NOVEMBER, MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: November dead list envelopes will be available at the back of the church from this weekend onwards. 

SACKCLOTH AND ASHES: Tuesday 27th October is the 53rd anniversary of the Abortion Act being passed in England and Wales. Please join us in praying and fasting for the end of abortion in this country for Post Abortion help and to support Pro-Life counselling see: Please invite your friends and Family to join us via this Facebook event;

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS – SUNDAY MEDITATIONS, by Fr Javier Ruiz-Ortiz (MATT 22:34-40)
MEDITATE:At times we are not sure how could we show our love for God and for our neighbour. As we know, these two commandments are the summary of the Ten Commandments. So if we want to love God we can look at the three first commandments. If we want to love our neighbour, we should read the other seven. Do this and you shall live!
ACT:God of love who commands us to follow in your footsteps so that we may experience life; teach me to love you and serve my brothers and sisters.

NHS TRACK AND TRACE APP: Please use the NHS Track & Trace app if you have a smart phone to check in when you attend Mass. This will save you time on your way in. Please download in the app store of Google Play Store. The QR posters are around the church. Thank you.

JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE: – now online, the continuing series of talks presented by Fr Javier Ruiz-Ortiz PhD and Sr Monica Cardona STL. To register for any of the talks please contact All Talks are from 7.00-8.30pm, Programme details, see website:

ROSARY WHIRLWIND BRITISH ISLES – OCTOBER 2020 FOR FAITH, LIFE & PEACE: We are on the MAP! On Tuesday October 13th  -Feast of Our Lady of Fatima of the Holy Rosary we will undertake our Rosary Whirlwind British Isles from wherever we are.

PETER’S PENCE collection: Peter’s Pence collection last weekend, raised £97.00. Thank you. For more information visit: There is also a dedicated portal for more information: or to donate anytime of the year visit:

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS: Please remember our children & their families in your prayers, making their First Holy Communions here this Saturday 10th October. 

NHS TRACK AND TRACE APP: Please use the NHS Track & Trace app if you have a smart phone to check in when you attend Mass. This will save you time on your way in. Please download in the app store of Google Play Store. The QR posters are around the church. Thank you.

SECONDARY SCHOOL FORM SIGNING: Please contact the Parish office by email to arrange a date and time for Fr David to signing school forms. Please avoid leaving it to the last moment. Email 


LONDON CHARTERHOUSE CATENIANS: is a fellowship of Catholic business and professional men. Meetings: 1st Tuesdays at 19:00, Dinner at 20:00 > 22:00 at: Kingsley Hotel by Thistle, Bloomsbury, London WC1A but now on Zoom. web: / email:

STRESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE? – THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT YEAR FOR MANY COUPLES: Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year alone. There is no group therapy or group workFor confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 12th -15th Nov 2020, call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or email or visit

DIOCESE COVID-19 UPDATE: Worshippers should limit their interactions with anyone they are not attending church with, i.e. if they are attending corporate worship with one other household, wherever possible they should maintain social distancing with anyone outside of this group.

FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24th July 2020. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a church.
You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

THE TELEPHONE SUNDAY MASS! You can listen in to the recorded Mass from Middlesbrough Cathedral at any time, 24 hours a day. Just phone 01642 130120. There is no charge beyond that of a local call.

BECOMING A CATHOLIC: Please contact the parish priest, Fr David Barnes.

POPE APPEALS FOR LAUDATO SI’ YEAR, RELEASES SPECIAL PRAYER: After praying the Regina Coeli on Sunday, Pope Francis recalled the fifth anniversary of his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ On the Care for our Common Home.’ He said the document sought to “call attention to the cry of the Earth and of the poor.”
The Pope then invited everyone to take part in the Laudato Si’ Year, which is promoted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and runs from 24 May 2020 until 24 May 2021.
“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis also announced a special prayer dedicated to the Laudato Si’ Year, and encouraged everyone to pray it.

Loving God,
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all therein contained.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.

Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity
as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing
the changes required to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.

Enable us to succeed in listening and responding
to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs
of a more fraternal and sustainable world.

