us personally. We pray for them, asking our Father to welcome them into their heavenly home, the destiny for which God first gave us the gift of life.
We reflect with compassion on all those who have suffered during this last year, whether through illness, stress, financial disaster or family tensions. We pray for their ongoing resilience, courage and capacity to forgive.
We reflect with thanksgiving for the generosity, inventiveness, self-sacrifice and determination shown by so many in this most difficult of times. We pray for them, thanking God for their gifts and dedication, whether they are scientists, politicians, health workers, public servants of every kind, community leaders or steadfast family members and friends who continue to show such love and compassion.
We reflect in hope that, as the pandemic is controlled and we open up our lives again, we will gather in the lessons we have learned and build our society into a better shape, more compassionate, less marked by inequalities, more responsive to needs and deprivation. We ask for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us in this endeavour, whether we are focussing on overcoming family breakdowns, economic recovery, or building political consensus.
Christian prayer is, of course, centred on Jesus Christ, the one who is “lifted up” before us “so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3.13). We pray with Jesus, in him and through him, for he is the one who carries us, and our prayers, into the embracing presence of his Father. He is our comfort in sorrow, our strength in the face of need, our rejoicing in the gifts we celebrate and our hope in the face of the weighty darkness of death.
May Tuesday 23rd March be a great day of prayer that this pandemic comes to an end and that the gift of God’s Holy Spirit will carry us all forward to a new and better life, both here and in the world to come. 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop & Malcolm McMahon OP President Vice-President

FUNERAL NOTICE: The Funeral Mass for Boniface Simeons will take place here at St Anselm & St Cecilia on Thursday 25th March at 11:30am. Please remember Boniface’s Family and Friends during this time, may he rest in peace. 

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Fifth Sunday of Lent EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+ 5th SUNDAY OF LENT
Sunday 14th March 2021

“LAETARE” (“Rejoice”) SUNDAY

TODAY we are invited to REJOICE, because the coming celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection (the Paschal Mystery) is fast approaching. May our rejoicing energise us to use this second half of Lent as well as we can to prepare for Easter.

Fr David Barnes, Rector

FUNERAL NOTICE: The Funeral Mass for Riccardo Pedrini will take place here at St Anselm & St Cecilia on Friday 19th March at 11:00am. Please remember Riccardo’s Family and Friends during this time, may he rest in peace. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: The Funeral Mass for Boniface Simeons will take place here at St Anselm & St Cecilia on Thursday 25th March at 11:30am. Please remember Boniface’s Family and Friends during this time, may he rest in peace. 

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5th SUNDAY OF LENT MASS INTENTIONS 20th – 27th MARCH 2021

Saturday 20th March:
6:00pm Mass Yvonne Murphy (Get Well Mass)

Sunday 21st March:
10:00am Mass Pro Populo
6:00pm Mass Elizabeth Scott (Birthday)

Monday 22nd March:
6:00pm Mass Arthur Butler (R.D) RIP

Tuesday 23rd March:
6:00pm Mass Michael McCallion RIP (1st Anniv)

Wednesday 24th March:
6:00pm Mass Fr Frantisek RIP

Thursday 25th March:
11:30am Funeral Mass Boniface Simeons RIP 6:00pm Mass Lebrada Baysa  R.D

Friday 26th March:
6:00pm Mass Ann Branczwski R.D

Saturday 20th March:
6:00pm Mass Beverley Philip RIP (1st Anniv)

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EASTER LITURGIES 2021
Palm Sunday
:
Confessions: 5:00-5:45pm
Vigil Mass 6pm (Saturday 27th March)
Sunday Mass 10am
Sunday Mass 6pm

Monday of Holy Week (29th March):
Confessions: 5:00-5:45pm
6pm Mass

Tuesday of Holy Week (30th March):
Chrism Mass (Westminister Cathedral):
12 noon (Live Streamed)
Confessions: 5:00-5:45pm
6pm Mass

Wednesday of Holy Week (31st March):
Confessions: 5:00-5:45pm
6pm Mass

Maundy Thursday (1st April): 
Confessions: 5:00-5:45pm
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 6pm