We pray through Christ our Lord,
under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians,

May 24th, 2020: Vatican News

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, we have put as many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers on one website ( so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their

THE SYCAMORE FILMS ARE NOW ON OPEN ACCESS FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS: It’s a difficult time for everyone with the Coronavirus emergency – but also an important time to support one another in faith and to reach out to others beyond our communities.
In many places it has become impossible for group meetings to take place. Many Sycamore parishes have been asking us how we can make the Sycamore videos available for parishioners to watch at home and to participate in remote groups.
In an effort to support parishes and Catholic communities in every way possible, we have made all of the Sycamore films OPEN ACCESS so that they can be viewed online at home by anyone who wishes, without a subscription or log-in.
You can access the Film Pages here:

GOD BLESS OUR HOMES: If you would like Fr David to visit and bless your home you have only to ask!

PLEASE PRAY: for all of the children preparing for First Holy Communion and for those preparing for Confirmation.

OUR SICK and HOUSEBOUND: Please keep our sick & housebound in your prayers, and if you know anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion please tell Fr David and we can also add to the weekly prayers for the sick.

BOOKLETS AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM THE SACRISTY: The following booklets can be purchased from either the Repository or the Sacristy.
The monthly Edition of the Magnificat: February/March 2020: £4.99
Matthew’s Gospel: £1.50
Walk with me—Lent Booklet: £1.00
The repository is open Saturday 5pm-7pm and Sunday 9.30am-1.30pm & 5pm-7pm. 
We have a large selection of cards, calendars & diaries, engaging religious booklets and religious articles, all reasonably priced.

DIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER ANNUAL ACCOUNTS: A hard copy is available to view in the sacristy, should anyone like to look at them. You can also download the accounts from the diocese website using the following link:

MAGNIFICAT MAGAZINE: Every issue of Magnificat Magazine offers you for each day: The readings and Prayers for Mass, The order of Mass, A meditation from a great spiritual writer, Selected Morning and Evening Prayers from the Divine Office, An article on the life of a Saint. Available from the Repository, or from the Sacristy after any Mass – price £4.

YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or Email – or visit

SVP VINNIE PACKS FOR THE HOMELESS: The SVP are distributing 11,500 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Would you be willing to help? To donate (£3.50 per pack is suggested), please send cheques payable to SVP to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ, or to donate by bank transfer to Natwest sort code 60-60-04, account number 4608 8237.

ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, Macklin Street: Places available in most year groups , including our full-time ’Outstanding’ Nursery. Please contact the school office on 020 7545 7712 or  or visit


THANK YOU: For your recent generous donations to the retirement collections (updated totals)
CARDINAL’S Lenten Alms Appeal: £569.94
HOLY PLACES: £361.34
CAFOD cyclone Idai: £1420.47
MISSIO Red Boxes Appeal: £2829.93
MISSIONARIES OF AFRICA (The White Father’s) £1193.69
DAY FOR LIFE: £243.31
PETER’S PENCE: £378.55
FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART (during the short Novena to the Sacred Heart): £117.12
CAFOD: £395.05
CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: £910.00 (this includes the Carol singing money)
PETER’S PENCE: £97.00.
Thank you as always for your generous donations.

STEPPING FORWARD: Please respond if you are able to help to clean the church and the Parish Room. We need helpers!

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES: Please collect your new set of Planned giving Envelopes for 2019/2020, from the Sacristy corridor. If you would like to sign up for Planned Giving there are forms in the Sacristy corridor to sign up. Please hand in to the Parish Office.

OUR LADY UNTIER OF KNOTS PRAYER GROUP: All are welcome. The prayer group meets in our Parish on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month following the 6pm Mass until 8.45pm. Meetings are cancelled for the present due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
All are welcome to attend for all or part of this. First hour is the Marian Hour with the Rosary and the second hour is the Eucharistic Hour with led Adoration. The times we live in a very serious and there is much suffering. This time of prayer invoking Our Lady Untier of Knots is to pray for the Church and the needs of the World. How we need to pray!
Contact Antonia

GUILD OF ST STEPHEN: If anyone is interested in becoming an altar server then please see Michael O’Leary after any of the Sunday Masses or contact him on 07914420290 or by email at Altar servers must be committed to serving every Sunday and major feast days plus other services when requested. Michael O’Leary Parish M.C.

IN CASE YOU ARE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL: In the light of data protection please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed on to the RC Chaplain. Also state that you would like the Chaplain to visit you.

OUR SICK AND HOUSEBOUND: Please keep our sick & housebound in your prayers, and if you know anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion please tell Fr David.