Good Friday (2nd April) – Day of Fasting & Abstinence:
Solemn Liturgy of the Lords Passion 3pm
Stations of the Cross & Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross 6:00pm

Holy Saturday (3rd April):
Confessions: 7:00pm-7:45pm
Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter – 8pm

Easter Sunday (4th April):
10:00am Mass
(NO EVENING MASS)

Easter Monday (5th April): 
10:00am Mass ONLY

Easter Tuesday (6th April): Normal Mass times and Confession times resume

BOOKING IS REQUIRED FOR MASS ATTENDANCE FOR THE FOLLOWING MASSES,
to assure yourself of a place, you do need to book:
MAUNDY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER VIGIL (SAT, 6PM), EASTER SUNDAY (10AM MASS ONLY), available from next weekend, please see the stewards after Mass

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Third Sunday of Lent EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+ 3rd SUNDAY OF LENT
Sunday 7th March 2021

2021 – YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

‘Joseph teaches us that faith in God includes believing he can work even through our fears, our frailties and our weaknesses. He also teaches us that we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture.’– Pope Francis

A tradition I treasure is that of always having a statue of St Joseph in the kitchen, so often the heart of the home. I recommend this to you. Bring St Joseph into your kitchen. Then he will be before your eyes each day, as protector and guide in these difficult times.’– Cardinal Vincent Nichols

For more information or to view the full booklet, compiled by Sister Silvana Dallanegra rscj, Caritas Westminster and Deacon Adrian Cullen, Agency for Evangelisation, please visit: https://rcdow.org.uk/faith/news/st-joseph

THERE WILL BE A SHORT NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF ST JOSEPH AT ST ANSELM AND ST CECILIA FROM THURSDAY 11th MARCH UNTIL FRIDAY 19th MARCH AT 5.55pm, just before the start of 6pm Mass.

Lived streamed as usual at: https://www.churchservices.tv/lincolnsinnfields

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021 REGISTRATION: For Year 3 Children who attended St Joseph’s school, a letter and Registration form will be given to the children when they return to school next week. Please return to the Parish Office by Friday 26th March along with the £10 donation to cover costs of Books etc. For any children not attending St Joseph’s please email the Parish Office to request a copy. At lif@rcdow.org.uk

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Second Sunday of Lent EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+ 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT
Sunday 28th February 2021

TO SEE GOD, FACE–to–FACE

To see GOD as GOD really is – this is the goal of our life.

GOD has made us with this deep longing for love, which ultimately is our longing for God. So God alone can fulfil this longing, which is why no human being should ever take this primary place of God in our life.

THE TRANSFIGURATION, today’s Gospel,is the blessed occasion when Peter, James and John were privileged to see the Lord Jesus as He really is – the fulfilment of the Law (signified by Moses) and of the prophets (signified by Elijah). Jesus is the YES to all God’s promises. In Him we see God.

TODAY we pray that we may see our Lord as He really is, never giving in to that temptation to make Him into that image we would take Him to be.

The three great disciplines of Lent – PRAYER, FASTING and ALMSGIVING – are the means to open our eyes to Him as He really is.

PRAY: “Lord, may I desire to see and know you as you really are”.

Fr David Barnes, Rector

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CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: There will be a retiring collection at all Masses TODAY. Please hand in your collection an envelope for Family Fast Day 2021 as you leave today. Thank you

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1st Sunday of Lent EMMAUS MASS SHEET

+ 1st SUNDAY OF LENT
Sunday 21st February 2021

POPE FRANCIS’ HOMILY ON ASH WEDNEDAY

The 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to turn from the slavery of sin to the freedom found in reconciliation with God, Pope Francis said on Ash Wednesday.

“The journey of Lent is an exodus from slavery to freedom,” the pope said on Feb. 17. “These 40 days correspond to the 40 years that God’s people trekked through the desert to return to their homeland. How difficult it was to leave Egypt!”

The Israelites had many temptations during the 40 years they wandered in the desert and “so it is with us,” Francis added. “Our journey back to God is blocked by our unhealthy attachments, held back by the seductive snares of our sins, by the false security of money and appearances, by the paralysis of our discontents.”

“To embark on this journey, we have to unmask these illusions.”