CARITAS: has a service to support and develop volunteering in the diocese. The aim is to make volunteering as easy as possible for everyone. Please visit the website where you can find role for you. Alternatively contact us directly by emailing or by telephone 0207 798 9063 or 077 3818 3833.

NEW PILGRIM PATH WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: The Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time counts the time between Christmas Season and Lent, and between Easter Season and Advent. Ordinary Time readings, liturgy and prayer can be a rich time to reflect upon our relationship with God, our relationships with each other and to grow in depth on many levels. Creighton University Online Ministries has a huge variety of helpful resources for prayer in Ordinary Time, which you can access at

CAFOD: are inviting everyone to pray for the people of Yemen and the desperate situation in that country. In a message asking for prayers, Chris Bain writes: ‘As you may have seen in the news, the suffering in Yemen is one of the gravest humanitarian crises in the world today. After nearly four years of war, more than 14 million people are facing starvation and 85,000 children may have already died from extreme hunger since 2015. ‘There is some hope in Yemen, with a ceasefire brokered in December, promising to restore the Hodeida port and allow food and medicine into the country.CAFOD has worked through partners in Yemen since 2016, and while we welcomed the UK government’s announcement last week that it will uplift funding to the UN Peace process in Yemen by £2.5 million, we know that the situation is so desperate that more needs to be done. ‘Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for the people suffering in Yemen.’

A PRAYER FOR YEMEN: Giver of Life, Who hears the cries from Yemen; of mothers choosing between medicine or food, of parents grieving children lost to starvation, of those who have given up everything in hunger. Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace. In your mercy, Break political deadlocks, Soften hardened hearts, Change closed minds. Open unhearing ears. Let people come before power. Let life be holy again. Let your justice and peace. Shape the nation of Yemen And the lives of all people. Amen

CONSECRATION OF OUR ALTAR: many have asked about the relics placed in our altar by the Cardinal during the consecration. The relics are of: St Stephen of Hungary, St Thomas of Canterbury, St Martin de Porres, St Joseph Cottolengo. We venerate them and ask their prayers for our parish.

ADOREMUS: NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: Talk links can be accessed using the following links:   As a follow on there are some wonderful booklets to help us grow in love of the Mass and Adoration. They are available from the Repository, and at other times from the Sacristy.

CHURCH CLEANING: Volunteers needed to clean the church on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in being a member of one of the church cleaning teams then see Stephen Ogilbie after Mass.

HELP YOUR PARISH THROUGH GIFT AID : Gift Aid enables members of our congregation and visitors to the church to increase the value of their donations by 25% at no extra cost to themselves. If you pay Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax, some of this can be returned to the Church by the tax authorities if evidence of your donation is registered. There are many ways to do this, including use of numbered envelopes allocated to a named parishioner, Standing Orders paid directly from a bank account, and using special Gift Aid envelopes found in the containers at the back of the church. Please consider whether you can join the many parishioners and visitors who already increase the effectiveness of their generous donations in this way.
The Parish is grateful to all Mass-goers who take the trouble to use the individual Gift Aid envelopes for the Mass collection and other offerings, e.g. Mass Stipends, candles, etc. The Diocese has recently re-designed the envelopes to comply with new legal requirements and personal details are now written on a tear-off slip which is placed inside the envelope along with the cash or cheque offering. There is otherwise no increase in the amount of information required. The envelopes are now available at the back of the Church, the main change being that being stiffer than the previous design, they need to be folded firmly before being pushed into a coin slot or collection pouch.

CATHOLIC SINGLES: Single, separated, widowed or divorced?
* Helps practising Catholics meet other Catholics.

* Supports Catholic Parishes and Charities, donating thousands of pounds from members’ fees.
* Provides a strictly confidential service.
* Sends members a monthly bulletin called Catholic Networking.
* Publicises social events free of charge.
£10 annual membership plus an initial donation. Free information, with no obligation, CATHOLIC SINGLES, 1 BURLESCOMBE CLOSE, ALTRINCHAM. WA14 4UX.Tel. 0161 941 3498.
email: website:

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION FOR ENGLAND & WALES: Rome approved the Bishops’ Conference’s request that the Epiphany be henceforth celebrated on January 6th, unless this falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case it is celebrated on the Sunday. The Ascension of the Lord will henceforth be celebrated on Thursday in Week 6 of Eastertide. For 2019, the dates are:
Epiphany of the Lord Sunday 6th January
Ascension of the Lord Thursday 23rd May
Corpus Christi Sunday 23rd June
Ss Peter and Paul 30th June
Assumption BVM Thursday 15th August
All Saints Thursday 1st November
Christmas Tuesday 25th December

PARISH DONATING: A new, convenient option for donating to our parish has arrived! TEXT GIVING THOUGH YOUR MOBILE PHONE! By using your mobile phone, you can now text £5 as an offering to help support the running costs, ministries and programmes, or the cost of maintenance and repairs to our buildings.
Simply type: Parish (then space) then SASCO.
Send it to 70800.
Click send. And £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation which will come directly to our parish. Thank you!

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS are needed for our Catholic Schools, ensuring that the Church’s mission and practice are up held. If you are interested, please contact Fr David, or write to The Education Service, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P1QN. Visit the website: or call 020 7718 9189.

SPEC: “Are you over 18 and planning a gap year? Join us for a year at the Westminster Youth Ministry retreat centre as a volunteer missionary supporting schools and parishes of our  diocese, where you can develop skills to help you with your future and deepen and grow in your Catholic faith. We provide wonderful accommodation in glorious surroundings, all meals and a monthly allowance. To see how our past volunteer missionaries have used this experience to build their future and to find out more, visit

(Romans 15:7) Pope Francis asks that we be a Church that does not just welcome and receive by keeping doors open, but one that finds new ways; that is able to step outside itself and go out to welcome the stranger. Powered by the living word within us, audacious and courageous we can go to the refugees and exiles, the homeless and hungry, the unemployed and those who have lost hope, those who have left our communities or are indifferent and invite them to find that peace and life that comes from knowing you are truly welcome. Now it is the author of the letter to the Hebrews who encourages us further when he writes:
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:1-2)
The following links can help us explore Scripture more deeply

VOLUNTEERS FOR FELTHAM COMMUNITY CHAPLAINCY TRUST (FCCT), which supports ex-offenders to make a transition to a place of worship after their time in prison, is looking for Catholic volunteers to mentor young men in prison. It is possible for this ministry to fit in with your existing commitments. No experience is required, just a passion for Christ and his teachings. Full training is provided.
Contact FCCT directly for more information on 0208 844 5585 or

PROCLAIM WESTMINSTER: Pope Francis is encouraging us to be “missionary parishes”, and our bishops have asked us to develop three initiatives. At our last Parish Assembly we decided ours would be:
1. Developing our Welcome Ministry at Sunday and weekday Masses.
2. Talks on the Catholic Faith for both non-Catholics and others
interested (aimed especially at Catholics no longer going to church).
3. Work with young parents on family life (a spin-off from First Holy Communion Preparation).

Every Friday from 11-12:30pm at Austin Forum, Augustinian Centre, 55 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8AU.We offer support in CV writing, job searches, translating documents and assisting with telephone calls. For more information email

If you live, work or the area and could help, now is the time to let us know. Please contact:
Visit our website: find out more.

Getting involved in existing projects. Many groups working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are struggling to cope with demand, and always need more volunteers and resources. Please go to to find information on groups in your area. Donating: At Caritas Westminster, we rely on the generosity of Catholic communities to be able to continue to support refugees and other vulnerable people in the Diocese. You can donate on our website at or send us a cheque payable to ‘WRCDT – Caritas’.

POPE FRANCIS recently encouraged us all to carry a copy of the Gospels in our pocket or bag, and at spare moments to read a few verses. How quickly we would get to know the Gospel if we did so, and how much we could hear Our Lord speak to us. Copies of the Gospel on sale after all Sunday Masses from the repository and from the Sacristy after all weekday Masses £1.95 each.

The LGBT Catholics Younger Adults Group (LGBTYAG) aims to provide support and fellowship for Catholics in their twenties, 30s, and 40s who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and their families. We meet regularly for Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, as well as organising monthly spiritual and social events. If you would like to know more, please contact us at or see our website:

CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: You can make a positive difference. Please help ensure local children receive the best possible education by volunteering as a school governor. Call 020 7288 9531 or visit

CATHOLIC STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY For student activities in Westminster Diocese, come and visit NEWMAN HOUSE CATHOLIC CENTRE, 111 Gower Street, London WCIE 6AR (opposite UCL and just up from Waterstone’s Bookshop) Tel:020-7387-6370. For info re. events at Newman House and catholic societies/activities at your college, visit:, and the ‘Newman House’ Facebook Page.