In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on St. Paul’s exhortation in 2 Corinthians to “be reconciled to God.”

“Be reconciled: the journey is not based on our own strength,” he said. “Heartfelt conversion, with the deeds and practices that express it, is possible only if it begins with the primacy of God’s work. What enables us to return to him is not our own ability or merit, but his offer of grace.”

“The beginning of the return to God is the recognition of our need for him and his mercy, the need for his grace. This is the right path, the path of humility,” Francis said.

He also noted God’s message through the Prophet Joel: “Return to me with all your heart.”

“How many times, in our activity or indifference, have we told him: ‘Lord, I will come to you later, wait… I can’t come today, but tomorrow I will begin to pray and do something for others,’” he said.

“God now appeals to our hearts,” the pope said. “In this life, we will always have things to do and excuses to offer, but now, brothers and sisters, is the time to return to God.”

According to Pope Francis, Lent is about more than the little sacrifices we make, but about realizing where our hearts are oriented, and turning them back toward relationship with God.

“Lent is a journey that involves our whole life, our entire being,” he said, advising people to reflect on stories of conversion in Sacred Scripture to know how to start the journey of the Lenten season.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-on-ash-wednesday-lent-is-a-journey-from-slavery-to-freedom-97697

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+ 6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Sunday 14th February 2021

PASTORAL LETTER – CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS
Shortly it will be Ash Wednesday, a day rich in associations and symbolism. It marks the beginning a Lent, a time for turning again to the practice of our faith, in prayer, self-denial (fasting) and practical generosity (almsgiving). Ash Wednesday is the doorway into this season of renewal.
As we cross this threshold we customarily receive ashes on our foreheads, in the sign of the cross. This is a public mark of our turning again to God, seeking his mercy, forgiveness and help. We use these words: ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return’. Yes, we cannot pretend otherwise. Or: ‘Repent, and believe in the Gospel’. Yes, we seek the one thing that is absolutely necessary: the grace of God.

This year receiving ashes in church is going to be difficult. Yes, our churches are safe if the protective measures are fulfilled. But we must all be very careful about travelling too far. Some churches will of course be open for the celebration of Mass as usual. But I have asked them not to make extra provision for Ash Wednesday. We must be so careful and cooperative in the measures we must take, to protect ourselves and to protect others.

I now want to emphasise an important point. Receiving ashes is an outward sign of an inner step, a movement of the heart towards our beloved Lord. This year I invite you to concentrate much more on this inner, spiritual movement than on its outward manifestation in the imposition of ashes.
My suggestion is this: celebrate Ash Wednesday at home, with your family, in the household or ‘support bubble’ of which you are a part. Gather for a while. Read the prayer which I offer. Bless each other by making the sign of the cross on each other’s forehead. Spent some time praying in a way that you know. But please, make this a prayer of your heart for God’s mercy upon this world struggling to cope with the terrible pandemic and the devastation it is bringing.

Here is a prayer:
‘Lord God, with all our hearts we beseech you: have mercy on your people; spare your people; strengthen all people in the struggle against the havoc of this pandemic. Lord our God, without you we are so weak and our courage so limited. Give us your strength; give us your love; give us wisdom and skill to continue this fight. Spare your people, O Lord we pray. Comfort those who mourn and gather into your kingdom all who have died. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, who died and rose to life, who lives and reigns with you, for ever and ever. Amen.’

Then, bless each other, using one of the two traditional formulas I have quoted earlier in this letter. Then continue with your own prayers. A pattern is suggested at the end of this letter. As a child, my mother or father used to come to my bedside each night to settle me for sleep. I was kissed goodnight and then, either my Mum or Dad would make the sign of the cross on my forehead. They gave me their blessing. This brought me such security. I remember it to this day. Then I slept in peace.

So please do not hesitate, within your household or ‘bubble’, to bless each other on this Ash Wednesday. We do well to remember together our need of the good Lord. Together, and through each other, he wants to comfort and reassure us of his loving presence. If, on this day, we set aside every pretence that we can do everything of ourselves, then we create in our hearts and lives the space for God’s grace and strength to find a home in us.

This is the great invitation of Ash Wednesday and of the weeks of Lent which follow. Please do take up this invitation. Open your hearts to the gift of God’s presence to support, comfort and strengthen you. This year, it may be best to do this, not by going to church, but by sharing the prayer, the blessing and this moment of dedication within the love of your family and friends.

Please do include me in your prayers, too.

May God bless you all

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

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Monday 15th February & Tuesday 16th February
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Ash Wednesday – 17th Feb
9:30am – 9:50am & 5:00pm – 5:45pm

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THE OFFICIAL PRAYER of the Year of St Joseph(composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1889)

TO YOU, O BLESSED JOSEPH (Ad te, beate Ioseph)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.Amen.

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Emmaus Mass Sheet

+ 5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 
Sunday 7th February 2021

YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
POPE FRANCIS has proclaimed 8 December 2020 to 8th December 2021 as a “Year of St Joseph”.
WHY? “So that every member of the faithful following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfilment of God’s will”.
POPE FRANCIS explains his thinking in his letter to the Church entitled “With a Father’s heart” (Patris corde, in Latin!). He explains how he wants to share some personal reflections on the holy and just Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which arise over these months of the pandemic. Pope Francis notes how many people have made hidden sacrifices during the crisis in order to protect other (just as St Joseph did with the Holy Family).
“Each of us can discover Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and guide in times of trouble……… St Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an in comparable role in the history of salvation”.
POPE FRANCIS describes St Joseph as “beloved, tender and loving, obedient, accepting, and creatively courageous”. He was also very much “a working father”. St Joseph is “a father in the shadows”, and in his relationship to Jesus, Joseph was the earthly shadow of the Heavenly Father: he watched over Him and protected Him, never leaving Him to go His own way.”
POPE FRANCIS continues that the contemporary world requires examples of fatherhood: “Every true vocation is born of the gift of oneself, which is the fruit of mature sacrifice (St Joseph did just this). The priesthood and consecrated life likewise require this kind of maturity. Whatever over vocation, whether to marriage, celibacy or virginity, our gift of self will not come to fulfilment if it stops at sacrifice; were that the case, instead of becoming a sign of beauty and joy of love, the gift of self would risk being an expression of unhappiness, sadness and frustration,”

THE OFFICIAL PRAYER of the Year of St Joseph – To you, O blessed Joseph
– was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1889. The Holy Father asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary especially during October, the month of the Holy Rosary.
TO YOU, O BLESSED JOSEPH (Ad te, beate Ioseph)
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Emmaus Mass Sheet 

+ 4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 
Sunday 31st January 2021

RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY

TODAY is RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY. This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever.The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.
The theme is ‘A Time to Act‘. Racial issues and inequalities were identified nationally and internationally in 2020 generating awareness, emotion and outrage. In light of this Racial Justice Sunday 2021 is particularly significant. Action is needed to further the cause of racial justice but what can we do?
Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Racial Justice says in his message: “It’s not enough to simply denounce racism. This is a time to act. In the words of Pope Francis: ‘God asks us to dare to create something new.’”

A PRAYER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Lord Jesus Christ, in your ministry In our own time may we provide you were approached by people to all those who are suffer of many different nations and the help that they need cultures. and the care that they require.
You listened to their cry for help, May we respond to the invitation of the Holy treated them with love and Spirit compassion, to dream of a world made newand brought them healing and where the poor are not forgottenwholeness.but are given the opportunity to live and flourishwith good health and equal prospects.We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.Amen.

THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION, (Tuesday 2nd Feb 2021) 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 offering showed that Mary and Joseph were most 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 theNunc 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 the Candle Mass. In the Western Church, a procession with lighted candles is the distinctive rite. Compiled by David Bennettfor more information visit: https://prayerist.com/candlemasprayers.html

THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalled the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.

A daily prayer to St Joseph
In his letter, Pope Francis notes how, “Every day, for over forty years, following Lauds [Morning Prayer]” he has “recited a prayer to Saint Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary.” This prayer, he says, expresses devotion and trust, and even poses a certain challenge to Saint Joseph,” on account of its closing words: “My beloved father, all my trust is in you.  Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power.”

At the conclusion of his Letter, he adds another prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

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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.

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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.’

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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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